Smart City Expo shows us the near future of our cities
How will the cities of the future look like? Wait, the future is almost here! Technological progress allows us to do practically anything we wish in order to improve citizens’ quality of life. So now it’s time to coordinate our efforts –coming from both public and private sectors– to deploy the best solutions into our cities to make them more connected, more sustainable, more livable.
A world congress like the Smart City Expo (SCE) showcases the best practices and examples from all around the globe. A global tour across 14 countries was organized to launch the event internationally. From Sao Paulo to Beijing, from San Francisco to Stockholm, and up to 18 different cities. As a result, from November 13th to 15th, 140 companies and more than 300 well-known speakers will gather in Fira Barcelona’s Gran Via venue to show to over 6000 professionals the best solutions in the smart city fields (energy, mobility, environment, people, living and governance).
The Mobile World Capital will also be present in the event:
- On Wednesday November 14th, our Managing Director Ginés Alarcón is taking part at11:30am on the panel discussion about Big Data, with the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, Indra, and Digital London.
- At 12:15pm, on Wednesday our Strategy Director Juanma Barrionuevo will present the Open Innovation Marketplace, a new initiative that we have jointly developed with SCE. Entrepreneurs from 8 countries have handed in 155 proposals and will have a 15 minutes time slot to pitch their projects to big corporations or investment funds and private equity firms.
- At 6pm, Barcelona will launch its Tap & Go project, the initiative to turn the public transportation 100% contactless. Oscar Pallarols, our Competence Centre Director, will take part on a workshop presenting the program, together with representatives from Telefonica, Indra and ‘la Caixa’.
- Thursday November 15th at12:30pm, Mr Barrionuevo will also participate in the “City in the Cloud” panel, with Abertis Telecom, the FTTH Council Europe and the Guangzhou Municipal Science and Information Technology Bureau.