Bogota, first venue of the Smart City Expo, 2013 in Latin America

October 02, 2013 to October 04, 2013
  • Between October 2nd and 4th, Bogota will host the Smart City Expo 2013, an international event on smart cities.
  • The Smart City Expo 2013 will include an international congress, a specialized trade show, a showroom and a networking and meet session, that will bring together the different stakeholders working on city innovation and development projects. 
  • The event will feature over 54 international guests, among renowned researchers in cities of the future, such as Alexander Knanni, Armando Carbonell and Brendt Toderian. 

Between October 2nd and 4th, Colombia will host the Smart City Expo 2013, an international event on smart cities, held for the first time in a Latin American city.  The event will be held at the Corferias business and expo center. 

The trade show will summon government leaders, entrepreneurs and experts for an international congress, and will have an expo area which will include the participation from cities, companies and organizations renowned for their management in innovation and oriented towards cities of the future.  

For Juan Gabriel Pérez, Executive Director at Invest in Bogota, "the fact that the Colombian capital was chosen as the venue for the Smart City Expo 2013, attests to the fact that Bogota is an international reference when it comes to innovative solutions in urban design, environmental and technological sustainability, as well as a business hub in the region".

The event is organized by Corferias and FIRA from Barcelona, one of the strongest trade show institutions in Europe, and will feature renowned international researchers in cities of the future, such as:  Alexander Knanni, executive for the Smarter Cities brand in the IBM Software group, for Latin America, Eastern and Central Europe, where he has covered an important number of actions in smart cities, water management, transportation solutions, emergency dispatch, public security and smart management of large infrastructures (buildings, stadiums, etc.); Armando Carbonell, head of the Planning and Urban Zoning Department for the Lincoln Institute on Ground Policy, in Cambridge Massachusetts, and design critic in Urban Planing and Design in Harvard University, where he has been a professor since 2000; and Brent Toderian, Vancouver's former Director of Planning- urbanism, urban planning and design, and Chairman of the Candian Urbanism Council, among others.


What to expect from Smart City Expo 2013?

The International Congress will summon over 70 lecturers from 30 countries such as Spain, Germany, France, Italy, the United States, England and Canada, among others, who will develop their presentations around three main topics:  sustainable urban growth, smart technologies and societies, climate change and sustainable mobility.

Over three thousand visitors from Colombia and all over Latin America will have the opportunity to attend the Expo, where they will be able to see first hand the proposals by service providers with the best technological solutions for the development of innovative mega-projects that will meet the cities' needs in the short and medium term, while also generating a proper quality of life for their citizens.  

The show room will be the showcase for global and domestic companies leading in innovation, for representing institutions and cities to show their projects, solutions and projects.  Participating will be Bogota's different government secretaries, as well as mayors and representatives from guest cities, showing their success stories, side by side with private companies, multilateral organizations and the Bogota City Hall.

Also, the networking and meet session will serve as a platform to share information about products and/or services, in addition to generating links and opportunities for future business.  The goal is to bring public institutions together with service providing companies. 


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