Smart City Expo Word Congress (SCEWC)

Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), the event on cities and urban innovation organised by Fira de Barcelona, will bring together in its eleventh edition representatives of more than 700 cities from the five continents, consolidating itself as one of the main platforms for urban innovation. The Congress, which will be held from 15th to 17th November at the Gran Via venue, will be attended by high-level representatives from major cities such as Amsterdam, Atlanta, Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Doha, Frankfurt, Kiev, New York, Paris, Quito, Reykjavik, Rio de Janeiro, Roma, Seoul, Stockholm, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Tokyo and Vienna.

Once again, Metropolis is a supporting institution of Smart City Expo and we will foster the metropolitan perspective and the voice from large cities on this international debate on innovation and sustainable urban development. There will be two big moments that you cannot miss: 


Gender Equity in the digital economy

Wednesday 16 November
3:30 pm to 4:15 pm
Agora Exhibition

Under the paradigm that innovative cities must center the experiences of the most disconnected and underserved residents in their plans and actions for the benefit of all residents. Metropolis joins forces with CHANGE to create an exhibition space that enables Agora visitors to listen to expert and local leaders about how cities are currently undertaking this work and what challenges must be addressed to advance gender equity in the digital economy with a focus on labour rights and infrastructure development. (read the concept note)


Empowering Cities to Catalyze Innovation - Launch of Civitas Novus

Thursday 17 November
10:15 am
Seoul Digital Foundation pavilion

This edition of the Smart City Expo will see the launch of Civitas Novus, a new method for assessing urban innovation systems. Our urban innovation assessment is part of the paradigm shift that emphasizes the fundamental role cities perform in improving urban resilience and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. We need new ways to organise, manage and experience urban life that can build on, adapt and transform existing urban systems. 

Civitas Novus is an initiative led by the Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation, with the support of the Penn Institute for Urban Research, Metropolis and UCLG.


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