I Congreso Internacional de Smart Cities for Smart Citizens

Science, technology and innovation are collaborating in a decisive manner in the development of intelligent cities.

Although our cities are increasingly more efficient, a city is not completely intelligent if it does not nurture citizens with knowledge and welfare. Therefore, we must focus on smart cities without forgetting its inhabitants.

The vision of the Congress will be focus on technology as a mean and not an end. Instead of simply focusing on technological advancements, the perspective will focus on the effects of such advancements on citizens. In this sense, the role of public power and the commitment of companies in human development in these new cities will be analyzed.

About the congress

During two days, specialists, companies and representatives of public institutions will debate on issues and themes such as Mobility, Networks and Internet of Things (IoT), Urbanism, Energy, Environment, Regulation, Culture, Public Sector and Start-Ups in intelligent cities. 

Smart Cities for Smart Citizens aims to formulate the emergence of a new urban reality that distinguishes the complexity of the city as a place of conflict, whereby various counteracting dynamics may appear including; participatory necessities, equality challenges, diversity issues, new cultural relations… in essence it aims to contemplate New Urban Challenges which the smart city discussion must attend and analyze to ensure a thorough revision.

Furthermore, parallel activities will be occurring to illustrate this debate, that will include expositions presented by participating companies as well as events that will join technology with art and culture to enhance the sectors creativity.


7th & 8th JUNE


La Marina de València
Veles e Vents


Ocean hall, Veles e Vents building

La Marina de València, Spain

The marina of València, our maritime promenade. The old port of the city, converted into a public space of one million m² open to innovation and nautical.

With the Mediterranean as a setting and inspiration, we enable a space where good things happen.


7th of june

8:30h. Issuing of Accreditations

9:00h. Institutional opening and Congress Presentation

- Mr. Fernando Ibáñez,Partner-Director of The Hub Valencia.
- Mr. Marcos Lacruz, President of Avaesen.
- Mr. Vicent Llorens, General Director of La Marina València.
- Mr. Joan Ribó, Mayor of the Valencian Government.

9:30 - 10:15h. Opening talk by Mr. Charles Landry, United Kingdom. Author of The Creative City.

‘Where do we belong when everything is on the move : The Civic City in a Digitized World’.

Big Data

10:15 - 11h. Mr. Francisco Marcos, Responsable of Technologic Innovation of Cellnex Telecom.

Towards 5G.

11:00 - 11:30h. Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:15h. Dr. Michail Bletsas, Director of Computing at MediaLab of Massachussetts Institute of Technology – MIT -.

Presentation: Mr. Adolfo Plasencia, scientific journalist author of the essay Is the Universe a Hologram? Published by the MIT press.
The Internet of Things in cities: utilising (and re-utilising) data to improve quality of life.

Public Sector

12:15 - 12:30h. Institutional Welcome. Mr.Vicent Soler i Marco, Minister of Finance and Economic Model of the Generalitat Valenciana.

12:30 -12:45h. Mr. Ramón Marrades, Strategic Director of La Marina Valencia.

La Marina as an innovative hinge of the Smart City

12:45 - 13:45h. Round Table.

Moderator: Mr. Ramón Marrades. Strategic Director of La Marina Valencia.
- Mr. Ramón Ferri, Manager of the Office of the Intelligent City, Ayuntamiento de Valencia.
- Mrs. Leticia Ortega, architect, Instituto Valenciano de la Edificación.
- Mr. Iván Martí, Deputy Chief of IT and Development of Electronic Administration, Diputacion Valencia
- Mr. Javier Ibáñez, Coordinator of La Naves.

13:45 - 16:00h. Lunch-Networking at the Malabar Restaurant, Veles e Vents.


16:00 - 16:45h. Round Table: ¿Can a Cultural City be an Intelligent City?

Mr. Antonio Ramos-Murphy, Professor of Cultural Administration Strategies at the La Laguna University, Canary Islands.
Dr. Pau Rausell Kostler, Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Valencia.
Dr. Montserrat Pareja-Eastway, Professor in de Department of Theory of Economics at the University of Barcelona.

Urban Networks

16:45 - 17:30h. Mr. José Gámiz, Director of Sustainability of Ética.

Use of BIM technology in the development of urban projects.

17:30 - 18:15h. Dr. Maryam Karimi, Polytechnic University of Milan, Italia. Department of Architecture and Urban Studies.

The implementation of large-scale urban development projects and the use of BIM technology.

18:15 - 19:00h. Mr. Iker Marcaide, Director of the Sustainable Urban Project, La Pinada.

Co-creating a sustainable & innovative new district

19:00 - 20:00h. Boat Trip (dinner attendees), around the La Marina de València with a description of the key locations of the district's strategic plan.

