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Date: August 3, 2023
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Smart City 2023: Record-Breaking Edition Welcomes Over 26 Thousand Participants

With the confirmation of 600 international speakers, the new edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress 2023 is coming, to be held from November 7th to 9th in Barcelona. Who will be the exhibitors at the event?
Smart City Expo World Congress
The Smart City Expo World Congress 2022 brought together 30,000 attendees, both virtual and in-person, and featured 350 speakers.

The Smart City Expo World Congress 2023 (SCEWC23), which will take place from November 7th to 9th at Fira Barcelona, will be the largest edition to date.

It will have strong support from business, government, and organizational partners, both national and international.

It is expected that over 25,000 attendees (from 800 different cities), 1,000 exhibitors, and 600 speakers will be present.

It is worth noting that the Smart City Expo is the world’s largest and most influential event on urban innovation.

Its goal is to showcase intelligent solutions that help cities thrive and create safer, greener, and more efficient communal spaces, with electric mobility being one of the proposals.

Regarding tickets, they are already on sale on the SCEWC23 website.

The event can be attended in-person or virtually, and discounts are available for students and group attendees.

Who will be the speakers at the Smart City 2023?

Among the confirmed speakers are:

  • Claire O’Neill, former Minister of Energy and Clean Growth of the United Kingdom, former designated President of COP26, and co-chair of the Advisory Board of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
  • Micaela Mantegna, activist, global expert in AI and XR ethics, TED fellow, BKC Harvard affiliate, and member of the WEF Future of the Metaverse Council.
  • Alyssa-Amor Gibbons, working in environmentally conscious architecture.
  • LaToya Cantrell, Mayor of the City of New Orleans.
  • Rohey Malick Lowe, Mayor of the City of Banjul.
  • Clara Muzzio, Minister of Public Space and Urban Hygiene in the Government of the City of Buenos Aires.
  • Jaanika Merilo, Special Advisor to the Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia.
  • Oleg Polovynko, Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the City of Kyiv.
  • Ted Ross, Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the City of Los Angeles.
  • Santiago Garces, Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the City of Boston.
  • Anna Lisa Boni, Deputy Mayor of Ecological Transition and Climate Pact of the City of Bologna.
  • Edlam Yemeru, Chief of Knowledge and Innovation at UN-Habitat.
  • Lauren Sorkin, Executive Director at the Resilient Cities Network.
  • Helene Chartier, Director of Urban Planning and Design at C40 Cities.
  • Joe Dignan, Association Vice President and Head of Government Insights Europe, IDC Europe Headquarters.
  • Tariq Khan, Chief Digital and Information Officer in the London Borough of Camden.
  • Christina Yan Zhang, CEO at The Metaverse Institute.
  • Gesa Ziemer, Head of the CityScience Lab (HafenCity University Hamburg).

Smart City organizes different editions around the world

The Smart City was first held in 2011 in Barcelona.

From 2013 onwards, the event expanded from its headquarters to other cities in different parts of the world.

Indeed, local editions tailored to the specific needs and interests of the host regions began to be developed.

Where will the next editions take place?

From October 4th to 5th, it will be held in New York (United States).

It is expected to host over 3,000 visitors, 100 speakers, and 75 partners from various nationalities.

From October 10th to 11th, in Doha (Qatar).

Around 6,000 visitors, 70 speakers, and 40 sponsors from over 100 countries are estimated to participate.

From October 12th to 13th, in Shanghái (China).

Estimations suggest that it will gather 25,000 visitors, 80 speakers, and 75 exhibitors.

It is worth mentioning that, so far this year, the event has already taken place in four cities in different countries.

Between March 22nd and 24th, it was held in Curitiba (Brazil), bringing together over 12,000 visitors, 120 speakers, and 70 partners from around the world.

From May 23rd to 25th, it took place in Merida (Mexico), with an edition that attracted 10,000 visitors, 300 speakers, and 200 partners from different nationalities.

The event in Bogotá (Colombia) was celebrated between May 31st and June 2nd, with 4,000 visitors, 70 speakers, and 60 partners from different countries participating.

Finally, from June 14th to 16th, it was held in Santiago del Estero (Argentina), bringing together over 5,000 visitors, 76 speakers, and 50 partners from around the world.

So far this year, the Smart City has already been held in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina.
So far this year, the Smart City has already been held in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina.
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