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What is Smart City Expo World Congress?

Smart City Expo Barcelona is an event 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, the congress 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.

Why visit Smart City Expo Barcelona?

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 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.

When and where will the next edition of Smart City Expo take place?

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.

Who are the exhibitors at Smart City Congress?

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.

Main topics of Smart City Expo World Congress 2018

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.

  • Digital Transformation
  • Urban Environment
  • Mobility
  • Governance & Finance
  • Inclusive & Sharing Cities

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.

How you get to the Smart City Expo 2018 at Fira de Barcelona?

Smart City World Congress is held at the Fira de Barcelona in the Gran Vía venue, whose address is:

Av. Joan Carles I, 64
08908 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
Barcelona

Due to the huge number of visitors coming to Fira Gran Via for the Smart City Expo, 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.

  • Metro (subway):

    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.

  • Taxi:

    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.

  • Bus:

    If you prefer, you can attend the Smart City 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

  • EnjoyBCN transfer service

    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.

Are you looking for your accommodation during Smartcity Expo Barcelona 2018?

As you may have heard, Barcelona is one of the most modern and innovative cities in Spain, which is actually becoming a real Smarticity due to the intelligent services that it offers for visitors and locals.

If you are scheduled to attend the Smart City 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:

Why you have to book your apartment in Barcelona with EnjoyBCN?

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:

  1. A local team from Barcelona will be at your disposal for any formalities you may need before your arrival in the city.
  2. We have a personal assistant who speaks your language that will offer you all the necessary comforts during your arrival. Available 24/7.
  3. The assistant will be at your disposal to help you with the organization and any arrangements you may need: restaurant reservations, airport transfers, organize business meetings, book special meeting rooms, etc.
  4. If you’re visiting the Smart City Expo World Congress with your team, the apartments are specially designed to meet all your needs: free high-speed internet connection, tables arranged to work by teams or individually, etc.
 

 

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For some months now, I’ve been working on organising stays specially designed for professionals, ensuring your business trips are as welcoming and enriching as possible.

In addition to our spacious apartments, specially designed for business travellers, you’ll have other creature comforts, like accommodations in the best locations, a selection of activities, meeting rooms, restaurants and many other personalised services, 24 hours a day.

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