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Smart Cities Readiness Guide to debut in Barcelona

Submitted by scc staff on November 13, 2013

Smart Cities Council and ESADE Business School’s Institute of Public Governance and Management Host Smart City Innovation Workshop and Launch the ‘Readiness Guide’ 

What:  Be among the first to see the Smart Cities Readiness Guide – the first comprehensive, vendor-neutral tool for city leaders around the world. Participate in panel discussions with the Council’s prominent global technology companies and experts, and professors from ESADE Business School’s Institute of Public Governance and Management. Hear about real-world examples of successful city transformation, and get a sneak preview of new breakthrough products and services. 

 Date:   Monday, November 18 

Time:               4:00 – Opening Remarks and Panel Discussions 

                        6:45 – Press Announcement 

                        7:00 – Champagne Reception 

Where:            ESADE Barcelona Pedralbes Campus Auditorium

                       Avenida Pedralbes 60-62, Barcelona, Spain 

Panels:  From Ideas to Action: Learn how cities are using the Readiness Guide to turn ambitions into realities through planning techniques, policy issues, stakeholder awareness, financial procurement and vendor relationships. 

What’s Coming Next: Hear the latest on how predictive analytics, comprehensive control centers, cloud-based city services and next-generation telecommunications will create smarter cities. 

Planning NOW for the Future – How the Readiness Guide Empowers Cities to Innovate: Understand the power of the Readiness Guide to help cities convene all stakeholders, set priorities and begin implementation. 

Panelists: SADE Professors

  • Jonathan Wareham, Vice Dean of Research
  • Mila Gasco, Researcher, Institute of Public Governance & Management
  • Javier Nieto Santo, Lecturer, Department of Strategy & General Management 

Global Companies and Advisors

Alstom, Bechtel, Cisco, IBM, ITRON, MasterCard, Microsoft Corporation, OPOWER and Qualcomm 

About the Readiness Guide

The Smart Cities Council Readiness Guide is the first comprehensive vendor-neutral smart city handbookfor city leaders and planners. The Guide was designed with input from leading smart city and urban planning experts in addition to global technology companies to provide city leaders around the world with a roadmap to becoming a smart city. It includes the tools necessary to overcome economic development, energy, telecommunications, transportation, public safety, human services, water and wastewater barriers in a smart city. 

About the Smart Cities Council

The Smart Cities Council is comprised of the foremost experts and leading global companies in the smart technologies sector, who serve as advisors and resources. Its goal is to accelerate the growth of smart cities worldwide by providing city leaders and urban planners with tools and resources, such as a Readiness Guide, financial guides, policy frameworks, and "mentoring" sessions.  For more information, visit