Every year, there are hundreds of interesting Smart City events across the globe, allowing you to network and connect with government leaders, civic tech startups and other urban innovators. Grab your calendar and a big red marker, because we’ve made our yearly selection! These are the upcoming events you shouldn’t miss out on.
This list is frequently updated with the list of upcoming events.
1. Smart City Solutions
Where and when? Stuttgart – Germany. September 17-19, 2019
What? This conference brings together city officials, designers, companies and developers who are working on the technologies that will fuel tomorrow’s cities. It pays close attention to geodata and is organised in partnership with Intergeo, the geo-data fair.
Why you should attend: this is a good one to attend if you’re presenting a product or looking for technology to implement in your city.
2. Smart City Day 2019
Where and when? Monthey – Switzerland. September 19, 2019
What? The annual Swiss Smart City exhibition and conferences.
Why you should attend: if you’re near Switzerland and interested in the concept of how a Smart City can serve the community, this is a very insightful event to attend. This year’s topic is “Valuing the present to shape the future”. The program of this 6th edition consists of conferences and roundtables in the morning, and workshops in the afternoon. Note that this event is mainly in French.
3. Smart City Wallonia
Where and when? Marche-en-Famenne – Belgium. September 24, 2019
What? A congress and exhibition for smart city solutions aimed at Walloon representatives and public actors.
Why you should attend: the program focuses on the specific local context and provides a mix of plenary sessions, thematic sessions, and network sessions. Frankly, this event is a must if you’re interested in the future of smart cities in Wallonia; meaning that we’ll be at the exhibition too! Note that this event is mainly in French.
4. Nordic Edge Expo
Where and when? Stavanger – Norway. September 24-26, 2019
What? A conference for Nordic smart cities and policymakers.
Why you should attend: a good conference to attend and meet peers from the North of Europe. The conference is mixed between city officials discussing their experience in government, and a fair with exhibitions from all over the world presenting the latest innovations for cities.
5. European Week of Regions and Cities
Where and when? Brussels – Belgium. October 7-10, 2019
What? The European networking platform for experts in regional and local development.
Why you should attend: the program may not solely focus on smart cities, but does include over 15 sessions on this topic! Needless to say, all concentrate on the European context, making them very relevant if you’re interested to learn from peers in smart city development in this area.
6. Innovative City
Where and when? Nice – France. October 15, 2019
What? 1-day smart city conference, which is organized in partnership with The One Day Event (in Monaco) on an inclusive digital age.
Why you should attend: Both the morning and afternoon program cover a range of topics, such as; mobility as a service, benefit of AI to citizens, urban planning, citizen’s role in sustainability, and adapting to economic realities. Note that this event is mainly in French.
7. Connected World Summit
Where and when? London – United Kingdom. October 22-23, 2019
What? The 5th edition of this summit is for industry executives, entrepreneurs and investors alike and focuses on emerging technologies and their contribution to our smart living ecosystem.
Why you should attend: The interactive program provides not only analysis but also strategy to take cities into an automated future. The enhancement of technologies, such as IoT, Connectivity, security, Data, and 5G, are discussed in detail and in relation to their impact on communities.
8. Smart Cities Week 2019
Where and when?
- San Diego, CA – US (15-17 April 2019) [past event]
- Washington, DC – US (September 30-October 2, 2019)
- Sydney – Australia (October 30-November 1, 2019 )
What? One of the most anticipated Smart City events in North America and Australia. Its goal? To showcase the world’s most dynamic smart city markets.
Why you should attend: the main topic of the 2019 Washington edition is “Smart Infrastructure: Equitable Communities.” This already sounds very promising for all us democracy fans out there, and when combined with the event’s global reputation, this week is unlikely to disappoint.
9. Smart City Summit
Where and when? Atlanta (GA) – United States. October 31 – November 1, 2019
What? Conference on the digitized smart city, as part of the Internet of Things World Series by informatech.
Why you should attend: A great conference for city-to-city learning! Sharing experiences and knowledge is at the heart of this event, focusing on topics such as connectivity, digital equity, and cybersecurity. The larger objective? To empower cities for resilient, sustainable and digital futures!
10. SmartCity Expo World Congress 2019
Where and when? Barcelona – Spain. November 19-21, 2019.
