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Over fifty activities at Smart City Week to reflect on how technology changes cities

Smart City. From 11 to 17 November we’ll be reflecting on the city model which Barcelona aspires to, with a week of activities for people to be more in touch with how technologies and accumulated knowledge make for fairer, more inclusive and sustainable cities.

Smart City Week is being held in Barcelona from 11 to 17 November, with the slogan ‘City in action’. This edition will cover topics such as culture, citizen participation and the gender perspective within the smart city ecosystem. The Ca l’Alier factory will act as the central venue for the event, a Barcelona City Council initiative coordinated by the Fundació BIT Habitat with collaboration from companies, universities and citizens.

 

Smart City Week (SCW) is an opportunity for reflection and dialogue about the city model Barcelona wants. The week of activities aims to get people closer to the notion of a city which uses technology and accumulated knowledge to achieve a fairer, more inclusive and sustainable urban environment.

The event involves public and private bodies, local centres, libraries, education centres, businesses, third sector and community entities, helping them take on an active role in achieving a human and democratic smart city model which uses technology to improve people’s quality of life. Packed with over 50 activities, the SCW connects and promotes the innovation experiences of cities with community networks to foster environments and contexts for them to act in.

 

Decentralised activities

In an effort to attract the largest possible public, the SWC is programming different activities all around the city and offering a diverse range of formats, such as dialogues, workshops, cultural activities and family events, appealing to all audiences and helping all sorts of people engage with the idea of the smart city The programme is based on three themed routes: ‘Transforming the city today’, ‘Transforming the city of tomorrow’ and ‘Transforming the city of the future’.

Among the activities that will take place, there is the conference ‘The future of food in productive cities’ (14 November at the Fab City Hub, Poblenou), where initiatives and projects that experiment with how to reuse food waste will be presented. And then there is the ‘i.lab day: Urban labs. Collaborative innovation in Europe’ (18 November at Ca l’Alier), during which the importance of innovation laboratories for cities will be discussed.

In addition, from 11 November to 3 December, Ca l’Alier will host the exhibition ‘Towards the human city: how would you improve your city?’, based on innovative initiatives that have been developed in around sixty cities all over Europe and Latin America.

 

Ca l’Alier, home to the SCW

Ca l’Alier will be hosting the inauguration of the SCW on 11 November, at 6.30 pm. This former factory in Poblenou houses the Barcelona Urban Innovation Centre and will be the epicentre for the SCW programme.

 

Commitment to the 2030 Agenda

Smart City Week shares the City Council’s commitment to the sustainable development goals set out by the 2030 Agenda.

See all the activities programmed here.

 

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