Smart City Expo Returns to Argentina with a Focus on Social Transformation

12th Jun, 2023

From Wednesday until Friday, the Argentine city of Santiago del Estero is hosting a new international edition of Smart City Expo.

The event on urban innovation will bring together nearly 80 speakers and more than 150 companies, governments and institutions that will highlight the role of the knowledge economy in transforming cities.

Organised by Fira de Barcelona and hosted by the Government of the Province of Santiago del Estero, the event, which will be held at the Nodo Tecnológico venue, will once again be the benchmark space for exchange and debate in the country and in the Southern Cone region on urban development and transformation, positioning itself as a platform for knowledge, work and collaboration for the future of communities.

Thus, and under the slogan "Knowledge Economy for Social Transformation", the second edition of Smart City Expo Santiago del Estero aims to promote initiatives that accelerate the transition towards smart, productive, sustainable and people-centred urban and rural districts throughout Argentina.

To make this possible, the central axis of the event will be the congress, which has scheduled twenty sessions to share experiences, ideas and good practices around six themes: Sustainable Communities, Communities that Care, Communities that Innovate, Communities that Produce Sustainably, Participatory Communities and Communities that Educate in the Present and for the Future.

Nearly 80 experts will take part, including Guillermo Peñalosa, president and founder of 8 80 Cities, a Canadian-based organisation that promotes urban transformation and sustainable mobility projects as a means to build healthier societies and more equitable communities.

A meeting point for innovation

The exhibition area will feature companies, organisations and governments exhibiting smart solutions that have already been successfully implemented. These include companies such as Aerolíneas Argentinas, Arsat, Aws, Fortinet, Toyota, NEC and YPF. In addition, institutions such as World Bank and UN Habitat will develop parallel training activities.

The show will also host the Norte Grande regional council, which brings together government representatives from the North West and North East provinces of Argentina in order to address strategic issues of common interest for the two territories.

Fira de Barcelona, a global brand

In 2023, the Barcelona trade fair institution is holding eight shows abroad, seven of which are international editions of Smart City Expo World Congress, the world's leading smart urban solutions summit organised annually by Fira de Barcelona. 
Three have already been held, Smart City Expo Curitiba (22-24 March), Smart City Expo Latam Congress (23-25 May), Smart City Expo Bogotá (31 May - 2 June); and three more will be held in the coming months, Smart City Expo USA (3-4 October); Smart City Expo Doha (10-11 October) and Smart City Expo Shanghai (12-14 October). Fira de Barcelona has also co-organised HostelCuba, the exhibition on catering, hospitality and tourism services, which held its fourth edition last May in Havana.

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