PIONEERS at Smart City Expo World Congress 2023

PIONEERS at Smart City Expo World Congress 2023

Smart City Expo World Congress is the world’s largest and most influential event on urban innovation. This year’s edition is was held in Barcelona, Spain, from November 7th to 9th, 2023.


The conference serves as a platform to connect leaders from the most innovative companies, governments and organizations to drive cities towards a better future.


PIONEERS partners actively contributed to the event. Pieter Vandermeeren, Green Port Master Planner from Port of Antwerp-Bruges, and other industry experts discussed about innovative technologies, alternative fuels, and digitalization’s role in optimizing efficiency and reducing environmental impact at the panel session “Driving Sustainable and Intelligent Maritime Transport” on November 8th.


PIONEERS was also represented through a booth at the Tomorrow Blue Economy plaza, in Hall 2, where participants had the opportunity to explore the 19 PIONEERS demonstrators in the interactive map.


Within the framework of the Smart City Expo World Congress, other events took place, such as the “Smart Ports: Piers of the Future” event. Themed Sailing Towards Innovation, the event unites experts in sustainability, innovation, and port tech to shape the port of tomorrow. Eight major ports, including Antwerp-Bruges, Barcelona, Busan, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Montreal, and Rotterdam, along with Vancouver Port and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, are participating.


This edition featured an “Innovation Zone” within the Smart Ports and Tomorrow.BlueEconomy booths, comprising eight exhibition stands for emerging companies and innovation centers aligned with each port’s ecosystem. The Tomorrow.BlueEconomy agora hosted the Tech Tour Blue Economy event on November 7th and 8th, organized by Tech Tour, enhancing the discussion on the future of port technology and sustainability.


November 10, 2023