In recent years, the concept of an “intelligent city” or Smart City” has spread worldwide. The Smart City Expo World Congress, held in Barcelona in November 2018, brought together experts from all over the world to develop an intelligent urban ecosystem. Talent and creativity come together!
The development of an intelligent urban ecosystem is a reality now more than ever. Barcelona, the global centre of innovation and creativity, perfectly assumes its role as the world capital of “Smart Cities”. This is substantiated by the great excitement of the media surrounding the event and the presence of specialists from all over the world. The Smart City Expo World Congress reminds us that never before have the metropolises united such talent as today.
In recent years, the concept of an “intelligent city” or Smart City” has spread worldwide, and for good reason: in 2050 almost 7 billion people will be living in urban centres. The need to transform our cities and, through them, the world, is ever more apparent. It is widely recognized that digital technologies will be the backbone of future cities and that without them, urban transformation will be impossible. This does not mean putting aside the cities’ essence: life in society, citizenship, and common good – as Plato rightly said.
From the 13th to 15th of November 2018, the city of Barcelona hosted the eighth edition of Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), one of the most important events in this sector globally, with 840 exhibitors and over 700 cities represented in the Gran Via Venue (Fira de Barcelona). The congress added to various other important events held during the same week: Smart Mobility Congress, Circular Economy European Summit, Share Barcelona, etc.
Hundreds of speakers and specialists, representatives of 120 countries were able to compare ideas, and present future solutions in terms of: mobility, security, sustainable development, social involvement, all through the prism of information technologies.
This year, the event also included NGOs such as Greenpeace and Save the Children. An opportunity to exchange very different points of view regarding how the urban future should face its most pressing challenges, including social cohesion.
Once again, through this important event, Barcelona has proved itself as a dynamic, future-facing city, open to people and the world.
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