Congress topics

The Smart City World Congress is built around the concept of a "Smart Society for innovative and sustainable cities", integrating the following underlying themes: Energy, Innovation & Technology, Collaborative City & the Smart Society, Sustainable built environment, Governance & Economy, Mobility, Geomatic Technologies and Urban Resilience & Security. Please find a brief explanation of each theme, followed by an open list of topics, detailed below:


Cities are a major contributor to CO2 emissions in Europe and America. Forthcoming challenges include improving efficiencies in energy consumption and transport, increasing production from renewable sources, developing the energy grid, balancing the energy mix towards the renewable, boosting energy production on an urban scale, reducing environmental impacts, building zero carbon houses or developing the electric infrastructure necessary to make the use of the electric vehicle more widespread.

Proposed topics:

· Renewable Energies
· Urban Energy Production / Smart Grid
· Zero Carbon Houses
· Urban Energy Production & Storage
· Smart Grid & Energy Efficiency
· New business models and regulation

Technology and Innovation

Thanks to modern technology, cities can now be converted into sensory beings that communicate their needs and their responses to certain scenarios in real time. To efficiently respond to challenges in areas such as mobility, energy and environmental protection, tomorrow's cities must establish systems capable of handling the massive amount of data generated by their residents and infrastructure.

Proposed topics:

· Integrated Vision
· Internet of Things (IoT) / Machine to machine (M2M)
· City in the Cloud
· Big Data
· Urban Sensorization Solutions
· Data visualization

Collaborative city and the smart society

ICTs are setting a new landscape for analysing society, to make it interact and collaborate, to empower citizens to develop their initiatives, to foster creativity learning new ways to innovate. Furthermore, the same applies when ICTs are not broadly available, key policies still deal with collaboration, creativity, right decisions and better place.

Cities must foster creativity, innovation and economic development. They must be an inclusive project for all citizens. Cities must be reinvented and transformed to develop themselves more sustainable, improving quality of life and economic performance. This should be a shared vision and way forward for citizens, and public and private organization.

Proposed topics:

· Co-city: collaboration, entrepreneurship & creativity
· Social innovation
· Citizen engagement & participation
· Urban entrepreneurship
· Urban regeneration &Creative city

Sustainable built environment

The world is facing major environmental challenges, and cities are major consumers of energy and natural resources.

A sustainable built environment tackles the challenges of the space where we live and work: how it is produced and managed, how it is imagined and how it becomes feasible. Cities must care and protect the environment, and integrate different kinds of green spaces, urban agriculture, urban services and urban utilities into a new urban model. A new way for building zero carbon housing has to be develop both for new and existing housing stocks.

New decentralised infrastructures for energy production are at the center of the debate. At the same time, waste and water management has to evolve from today's recycling model to a new model that includes the product lifecycle, inverse logistics procedures and waste/water consumption reduction. Other topics in this area are those centred on reducing CO2 emissions, and adapting to and mitigating climate change.

Proposed topics:

· City sustainability / Climate change management / Liveable cities
· Water management
· Product cycle / waste management
· Smart growth / Rethinking cities
· Green building (in collaboration with the Green Building Council)
· Green spaces / Urban green

Urban planning and building

Urban planning deals with the space where we live and work: how it is produced and managed, how it is imagined and how it becomes feasible. Urban design deals afterwards with its physical form. After half a century of car-centred planning, both disciplines are now refocusing on the human scale.

It is imperative to consider how city development fosters creativity, innovation and economic development. Furthermore, we must appraise how it is an inclusive project for all citizens. Also, it is important to know how the cities themselves are reinvented and transformed, how they care and protect the environment, and how they integrate different kinds of green spaces, urban agriculture, urban services and utilities into the new model (energy grid, water reutilization, ICTs), etc.

The redesigning of cities by reinventing the way we construct our housing and buildings, the resources that are afterwards necessary to maintain them habitable is an important factor, as is also the development of new urban spaces for testing new technological solutions and piloting.

Proposed topics:

· Smart growth
· Urban regeneration / Creative city
· Shared urban space
· Green building (in collaboration with the Green Building Council)
· Green spaces / Urban green


For the last 20 years, cities have been challenging the mobility paradigm generated around cars as the principal mode of transport. Car-centred planning is now refocusing on the human scale.

Today, the vehicle paradigm is being challenged by climate change and current natural resources deployment. There is a widespread use of new ICTs for all means of transport, which allow for real-time information or variable signalling according to traffic conditions; there is a change of focus from policies to develop infrastructures to those concerned with the improvement, and integration of the management of mobility services; developing the electric infrastructure necessary to make the use of the electric vehicle more widespread is becoming also a priority on all political agendas.

Proposed topics:

· New mobility paradigms
· Multimodal mobility on demand
· Intelligent Transport Systems
· Electric Vehicle & EV infrastructure
· Sharing urban mobility space

Governance and Economy

City governments need to play a major role in the implementation of reform agendas.

In modern society, the city governments are facing higher demands from their citizens with regard to services offered and to the capacity to influence or to have a voice in the city government. This happens in an environment of decreasing economic resources and within a conflictive share of responsibilities among city, regional, national and supra-national government bodies. A new urban services management model needs to be developed. Partnerships with private companies are crucial to developing any new projects.

In addition, technology also provides new ways to boost citizen participation and to develop open government to the public. Fostering of creativity and entrepreneurship are among the main policies that have to be developed: open government, transparency and open data.

Proposed topics:

· Governance Models / Governance Frameworks
· Public-Private Collaboration
· Funding Smart Transformation
· Smart & Open Government
· Open data

Urban resilience and security

City resilience refers to the city's capacity to react to unexpected situations as natural disasters or accidents that could cause disruptions on urban services or transportation networks.

ICTs are becoming a key partner to help manage, monitor and detect accidents or system failures or anomalies, and to manage critical situations once they occur. This includes police, rescue or emergency health services coordination and city resilience monitoring and management.

Proposed topics:

· Urban resilience strategies
· Urban utilities ICTs solutions
· Security and emergencies city services


Geomatic technologies

Geomatic technologies covers a wide variety of fields, ranging from surveying, geo-information systems, remote sensing and photogrammetric techniques to supplementary solutions and technologies.

The Geographic Information System (GIS) facilitates the analysis of the different systems composing the smart city (energy, environment, mobility) with visualization solutions of data captured globally (satellites, remote sensing, etc.) and local geo-information data.

This technologies also offers a platform for pioneering developments on the market of today and tomorrow (multi-sensor technology in data acquisition, mobile computing, cloud sourcing, 3D applications, using satellite positioning) and for the trends towards geo web solutions.

Proposed topics:

· Cartography
· Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
· Remote sensing and photogrammetry
· Geodesy and navigation
· Geo-information visualization