Municipal innovation at the Smart City Expo World Congress

The most important smart city event at an international level, the Smart City Expo World Congress, returns to Barcelona for the ninth year running and this year uses the slogan ‘Cities made of dreams’. Barcelona City Council will have a stand at the fair offering over thirty activities promoting a fairer, more innovative and sustainable city model which improves people’s quality of life. The section ‘Humanising technology for Barcelona’ brings together all the activities, which centre on technology as an essential element for tackling current challenges and as a major ally for achieving sustainable development. The congress is on from 19 to 21 November.

16/11/2019 10:26 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

Using the slogan ‘Humanising technology for Barcelona’, the City Council stand describes a smart city model based around three pillars:

  • Architecture of cross-cutting information systems.
  • Data as a fundamental element for city governance.
  • Sustainable development goals which guide municipal action.

The stand also explains the city model with three themes outlining the most important public policies and projects for it to be implemented: participation in city governance, social and economic interaction and the urban sphere.

Featured projects include:

  • KIC Urban Mobility: innovating with the goal of accelerating the change to a sustainable model for urban mobility. Barcelona is leading the initial stage of the project and will host the future headquarters of EIT Urban Mobility.
  • ATRI, adaptable housing, APROP temporary housing and Can Fabra public housing: work on different models of architecture and management to cut building times and boost the quality and sustainability of housing and accommodation.
  • Low emissions zone: implementation of this measure establishing a zone delimited by the city’s ring roads to protect people’s health and progressively restrict circulation.
  • 5GBarcelona social challenge: incentivising the development of projects to trial and validate new technologies using 5G. For instance, improving quality of life for the elderly with a robot called Buddy.
  • “Barcelona es mou”: various initiatives to make the city a safer, more efficient and sustainable place in terms of urban mobility.

Innovative companies

The City Council will have a stand from 19 to 21 November where sixteen innovative companies, selected by Barcelona Activa, will be displaying solutions in line with municipal policies. These companies are:

  • Sotavia: warnings about pavements in poor repair.
  • Foot Analytics: measurement of traffic and the movement of people in the city.
  • Lobelia IsardSAT: risk assessment relating to climate scenarios in each region and each case.
  • Allwize: correction of management issues relating to the environment, water and lighting in cities.
  • SmartDataSystem-Mycelium: providing municipal councils with the necessary tools to achieve energy transition goals.

Visitors will also be able to go to the Sharing Cities stand, devoted to the network of cities promoting the collaborative economy.


The municipal stand includes a space for the presentation of municipal projects and initiatives by third sector entities, associations, emerging companies and SMEs chosen via an open call. The programme of conferences, ceremonies and presentations runs from 9.30 am to 6 pm.

Urban challenges and finalists from the World Data Viz Challenge 2019 Barcelona-Kobe

The winners of both challenges from the i.lab will be announced on Tuesday 19:

  • Search for solutions to generate clean energy using the city’s pavements. The winner will receive a grant of 30,000 euros to roll out a pilot project in Barcelona.
  • Search for innovative solutions offering affective support for dependent senior citizens, within the context of social superblocks. The winner will receive 20,000 to roll out the project.

The same day sees the presentation of the finalists for the World Data Viz Challenge 2019 Barcelona-Kobe, the contest for the analysis and visualisation of data for citizens to help improve aspects of cities. The six finalists from Barcelona and five from Kobe, all about cities and the climate emergency, will be presented at the congress.


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