PICTFOR Partners with Smart City Expo
PICTFOR is delighted to announce it has become a Collaborating Organisation with the 2013 Smart City Expo World Congress, the leading Smart City industry event in the world.
The event gathers under one roof thousands of city representatives, academic and thought leaders, research centres, industries and entrepreneurs with the aim of discussing the key issues affecting our cities. In 2012, the Congress welcomed 7,126 visitors and 3,055 delegates from 82 countries. Directly participating in the event there were 140 exhibitors, 319 international speakers and 176 media.
This year’s Congress will take place from 19th – 21st November in Barcelona and will be entitled ‘Setting the stage for a smarter world’.
With an estimated 75% of the world’s population living in cities by 2050, our cities must get smarter in order to cope with the extra pressure this will put on already stretched transport networks and utilities. Cities will play a central role in dealing with the critical challenges of the 21st century: climate change and other environmental threats; high consumption of non-renewable resources; economic development; growing populations; and ageing infrastructures.
Technology is crucial for enabling cities to cope with these challenges – it is setting a new landscape of possibilities for fostering improvements and making cities more accessible, manageable, communicative, and citizen minded. The impact it is having is so profound it is even changing processes that are not technology centred.
The Smart City Expo World Congress will gather together forward thinking on cities and citizenship with solutions for making our cities better places to live and work. PICTFOR members will have a 30% discount on tickets to the Congress and bookings of 15 or more will receive a free flight, accommodation and Congress pass. For more information and a preliminary programme, please visit: http://www.smartcityexpo.com/en/.