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Smart cities 5G: transformation is coming

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Smart cities 5G: transformation is coming

July 16th, 2019
9:30 - 11:30 h
Movistar Centre - Barcelona

In 2050, almost 70% of the global population will live in cities, according to a study by EY. People who will need housing, employment, services and an infrastructure for their growing populations. Within this context, the digital transformation of cities into nodes that are truly connected and smart depends on 5G, a technology that can really improve the quality of life of millions of inhabitants.

It is planned that, by the end of 2024, 5G will reach half of the world population and there will be 125 billion sensors and IoT (Internet of Things) devices in our homes, cars and offices. This will result in radically new environments for us to live and work in.

Autonomous structures that are capable of compiling enormous amounts of data and sharing it with others instantly, thus creating a functional grid of integrated systems where they all learn through the others.

We are talking about transport, governance, management of water or waste that would function as smart hives and change the way that we experience technology. We will talk about this in this Mobile Talks session, focused on the unprecedented benefits for citizens, companies and cities that 5G will bring within the framework of smart cities and also the challenges, opportunities and possible risks that are faced.


Pipo Serrano
Journalist, head of Digital, Strategy and Content at Broadcaster

Pipo Serrano is a radio, television and digital journalist. He has led strategies and digital transformations in large editorial teams and media outlets, incorporating new narratives and digital coverage. He has also worked in Mobile Journalism (Mojo), an area where he is one of the pioneers in Spain. He has been recognised by the 2018 European Digital Mindset Awards with the prize for Best Journalistic Work on Digital Transformation.

The author of two books on digital transformation and mojos, he is a professor of digital journalism in the BCN-NY Master’s in Journalism run jointly by the University of Barcelona and the Columbia Journalism School. He is also an associate professor at New Haven University, where he teaches digital journalism to US American students in Barcelona.

Arnaud Grignard
Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab - CityScience

Arnaud Grignard is a computer scientist specializing in complex systems modeling and information visualization. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from l’Université Pierre et Marie Curie-UPMC and research scientist in the City Science research group at the MIT Media Lab. Since 2011, Grignard is one of the main developers of the GAMA Platform, a modeling and simulation development environment.

Currently, is working on different projects, most of them related to the CityScope project, developed and deployed in the different cities of the CityScience Network through a multi-level interactive and tangible, agent-based visualization. He develops a novel methodology of interaction and collaboration embedded in the MIT CityScope framework, a data-driven platform that simulates the impacts of interventions on urban ecosystems prior to detail-design and execution.

Juanjo Hierro
Chief Technology Officer at Fiware Foundation

Juanjo Hierro is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Fiware Foundation, and Chairman of the Fiware Technical Steering Committee. Fiware is an Open Source initiative whose mission is to build an open sustainable ecosystem around public, royalty-free and implementation-driven software platform standards that ease the development of new Smart Applications in multiple sectors. The FIWARE platform combines components enabling the connection to the Internet of Things with Context Information Management and Big Data services on the Cloud.

Besides, he works on liaisons with relevant organisations and initiatives, including standardisation bodies, in order to push the adoption of FIWARE at global level.

Pontus Westerberg
Programme Management Officer at UN-Habitat in Spain

Pontus Westerberg manages projects related to innovation, digital technologies, public participation and urban design at UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme for sustainable cities. Since 2012, he has been the manager of Block by Block, a programme which uses digital tools for public participation in urban design projects in more than 35 countries.

He has a BSc in Economics and International Development, and an MA in Global Media. Before joining the UN, he worked in the NGO sector for 10 years. He has recently authored a report on how 5G enabled mixed reality technology can make urban design more inclusive, produced a study on urban innovation in emerging economies and advised the Government of Rwanda on smart cities.

Cristina Garrido
Director of Innovation and Strategy at Anteverti

Cristina Garrido works in Anteverti, advising cities and private companies to develop their innovation and strategic plans. Cristina is the Co-Curator of the international congresses related to the Smart City Expo World Congress and also directs the blog Cities To Be.

With a background in arts and urban studies, her expertise focuses on how innovation can be a tool for improvement, sustainability and strategic development of cities. She has more than 15 years of experience working with international city governments, companies and organizations. She has written for several publications and, up until 2017, was an Associate Lecturer at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).

She holds an MA in Urban Sociology, a BA in Visual Arts and Cultural Studies, and has a Diploma from the Stanford Graduate School for Business, in the Ignite Program for Business Innovation, 2017.

Federico Ruiz
5G National Observatory Program Manager

Federico Ruiz is the director of the 5G National Observatory, a body that aims to promote knowledge and dissemination of this technology throughout Spain. As Spain is one of the leading countries in this field, he will present the goals of the Observatory and of the 5G National Plan, as well as their benefits for general society and the Spanish and European economy as a whole.


Movistar Centre - Barcelona
Carrer de Fontanella 2, Barcelona