Berlin's joint presence at the SCEWC Barcelona

Photo: Sibylle Kubale

Smart City Expo World Congress – Berlin in Barcelona

Three thrilling days and countless impressions: the 10th Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) took place in the Catalonian capital from 16 to 19 November 2021. After last year’s cancellation, experts, businesses and cities from all ove the  world came together in person once more in the Fira de Barcelona trade fair halls.

With more than 14,000 participants from 120 countries, 400 cities, and 350 experts, the tenth edition of SCEWC was an overwhelming success. In addition, around 16,000 visitors followed the various forums online. After the pandemic-related restrictions of the past months, the 2021 SCEWC was dominated by one topic above all: how to make smart cities more sustainable – and how to connect them more efficiently to the necessary urban change.

Berlin continued its established tradition, presenting a total of eight innovative projects and actors to the smart city world at a joint stand:

Berlin’s presence was situated in the “German Alley” – along with other joint stands from Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse and Saxony, all of which were linked via a joint forum organised by the German exhibitors.  Under the heading Germany Works, Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) offered a supplementary platform dedicated specifically to networking with, as well as matters relating to, German cities, municipalities and companies for the first time. As part of this forum, Berlin exhibitors joined other actors to present their projects at the “Berlin Players on Stage” session on 16 November. Further highlights included the presentation of the Berlin strategy process as well as two pioneering Smart City Berlin projects: Urban Tech Republic and CityLAB Berlin. A speed dating session entitled “Meet the German Cities” took place on 18 November, where Berlin netted numerous requests and contacts.

The “Berlin Smart City Night” and “German Night events added a special touch to the informal exchange with representatives of international cities and businesses.

The “Berlin Smart City Night” opened with a keynote speech held by Denis Roio aka Jaromil, Chief Technology Officer of the DECODE EU project, and presented an excellent opportunity for participants to strike up a conversation with international experts outside the trade fair.

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Keynote Denis Roio 

The Berlin joint stand was highly frequented on all three days of the trade fair, with exhibitors in high demand among the international audience. “For us, SCEWC was a great success. We established a lot of interesting contacts and being able to present our solution on the ‘Germany Works’ stage in person after such a long time was a true highlight,” said Fabien Sauthier, Chief Operating Officer at MOTIONTAG.

Robert Compton, Manager Energy Efficiency at GTAI, was also delighted to see the outstanding cooperation between the federal states under the ‘Germany Works’ umbrella brand at this year’s SCEWC. “From our point of view, the new format has really paid off. There was a consistent rush on the stand and Germany, the states (Länder) and German cities gave an outstanding presentation. A true joint success, and we are already planning for next year!”

We’ve already put SCEWC in our Smart City diary for 2022: we look forward to seeing you again – in Barcelona from 15 to 17 November 2022!