Smart City Expo World Congress: Multinational companies lit the fire of hope

Articolo LabGov SmartCities

On November 18-20 2014 there was the 4th edition of theSmart City Expo World Congress” (SCEWC), and it took place in Barcelona.
The topics covered during this event were: Smart Society, Technology, Governance, Energy, Mobility and Sustainable City.
It was an event full of discussions, projects  and a lot of great ideas were discussed around such topics; the “Smart Society” theme was focused on the fostering of creativity, innovation, economic development and collaboration inside the boundaries of the cities, bringing the population to the center of decision-making in order to make urban and social development more democratic. Cities must be reinvented and transformed so that they become more sustainable, and improve quality of life and economic performance. This should be a shared vision and the way forward for citizens, public and private organizations and multi-stakeholders.
This topic is growing in importance in modern society, and recently there was also an European call, “Horizon 2020”, that was focused on the attempt to bring the population closer to the European mechanisms, in order to foster the collaboration between citizens and governments, and create a network of Smart Cities all around Europe.
All the topics that formed the “core” of this were deeply covered, and all seemed to express a common will to shift the modern view and use of energy, technologies and governance towards a collaborative approach, were the citizens cooperate with the governments in order to produce and support a lifestyle focused on the sustainability of energy, lifestyle, governance and technologies.
As a matter of fact, consumers are in a demanding shift, asking for a new energy model, environmentally and economically sustainable, making better use of local scale and renewable resources, while having a global focus and a strong partnership between governments and companies. The marketplace for wind or solar energy is shifting and reaching the mainstream. Every industry is regulatory and subsidy dependent. Clean energy in short will be able to deliver to local stable energy and subsidies will decline over time, as many of the renewables are able to be paid by themselves. This technological revolution is an opportunity of real change in how cities are operated and therefore a possible way forward for economic and social development.
This congress was a great example of how the modern societies’ demands managed to influence the economic and political spheres, and the fact that more and more multinational companies like IBM, Philips, Nissan, BNP Paribas, Microsoft, Oracle and Cisco became more concerned about such topics and aware of the possible available solutions is indeed a beacon of light into the grim darkness of the “non-collaborative future”.
The 5th edition of the SCEWC will take place on the 17-19 of November 2015, and given the growing success and importance of such event, it is possible to hope for some real projects to be proposed regarding the topics of sustainability.


Smart City Expo World Congress: Le Multinazionali accendono il faro della speranza.

Nella quarta edizione della SCEWC si sono discusse tematiche fondamentali quali energia, tecnologie, Smart Cities, governance e sostenibilità.
Dalle conferenze e dai workshop è emerso che la società sta cambiando e che desidera sempre più spostarsi verso una società più attenta e proiettata alla sostenibilità e alla governance comune.
Il ciclo di conferenze ha dimostrato come la società moderna riesce ad influenzare la sfera politica ed economica; il fatto che numerose multinazionali del calibro di IBM, Philips, Nissan, BNP Paribas, Microsoft, Oracle e Cisco abbiano preso parte a questo evento dimostrandosi sensibili alle tematiche sopracitate ci rende più fiduciosi riguardo al futuro.
La prossima edizione del SCEWC si terrà dal 17 al 19 Novembre del 2015 e si potrebbe azzardare la speranza di vedere una serie di progetti concreti prendere forma.