World Smart City Forum to support the development of smarter and more sustainable cities

The Smart City Expo World Congress, the world’s largest smart city event, will be held from 14 to 16 November 2017 in Barcelona. This year’s congress represents an opportunity to showcase standards that are vital to the future of smart and sustainable cities.

International standards for cities can offer sound guidance, bringing tailor-made answers to specific technical, environmental, social, and security issues affecting services and the well-being of urban citizens. These challenges are immense and only by working together on international standards will we be able to tackle them.

This is why ISO, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) are organising the World Smart City Forum, Future cities – Solutions for common challenges: How international standards support the development of smart and sustainable cities, on 15 November 2017 at this year’s Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The event will bring together over 200 of the most innovative and influential smart cities thinkers to share knowledge, present visions, and highlight solutions on how we will create efficient, economically viable, and sustainable cities.

This event is built on the success of the World Smart City Forum, which started in Singapore last year. The 2017 edition is a unique opportunity to learn from the world’s smartest cities. The World Smart City Forum will be as interactive as possible, hosting 20 roundtables within key sectors and strategies to bring about real change. The aim is to help cities reach their 'smart city' objectives faster and allow them to achieve better outcomes – using standards as the platform for a smarter future. From city and public-sector leaders to industry representatives and investors, to standards makers, many will be present at this one-day opportunity to learn, network, and find solutions for common challenges. 

Smart City Expo World Congress, organised by Fira de Barcelona, is a leading summit for people to meet the most inspiring and advanced laboratories for exploring the future of our cities. Since the first edition in 2011, it has succeeded in becoming a global meeting point for public administrations, companies, social entrepreneurs, start-ups, research centres and citizens’ initiatives that come together to show, learn, share, network, and gather inspiration to support the development of our cities.

More information on the World Smart City Forum.

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The original version of this article first appeared on, author Elizabeth Gasiorowski-Denis

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