Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), the leading international event on smart cities and smart urban solutions is finalizing its 2018edition. From November 13thto 15th, Fira de Barcelona's Gran Via venue will gather over 700 cities, 700 exhibitors and 400 speakers in what will be the best and largest edition of the show. With a new theme -Cities to live in- the event will underline the importance of setting as the main goal of all urban strategies to build more liveable metropolises for its citizens to live, work and thrive in.
With little less than six months before the event, SCEWC has already booked 90% of its floorspace, exceeding last year's figures by 20%. The 700 companies exhibiting at the 2018 edition - among which are Acciona, Alstom, Axis, Bosch, Bouygues, Cellnex, Cisco, Citelum, Dassault Systèmes, Deloitte, Deutsche Telekom, Engie, Esri, FCC, Ferrovial, Fiware, Fiware, Hexagon, Huawei, Inesa, Isbak, Itron, Mastercard, Microsoft, Mobileye, Nec, Rambus, Schreder, Suez, Ubiwhere, Urbaser and Worldsensing - will cover more than 18,000 net square metres.
Additionally, the exhibition will also host a large number of cities, regions and countries showcasing their projects including Austria, Barcelona, Bayern, Baden-Württemberg, Berlin, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Busan, Dubai, Estonia, Firenze, Flanders, Goyang, Grenoble, Hangzhou, Hannover, Israel, Japan, Korea, Leeds, Lyon, Madrid, Montevideo, Netherlands, Norway, Prague, Taipei, Tel Aviv, Thailand, United States and Wallonia.
The event's director, Ugo Valenti, said that, "the continued growth our Congress confirms the strategic bet we did almost a decade ago on a new industry and has confirmed its key role in the sustainable development and transformation of cities around the world. Citizens are already at the center of all urban transformation strategies and provide a forum to ensure that cities learn together and collaborate now and in the future."
Sharing cities gathering
SCEWC will also host the Sharing Cities Summit starting on November 12th. Following the cities of Amsterdam and New York that hosted the previous editions, the event will gather together Mayors and Deputy Mayors from leading cities from around the world - such as Amsterdam, Milan, Montreal, New York, Paris, Toronto and Vienna - to discuss how the continuous growth of sharing economies affect the life and economic development of the cities, and what innovative measures can be taken to meet the challenges and opportunities we face.