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Twelve smart city projects covering almost 60 cities across Europe came together at the 7th Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) in Barcelona from 14-16 November – the biggest edition to date –to show how cities are leading the way in driving sustainable and smart innovation.
Under the conference theme ‘Empower Cities, Empower People’, these smart city projects, also known as Lighthouse city projects, presented how they are putting smart technologies to the test, and how these work in practice when it comes to reducing environmental impact and improving citizen’s lives.
‘The Lighthouse Projects Stand’ was part of the three-day international event on smart cities at the Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via venue which gathered 700 cities worldwide as well as 675 exhibitors and 420 speakers.
The Stand hosted a number of discussion sessions, ranging in topic from district heating solutions to smart waste collection, providing an opportunity to share experiences of mobilising the public sector, business communities, civil society and academia in the creation of smart cities and regions.
The twelve projects have all received funding through the EU’s Horizon 2020 framework programme as part of the EU’s long term ambition to create a low-carbon economy and ensure continued competitiveness in the global market.
Head of Unit for new energy technologies and innovation at the European Commission, Andreea Strachinescu said: “Innovation drives Europe’s competitiveness and is the best way to transition to a low-carbon economy. Thanks to these projects and partnerships, high efficiency heating and cooling systems, smart metering, real-time energy management, or zero-energy buildings neighbourhood solutions can be tested and shared with other European cities.”
The European Innovation Partnership for Smart Cities and Communities, also featured at the stand, was launched in 2012 by the European Commission to support the development urban technology solutions in and energy, transport and ICT and stimulate their uptake to enable the transition to a more sustainable Europe.
Under the theme ‘Empower cities, empower people’, Barcelona Smart City Expo 2017 (14-16 November) will gather exhibitors, speakers and visitors around eight areas that make a city a ‘smart’ city: governance, mobility, safety, economy, sustainability, circular economy, society and data & technology. The event will focus on strategies to empower metropolises and their citizens through active participation.
EUROCITIES connects smarter cities across the EU, bringing them together to exchange, share and learn from each other. Our presence in the Congress contributes in raising visibility of what EUROCITIES is doing in terms of city-to-city cooperation. Although becoming smarter means different things to different cities, concerted and coordinated efforts from all levels of governance are essential to tackle broader challenges such as climate change.
Barcelona’s Agora welcomes EUROCITIES on ‘Cities working together to deliver smart solutions’ (Day 1, Tue. 14, 16:30 – 17:30 , Agora Stage)
Federica Bordelot, policy advisor, is actively involved in the Digital Transition partnership established under the Urban Agenda for the EU. Through her work, EUROCITIES contributes in strengthening an open dialogue at the EU level, enabling cities to get directly involved in the development of EU initiatives on smart cities, based on their needs and the challenges they are facing. Apart from this, Federica will also present the current and future work on data and standards developed by the respective knowledge society forum WGs. More information on EUROCITIES website.
Nikolaos Kontinakis, senior project coordinator, will present some of the most remarkable projects developed by city members in the area of energy efficiency, buildings, transport and governance to improve citizens’ quality of life.
‘Leveraging the Potential of City Networks’: EUROCITIES’ approach to international cooperation (Day 1, Tue.14, 17:30-18:30, Room 5).
What can city networks do to improve good governance at the global level and support an international urban ecological transition? EUROCITIES is already involved in two international cooperation projects on sustainable urbanisation with China. To which extent can European cities’ expertise and knowledge be transferred outside Europe to meet our commitments and sustainable development goals?
Speaker: Nikolaos Kontinakis
Networking area and short debates in the European ‘lighthouse’ stand (Pavilion 2, D450 booth)
Our Green Digital Charter/GuiDance and Sharing Cities projects will be glad to welcome you at the Smart Cities and Communities’(SCC) networking space. Several thematic sessions per day, and the opportunity to meet partners involved in all 13 current smart cities ‘lighthouse’ projects funded under the Horizon 2020 programme.
The prestigious World Smart City Awards are one of the key event of the annual international Smart City Expo World Congress taking place in Barcelona. The aim of these internationally-acclaimed awards is to recognize, promote and support pioneering city strategies, projects and ideas that can potentially change citizens’ lives through their outstanding innovation, impact and feasibility, as well as stimulating inclusive, equitable, safe, healthy and collaborative cities, thus enhancing quality of life for all.
Register now (and until 4 September) on www.smartcityexpo.com.
Who can participate?
Acteurs from both public and private sectors can apply for the World Smart City Awards, divided in three categories:
- The City Award for cities that demonstrate established strategies, initiatives and policies developed for its citizens
- The Project Award for implemented projects that are already benefitting inhabitants in a specific smart city area
- The Innovative Idea Award for innovative, bottom-up concepts that aim to achieve sustainable integrated development in cities and can demonstrate feasibility of implementation
Proposals should be related to one of the topics of the 2017 edition
You have until 4 September to apply. Don’t miss the chance!
Winners will be announced at the World Smart City Awards on 15 November, in a ceremony that attracts an audience of more than 1,000 key public and private decision-makers, providing an excellent opportunity to gain prestige and visibility.