"The geostrategic importance of the cities will multiply turning them into the real protagonists of the world development", says Ugo Valenti, director of the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) which organizes Fira de Barcelona from November 13 to 15 and in seven editions it has become the international benchmark for the urban implementation of intelligent solutions. Achieving that cities are a better place to live is the objective of this hall and congress in which representatives of more than 700 cities of the five continents and a hundred long mayors together with 840 exhibitors.
Barcelona is the great international showcase of the latest technologies of urban transformation and also a platform for debate on the future of cities. Nothing less than 400 experts and 20,000 attendees from 120 countries have been cited in the Barcelona Gran Vía enclosure to address together the most important challenges of the immediate future. Among the exhibitors, there are 77 cities, countries and territories that participate with their own pavilion, such as Austria, Germany, Colombia, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Holland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Thailand and USA.
The role of companies
According to Valenti "the role of smart cities is fundamental for the future socio-economic development, as cities become key elements of today's society". And companies have an essential role. That's why they participate in Barcelona large companies such as Alstom, Bosch, Cellnex, Cisco, Dassault, Deloitte, FCC, Ferrovial, FiWare, Hexagon, Huawei, Indra, Mastercard, McKinsey, Microsoft, Deutsche Telekom, Engie, Huawei, MasterCard, Microsoft, Mshereib Properties, Nec, Ntt , SAP, Siemens, Suez and Urbaser.Dassault, Deloitte, FCC, Ferrovial, FiWare, Hexagon, Huawei, Indra, Mastercard, McKinsey, Microsoft, Deutsche Telekom, Engie, Huawei, MasterCard, Microsoft, Mshereib Properties, Nec, Ntt, SAP , Siemens, Suez and Urbaser.
This edition revolves around digital transformation, the urban environment, mobility, inclusive and shared cities, and governance and finance. And it will address current issues such as 5G, the collaborative economy calls Cities for All. Among the speakers, highlights Rufus Pollock, founder of Open Knowledge International; businessman and writer Andrew Keen, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunus and Victor Pineda, president of Word Enabled.
This year, the event will be held jointly with iWater, Smart Mobility World Congress and the Circular Economy European Summit, creating an unparalleled platform for the sustainability sector. For its part, the conference and congress focusing on urban and interurban intelligent transport, Smart Mobility Congress (SMC), will address the challenges of a horizon with greater urban concentration in terms of mobility, with proposals on public transport, sustainable mobility and autonomous vehicles . There will be 120 speakers.
Smart water management
Digitizing processes to gain efficiency in the use of water resources will be one of the main issues of the second edition of the IWater, which will also be held at Fira de Barcelona from November 13 to 15. The International Exhibition of the Integral Water Cycle is committed to innovation and technology as the main engines capable of ensuring an efficient, sustainable and smart management of water resources in cities, agriculture and industry. 130 exhibitors from 8 countries participate. The chairman of the organizing committee and CEO of MAT Holding, Pau Relat, says that "the recipe for reducing water scarcity lies in innovation".