Partners 2017

We proudly welcome our 2017 partners

Global partners

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    Cisco designs and sells broad lines of products, provides services and delivers integrated solutions to develop and connect networks around the world, building the Internet. Over the last 30 plus years, we have been the world's leader in connecting people, things and technologies—to each other and to the Internet—realizing our vision of changing the way the world works, lives, plays and learns. We have expanded to new markets that are a natural extension of our core networking business, as the network has become the platform for automating, orchestrating, integrating, and delivering an ever- increasing array of information technology (IT)–based products and services. We are focused on helping our customers achieve their desired business outcomes. Cisco customers include businesses of all sizes, public institutions, governments, and communications service providers. They look to us as a strategic partner to help them use IT to enable, differentiate, or fundamentally define their business strategy and drive growth, improve productivity, reduce costs, mitigate risk, and gain a competitive advantage in an increasingly digital world.

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    Supporting transformation of Cities through citizen empowerment, data and cutting-edge technologies.
    Ferrovial Services is one of the four business divisions of Ferrovial, one of the world's leading infrastructure and service operators. Ferrovial Services performs activities along the value chain (consulting, design, operation and whole life cycle maintenance) and has operations in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Americas and the Middle East. Urban services are one of Ferrovial Services' main activities through its work with more than one thousand municipalities. Its Centre of Excellence for Cities develops and delivers Ferrovial Services' urban innovation, articulated as collaborative programmes with forward-thinking cities and other stakeholders. Through this Centre of Excellence, Ferrovial Services seeks to pioneer the new generation of service models, driven by citizen empowerment and the intelligent use of data and cutting-edge technologies.

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    Mastercard is connecting people and places.
    As a technology company in the global payments industry, Mastercard operates the world's fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. Mastercard is committed to helping cities become more inclusive, more sustainable and more efficient —by applying technology, data insights and partnerships to the challenges of an increasingly urban world.

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    Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MFST") empowers every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft CityNext empowers more sustainable, prosperous, and economically competitive cities—with a simplified approach. It helps cities digitally transform and unlock their potential by delivering innovative digital services that can help citizens lead safer and healthier lives, enriched by high-quality education. Cities can tap into the solution portfolios of Microsoft and its partners and innovate at their own pace; deploying solutions that can interoperate with and improve on their existing IT investments. CityNext provides an integrated, flexible, trustworthy approach to help cities engage their citizens, empower their employees, optimize their operations and infrastructure, and transform and accelerate innovation, economic development, and environmental sustainability.

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Event partners

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    Deutsche Telekom is one of the world's leading integrated telecommunications companies, with some 156 million mobile customers, 29 million fixed-network lines, and more than 18 million broadband lines. 

    We provide fixed-network/broadband, mobile communications, Internet, and IPTV products and services for consumers, and information and communication technology (ICT) solutions for business and corporate customers.

    Deutsche Telekom is present in more than 50 countries. With a staff of some 225,200 employees throughout the world, we generated revenue of 69.2 billion Euros in the 2015 financial year, about 64 percent of it outside Germany.
    So that we can continue to be successful, we are already evolving from a traditional telephone company into an entirely new kind of service company. Our core business, i.e., the operation and sale of networks and connections, remains the basis. But at the same time we are proactively committing to business areas that open up new growth opportunities for us like in the area of Smart Cities.

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Supporting organizations

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    The European Commission is the EU's executive body. It represents the interests of the European Union as a whole (not the interests of individual countries).
    The Commission's main roles are to: Ppropose legislation which is then adopted by the co-legislators, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. Enforce European law (where necessary with the help of the Court of Justice of the EU). Set objectives and priorities for action, outlined yearly in the Commission Work Programme and works towards delivering them, as well as managing and implementing EU policies, the budget, and representing the Union outside Europe (negotiating trade agreements between the EU and other countries, for example).
    The European Commission's has its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium, and some services are also in Luxembourg. The Commission has Representations in all EU Member States and 139 Delegations across the globe.

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    ICEX Spain Trade and Investment is a public business organization which works worldwide with the objective of promoting the internationalization of Spanish companies in order to improve their competitiveness, as well as boosting foreign investment in Spain. ICEX offers its services through 98 Economic and Commercial Offices worldwide, the largest foreign network, 31 Provincial and Territorial Trade Offices in Spain and 17 Business Centers abroad, keeping close contact with Spanish companies. Every year, ICEX organizes around 1,200 promotional activities in foreign markets and answers over 90,000 queries on internationalization.

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    The Government of Catalonia has a corporate booth hosting 20 innovate companies from different Smart City sectors. Information on Smart Catalonia and its strategy by several public enterprises is also shown. The Smart Catalonia Strategy is designed to make Catalonia an international smart region benchmark, taking advantage of digital technology and information to encourage innovation in public services, foster economic growth and promote a more intelligent, sustainable and integrative society. With this strategy the Government aims to improve the services provided for citizens, thanks to the more efficient use of resources and a more intelligent performance by handling the maximum amount of available information in real time.

