Smart City Expo World Congress is an event happening in Barcelona, Spain, and whose objective is to promote and raise awareness of urban innovation throughout the world. The aim of the meeting is to create a space for debate and analysis of the future of cities and their citizens. It is the most important global event on intelligent cities, which aims to become a platform for urban innovation in the world.
Since 2011, this Smart Cities Conference has sought to reflect on how cities are centers of innovation and knowledge, engines of economic growth, prosperity and social well-being. For this reason, innovation in cities has become a key element in moving towards a sustainable future.
If you are passionate about innovation, city transformation, sustainability and entrepreneurship, Smart City Expo is an unparalleled opportunity because industry leaders come together in one place.
At Smart City 2018 you can discover the projects that transform cities around the world, connect to global platforms, update yourself with more than 400 international speakers from around the world and attend interactive presentations to exchange ideas.
On the other hand, if you have your own business, another reason to visit Smart City World Congress 2018 is that it is an event where you can create synergies with other companies and institutions present at the event.
At Smart City Expo 2017, more than 18,000 people, 675 exhibitors, 420 speakers and 700 cities attended.
Smart City Expo 2018 will be held from 13 to 15 November at the Fira Barcelona, one of the largest trade fair complexes in Europe. Fira de Barcelona is one of the most famous fair complexes in Europe, in which the biggest meeting, congresses and events are organized each year as the Mobile World Congress, the IBTM World Barcelona 2018, and many more.
The exhibitors that you can find at Smart City Expo Barcelona are from different sectors, which cover a large part of the scope of what makes up cities today: Governments & Inter-Governmental Organizations (local governments, regional governments, state governments, national governments, public administration), Institutions (public institutions, private institutions, non-profit institutions, local institutions), Research & Academia (Universities, think-tanks, research centers), Global Companies, SMEs & Local, Startups & Entrepreneurs and Media & Culture.
In the 2018 edition, Smart City Barcelona seeks to reflect on the habitability of cities and how the dynamics of cities can be transformed to make them more sustainable, inclusive and intelligent for citizens.
In addition, during Smart City Congress, you can attend to the Integrated Water Cycle Show (Iwater) and the Circular Economy European Summit so you will find the perfect ecosystem to analyze and connect with key leaders of the future of cities.
Smart City Expo World Congress is held at the Fira de Barcelona in the Gran Vía venue, whose address is:Av. Joan Carles I, 64
Due to the huge number of visitors coming to Fira Gran Via for the Smart City Expo 2018, the best way to get to the congress is by taxi or private transfer, in order to be sure to get in time. In any case, you can also take the subway or bus to get to Fira Barcelona.
Barcelona is a very accessible city by public transport, you can almost get to every corner of the city by subway and train. For this, and as Fira Barcelona is a very important area of the city, it has it own metro station (L9, 'Fira' and 'Europa/Fira' stations) from which it is very easy to get to the venue.
Barcelona is a city with a large number of taxis. There are approximately more than 10,000 taxis throughout the city and they are known for their black and yellow colors. It is very easy to identify “taxi stops” on the street and the Fira Barcelona venues also have fully equipped taxi ranks.
The availability of the taxi is indicated by a green light on the outside of the car. On the other hand, all taxis have a taximeter and offer the possibility of payment by card.
If you prefer, you can attend the Smart City Expo World Congress via the Barcelona bus line. However, the quickest and most recommended way is by subway, EnjoyBCN transfer service or taxi.
TMB H12 and 79 lines
If you prefer to always travel by yourself (public transport and taxi services are often in high demand during these fairs and are not even available at peak times), with EnjoyBCN you have the possibility to take advantage of private transfer services in Barcelona.
Whenever you need it and on any journey since your arrival in Barcelona and during your stay: airport transfer, arrival at the apartment, transfers to the fair from any point in Barcelona, etc. Our team is at your disposal.
As you may have heard, Barcelona is one of the most modern and innovative cities in Spain, which is actually becoming a real Smart City due to the intelligent services that it offers for visitors and locals.
If you are scheduled to attend the Smart Cities Congress, don’t hesitate to stay in the city centre ("Passeig de Gràcia" or "Plaça Catalunya" are the most famous areas in Barcelona) if you’re willing to have easy and fast access to public transport and taxis. In addition, this is one of the best ways to enjoy a wide range of restaurants, shops and nightlife in the city.
In the other way, if you rather spend your days next to the venue, there are several hotels, apartments and accommodations next to Fira de Barcelona specially dedicated to visitors that come specially for business purposes. Enjoy the Congress staying at Miro apartments, located at 15 minutes to Fira Barcelona, to which you’ll be able to get walking in less than 10 minutes.
Here are our recommendations to stay next to Fira de Barcelona, so that you have all the necessary services close by and at your disposal:
As our clients, if you book your accommodation at one of luxury apartments in the centre of Barcelona, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy our free services:
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