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. And 2020 is no exception.

It’s time to 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 new upcoming events. 

1. MOVE: Mobility Re-imagined

📍London, UK
📆 11-12 February 2020

What? An innovative event that gathers tech-minded disruptors and sparks dialogue and collaboration in order to re-imagine the future of mobility.

Why you should attend? This event has its eyes on the future and gives a voice to start-ups and thinkers who are engineering the world of tomorrow. If you’re active within the broader sector of mobility or mobility-centered tech, this is an event you simply can’t miss. But even if you’re not, MOVE will definitely give you a shot of inspiration and new ideas.

2. Smart Cities UK – International Conference & Exhibition

📍London, UK
📆 13 February 2020

What? This conference and exhibition is a meeting point for leading technology and solution providers and city administrators in the UK.

Why you should attend: If you’re all about Smart City innovations in the UK, this event is for you. By bringing together leaders in the realms of civic tech, GovTech, and government, this conference improves understanding of how city officials can tackle local economic and social challenges through smart solutions.

3. The Smart City Event

📍Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA
📆 11-14 February, 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 the quality of life of citizens as well as driving enterprise opportunity. This year’s program focuses on the following topics: 5G and smart city rollouts, regulatory issues and smart city rollouts, Smart Transport and telematics, heterogeneous networks and enabling smart city applications.

4. Nordic Smart Cities 2020

📍Copenhagen, Denmark
📆 19 March 2020

What? This event aims to make city officials reflect on how to boost the liveability of the community.

Why you should attend: Co-creation, collaboration, and citizen participation are at the heart of this smart city conference. As the organization states on the website: “Technology is an enabler, not the solution: the people must come first.” We could not agree more!

5. Smart Cities Connect

📍Denver (CO), USA
📆 6-9 April 2020

What? A large-scale conference and expo organised for city leaders and their priorities. 

Why you should attend: Due to its clear focus on city officials, this event aims to gather a community of decision-makers from smart cities at different stages of growth. The expo hosts the tech community and exhibits a large collection of intelligent system providers, all built for the betterment of cities, communities and their citizens!

6. FICIS: The Future Cities 2020

📍Braga, Portugal
📆 14-16 April 2020

What? An event that focuses on what the cities of tomorrow will look like on the different levels of the public sphere.

Why you should attend: Tech & innovation, environment, economy, tourism… this event offers the full scope of how smart technology can revolutionize the different domains of modern society.

7. Social Innovation Summit

📍Washington (DC), USA
📆 2-3 June 2020

What? This event claims to represent “a global convening of black swans and wayward thinkers.” The Social Innovation Summit stand for a hands-on approach that includes not only thinking about how to solve future challenges but building the actual solutions.

Why you should attend: The event gathers actors from the public and private sector to address tomorrow’s social challenges. It’s a great opportunity to attend cross-disciplinary talks and workshops about social innovation. 

8. Smart to Future Cities 2020

📍London, UK
📆 9-10 June 2020

What? An event on smart, scalable and citizen-focused initiatives for future cities.

Why you should attend: This event emphasises the importance of citizen-centered initiatives in smart cities to improve the quality of life and highlights real-time, cost-effective case studies from leading smart cities. If you’re looking to implement smart tech in your city, this event is sure to inspire you.

9. VIVA Technology 2020

📍Paris, France
📆 11-13 June 2020

What? VIVA Technology gathers under one roof the “brightest entrepreneurs, executives, investors, students and academics” to collaborate and network.

Why you should attend: As the biggest tech event in Europe, this is the perfect place to network with pioneers in the sector, pitch your ideas, get inspired and showcase your innovations.

10. Nordic Edge Expo

📍Stavanger, Norway
📆 22-24 September 2020

What? This conference is the leading smart city event in the Nordics, and aims to build a Nordic ecosystem for smart, sustainable and liveable communities.

Why you should attend: This is a great opportunity to network and meet fellow policymakers or tech innovators from the North of Europe. The event offers interesting debates of city officials discussing their experiences in government, and a fair with exhibitions from all over the world presenting the latest city-led innovations.

11. Connected World Summit

📍London, UK
📆 October 2020 (date to be confirmed)

What? 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 program for 2020 isn’t announced yet, but the event generally focuses on not just analysis but tangible strategies that’ll guide cities through the transition to an automated future. A topic of focus is the enhancement of technologies, such as IoT, connectivity, security, data, and 5G, and how they impact communities.

12. Smart Cities Summit

📍Atlanta (GA), USA
📆 5-6 October 2020

What? A large-scale 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 lie at the heart of this event, as it focuses on topics such as connectivity, digital equity, and cybersecurity. The larger objective? To empower cities for resilient, sustainable and digital futures!

