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US - NL round-table sessions: Smart Cities, Smart Ecosystems: Explore the Future Together

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The United States and the Netherlands enjoy strong economic connections. Our businesses know how to find each other in an international market. Now, more than ever, we also need to connect when it comes to an important economic, environmental and social theme: Smart Cities.

American cities face similar challenges as those faced by the Netherlands: climate change, energy transition, polluted industrial buildings, inclusiveness, traffic congestion etc. By finding common ground and defining mutual interests, we discovered that there are many opportunities to strengthen each other's ambitions, capabilities and activities on urban challenges. We are very eager to further strengthen this long-term partnership in the coming years.

We would like to seize this opportunity to form a big American and Dutch presence in Barcelona. To achieve this, we would like to invite American policy-makers, entrepreneurs, city officials and game-changers to an interactive session on urban challenges to exchange best practices and discuss possible future collaborations.

Round-table sessions

During several round-table sessions we will discuss challenges, ambitions and opportunities aiming to find common ground, gain trust, explore and follow-up. Subjects of these round-table sessions are:

  1. Urban Logistics and Mobility Challenges  - powered by Brainport Eindhoven
  2. Retrofitting Existing Buildings to Improve Sustainability and Energy Performance  - powered by Innovation Quarter
  3. Feeding tomorrow’s cities: integrating feeding & greening the city in urban planning - powered by the city of Amsterdam
  4. Sustainability and resilience - powered by the city of Rotterdam

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency will organise these sessions hosted by Henk de Jong. He is former first deputy mayor of the city of Amsterdam, former entrepreneur in New York and current CEO of PBLQ.

Meet the Dutch in Barcelona!

It is with great pleasure and pride that the Netherlands will be present at the Smart Cities Expo World Congress in Barcelona. The Dutch delegation consists of over 250 participants from government agencies, business, academic sectors and local municipalities. Dutch efforts are directed at stimulating smart, sustainable and circular solutions. Read more about our delegation.

Participation & registration

Participation is free of charge. You can register by filling in the online registration form.


Please contact for questions or more information on this session. Don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to add another round-table session.