By the year 2050, 75% of the world’s population will be living in cities. Urban challenges and their solutions are increasingly key not only for cities but for the planet as a whole.
In 2011 Barcelona witnessed the launch of a new event aiming to transform cities and thereby the world. At a time when smart cities were a distant concept pursued by many but known to few, Smart City Expo World Congress paved the path to a brighter future and was rapidly joined by cities, companies and thinkers willing to share knowledge, solutions and ideas to build better cities across the planet.
Five years later, the Catalan capital gathers 11,000 attendees, over 400 cities, 275 companies and figures such as Carlo Ratti, Jeremy Rifkin, Richard Florida, Michael Braungart, Parag Khanna, Kent Larson, Alex Steffen and in November 2015 Ricky Burdett, Edward Glaeser, Beth Simone Noveck and Julianna Rotich. All of them discussing better ways to tackle the challenges facing cities and collaboratively seeking solutions in the fields of Society, Technology, Governance, Sustainability, Energy, Urban planning, Equity and Mobility.
The latter will become a key theme in 2015. The steady growth of urban populations and their transportation needs demand new innovative and sustainable solutions around the globe. Smart Mobility will therefore become a main axis of the 5th edition of Smart City Expo World Congress and will be jointly organized with BcnRail, one of the key European events focusing on a railway industry that is seeking to establish for itself a leading role in the Smart Mobility and Intelligent Transport Systems fields.
In November 2015, opinion leaders, cities and companies will come together to share best practices and work on the collective task of building better, livable and sustainable cities for all.