Smart city conferences in 2018

The importance of smart cities, to both the success of businesses and the lives of citizens, is becoming increasingly clear.

As a result, as part of Information Age’s Smart City Month, we wanted to provide you with a list of all the smart city conferences coming up for the rest of 2018.

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Smart City Day 2018 – Fribourg, Switzerland, 13th September 2018

Organised by Swiss electronic and microtech firm Innobridge, this will be the fifth annual iteration of the Smart City Day conference, having been established in 2014. Focused on smart city development within Switzerland’s Francophone areas, this year’s conference bears the slogan “Intelligent Cities: To What Extent?”

International Smart Cities Conference – Kansas City, MO, USA, 16th-19th September 2018

The 4th iteration of the International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2), organised by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), will bring together a variety of experts to discuss how smart cities can be developed via a series of panels, plenary talks, technical sessions, tutorials, workshops and exhibitions.

Sponsored by the IEEE Smart Cities Technical Community, this year’s conference will take place under the theme ‘A Systems Approach for Smarter Communities’.

Dutch Future City Conference – Utrecht, The Netherlands, 19th September 2018

On the 19th September, the first ever Dutch Future City Conference will see the Economic Board Utrecht, the Province of Utrecht, the Jaarbeurs and other Dutch organisations to discuss ways in which inhabitants of cities in the country can connect with technology experts to make their cities more innovative. Tech companies have the chance to pitch ideas on how to go about developing smart cities, and the overriding focus is on supply and demand.

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Connected World Summit – London, UK, 25th-26th September 2018

Taking place at Printworks in London, the 4th annual Connected World Summit will be organised in collaboration with AI Tech World, and feature workshops covering virtual reality, blockchain, 5G, IoT among other smart city-related topics. Set to host over 200 speakers and around 60 exhibitors, the summit will partner with the likes of O2, Bosch and Microsoft.

EU Datathon – Brussels, Belgium, 2nd October 2018

Welcoming participants from across the EU, EU Datathon is a conference that is a culmination of a competition in which participants produce a plan for linking EU and national data, as well as reusing open EU data. The competition began on the 22nd May, with the deadline for submissions occurring on the 15th July. On the 27th July, the creators of shortlisted plans were notified, and the candidates have until the 23rd September to submit their final proposals. Presentations of the shortlisted pitches at the conference are joined by talks by data experts.

Smart Cities Week 2018 – Washington DC, USA, 2nd-4th October 2018

This event in the USA’s capital is the second of three Smart Cities Weeks scheduled for 2018, the first one happening in Santa Clara, CA back in May. In its fourth year, this year’s theme is ‘Collaboration: the Cornerstone of the Smart City’, and this particular event is set to host over 130 executive speakers from around the world. The conference’s five pillars will be ‘Re-imagining Transportation’; ‘Enlightened Financing’; ‘The Smart Workforce’; ‘Data for Civic Good’, and ‘Smart Infrastructure’.

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Smart City Solutions – Frankfurt, Germany, 16th-18th October 2018

Part of the Intergeo conference, Smart City Solutions allows people with ideas relating to smart cities to meet politicians and other members of the public. This year, it has six topics: Smart Governance, including public safety and data security; Smart Mobility, which includes traffic infrastructure; Smart Citizens, which takes into account gadgets for the public; Smart Technology, which entails communication systems, data collection and data analysis; Smart Living, which emphasises sustainability, and Smart Environment.

Smart Cities Week 2018 – Sydney, Australia, 29th-31st October 2018

Set to host over 60 speakers, the Smart Cities Week in Sydney this October will address the matter of 5G, property technology and the Internet of Things, among other topics relating to smart cities.

Smart City + Smart Grid 2018 – Paris, France, 6th-7th November 2018

Set to host over 40 exhibitions from smart city-related organisations, the Smart City + Smart Grid conference will bring together a variety of ideas and products. It will be the fifth edition of the conference, and will focus on thinking about making smart cities sustainable for the growing population.

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City Summit 2018 – Los Angeles, CA, USA, 7th-10th November 2018

Organised by the National League of Cities, City Summit sees local and municipal politicians and staff come together to learn about and discuss matters such as climate change and leadership development. It is hosted by a different US city each year.

Smart City Expo World Congress 2018 – Barcelona, Spain, 13th-15 November 2018

For its eighth edition, the theme for 2018’s Smart City Expo World Congress is ‘Cities to Live In’. It will feature five main topics: Digital Transformation, which will include virtual reality, AI and blockchain; Urban Environment, which will address pollution and other environmental matters; Mobility, which will address transportation; Governance & Finance, and Inclusive & Sharing Cities.

ICT 2018: Imagine Digital – Vienna, Austria, 4th-6th December 2018

An annual event taking place in Vienna that has been happening since 1998, this year’s ICT conference will be hosted by the European Commission and the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The conference will address the matter of digital transformation within the EU, and feature presentations from speakers ranging from policymakers to tech experts to more general members of the public. Topics will include artificial intelligence, diversity & inclusion, digital economy and the future of science and technology. The theme is Imagine Digital – Connect Europe.

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