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Expo comes to one of Europe’s smartest cities

Cities will examine the latest trends in the use of technologies to implement sustainable urban planning and discuss common challenges facing them in the future

The great and good of the smart cities world will descend on Barcelona
The great and good of the smart cities world will descend on Barcelona

The global event will bring together 600 cities from five continents

Fifty cities will have their own pavilions and will showcase smart solutions

The sixth edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) in Barcelona is promising to be the largest yet, bringing together 600 cities from five continents and 412 speakers across the three-day event.


The conference programme will be based on the theme of ‘Cities for Citizens’, focusing on the design of strategies for “citizen empowerment and the democratic participation of people in the development of their cities”.


Included among the keynote speakers are: Ellen MacArthur, director of Big Boulder, who is an expert on the circular economy and a benchmark in the field of Big Data; Susan Etlinger and David Bollier, co-founders of the Commons Strategies Group and activists in the fight against the excesses of intellectual property law; and Parag Khanna, international geopolitical analyst.


Meanwhile, the cities represented “in the biggest-ever gathering of municipal authorities in the event’s history” will be examining the latest trends in the use of technologies to implement sustainable urban planning and discussing the common challenges facing them in the future.


Around 50 of the cities attending will have their own pavilions. New York, Berlin, Casablanca, Graz, Karlsruhe, London, Luxembourg, Quebec, Seoul, Vienna, Tel Aviv, Copenhagen, Medellín and Barcelona are among the cities that will be showcasing their innovations in the implementation of smart solutions for metropolitan growth.


Notably, a high number of cities from India and Asia will also be attending. This is due to staging of events like the China Forum, organised by the republic’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, which will bring together the leading players and companies such as Huawei and ZTE to analyse the strategies being driven by China to implement smart solutions in its cities.


In addition, SCEWC will be hosting some of the leading companies in the sectors of mobility, communications and technology including Cisco, Microsoft, FCC, Ferrovial, Fiware, MasterCard, Philips, Seat, Siemens, Telefónica, Suez, SAP and Telekom.


SCEWC will take place on 15-17 November in Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via exhibition centre and SmartCitiesWorld will be attending and reporting live from the event.


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