From 12 to 15 November, the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) will be held in the city of Barcelona, which is globally known as one of the leading example in Smart City developments. A Dutch delegation of companies, knowledge institutes and governments visits the event as part of a Smart City mission. One of the main themes during the congress is safety and security.
“The Smart City Expo World Congress is thé meeting place for all parties involved in the topic smart cities and how citizens interact with smart applications. So, it is of interest to companies, entrepreneurs, start-ups, cities and knowledge and research centres involved in smart cities”, says leader of the mission John Jorritsma, Mayor of Eindhoven and president of the Brainport Eindhoven foundation.
Six main themes
Our goal is to present what our country offers in the field of smart city solutions and show the added value of the Dutch organisations and companies within the Smart City sector, as concretely as possible. This is done along six different tracks:
- Safety & Security
- Healthy Urban Living
- Urban Mobility
- Climate and Energy
- Circular Economy
“Because of the international audience that visits this exhibition, participation offers many opportunities to get in touch with the right people,” says Jorritsma. “Moreover, the presence of government officials during the mission can lead to opportunities companies would not have had without the presence of government representatives.”
The programme starts on Sunday evening November 11th with an informal kick-off reception. On Monday November 12th, the business event ‘The Dutch & Smart Cities: Shaping the future by challenging today’ will take place. During this business event workshops, deep-dives and roundtable discussions will take place that focus on social challenges and technological concepts in cities. From Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th November, the Holland Pavilion of Smart City Expo will host World Congress pitches and networking moments.