Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), the leading international event on smart cities will host on 2018 its eighth edition under the theme Cities To Live In to underline the ultimate and common goal of making cities better places to live in. From November 13 to 15, Fira de Barcelona's Gran Via venue will host the bigger edition to date with an expected growth of a 20% in exhibition floorspace and exhibitors spreading over two halls of the Gran Via venue for the first time in its history.
The congress program will be restructured into 5 themes, Digital Transformation, Urban Environment, Mobility, Governance & Finance, and Inclusive & Shared Cities; and will cover topics such as Data-driven Cities, 5G and the future of Connectivity, Resilient Cities, Gentrification, Innovative Transport Systems, Multilevel Governance, Sharing and Collaborative Economy, Circular Economy and Cities for All.
The event's director, Ugo Valenti, said that "As we progress in the development of smart cities throughout the world and we begin to deploy smart solutions we need to keep in mind the ultimate reason that drives all these changes: making cities more livable places for its citizens. That summarizes the goal of every effort done in a wide scope of fields from governance to sustainability. It is our responsibility both individually and collectively to take advantage of all the tools at the tip of our fingers to transform cities to make them the better places possible for their current inhabitants and for the future ones too."
Nine months before the event, SCEWC, organized by Fira de Barcelona, has already booked 75% of its floorspace, exceeding last year's figures by 20% and taking over hall 2 and part of hall 1 of the Gran Via venue. The over 700 companies exhibiting at the 2018 edition -among which are Cisco, Deutsche Telekom, Engie, Huawei, Mastercard, Microsoft, SAP, Siemens, Suez and ZTE. Many cities and countries will showcase their projects including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Dubai, Germany, Finland, Holland, Israel, South Korea, London, Moscow, New York, Norway, Prague, Sweden, and the United States.
In 2018, the event will be jointly held with iWater, Smart Mobility World Congress and the Circular Economy European Summit, creating an unparalleled platform for the sustainability industry.
Sharing Cities Summit
SCEWC will also host of the Sharing Cities Summit, an international meeting focused on the growth of collaborative economies. The event will hold its third edition from November 13 to 18 –after being previously held in Amsterdam and New York– and will be organized by the Barcelona City Council, the Dimmons research group from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, the SCEWC, the cities of New York, Amsterdam, Paris and the rest of the Sharing Cities network. The Sharing Cities Summit is an international meeting of experts and cities which looks at the different types of collaborative economies, how they affect city life and what measures can be taken to boost their positive effects and mitigate their negative aspects.
An international benchmark
On its last edition, SCEWC gathered 700 cities worldwide as well as 675 exhibitors and 420 speakers and 18,754 attendees from 120 countries. The international impact of the show has grown with regional events in Curitiba (Brazil), Istanbul (Turkey), Kyoto (Japan), Puebla (Mexico) and Buenos Aires (Argentina) further consolidating Smart City Expo as the international leading event in smart urbans solutions and drawing more attendees and interest toward the global event held in Barcelona every year.
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