Barcelona hosts best Smart City Expo World Congress ever
In 2017, the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) held in Barcelona, Spain, boasted 30,000 m2 of exhibition floorspace with leading international companies such as Alstom, AT&T, Bosch, Cellnex, Cisco, Deutsche Telekom, Engie, FCC, Ferrovial, Fiware, Hexagon, Huawei, Intel, Mastercard, Microsoft, PTC, SAP, Siemens, Silver Spring Networks, Suez and ZTE as exhibitors.
The 2017 edition of the smart cities summit organized by Fira de Barcelona, Smart City Expo World Congress, brought together over 700 cities from the 5 continents, with 675 exhibitors and over 400 speakers. This 7th event was held together with the first Smart Mobility World Congress and registered over 18,000 attendees, exceeding initial expectations.
The show’s director, Ugo Valenti, said, “These figures confirm beyond doubt that the Smart City Expo World Congress has become an unmissable annual milestone for everyone invested in the transformation of cities and any company within the urban innovation and solutions industry. There is no other event in the world capable of attracting so many companies, cities and so much talent.”
The event also hosted representatives from over 700 metropolises such as Atlanta, Berlin, Busan, Casablanca, Dubai, Grenoble, London, Lyon, Montevideo, Moscow, New York City, Puebla, Québec, Taipei, Tel Aviv and Zheijhang and country pavilions of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, China, Denmark, Dubai, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Holland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, and the USA.
World Smart City Awards
Smart City Expo World Congress awarded yesterday evening the city of Dubai (United Arab Emirates) as the 2017 smart city. The Arab Emirate of Dubai’s project to adopt Blockchain Technology at a city scale earned the City award of 2017. The jury valued its effort to lead global thinking and deployment of blockchain technology in applicable government services as well as its commitment to support the creation of a blockchain industry empowering start-ups and businesses.
The event gave six more awards – Innovative Idea, Project, Project Circular Economy, Project Safe Cities, Project Mobility, Project Data & Tech – to Marketplace.city; the city of Buenos Aires’ food care initiative; the Amsterdam Circular Innovation Program; Shenzen’s Traffic Brain; SEAT’s Easy Urban Mobility; and Yanbu’s Smart City Project, respectively.
The Smart City Expo World Congress will be back at Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via venue in November 13-15 2018 for its eighth edition.