About Smart City Expo World Congress


Held in Barcelona since 2011, Smart City Expo World Congress is the international leading event for cities. Our mission is to empower cities and collectivize urban innovation across the globe. Through promoting social innovation and identifying collaboration opportunities, the event is dedicated to creating a better future for cities and their citizens.


Cities Inspired by People

Leonardo Da Vinci was known to go around with his notebooks and write and draw out things as they came to him. For Isaac Newton, it was when an apple fell that things came together.

Inspiration seems like something that occurs spontaneously and therefore cannot be planned. But at Smart City Expo World Congress, we believe that inspiration is an expression of ideas that make possible the best in us and in our environment.

As such, inspiration is embodied by creative people and meaningful connections. People are the ones who can provide cities with a new reference point of what is possible. People are city changers. Cities are transformed through people.

Last year, the Smart City Expo World Congress celebrated its 10th anniversary with a comeback edition that exceeded all expectations. This year all figures are projected to increase over the forecast horizon, similar to pre-pandemic volume.

With alarming environmental footprints and a lingering health crisis, it’s now more necessary than ever to reflect on how cities can do their part to make the world a better place, to see what measures work well, which don’t, and how to get new ideas to brace for challenging times.


A decade helping cities flourish

At Smart City Expo World Congress 2022, we want to talk about Cities Inspired by People, sustainable cities in which public transport coexists with new mobility options; inclusive cities where streets and public services are accessible for all; safe cities which address both security and privacy concerns; collective cities where collaboration and participation becomes a pivot to build a better, thriving future.

After ten years helping smart cities flourish, we enter a new decade with a global, ever-growing community of urban leaders shaping what’s next for cities. Let’s keep spurring the smart urban revolution towards human-centric cities always inspired by people.


New era, new challenges, new formats

Over the years, SCEWC has grown into much more than a three-day event. By creating and nurturing an international innovation community, sparking cross-sectoral conversations, forging and fostering partnerships, and building a platform to share knowledge, we’ve developed a groundbreaking model of advocacy for a better urban world. And we plan to keep on doing so.

As was the case 2021, this year’s edition of SCEWC will be a hybrid experience, with the physical event coming back to Barcelona and a parallel digital program broadcast by Tomorrow.City. Following on from last year’s success, we’re continuing with our cross-platform approach and a widened community – and we want you to be part of it.


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One global event, three main areas to explore


A three-day program with international experts coming together to share insights and learn best practices for a more sustainable urban world, both online and in Barcelona. A worldwide dialogue that shapes the next steps for urban development.


A marketplace where hundreds of global companies and organizations can engage with worldwide professional attendees and show the world their cutting-edge projects and smart implemented solutions. Open stands create an environment within which to network and talent hunt, while multiple Agora spaces provide opportunities to listen to selected speakers and encounter business opportunities.

Side Events & Activities

A curated list of events and workshops, including digital sessions, that broadens the event program and gives answer to concrete challenges. The perfect way to explore the most pressing issues and move from words to actions.



Enabling Technologies


Energy & Environment






Living & Inclusion




Infrastructure & Buildings


Safety & Security

Sustainability & Inclusivity at the core of the event

Smart City Expo World Congress aims to help create sustainable and inclusive cities, so naturally it should lead by example. Find out more about initiatives put in place to ensure that the event stays inclusive and limits its environmental impact.

Towards Zero Waste is a dedicated sustainability initiative in line with the European Commission’s Circular Economy strategy based on use of fewer materials, reuse and recycling of products, and no food waste.

A smart city is not only forward-thinking and sustainable, but fully inclusive, leaving no one behind. At Smart City Expo World Congress, we strive to integrate inclusivity into everything we do, in addition to creating space for debate on how to build a fairer and more egalitarian society.



Be sure to check out the events held at Fira de Barcelona in parallel with SCEWC, all of which support each other and reinforce the smart city ecosystem.

Co-organized with the EIT Urban Mobility – an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union – and the support of leading organizations, Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress is the ultimate worldwide event to accelerate sustainable and intelligent urban mobility.

PUZZLE X is the first convening forum to bridge the world of Frontier Materials, societal impact, entrepreneurship, venture building, corporate innovation, bleeding edge of material science and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to facilitate the use the materials of the future to help our world today.

Barcelona Innova Week, formerly Smart City Week, is an initiative from Barcelona City Council organized by the municipal foundation BIT Habitat to reflect on and experiment with the relationship between people, technology and cities.

Tomorrow.City, the digital platform for cities

Explore the latest news and stories on urban development at Tomorrow.City, our year-round content platform featuring podcasts, magazines and digital events about cutting-edge city solutions!

Safety & Prevention against COVID-19

We take all necessary sanity measures to ensure the health and safety of our visitors and participants throughout the event, with a dedicated protocol created in collaboration with specialist risk management consultancy Aon and the advice of Hospital Clínic in Barcelona. Find out more here.

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