How Microsoft is creating more liveable cities

The Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona in November 2018 welcomed over 21,000 visitors from over 700 cities in 146 countries. Here we speak to some of the partners who exhibited at the event to find out how they are working with Microsoft to empower cities to unlock their potential

How Microsoft is creating more liveable cities

This article was originally published in the Spring 2019 issue of The Record. Subscribe for FREE here to get the next issue delivered directly to your inbox. 

Worldwide experts and visionaries came together at the recent Smart City Expo World Congress to share ideas and best practices on creating ‘cities to live in’. 

Ugo Valenti, the event director, said: “As we move forward in the development of smart cities around the planet and implement smart solutions, we must take into account the fundamental motivation driving all these changes: to make cities better places to live in. It’s our responsibility, both individually and collectively, to capitalise on the tools we have at hand to transform cities and make them the best possible places for their current inhabitants and those of the future.”

The programme was structured around five axes: digital transformation; urban environment; mobility; governance and finance; and inclusive and sharing cities.

The main speakers at the event included: Muhammad Yunus, social entrepreneur, banker, economist and winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize; Rufus Pollock, economist and founder of Open Knowledge International; and Yochai Benkler, professor of law at Harvard University. 

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