The i2CAT Foundation brings 5G and the future of urban spaces to Smart City Expo World Congress and Smart City Week


The i2CAT Foundation, has been one of the participants of the last edition of Smart City Expo World Congress, which took place on November 13th-15th in Barcelona. In this edition, the Catalan research center demonstrated, from the SmartCatalonia booth, its capabilities to offer technological solutions to real challenges in urban areas, and its expertise as a partner for local governments, public administrations and service providers.

The congress was the setting chosen for i2CAT and the telecom multinational Huawei Technologies to sign a Memorandum of Understanding aiming at XXX.

5G is one of the key strengths of the center, and, as such, its CTIO, Sergi Figuerola, moderated a session which explored subjects like the potential of this technology in Europe and around the world and the management of urban data generated by IoT. Bernard Barani, Deputy Head of Unit- Future Connectivity Systems for the European Commission; Sri Elaprolu, Senior Manager of Public Sector IoT for Amazon Web Services; Daniel Marco, director of the SmartCatalonia strategy by the Government of Catalonia, or Francisco Javier García Vieira, Public Services Director at, were some of the speakers at the session.

Attendees at SCEWC had the opportunity to get to know the European project 5GCity first-hand by its main coordinator, Shuaib Siddiqui, director of the Software Networks area of i2CAT. The project is a public-private cooperation which fosters the development of 5G networks in Europe through distributed cloud and radio platforms for neutral host 5G.

Guided tours for Catalan city councils

The i2CAT Foundation coordinated guided tours to the congress for city council, an initiative of the Secretaria de Telecomunicacions, Ciberseguretat i Societat Digital. The main objective of these visits, which celebrated its second edition this year, was to present the smart technologies that are enabling the digital transformation of towns and cities in Catalonia, as well as delving into the state of the art of Smart Cities and learning about success cases and available solutions for the resolution of public challenges.

Barcelona joins the innovation with Smart City Week

This year, the Barcelona City Council brought the Smart City concept to the citizens with Smart City Week, an initiative in which i2CAT collaborated actively.

Josep Paradells, director of i2CAT, was in charge of the keynote at the session “Rethinking the HOUSE”, which took place on November 6th. On the 9th, Artur Serra, deputy director of the center, and Daniel Camps, director of the Mobile Wireless Internet research area, participated in “Rethinking the WORLD, with you, with us, for everybody” and “Technological innovation in cities”, respectively.

The i2CAT Foundation also organized the week-long contest MUV Challenge, which promoted sustainable mobility. MUV is a European project that explores ways to involve the citizen, through a digital gamified tool, in a change of behavior regarding urban mobility.