WE ARE THE CITIES WE MAKE
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.
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.