The Dutch and Smart Cities: Shaping the Future by Challenging Today

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Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) Barcelona

If you are an international entrepreneur attending the Smart City Expo World Congress and you want to find out more about the Dutch approach to shaping the future? Come to our business event: The Dutch and Smart Cities: Shaping the Future by Challenging Today.

The Dutch delegation to the annual Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) in Barcelona is organising this business event on the eve of the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC). The annual Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) in Barcelona is the meeting place for companies, entrepreneurs, start-ups, cities and knowledge and research centres involved in the Smart City.

The event ‘The Dutch and Smart Cities: Shaping the Future by Challenging Today’ focuses on the following areas: urban mobility, circular economy, resilience, safety & security, healthy living and data.


The business event ‘The Dutch & Smart Cities: Shaping the future by challenging today’ takes place on Monday 12 November. During the event, there will be workshops, deep-dives and round table talks discussing the societal challenges and technological concepts in urban settings. It will look at actual city challenges (see below), bringing together Dutch and international innovators, both from the public and private sectors.

We offer you:

• Inspiration and interactive knowledge-sharing;
• Networking abilities with Dutch statesmen, company leaders and influencers;
• Key-notes, workshops, roundtables and deep-dives facilitated by cities (such as Amsterdam & Rotterdam), leading innovating companies and start-ups;

As mentioned above, the Dutch delegation is interested in actual challenges. If your country or city has such a challenge and is keen to discuss it with us, please let us know by sending an email to We will be happy to explore opportunities for integrating your urban challenges in our program.

Participation is free of charge.

About the Dutch & Smart Cities

The Netherlands is renowned for its smart cities. Whether the issue is rising sea level, population growth, or transportation matters, the Netherlands is on the cutting edge of smart city solutions. Key to the success is cooperation between companies, government, citizens, universities and R&D institutes. Together they are working on tackling global problems related to topics such as sustainability, livability, energy and mobility on a local scale.

The business event is part of the Dutch Smart Cities Innovation Mission to Barcelona (11-15 November 2018), a collaborative effort co-organised by the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Eindhoven, Utrecht & Den Bosch, The Netherlands Business Support Office (NBSO) in Barcelona, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, VNG, Enterprise Summit and the Institute for the Future of Living.



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