ESI ThoughtLab to Present at Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona

Key findings and benchmarking tool from the Building a Hyperconnected City program to be unveiled

ESI ThoughtLab will be on hand from Monday, November 18 – Thursday, November 21 at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain to unveil complete findings from the Building a Hyperconnected City program. The study, which is a deep dive assessment of smart city solutions, includes a benchmarking survey of 100 hyperconnected cities in 52 countries across all world regions.

ESI ThoughtLab has analyzed smart city investments, practices, and benefits across multiple urban dimensions grouped under four major pillars: technology, data and analytics, cybersecurity, and connected citizens. The program also identifies the challenges, such as citizen backlash, procurement complexity, and heightened cyberrisks, and how forward-looking cities are overcoming these hurdles. 

Full findings will be officially unveiled by Lou Celi, ESI ThoughtLab CEO, during a keynote presentation for the expo’s Internet of Things panel session. Members of ESI ThoughtLab’s research team including Dr. Daniel Miles, Chief Economist and Lead Researcher and Steve Wray, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives will also be presenting and available for in-person meetings.

A specially designed tool called the Smart City Data Navigator which provides a city comparison feature will be showcased in partnership with several members of the Building a Hyperconnected City advisory board and who have booths at the Expo.

Currently scheduled events include:

Please note, all times listed below are local time in Barcelona, Spain.

November 18, 2019
  • Microsoft Readiness Sneak Peek of Building a Hyperconnected City featuring Daniel Miles and Steve Wray
  • Microsoft Pre-conference Session on Citizen Engagement featuring Daniel Miles
  • Microsoft Smart City Networking Happy Hour
November 19, 2019
  • Data Navigator Showcase with Oracle (Gran Via, Hall 2, Level 0, Street D, Stand 492)
    9:00 – 9:30 AM
  • Interactive Q&A Session featuring Lou Celi and William Baver of NTT DATA (Gran Via, Hall 2, Level 0, Street B, Stand 243)
    11:00 – 11:30 AM
  • Preview of Building a Hyperconnected City with ESI ThoughtLab and Deloitte (Gran Via, Hall 2, Level 0, Street B, Stand 261)
    4:00 – 4:30 PM
November 20, 2019
  • Data Navigator Showcase with Oracle (Gran Via, Hall 2, Level 0, Street D, Stand 492)
    9:00 – 9:30 AM
  • Interactive Q&A Session featuring ESI ThoughtLab and NTT DATA (Gran Via, Hall 2, Level 0, Street B, Stand 243)
    11:00 – 11:30 AM
  • Internet of Things: Connectivity for Data-Driven Cities featuring Lou Celi (Congress Area | Digital Transformation Room)
    2:30 – 5:00 PM
November 21, 2019
  • Key Findings and Data Navigator Showcase with Nokia (Gran Via, Hall 2, Level 0, Street B, Stand 249)
    10:00 – 10:30 AM

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