Preparation of the Smart Cities Study 2023

Over the coming months, the new Smart Cities Study 2023 will be released. It is entitled "Cities as innovation ecosystems contributing to the achievement of the SDGs".

The Smart Cities Study 2023 focuses on cities as innovation-driven ecosystems; spaces of collaboration, creativity, and innovation where pilot projects are generated in response to social and economic challenges in society.  These projects drive R&D&I from a public-private perspective and contribute to the achievement of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Study is approached with a global and transversal focus on the axes of growth and transformation of a smart city. Its objectives are:

  • To visualise the current situation and the main trends in the axes of smart cities at local level.
  • Show success stories (good practices) that can serve as a reference for other cities to advance in the concept of "Smart City".
  • Identify the main barriers and key enablers that can have an impact on the development of smart cities.
  • Link the good practices shown in each of the six axes at local level, in their contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals defined in the 2030 Agenda.

Smart City Expo 2023

The new edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress will take place from 7-9 November in Barcelona.

Smart City Expo 2023 will be the largest to date and will showcase to the world the smart solutions shaping this new era: those that are helping cities today to thrive and create safer, greener and more efficient urban spaces.

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Focus group for the elaboration of the Smart Cities Study 2023

In the focus group, carried out simultaneously with two groups (English and Spanish) on 10 May 2023, two participatory dynamics were conducted with the participating local governments:

1. First dynamic- in order to identify initiatives, projects and good practices in the 6 axes of the study (smart economy, new mobility, environment, digital citizenship, quality of life and smart governance), and link them to the achievement of the SDGs.

2. Second dynamic, to identify the main barriers and enablers of innovation at the local level, as well as to define the main SDGs that are addressed in local governments for each of the axes of the study.

Both participatory dynamics were attended by more than 30 representatives of local governments at the international level.