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Smart City Expo World Congress 2019 announces its first speakers


The international summit on cities and smart urban solutions will have the theme Cities made of Dreams 

Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), the leading international event on cities and smart urban solutions organized by Fira de Barcelona, today announced Janette Sadik-Khan, Shira Rubinoff and Laura Tenenbaum as the first speakers of the 2019 edition. Under the theme Cities Made of Dreams the show and congress will reflect on the transformation that metropolises have experienced in the past decade, how many solutions that seemed sheer daydreaming back then are now reality and how we have the tools to turn more dreams into reality in the near future.

Among the first speakers announced is Janette Sadik-Khan, one of the world’s foremost authorities on transportation and urban transformation. As New York City transportation commissioner from 2007 to 2013, she oversaw historic changes to city streets. She now works with mayors around the world to reimagine and redesign their cities as a principal with Bloomberg Associates.

The second speaker revealed is Shira Rubinoff, a recognized cybersecurity executive and influencer, who has built two cybersecurity product companies, and led multiple women-in-technology efforts. She currently serves as President of social-media-security firm, SecureMySocial, as well as on the Boards of both the Executive Women’s Forum for Information Security and Leading Women in Technology.

The third speaker is Laura Tenenbaum, an award-winning science communicator. She was the Senior Science Editor of NASA’s Global Climate Change website where she reported on sea level rise, ice mass loss and regional climate impacts. She also taught oceanography and created an oceanography video series to accompany Pearson’s Essentials of Oceanography textbook.

They will all take part in the event’s congress program which will be structured in 5 themes, Digital Transformation, Urban Environment, Mobility, Governance & Finance, and Inclusive & Sharing Cities. Among the key topics covered are Data-driven Cities, 5G and the future of Connectivity, Resilient Cities, Gentrification, Innovative Transport Systems, Multilevel Governance, Sharing and Collaborative Economy, Circular Economy and Cities for All.

An international benchmark
On its last edition, SCEWC gathered 700 cities worldwide as well as 844 exhibitors and over 400 speakers and 21,331 attendees from 146 countries. The international impact of the show has grown with regional events in Atlanta (USA), Curitiba (Brazil), Kyoto (Japan), Puebla (Mexico) and Buenos Aires (Argentina) further consolidating Smart City Expo as the international leading event in smart urbans solutions and drawing more attendees and interest toward the global event held in Barcelona every year.