More than 20,000 of the world's leading innovators, planners and directors are once again gathering in Barcelona for the highly-anticipated Smart City Expo World Congress 2018 (SCEWC). From Nov. 13 to 15, conference sessions and keynotes will highlight city governance, mobility, safety, economy and sustainability — all from Catalonia's cosmopolitan capital.
It will be no easy feat to follow every conversation or debate that is sparked at the show — especially since this is SCEWC's largest event yet — therefore social media will be a key resource to stay up-to-the-minute on chatter and trends. There will be over 400 speakers at this year's event, and while that's too many leaders to compile into a list, Smart Cities Dive picked out eight key figures that we plan to track on Twitter this week.
Natalia Olson-Urtecho — @olsonurtecho
As the chief innovation officer for The Disruptive Factory in Washington, DC, Olson-Urtecho specializes in tools and topics that empower clients to "create a more sustainable world." Formerly appointed as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator under President Obama, Olson-Urtecho has experience in small business and financial assistance, especially as it relates to energy, transportation and the environment. Catch her inspirational talk, "The Power to Change the Future of Cities Depends on Smart Region Strategies," at the show on Wednesday.
I’m excited to speak at the Smart Cities World Expo #SCEWI18 in Barcelona, Spain next week.— Natalia (@olsonurtecho) November 8, 2018
On how we have the “Power to Shape the Future” by Leveraging advances in technology that helps keep our cities & towns safe, clean, innovative, resilient and effi…https://t.co/FeXknPaaBc
Stephen Goldsmith — @GoldsmithOnGov
Goldsmith, described by SCEWC as "a preeminent expert in public-private partnerships and data smart solutions," has made a significant footprint on the smart city industry as the director of the Innovations Program at Harvard, as well as a published author. Goldsmith will participate in a number of sessions this week, including a conversation on strategies to govern data, and a session that takes a look at Melbourne, Australia's open data program.
One of the most important skills for government officials to develop is learning to interpret data in a world where too much information can be cacophonous. My latest for @governing, examining how @TreasurerSF shows how not to get distracted by data @sfgov https://t.co/yVC9oB6mQh— Stephen Goldsmith (@GoldsmithOnGov) October 17, 2018
Ashima Sukhdev — @ashsukhdev
At the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Sukhdev leads the Government and Cities Program, which engages city governments around the globe in the efforts toward a circular economy. Sukhdev, who will speak during "The Circular Economy: Shaping Tomorrow's Business" session on Thursday, shares tweets on climate goals, materials use and sustainability strategies to keep cities active in properly utilizing resources.
Austin, Chile, France, Grenada, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Scotland, Seychelles, UK, Wallonia - the pioneering gov & cities that have signed the @NewPlasticsEcon Global Commitment. Watch this space for more - and get in touch if you're interested in taking part! #lineinthesand https://t.co/BvkZ7lxYiQ— Ashima Sukhdev (@ashsukhdev) October 31, 2018
Christopher Swope — @cswope
Swope is the deputy editor of Bloomberg Cities, an arm of Bloomberg Philanthropies' Government Innovation network that tells stories of leading smart city solutions. Swope's Twitter highlights conference coverage, trends pieces and announcements from around the industry, and he'll participate in a number of sessions this week including a conversation on the breadth of open innovation.
In Silicon Valley, there's lots of shiny tech objects to get excited about, says San Jose Mayor @sliccardo but "it's important for us to ask our residents how they believe they can be helped by tech before we decide we here to help them." #CityLabDetroit— Christopher Swope (@cswope) October 29, 2018
Alice Charles — @alicecharles
With more than 16 years of experience in city development and public policy, Charles is the lead of Cities and Urban Development work at the World Economic Forum (WEF). Through her work, Charles helps lead the WEF's Future of Urban Development and Services Initiative and the Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, and she'll be sharing her insights during the "Innovative Forms of Collaboration" conference session on Wednesday.
If our #cities are to prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution they must be agile. Read our new @wef Global Future Council on Cities & Urbanization report #AgileCities here: https://t.co/MsPSSVyNJQ #SmartCities #SmartCity #wef #AMNC18— Alice Charles (@alicecharles) September 19, 2018
Sari Ladin-Sienne — @sariladin
Ladin-Sienne, a first-generation American and former Harvard Ash Center fellow, is now the chief data officer of Los Angeles, leading the city's efforts for a more data-driven city under Mayor Eric Garcetti's administration. The city touts Ladin-Sienne's "policy knowledge and technical skillset" as her leadership strengths, which she is sure to highlight during her Thursday session, "How to Manage, Govern and Strategize on Urban Data?"
We're hiring! Come join our team in an exciting new role where you have the chance to shape how open data skills and data literacy is taught to students and nonprofits. #dataforgood #jobs #opendata https://t.co/47JmrWtjnM— Sari Ladin-Sienne (@sariladin) October 2, 2018
Eric Woods — @bordersthinking
Woods, a research director for smart cities at Navigant Research, is an expert on the intersection of energy, buildings and government. As the author of a number of smart cities reports, Woods keeps a close eye on the industry and shares his insights across his Twitter. Catch him on Tuesday at the urban environment session, "Transitioning to a Sustainable Use of Energy."
The promise of #smartcities will be truly evident when digital technologies are shown to be able to address intractable cross-sector challenges in areas such as the environment, health inequality, and transportation in new and effective ways #WiSunChat #EUW18— Eric Woods (@bordersthinking) November 6, 2018
Miriam Roure —@MiriamRoure
Roure, the program director of URBAN-X, describes herself as "passionate about creating more empathetic cities through design and technology." Roure will participate as one of eight speakers on an open congress session dubbed, "Solution Talks: Right to the City, Education & Entrepreneurship," where she is anticipated to share insights on the solutions that are making cities more accessible and inclusive.
My three lessons from the Urban-X panel ‘Future of Affordable Housing’ by Daniel Wu. A great recap of our event two days ago. https://t.co/0LoEkPCuU3— miriam roure (@MiriamRoure) November 9, 2018