What? Smart City Expo World Congress is the world-leading summit of discussion about the link between urban reality and technological revolution. Since its first edition in 2011, it has succeeded to become a referential global event to support the development of our cities.
Why you should attend: This is one of our favourites, and it has been for the past few years. This is the place to explore all the latest Smart City projects and the technologies that are innovating people’s lives. Besides, it’s also the best way to form valuable bonds with key decision-makers at the international meeting point between cities, institutions, and businesses. Oh, and it’s in Barcelona. Vamos!
11. Nordic Smart Cities 2020
Where and when? Copenhagen – Denmark. March 19, 2020
What? An event focussing on smart city opportunities in which city leaders can involve citizens.
Why you should attend: Co-creation, collaboration, and citizen participation are at the heart of this smart city conference. As the organization puts it on the website: “Technology is an enabler, not the solution, the people must come first.” We could not agree more!
12. Smart Cities UK
Where and when? London – United Kingdom. February 13, 2020
What? Conference and exhibition where leading technology and solution providers gather with city leaders in the UK.
Why you should attend: If you’re all about the Smart City innovations in the UK, this event is definitely for you. The conference aims to improve understanding for city leaders on how to meet local economic and social challenges via smart solutions.
13. The Smart City Event
Where and when? Fort Lauderdale (FL) – United States. February 11-14, 2020
What? Conference and exhibition on smart city innovations and connected solutions.
Why you should attend: The angle of this event is two-fold: improving quality of life for citizens as well as drive enterprise opportunity. The program of this year focuses on the following topics: 5G and smart city rollouts, regulatory issues and smart city rollouts, Smart Transport and telematics, Heterogenous networks – enabling smart city applications.
14. Smart Cities Connect
Where and when? Denver (CO) – United States. April 6-9, 2020
What? Conference and expo aimed at city leaders and their priorities.
Why you should attend: Owing to its clear focus on city leader, this event aims to bring together a community of decision-makers from smart cities at all stages of growth. The expo hosts the technology community, bringing together a large collection of intelligent system providers. All with the objective to amplify city resources for the betterment of cities, communities and their citizens!
15. Smart to Future Cities 2020
Where and when? London – United Kingdom. May, 2020
What? An event on smart, scalable and citizen-focused initiatives for future cities.
Why you should attend: Yes, the program exact is still unknown, but we can only be excited about a conference emphasizing the importance of citizen-centered initiatives in smart cities to improve the quality of life. So, mark the date in your calendar!
16. Social Innovation Summit
Where and when? Washington (D.C.) – United States. June 2-3, 2020
What? Entrepreneurs, changemakers, innovators, policymakers, investors and funders from the Nordic region interested in social policy.
Why you should attend: The event brings together actors from the public and private sector to think about how to address tomorrow’s social challenges. It’s a great opportunity to attend cross-disciplinary talks and workshops about social innovation.
Where can we meet you?
Let us know in the comment section below at which conference we can meet you. Looking forward to hearing your tips about any other smart city events.
Past events from CitizenLab Smart City events selection
Digital Cities Challenge [past event]
Where and when? Brussels, June 2019
What? This one is aimed at city officers and policy makers around Europe. Its aim is to “showcase the effects of technological transformation in European cities and will seek to agree on policy priorities and pave the way for the future strategy for Intelligent Cities in the 21st century.”. It focuses on innovation and sustainable growth.
What? This is another conference for European city officials, aimed at “IT Managers, Smart City leaders, Heads of Departments and Policy Makers of Local Governments”. The conference brings together more than 300 delegates from european countries to discuss the successes and challenges of digital transformation in their cities.
Why you should attend: this event prides itself on the honesty and openness of participants. It’s a great place to hear inspiring stories, but also to share your challenges and openly discuss digital transformation in government.
WeMakeTheCity [past event]
Where and when? Amsterdam – the Netherlands. June 17-23, 2019.
What? The largest city festival in Europe! This event celebrates urban living and addresses important urban issues to inspire, interact and innovate about how we can make our cities better for everyone.
Why you should attend: It is a real festival! And the whole city is in on the fun because the event takes place in various locations in the Dutch capital. This year’s edition focuses on inclusivity and diversity, which seems fitting, because every year the festival attracts lots of different people, from municipal workers to citizens. Inclusivity, connection, safety, circularity, sustainability… they’re only a few of the topics on the table during this 5-day event.