During the last days of June (27-29) Smart City expo was held in the exhibitor center of the city of Puebla, Mexico. During the three day event Sessions, parallel side events and keynote talks provided the perfect environment for more than 200 speakers along with 120 different companies and universities to present and discuss technologies, advances and projects that focused on promoting the creation of Smart cities.
Within the event there were key note talks from international speakers such as the Former President Govermeent of Spain José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and various CEO’s and founders of companies that promote the development and inclusion of technologies targeting the improvement of the lives of citizens. Conference topics ranged from Territorial planning and mobility up to Digital entrepreneurship and economic development.
Dr. Gonzalez was invited as a guest speaker in the “Public services in the smart city” session. The session’s goal was to provide an opportunity to its participants to present projects that implement the use of different technologies (the Internet of Things, cloud computing, etc.) that had been used or have the potential of being used towards a more efficient management of public services based on the simplification of processes and the openess of them to the public. In the frame of the session, Dr.Gonzalez’ presentation highlighted the potential and great benefits of FIWARE as a platform that will facilitate and promote not only the creation of the needed tools, but also foster the integration of public offices and companies in order to promote provide and promote IoT and cloud based technologies.
On the other hand, Dr. Estrada participated in the side event promoted by CONACYT called “Intelligent Metropolis: Innovation and perspectives of Mexican Cities”. In such session Dr. Estrada shared the experiences and innovations that his institution (INFOTEC) has developed based on the FIWARE platform. In his presentation, Dr. Estrada shared with the atendees the structure in which FIWARE works and how its modular structure provides the needed tools to solve problems at different cities in Mexico.
Finally, as mentioned before, the event provided an opportunity to companies and universities to share their ongoing projects and success stories. SmartSDK had its share of participation and was shared with all visitors in the Tecnológico de Monterrey booth. Leaflets and small sessions were hosted to promote the project and allowed different representatives of local governments to discuss about potential projects. We’ll keep you posted on how those talks go and the prospective partners that could join us in this effort!