WE ARE THE CITIES WE MAKE

2021 HIGHLIGHTS

Making a return to in-person events post-pandemic, Smart City Expo once again brought together the leading global players working in urban development to share knowledge, highlight the sector’s most innovative solutions, and reflect together on the great challenges facing our cities today. Take a look back at the best of our 2021 edition.

WHAT A COMEBACK EDITION!

There were still masks and distancing, but SCEWC21 looked like Smart City Expo World Congress again. To celebrate its powerful 10th anniversary, SCEWC21 was a hybrid experience for the first time, with the physical event coming back to Barcelona and a parallel digital program broadcast by Tomorrow.City.

Feel the good vibes of SCEWC21

14000
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20000
ONLINE ATTENDEES
400
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TAKEAWAYS OF SCEWC21

Nothing compares to in-person events

Returning to Barcelona reminded us that the ideas from meeting face-to-face, sharing a coffee, and creating collaboratively are irreplaceable. “SCEWC is the one place where we have meaningful conversations,” claimed Cassie Roach, Cisco’s VP of Global Public Sector.

Collaboration and creative problem solving are crucial

“No problem in a city is going to be solved by any one party. It’s going to take public and private and civil society, and this event brings all of those parties together” – words from Jeremy Goldberg, Microsoft’s Worldwide Director of Critical Infrastructure. We couldn’t put it any better. Within this challenging current global scenario, multilateralism is crucial.

The pandemic was a chance to reimagine everything

Cities included. How are cities rewriting their stories for the post-COVID era? The debates that took place at the Congress brought answers. “Post-pandemic cities need to prioritize collaboration and partnership because the challenges are severe. SCEWC is super important to create relationships and drive inclusive solutions," according to Miguel Gamiño, Mastercard’s EVP & Head of Global Cities.

WORLD SMART CITY AWARDS - 2021 WINNERS

CITY AWARD

Municipal Solid Waste Management Plan of the City of Buenos Aires

Gobierno de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
Since 2012, the City is implementing an Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Management Plan in order to promote waste reduction, encourage waste segregation and, therefore, reducing waste disposition in local landfill. The main aim is to develop circular economy models for each waste current.

INNOVATION RECOVERY AWARD

Smart City Empowers Wuhan's Revitalization after COVID-19, Spurring Innovations for Mega-city Governance

Wuhan Municipal People’s Government
As the first batch of pilot cities for smart cities in China, Wuhan City, based on the new generation of information technology, continuously promotes the wide application of big data intelligence in urban governance, and promotes the economic recovery and urban development after the pandemic.

LEADERSHIP AWARD

Carlos Moreno

For his 15-minute cities vision and bringing new perspectives to addressing urban challenges.

LEADERSHIP AWARD

Benedetta Tagliabue

For bringing beauty and liveability to our cities through the redesign of public spaces and urban buildings.

ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES AWARD

Forging a new era of decision making in smart cities: the case of DUET

Digital Urban European Twins
Digital Flanders Agency
DUET leverages the concept of digital twin to evolve urban planning in smart cities. Our interoperable platform helps local stakeholders improve both operational decisions and long-term policy planning. The solution is being co-created with policy makers and citizens in three locations in Europe.

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT AWARD

Living Lab Scheveningen: The Urban Innovation Testbed

City of The Hague
Living Lab Scheveningen is a digitally connected urban environment where digital innovations are applied in the public space to help solve complex societal challenges together with citizens, businesses and the public sector. The aim is to create a sustainable, safe and pleasant living environment.

MOBILITY AWARD

Smart Mobility Analytics (SMA). A solution to handle the mobility in a passenger cruiser terminal

Port of Barcelona
SMA is an Intelligent Mobility System, based on cameras and AI logic, that will provide real-time information to all the stakeholder managing the transport flows reducing traffic congestion (people and vehicles) at the terminal during the landing operation.

GOVERNANCE & ECONOMY AWARD

The G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance on Technology Governance

World Economic Forum
The G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance unites governments, private-sector partners and citizens around principles for the responsible use of smart city technologies. The Alliance establishes global policy norms to accelerate best practices, mitigate risks, and foster openness and public trust.

LIVING & INCLUSION AWARD

Chengdu: Innovative implementation of online governance, for creating a smart liveable and inclusive

Chengdu Municipal People's Government
Focus on key areas such as government services,operation,public services, risk prevention and control,industrial development,optimize and re-engineer business processes,improve quality and efficiency of urban services,governance and development,to create a pan-city of wisdom,livability and tolerance.

SAFETY & SECURITY AWARD

Desert water utility authority future proofs infrastructure with IoT and cybersecurity

Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority
Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority is prepared to confront cyberattacks on its critical infrastructure with a modernized network, IoT technologies, and security solutions, which ensure operators see everything from changes in water conditions to cyber and physical threats.

A strong community of international partners

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And there’s more…