World Smart Cities Forum 2017 
Future cities – Solutions for common challenges
How International Standards support the development of smart and sustainable cities

We look forward to welcoming you on November 15th!

Cities are facing more challenges than ever before, as expanding populations put stress on transportation systems, social services, energy infrastructure and other vital aspects of daily life. To tackle these obstacles, public- and private-sector leaders are able to turn to International Standards to offer solutions that can make cities more efficient and effective for their residents. The World Smart Cities Forum is emblematic of the proactive approach that IEC, ISO and ITU are taking to the task of understanding emerging standardization demands.

At the World Smart Cities Forum in Barcelona this November, leaders from cities across the globe will join IEC, ISO and ITU, together with industry, investors and other relevant organizations, to discuss the rapidly evolving world of smart cities. 

The most promising means of converting our cities into creative, connected and sustainable urban environments are far from absolute. Everyone seems to offer a different view on the challenges to our cities and their required solutions.

This is why we will gather insights from city leaders – through panels and interactive discussions – to share their perspectives on the challenges most relevant to their cities and how International Standards have the potential to solve them. Standards bodies listen and learn, helping us to raise awareness of how standards will move cities to greater smartness.

We hope that we are able to agree on ways in which standards from IEC, ISO, ITU and other standards organizations will help city leaders to achieve their smart-city ambitions. Ultimately, we hope that we can make more city leaders understand why standards are essential for smarter cities and how each of our organizations contributes in this space.



Programme - Wednesday, 15 November 2017

09:00 - 09:30 Registration
FIRA de Barcelona (Gran Via Venue), Conference Center 5 - Room 5.1

09:30 - 09:50 Opening remarks

  • Sergio Mujica, ISO Secretary-General
  • José Maria Lassalle Ruiz, Spain Secretary of State for Information Society and Digital Agenda

Session 1 - Making cities smarter… with standards

09:50 - 11:00  Making Smarter cities today - Panel Discussion
This panel features city representatives involved in driving innovation in various urban services, including connected cities, mobility, energy infrastructure, and resilience.
They will discuss how to tackle today’s urban challenges and share their visions for tomorrow.

  • Alexandre Bosshard, Member of the Head of the Department for Industrial Services & Technical Office of  the City of Pully
  • Frans Jorna, Director Smart City for the Municipality of Utrecht
  • Andrew Collinge, Assistant Director of the Greater London Authority
  • Marijn Fraanje, CIO (Chief Information Officer) for the Municipality of The Hague
  • Jaime Briales, Head of the Innovation, Energy and New Technologies Department, City of Malaga

11:00 - 11:25 Networking break

11:25 - 11:35 How standards can drive change in our cities
Dr. Chaesub Lee, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau

11:35 - 12:20 Different vision of city smartness - Roundtable Discussion
Participants will discuss different stakeholder needs and the opportunities for communities to overcome their respective challenges.

12:20 - 12:45 Report back and discussion of roundtable questions/conclusions 

12:45 - 13:45 Networking lunch

Session 2 - Reaching the right collaboration towards success

13:45 - 14:00  Keynote presentation
Carmen Sanchez-Miranda, Head of UN-Habitat Office in Spain

14:00 - 15.00  Leading smart city development - Panel Discussion
This panel features city leaders, policymakers, and other relevant stakeholders supporting urban areas to meet their visions. They will discuss forward-looking actions needed to bring together leadership and form partnerships towards building smarter cities.

  • Shao Xinhua, Director of Hangzhou Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau
  • Nikolaos Kontinakis, EUROCITIES Senior Project Coordinator
  • Mariano Lamarca, Smart Cities, Standardization and Infrastructures Director, Barcelona City Council
  • Fernando de Pablo Martin, CEO of SEGITTUR, Spanish Secretariat of State for Tourism (Ministry of  Energy, Tourism, and Digital Agenda)
  • Eldar Tuzmukhametov, Head of Smart City Lab, Moscow Government

15:00 - 15:30  Networking break

15:30 - 15:40 Working together towards a new urban (standards) agenda
Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General-Secretary

15:40 - 16:40 Smart City Standards Challenge - Roundtable Discussion
Participants will discuss and identify best practices to build strong and prosperous smart cities and what key partnerships and collaborations are required for the next stage of urban development.

16:40 - 17-10 Report back and discussion of roundtable questions/conclusion

17:10 - 17:30  Closing remarks

  • Sergio Mujica, ISO Secretary-General
  • Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary
  • Dr. Chaesub Lee, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau

17:30  End of day

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