The idea that new digital economy generates more sustainable, better-managed and more democratic cities and territories will be communicated by the Catalan Government at Smart City Live
, the 2020 edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) adapted to the context of the pandemic and hold in virtual and interactive format on November 17 and 18. Under the title Digital Catalonia
, this commitment incorporates the adoption of advanced digital technologies such as 5G, the deployment of a neutral fibre-optic network throughout the territory and the promotion of new economies of the future linked to technological development, to generate new industries, new opportunities and new jobs, and, therefore, economic and social reactivation and recovery.
The Government will participate on November 17 by:
- Catalonia: the first open 5G laboratory in Europe. Conversation with the Minister of Digital Policies and Public Administration, Jordi Puigneró, on the role of Catalonia as the first open 5G laboratory in Europe and the capabilities that make Catalonia the world capital of 5G.
- Urban action to deal with the climate crisis. Dialogue with the Secretary of the Environment and Sustainability, Marta Subirà, on how we can redirect and rebuild post-pandemic society to face the climate crisis.
The conference will go on the 18th with a full programme of online workshops and parallel events, where participants will be able to interact and answer questions from attendees. The participation of the Catalan Government in this second block is specified in three acts:
- Agenda 2030 and the Urban Agenda of Catalonia: from strategy to practice. In this session, the link between Agenda 2030 and the Urban Agenda of Catalonia will be analysed, and practical cases or examples of SDGs in Catalonia will be presented. It is organised by the Ministry of Territory and Sustainability.
- The future is rural: a new vision for sustainable development. In this session, case studies on rural digital innovation and dissemination of knowledge in all territories can become a vital practice to meet the challenges of the present and the future. It is organised by the Ministry of Digital Policies.
- Human rights, sustainability and technology: digitally organised communities. This session aims to be a meeting space for the various development agents that incorporate the digital vector into their actions to bring this “technological” approach closer to entities and organisations that have not yet adopted it. It is organised by the Ministry of Digital Policies with the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation (ACCD), and the Ministry for Foreign Action, Institutional Relations and Transparency.
Support to 15 Catalan companies
In addition to the two central blocks of the event, the SCL coincides with the launch of Tomorrow.City, a new platform designed to provide companies and public administrations with resources that combine research, technology and investment throughout the year. The participating companies are App&Town; Etecnic Energy & Mobility; ADTEL; PAL Robotics; Digalix; CitiBeats; Monolithic; SIARQ; Go Zero Waste; AA Mobility, and We Are Just Digital; and the technology centres, BSC, Eurecat, CIT_UPC and Foundation i2CAT.