Partners 2017

We proudly welcome our first 2017 partners

Global partners

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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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    Implementing the New Urban Agenda
    The New Urban Agenda is the action-oriented document recently adopted in the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat III. The Agenda rethinks the way we build, manage, and live in cities through drawing together cooperation with committed partners, relevant stakeholders, and urban actors at all levels of government as well as the private sector.
    The New Urban Agenda shares a vision of cities for all, ensuring that all citizens are able to inhabit and produce just, safe, healthy, accessible, affordable, resilient, and sustainable cities and human settlements for foster prosperity and quality of life.
    The Habitat III Conference was a successful convening of and exchange among world leaders, stakeholder groups, and citizens from around the globe.
    The task now will be to implement the forward-looking New Urban Agenda, assisted by the Quito Implementation Plan, which is made up of specific voluntary commitments by various partners intended to contribute to and reinforce the outcomes of the Habitat III Conference and the New Urban Agenda.

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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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