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    Diputació de Barcelona, as the Provincial Council, provides financial, technical and technological resources to the 311 municipalities in its area to support them in the process of becoming smart cities. Since early 2016 Diputació de Barcelona offers a multi-tenant sensor platform to collect, process and analyze data from urban devices. Currently 12 cities and local organizations are using it. In the exhibition area, Diputació de Barcelona will show major Smart region projects in which the institution is involved (regional platform, new apps, open government program, library bus, sustainability and energy efficiency solutions, etc.). Projects from several municipalities and local authorities in the area will also be shown at the booth (Sentilo platform use cases, security app, eGovernment solutions, City Protocol Society initiatives, issue reporting apps, etc.).

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    The Barcelona Metropolitan Area - AMB is a public body which coordinates metropolitan services and promotes the main assets of thirty-six metropolitan municipalities. It is responsible for the planning of public space, housing, mobility and public transport, waste management, and the whole water cycle. It has also taken on new functions in the field of urban planning, including policies on the environment, open spaces, economic promotion and social and territorial cohesion. The AMB also works to implement new data solutions to facilitate citizens' day-to-day lives applying a wide range of smart responses to improving public transport service, urban parks and the 32km of beaches. Building an efficient city demands placing people at the forefront of every activity and public service, and developing creative and innovative solutions from this perspective. A liveable city is one that uses technological advances to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants, thus generating new high-skilled jobs. This is the goal of the AMB.

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    The World Bank Group has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030: 1) End extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.90 a day to no more than 3%, and 2) Promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country.
    The World Bank Group comprises five institutions managed by their member countries. Established in 1944, the World Bank Group is headquartered in Washington, D.C. We have more than 10,000 employees in more than 120 offices worldwide. The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. We are not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development.

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    UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all.
    In October 2016, at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III – member states signed the New Urban Agenda. This is an action-oriented document which sets global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities. Through drawing together cooperation with committed partners, relevant stakeholders, and urban actors, including at all levels of government as well as the private sector, UN-Habitat is applying its technical expertise, normative work and capacity development to implement the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal 11 – to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

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    We work to improve lives in Latin America and the Caribbean through financial and technical support for countries working to reduce poverty and inequality. We help improve health and education, and advance infrastructure. We are the leading source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean. We conduct extensive research; provide loans, grants, and technical assistance. We are committed to achieving measurable results and the highest standards of increased integrity, transparency, accountability and sustainability. The effects of rapid urban growth combined with the impact of climate change are creating new challenges for cities, which require better usage of information. To manage these challenges and deliver better urban services, cities need to better leverage technology, people and processes.

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    GSMA Smart Cities – Delivering Innovative Services in Partnership with Operators.
    The GSMA Connected Living programme is working with mobile operators, governments and city councils to agree a common approach to smart city solutions that will deliver real, long-term benefits to businesses and citizens. Our smart cities initiative provides an array of resources which can assist governments, city planners and digital service providers in their quest to deploy connected solutions and create cities that are truly smart.

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    4YFN Smart City Village is open to smart tech startups. For the second year running, Four Years From Now (4YFN) will bridge the gap between entrepreneurs, investors and corporations to create long-lasting connections during the Smart City Expo World Congress this November. The 4YFN startup village situated in the heart of the Expo, will showcase pioneering startup innovations and pitches that will take place on stage to key players within the industry. It is the perfect place to discover disruptive smart city technology. The 4YFN Award Ceremony attracts participants from all over the world, giving the finalists global recognition of their awe-inspiring smart projects.

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Mobility Hub Sponsor

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    SEAT is the only company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting more than 80% of its vehicles, and is present in over 75 countries. In 2015, SEAT's turnover amounted to over 8.3 billion euros, the highest in its history, and the company achieved worldwide sales of more than 400,000 units for the first time since 2007.


    The multinational has a Technical Centre, which operates as a knowledge hub that brings together 1,000 engineers who are focussed on developing innovation for Spain's largest industrial investor in R&D. SEAT already features the latest connectivity technology in its vehicle range and is currently engaged in the company's global digitisation process to promote the mobility of the future.

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Media partners

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    "Automatizacion e instrumentación" is the only magazine published in Spain dedicated entirely to the automation and control of processes and machines of all the industrial sectors. Written by instrumentation, control and integration technicians, it provides the reader with the best information on technical and market trends, new components and systems for industrial automation and industry news, both national and international.
    "Automatizacion e instrumentación" brings the Spanish-speaking public closer to the world of Industrial Automation. The sector, which is in the middle of a technological revolution, is key to the future. Without any doubt our magazine is the most important reference in the sector since you can find all kinds of informations. We invite you to enjoy "Automatización e instrumentización" and discover the future of the automation and instrumentation industry.

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    The Railway Gazette family of publications provides the most comprehensive source of business information for the world's railways - print, digital online.
    Our portfolio includes: Railway Gazette, leading monthly journal for the global rail industry, Metro Report, Rail Business Intelligence, Railway Directory plus Railway Gazette Chinese Edition.

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    Via Libre is the leading Spanish railway magazine. Every month, it provides a treasure of information on a wide range of topics related to railways. It is edited by the Fundacion de los Ferrocarriles Espanoles, and its Editorial Committee includes representatives of all the public Spanish railway and metro companies: Renfe, Adif, the regional railway companies and all the metro companies in the country. Via Libre has over 5,000 subscribers and is highly appreciated among professionals and railway enthusiasts. It is considered to be a "classic" in the railway world, its first issue having appeared in 1964. It is distributed in Spain, Europe and Latin America.

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