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Expo aims to empower citizens

The event, which runs 14-16 November, will also launch a new yearly smart transport summit

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This year's Smart City Expo World will be the biggest yet
This year's Smart City Expo World will be the biggest yet

Citizen empowerment will be the main theme of this year’s Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), the leading international smart cities event, which takes place from November 14 to 16 at Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via venue.


Empower Cities, Empower Citizens will gather 650 cities, 600 exhibitors and 420 speakers. It will focus on strategies "to empower metropolises and their citizens through active participation, critical reflection, awareness and access and control over important decisions and resources".


The companies exhibiting at the 2017 event, the biggest yet, include CAF, Deutsche Telekom, Engie, Huawei, Mastercard, Microsoft, Siemens, Suez and ZTE. Among the list of cities and countries showcasing their projects are Denmark, Dubai, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Holland, Israel, London, New York, Norway, Quebec, Spain and the US.


2017 also sees the launch of a new annual smart transport event. Smart Mobility World Congress will showcase the most innovative advances in urban and inter-city mobility. SMWC will have its own space within SCEWC, its auditorium and will host the congress of ALAMYS, the Latin American Metro and Underground Railway Association.


Over the last six years, SCEWC has become the world smart cities benchmark event gathering over 16,000 attendees from 126 countries on its last edition. Its international impact has grown with regional events in Casablanca, Istanbul, Kyoto and Puebla and soon Buenos Aires, further consolidating SCEWC as the international leading event in smart urban solutions and drawing more attendees and interest toward the global event held in Barcelona every year.


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