Between 15th and 17th November this year, there will be a new edition of Smart City Expo World Congress at the Fira de Barcelona exhibition centre. This is an event aimed at promoting entrepreneurship in both Spain and Portugal and to develop smarter and more sustainable cities. In fact, just as its name suggests, the main focus of this congress is around products and services that will create smarter cities. This has been a goal set by the city of Barcelona for a number of years now.
Meanwhile, within the programme of activities for the Smart City Expo World Congress Barcelona 2016, it accommodates the second edition of Smart City App Hack. This is an initiative that aims to establish a network of smart cities which share a common vision and facing challenges of similar magnitude around the world. The congress aims to try to encourage the citizens of these cities to come up with innovative ideas on how to make their city a better place to live in. Hong Kong, Dubai, Berlin, New York and Lion are among the cities that are participating at this congress.
Thanks to the 3-day celebrations of this event, Barcelona will become one of the smart world capital cities during this time. Nearly 500 large cities spread across five continents will send their representatives to the Fira Barcelona venue in order to address the challenges of urban transformation in the near future. Environmental sustainability and, in particular, mobility, economy and energy efficiency are some of the key points to be addressed at this event.
A total of 400 speakers with much prestige and global reputation will be in charge of explaining the basis on which the urban future of smart cities will be built. This will be done in a variety of lectures, conferences and round tables which will present their views and provide evidence and hard data that reinforce their positions. The exchange of ideas will be the cornerstone on which all participating cities will work together to overcome the set of challenges.
In conclusion, the Smart City Expo World Congress Barcelona 2016 is a date marked in red on the activity calendar and it is taking place in Barcelona this year. Barcelona hopes to reaffirm its goals of becoming a fully smart city in the near future. This is something that the public authorities have been working towards for years, but without the cooperation of its citizens, it would be impossible to achieve. Therefore, this conference seeks the involvement of all parties.