Seoul City Awarded as Smart City of 2022 for Smart Seoul Digitization Platform
The 2022 editions of the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), the main international summit on smart cities and urban solutions organized by the Fira de Barcelona, and Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress (TMWC), co-organized with EIT Urban Mobility, close this afternoon after having inspired the ecosystem of urban innovation and brought together more than 700 cities from five continents, 853 exhibitors and more than 400 speakers, more than half of whom are women. The events saw significant growth welcoming over 20,000 attendees from 134 countries, almost 50% more than in 2021, and bringing the platform to pre-pandemic numbers.
SCEWC and TMWC have brought together some of the leading experts in urban innovation, including architect Elizabeth Diller, an expert in shaping citizen behavior through urban public spaces; Ron Finley, known as Gangsta Gardener; Hannah Fry Mathematician at University College London who was able to decode patterns of a wide range of urban social activity from shopping and transport to urban crime, riots and terrorism; Kelly Larson, head of traffic safety and drowning prevention at Bloomberg Philanthropies; and Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General of POLIS.
The event also brought together cities and mayors from five continents, including the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, who explained how digitization allowed the Ukrainian capital to continue to function and save lives during the invasion Russian. Among the cities with delegations to the event are Amsterdam, Atlanta, Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Doha, Frankfurt, New York, Paris, Quito, Reykjavik, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Seoul, Stockholm, Sydney , Tel Aviv, Tokyo and Vienna to name a few.
Together, the two events welcomed a total of 853 exhibitors, 89% more than in 2021, who presented their latest projects and solutions. These included industry leaders like Accenture, Amazon Web Services, BSM, Cisco, Dell & Nvidia, Deloitte, EDF, FCC Environment, Fiware, Honeywell, Mercedes, Microsoft, Moventia, Smart Ports: Piers of the Future, RACC , Renfe, Sorigue and Volvo.
For the director of the SCEWC, Ugo Valenti, “the 2022 edition has given new impetus to the ecosystem of urban transformation. Having crossed the milestone of 8 billion people in the world and knowing that more than half live in cities, it is clearer than ever that the fight for a better future must be an urban fight. The growth recorded this year in the number of participants, exhibitors and cities is also proof that the urban community is deeply committed to this objective and that the Smart City Expo World Congress and Barcelona have become the place where we all strive each year to promote new initiatives and partnerships to achieve the common goal of transforming our cities and making them better places for generations to come.”
Maria Tsavachidis, Chair of the TMWC Advisory Board and CEO of EIT Urban Mobility, said:Tomorrow.Mobility brought together thousands of professionals working in mobility fields, including large private mobility providers, start-ups, academics, policy makers and city representatives from around the world. Demonstrations of innovative products, inspirational speeches and networking sessions, among others, allowed visitors to learn, be inspired and connect with each other to solve critical urban mobility problems. We’ve covered the latest research and insights into the challenges of global mobility, from active mobility for citizens, with the 15 minute city concept, to the effect of the energy crisis on the sector, and the challenges ahead. on urban air mobility and mobility data sharing.”
Global Smart City Awards
The city of Seoul has been awarded as Smart City of 2022 for its Smart Seoul platform through which the Korean city actively promotes digital inclusion policies guaranteeing the five fundamental digital rights – communication, mobility, education, security and use of technology – and providing digital services adapted to socially vulnerable people. Similarly, the city of Kyiv (Ukraine) received special recognition from the Jury’s City Award for its efforts to use innovation to save lives during the ongoing war.
New horizons and technology
The 2022 editions of SCEWC and TMWC were held in conjunction with Tomorrow.Oceans, a new global summit focused on the blue economy, which aims to promote the role of seas and oceans as an innovative and sustainable source of economic wealth, and the second PUZZLE X, a cutting-edge tech-focused event that captures the potential of cutting-edge technologies to build a prosperous future for humanity.
The Smart City Expo World Congress will hold its 12e edition from November 7 to 9, 2023.