Smart City Expo World Congress 2017

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This was our second year visiting the Expo and once again was a great opportunity to discover the latest innovations from the 675 exhibitors, hear great talks from global leaders (420 to choose from) and meet colleagues from many other cities worldwide.



This year Ireland was well represented with many colleagues from the All Ireland Smart Cities Forum also travelling to the congress – we had representatives from Dublin (all 4 local authorities), Cork, Waterford, Limerick, Belfast, Connect Centre (TCD) and Maynooth Univesity.


Our highlights


Future Cities Catapult presented their Smart City Strategies report – A Global Review, which features 21 cities including Dublin. Very interesting read for city policy makers.


City Protocol Society meeting – Dublin City Council was appointed president of the City Protocol Society for 2016-17 and is driving the development of standards and smart city development through a trusted global city leadership network.


Marketplace launch – Marketplace is an online platform that connects cities with providers of smart city solutions. New York City, Atlanta, Barcelona and Dublin—have partnered and signed up as the platform’s inaugural city users.  The platform also won the most innovative smart city idea / concept at the Smart City expo awards!





We had the chance to meet with Citymart, specialists in the procurement by challenge process based in NY and Barcelona. We have been working with them over the past year to define challenges and it was the perfect opportunity to catch up face to face and preview their new platform.


Mastercard partnership launchMastercard and Dublin City Council (DCC) signed a three-year innovation partnership to harness the power of big data to support Dublin’s city planning and future development efforts. We liked the Smart Dublin cupcakes in particular!





Three of the companies working on the Smart Dublin the cycling challenge – See.Sense, Fluidedge and BikeLook were all at the congress exhibiting and speaking, it was great to see their progress.


And leaving the best till last, we picked up our finalist award at the World Smart Cities Awards. Although we didn’t win the city category – Dubai Smart Office did – it was a great achievement to be shortlisted as a finalist – maybe better luck next year!






See you next year!






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