Smart City Expo Highlight Global Countries Committed to ‘Smart’ Cities (Agenda 21)

Posted: November 15, 2014 in Econ 101, Free Trade, Technology and Energy



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Large corporations and investors seeking innovative projects and solutions


In the Smart City Open Innovation Marketplace

Entrepreneurs or SME, large companies, technology or research centres with new ideas for smart cities, took part in the Smart City Open Innovation Marketplace (OIMP). It held 276 face to face meetings between start-ups, companies and investors who specialise in Smart Cities.

The 155 companies already signed up came from Austria, Saudi seduce, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, USA, France,
Greece, Hong Kong, Iran, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Russia, Tanzania and Chile
. They had the opportunity to meet up with representatives of the technology purchasing divisions of major multinationals to explain their ideas and projects and try to get the investment they need to see them to fruition.

Breakdown of the proposals submitted
Of the proposals submitted, 36% are from the sector of Technology and Innovation; 14% from Energy; 13% from the field of Collaborative Cities and Smart Society; 12% concern Mobility; 10% from the Environmental sector; and Emergency Management, Smart Geo and Urban Planning represent 4% each of the proposals, while 3% concern Governance.

The technology purchasing divisions of major multinationals are taking part:
Abertis Telecom, Accenture, Aqualogy, Cisco, Enel-endesa, Ferrovial, IBM, Microsoft, Schneider Electric, Thales, Thyssenkrupp.

Plus the following investment funds:
Active Capital Partners, American Industry Acquisition Corporation, Baring Private Equity Partners, Compas Private Equity, EIX Technova, High Growth Partners and Saba Accel.

Mobile World Capital, the main driving force behind the OIMP:
The plan to turn the city of Barcelona into the world mobile technology capital has a specific industrial programme focused on the development of solutions in the urban environment known as mSmart City. The idea is to collaborate with the Smart City Expo World Congress in designing a space which promotes innovation in urban environments along with mobility and mSmart City has also taken part in the selection of participating projects, bearing in mind its industrial potential and capacity to influence the main challenges currently facing the world’s cities.

The international summit on smart cities will be held for the fourth time from November 18 to 20


Over 50 city mayors from all over the world will be attending the Smart City Expo World Congress 2014

With two months to go before the fourth edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress, 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.

Barcelona, September 18th, 2014


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