Representatives of 600 cities from five continents, 576 exhibitors and 412 global influencers, innovators, and thought leaders, along with more than 16,000 visitors converged on Barcelona on 15-17 November to attend the sixth edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress. Entitled ‘Cities for citizens’, this was the biggest ever gathering of municipal authorities in the event’s history.

Six European Horizon 2020 ‘lighthouse’ projects – GrowSmarter, REMOURBAN, Triangulum, REPLICATE, Sharing cities, and SmartEnCity – and supporting actions CITYkeys and ESPRESSO shared a pavilion at the expo along with the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) and the Green Digital Charter (GDC) initiative.


Sharing Cities is a Horizon 2020 smart city ‘lighthouse’ programme. EUROCITIES leads on the replication and communication activities and they acted as coordinators of this event.

Visitors received first-hand information from the coordinators and partners of these collaborative projects. The latter shared their achievements and demonstrated live their latest results.

The speaking sessions hosted by the project partners – city representatives, business partners, NGOs – proved to be particularly popular.


They covered most of the hot topics within the smart cities context, including: smart city development; performance measurement; sustainable urban mobility; citizen engagement; business models; and finance and procurement.  The speakers represented Cologne and Stockholm (GrowSmarter), Milan and Greenwich (Sharing Cities), Vienna (Smarter Together), Rotterdam (CITYkeys and ESPRESSO), Ghent, Valencia and Turin (GDC), San Sebastian (Replicate), and Sabadell (Triangulum), among others (see the agenda here).

The GDC team hosted a cocktail reception in the evening of the 16th, which was a huge hit with participants. Nikolaos Kontinakis, Green Digital Charter coordinator, introduced the short addresses by Paola Pisano, deputy mayor of Turin in charge of innovation and smart city; Mathias Reddmann, European Commission, DG CONNECT; and Bart Rosseau, chief data officer, City of Ghent.

cocktailGDC is a EUROCITIES initiative that commits cities to working together to promote the use of digital technologies and address the challenges of growth, sustainability and resilience for the benefit of their citizens.

EUROCITIES is also involved in the CITYkeys support action, which has developed key performance indicators for the measurement and transparent monitoring of smart cities and smart city projects.


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