Over 50 city mayors from all over the world will be attending the Smart City Expo World Congress 2014
The leading international summit on smart cities, 56 mayors from major cities in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America have already confirmed their presence in Barcelona. The municipal chiefs will be attending the event to present their latest projects and seek new solutions for their cities. The Smart City Expo World Congress 2014 will be held this November at Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via Exhibition Centre.
The Smart City Expo World Congress will play host to delegations from over 400 of the world’s cities, many of them at the very highest administrative level. Some of the more than 50 mayors who have already confirmed their attendance are those from Amsterdam (Netherlands), Bangkok (Thailand), Copenhagen (Denmark), Guangzhou and Beijing (China), Kyoto (Japan), Johannesburg (South Africa), Moscow and St. Petersburg (Russia), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Tel-Aviv (Israel), Vienna (Austria) and Jakarta (Indonesia).
Numerous other cities from all five continents will also be sending official missions to the Barcelona summit. These include Berlin and Munich (Germany), Boston, Chicago, New York and San Francisco (USA), Dublin (Ireland), Glasgow and London (UK), Melbourne (Australia), Milan and Rome (Italy), New Delhi and Ahmedabad (India), Paris (France) and Toronto (Canada).
Ugo Valenti, the director of the Smart City Expo World Congress, is confident that “the names and figures that we already have confirmed as of today’s date point to the 2014 edition being the best-ever Smart City Expo World Congress. The calibre of the delegates is extremely high and the number of cities attending even further underlines this as the premier global event for smart urban solutions and technologies.” He concluded: “The Barcelona event is an absolute must for any city expecting to tackle the challenges of the immediate future.”
Transformational innovations and ideas
The Smart City Expo World Congress programme features some of the most innovative speakers on the current urban and technological scene. Structured around six main themes (Smart Society, Technology, Governance, Energy, Mobility and Sustainable City), the congress’s 300 speakers include Parag Khanna, regarded as the world’s leading geopolitical analyst and a former adviser to US President, Barack Obama; architects Kengo Kuma and Deyan Sudjic, who will be discussing the creative process within urban environments; futurologist and sustainability expert Alex Steffen; Janette Sadik, an expert in urban mobility and New York’s former Transportation Commissioner; and Vaclav Smil, a scientist specializing in energy and demographic analysis.
The fourth edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress, the only international event on smart cities, which brings together over 400 world cities, 300 speakers and the leading institutions and experts in charge of leading change and urban transformation, will be held between 18 and 20 November at Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via Exhibition Centre. The event provides the strategies and tools necessary to drive forward knowledge sharing, the development of associations and the creation of business opportunities in the new market of urban solutions and technologies.
Transforming existing cities into smart cities and ensuring that cities built in the future meet all economic, environmental and human sustainability requirements from day one is a global challenge that involves all of us in one way or another. For many experts, this is not mere necessity, it is an opportunity to transform the planet, a fact reflected in the conference programme of the fourth edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress.
Present at the fourth edition of the congress will be highly prestigious speakers of international renown, such as Parag Khanna, former advisor to US President Barack Obama and considered the world’s top geopolitical analyst; architects Kengo Kuma and Deyan Sudjic, who will speak about the creative process within the urban setting; and futurologist and sustainability expert, Alex Steffen.
Parag Khanna, American expert on international relations, has become the world’s most prestigious geopolitical analyst. At the age of thirty, he was current US President Barack Obama’s top international advisor. Many see him as the next Zbigniew Brzezinski, the man who made sense of the world during the Cold War, reaching agreements with former Soviet Russia and China under the terms of office of Lyndon B. Johnson and Jimmy Carter. In recent years, Khanna has focused his field of study on how science and technology create new and unexpected lifestyles and social structures and their role in cities.
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and fellow architect and director of the Design Museum London Deyan Sudjic will debate the smart city concept, handling questions such as, ‘Is there a globally applicable concept?’ or ‘What do smart cities have to win and lose?’. The talk will try to discern how important and necessary technology is to the transformation of a city into a smart city and if all cities can become ‘smart’ by copying the same models and solutions.
The future and how to plan for it is Alex Steffen’s territory. This sustainability specialist will be the key figure in one of the congress’ six plenary sessions, analysing the role of cities in the future. Steffen advocates that cities will be a key part of ensuring the planet’s future as creators of prosperity instead of climate change, and that cities can boost their economies while reducing their emissions to zero.
Organized into 6 thematic areas (Smart Society, Technology, Governance, Energy, Mobility and Sustainable City), the conference programme will involve over 50 presentations, including 6 plenary sessions and over 400 speakers.
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