13. Smart City Wallonia

📍Marche-en-Famenne, Belgium
📆 6 October 2020

What? This event, consisting of a congress and exhibition for smart city solutions, is aimed at Walloon representatives and public officials.

Why you should attend: The program focuses mainly 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. Note: this event is mainly French-speaking.

14. Smart City Solutions

📍Berlin, Germany
📆 13-15 October 2020

What? This conference gathers city officials, designers, pioneering companies, and developers who are building the technologies that will fuel tomorrow’s cities. The event has geodata as its focal point and is organised in collaboration with Intergeo, the geo-data fair.

Why you should attend: Smart City Solutions is a good option if you are presenting a tech product or looking for smart city tech to implement in your city.

15. SmartCity Expo World Congress 2020

📍Barcelona, Spain
📆 17-19 November 2020

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!

A short 2019 recap

Just like every year, we attended a few interesting events and conferences in 2019. Besides the ones that are listed above, we wanted to highlight three events we particularly enjoyed.

GovTech Summit

📍Paris, France
📆 17-19 November 2019

This one may not truly be a smart city event, but in order to turn your city into a smart city, it pays to rethink the government structures as they currently stand. We attended the GovTech Summit and wrote a short recap about our 4 key takeaways.

Nesta Government Innovation Summit

📍London, UK
📆 19 September 2019

The Nesta Government Innovation Summit aimed to answer the following questions: where will governments be in 30 years? And what will the main challenges be in this transition?

Dag Van De Stad

📍Den Haag, the Netherlands
📆 28 October 2019

At this Dutch event, citizens, cities and neighbourhoods were the focus point. Mayors, city officials and other stakeholders gathered to discuss the future of the cities in the Netherlands. Don’t miss our recap! (Note: it’s in Dutch).

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  • Jenna

    Hi! I would like to make a correction to the dates of Mindtrek Smart Cities in Tampere, Finland. The correct dates are October 17-19. Thanks for the mention! 🙂

    • CitizenLab

      Hi Jenna, thanks for your comment. I corrected the dates!

  • justin Norman

    IoT World is producing Smart Cities Summit in Boston Dec. 6-7 which is a spin-off of our Smart Cities conference track.

  • Humberto Olivo

    Hi. First of all congrats on getting the word out for all the conferences on SC
    We are launching Smart Cities Exchange 2018 with Mexico City as the host City. February 28 and March 1st, 2018
    Our website is http://www.smartcitiesx.com and twitter @SmartCitiesEX
    We are organizing this event with the Nordic Chamber of Commerce in Mexico, Fundacion IDEA (Latam ThinkTank) and UREit – Urban Real Estate innovation + technology (USA).
    Thank you for including us in the 2018 lineup (Also we have partnered with Nordic EDGE as “sister” conferences in Europe + America)

  • Laura Winslet

    4th Annual World Intelligent Cities Summit and Exhibition will once again gather together city leaders, government officials, academics, urban service providers and city development experts to share experiences, smart thinking and best practice for implementing the smart cities of tomorrow. WICS is an international platform for the transfer of knowledge, allowing leaders of municipalities to learn from the pioneers of smart city concepts and technologies. The event is unparalleled in the region for its peer-to-peer learning experience and excellent networking opportunities, aiding leaders and key stakeholders of municipalities to develop a secure and robust infrastructure that is fit for purpose for all citizens and achieves a more sustainable future.

    With technological innovations transforming governance, and how citizens, businesses and public institutions interact with each other, it is crucial for you to understand the tools, processes and models required to cultivate “smart” communities and cities. Speakers and attendees in disciplines ranging from science and technology to planning and economic development will present cutting edge strategies to strengthen institutional efficiency, and assess broader commitments to competitiveness and sustainability.

  • Thibault Van der Auwermeulen

    Hi Julie, we attend Gitex (Dubai) The WebSummit (Lisabon) Smart City Expo (Barcelona) last year (2017).
    We have 22 year experience organising conferences for the public sector in Belgium http://www.4Instance.be
    Since 9 years we are developing software for virtual Fairs. Most of them are jobfairs.
    Last year (april) we decided to use our software for the http://www.SmartCityVirtualExpo.com or http://www.SCVExpo.com
    We customised our software for the Smart City Fair and combine the EXPO and COMMUNITY
    The 28th of February the interface will be in 11 languages (we are finalising the integration of Arabic – read from right to left)
    We decide to start this fair because only a few public servants are visiting events abroad.
    The community offers networking between visitors and exhibitors but also between visitors.