The city of Curitiba will again, for two days, host the Brazilian edition of Smart City Expo, the summit on smart cities and urban solutions organised by Fira de Barcelona in collaboration with ICITIES and with the support of the city of Curitiba and the Brazilian FNP (National Council of Mayors, in its initials in Portuguese). Under the theme Planning the cities we want, the event will be a meeting point for cities, institutional representatives and companies where the main challenges faced by cities will be addressed.
The event brings together 85 internationally renowned speakers who will address the challenges faced by many cities through a programme of conferences and activities based around four central themes: Technologies for smart cities; creative, sustainable and human cities; governance in digital companies; and planning innovative and inclusive cities. The programme for the congress has 25 sessions, including conferences, plenary and parallel sessions and over 60 Brazilian cities are present. The event will also have the presence and support of around one hundred institutions and companies.
Among the speakers at Smart City Expo Curitiba 2019 will be Bibop Gresta, co-founder and current President of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, the disruptive means of transport through tubes allowing passengers to travel at speeds of 1,200 km/h at ground-level; Ana Carla Fonseca, director of Garimpo de Soluções, a leading company in the creative economy, culture, cities and the future of work; and Brooks Rainwater, Senior Executive and Director of the Centre for City Solutions of the National League of Cities.
The 6,000 expected attendees will be able to discover some of the most disruptive urban solutions in the exhibition area of the congress, where the Smart Plaza will play a central role. This is an area in which activities to encourage networking and promote the solutions proposed by some of the participating start-up companies will take place.
Smart City Expo Curitiba forms part of the internationalisation strategy of Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), the main international summit on smart cities and urban solutions organised by Fira de Barcelona. In addition to Curitiba, SCEWC is organising other regional events in Buenos Aires, Kyoto and Puebla in 2019. The ninth edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress will be held from 19 to 21 November in the Gran Via venue of Fira de Barcelona.