The Smart City Expo World Congress 2021 brings together representatives from 400 cities and regions
The event will also host the annual meeting of the United Cities and Local Governments Organization
Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), the event on cities and smart urban solutions organized by Fira de Barcelona, will bring together representatives from more than 400 cities around the world from November 16 to 18. For its tenth anniversary, SCEWC will bring together the mayors of Ankara, Barcelona, The Hague, Kazan, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Medellín, Montevideo, Prague, Quito and Vilnius as well as representatives of cities such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Frankfurt, Kiev, Madrid, Málaga, Milan, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Sao Paolo, Santiago de Chile, Stockholm and Rio de Janeiro to share experiences and promote new initiatives on urban transformation.
The international summit will also welcome delegations from other cities and regions including those of Antioquia (Colombia), Bochum (Germany), Bordeaux (France), Braunschweig (Germany), Dresden (Germany), Flanders (Belgium), Podgorica (Montenegro) ), Pune (India), the State of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Tampere (Finland), Toulouse (France) and Wolfsburg (Germany) and countries like Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Indonesia, l India, Turkey, Portugal and Puerto Rico.
SCEWC Director Ugo Valenti said “This year’s edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress is one of the most needed since the event started in 2011. It’s not just our 10e anniversary edition but it comes at a time when cities need to be together even more. The pandemic has shifted the urgency of certain improvements and the rapid deployment of certain technologies has become a top priority for all. This is why it is crucial to bring together representatives of local governments from all over the world. The debates and agreements reached during these days will have an impact on the near future of citizens around the world. “
The SCEWC will present the latest initiatives from several countries and territories. The exhibition space will include pavilions from Austria, Belgium, Canada, Catalonia, Chile, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hesse, Iran, Israel, from Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Saxony, Spain, Sweden and the United States.
Out of its 10e The SCEWC edition will be a hybrid event. In addition to the on-site lectures, a parallel digital program will be broadcast online via the Tomorrow City platform, taking the SCEWC further than ever before and disseminating the urban knowledge gathered in Barcelona to a wider global community.
The UCLG World Council
The SCEWC will also provide space for the annual meeting of the Organization of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the world’s largest network of cities and local, regional and metropolitan governments. UCLG will meet its World Council in Barcelona, under the title “Smart cities and territories, pillars of the common agenda”To define the strategy of the municipal movement and its contribution to the Common UN Agenda. The World Council is made up of 342 representatives from 97 countries around the world. Meetings typically have around 500 participants and in 2021 they will have a hybrid component, with sessions taking place both physically in Barcelona and online.
The 2021 edition will be held in conjunction with two new events: Tomorrow.Mobility and PUZZLE X. Tomorrow.Mobility will focus on promoting the design and adoption of new models of sustainable urban mobility. The event is co-organized by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, a body of the European Union, and has the support of leading companies and institutions. PUZZLE X aims to seize the potential of Frontier materials to solve some of the challenges facing society. The initiative includes an annual event and business creator incubator to support Materials Deep Tech startups, attract investment and build a global ecosystem.