Episode#57 Smart City Expo World Congress: Transforming Cities Through Collaboration, Innovation, and Sustainability

GuestsUgo Valenti,  Director of the Smart City Expo World Congress

Date of recording: 9 November 2023

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Summaries of Key Takeaways:  

  • Event's Evolution: From focusing on technology to centering on citizens, reflecting a holistic view of smart cities. 
  • Collaboration and Learning: Encouraging city-to-city and public-private partnerships for urban innovation. 
  • Digital Disruption: Recognizing digitalization as a driver for improved city services and quality of life. 
  • Urban Challenges: Addressing urbanization, sustainability, and the digital divide through smart solutions. 
  • Innovation and Trends: Highlighting mobility, energy efficiency, and AI as key areas of innovation. 


“To you, what is a Smart City?”

Ugo Valenti: “That's a very simple to answer. It's a city that gives a better quality of life to its citizens.”   


  • Collaboration and a unified vision are essential for successful implementation of Smart City projects

"The biggest challenge [for cities] perhaps is to have a clear idea and really having a comprehensive and holistic approach." - Ugo Valenti

  • The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of digitalisation in cities for resilience and adaptability

"From the cities perspective, we have seen that there's a huge increase in the adoption of digitalisation." - Ugo Valenti

  • Learning from both successes and failures is crucial for the progress of Smart City initiatives

"Stop talking and start doing. Right now is the time to act, to really apply different solutions. " - Ugo Valenti