20:00h. Official Dinner. Restaurante Azul Sunset Point, La Marina de València.

8th of june

Artificial Intelligence

9:30 - 10:15h. Prof. Dr. Vicent Botti, Professor in Information Systems and Languages at the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia. Director of the Information Technology Group and Artificial Intelligence group of the UPV. Received the National Computer Science Prize from the Spanish Scientific Society (SCIE) and the Fundación Banco Bilbao Vizcaya.

Artificial Intelligence in the Smartcities.


10:15 - 11h. Mr. Jorge Ballesta, Responsable of Business of DINAPSIS OPERATION & LAB · HIDRAQUA.

Resilient cities.

11:00 - 11:30h. Coffee Break


11:30 - 12:15h. Debate: Regulations in the development of Smart Cities.

Mr. Jose Vicente Morote, Managing Partner of the Department of Public and Regulatory Law of Andersen Tax & Legal.
- Mr. Antonio Pérez Pérez, Mayor de Benidorm.
- Mr. Manuel Gomicia Giménez, Councilor of Smart City of City Council of Alcoi.
- Mrs. Marta Fenollosa Ribera, Coordinator of Smart Cities of the City Council of Rafaelbunyol.
- Mr. Paco Valverde, Councilor of Public Services of City Council of Villarreal.


12:15 - 13:00h. Round Table: StartUp. Transforming the intelligent cities of tomorrow, today.

Mr. Javier Megías, CEO and Co-Founder of Startupxplorer.
- Mr. Juan Vicén, Co-founder and Communications Director of Zeleros.
- Mr. Alejandro Carbonell, Co-founder & CEO of GREEN Urban Data.
- Mr. Nacho Mas, CEO de la Asociación Valenciana de Startups.
- Mr. Rafael Navarro, CIO of Innsomnia.

13:00 - 13:45h. Closure: Dr. Francis Pisani, Lecturer at the University of Stanford and Berkeley, California, United States. President of the jury Le Monde-Smart Cities. Journalist and specialist author on innovation and urban transformation.

Understanding the complexity of cities to confront their challenges.

13:45h. Closure of the Congress.

I Congreso Internacional de Smart Cities for Smart Citizens

Confirmed Speakers

Author of the book The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators. He is an international expert in the use of imagination and creativity for urban change.

He focuses on culture as a tool that revitalises and strengthens the economy of a city as well as improving the confidence of citizens within their urban area. His objective is to help cities identify the best resources, reaching their maximum potential, through innovation and open minded ideas.

Specialist in Smart Cities, author of various books specialised on smart cities, the influence of new technologies on society and social and cultural networks.

Recognised journalist, columnist at Le Monde and El Pais as well as other influential international medias.

Professor at the University of Berkeley and the University of Stanford, both in California, during various stages of his professional life.

Experto en políticas culturales y gestor cultural con casi dos décadas de experiencia en instituciones y organizaciones culturales públicas y privadas de Canarias.

Licenciado en Filosofía por la Universidad de La Laguna, Diplomado en Políticas Culturales y Magíster en Gestión Cultural por la Universidad de Barcelona y Diplomado en Estudios Avanzados en Derecho de la Cultura por la UNED-Madrid.

Professor in Information Systems and Languages at the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia. Director of the Information Technology Group and Artificial Intelligence group of the UPV. Received the National Computer Science Prize from the Spanish Scientific Society (SCIE) and the Fundación Banco Bilbao Vizcaya. Fellow at the European Artificial Intelligence Association (EurAI). Awarded for Investigation by the Spanish Artificial Intelligence Association (AEPIA).

Doctora en Economía por la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, es profesora Titular de Universidad del Departament de Teoria Econòmica de la Universitat de Barcelona.

Ha publicado en numerosas revistas académicas de ámbito nacional e internacional así como en otras propuestas más divulgativas.

Actualmente es la coordinadora del Grupo de Investigación Consolidado por la Generalitat de Catalunya “Creatividad, innovación y transformación urbana” en la Universidad de Barcelona.

Director de Computación del MediaLab MIT.

Master en ingeniería informática en la Universidad de Boston.

Economist, doctor and professor at the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Valencia. Since 1997, he is the director of Investigation in Applied Economics in Culture of the same department.

His incursions in the Economy of Culture have provided a renewed, fruitful vision of cultural analysis on a regional and state level.

Economista urbano (licenciado en la Universidad de Valencia y MSc por la Universidad de Utrecht) y emprendedor social. Es investigador en Econcult, la Unidad de Investigacion en Economía de la Cultura de la Universidad de Valencia, y miembro fundador de la plataforma internacional de jóvenes urbanistas Urbego.

Ha recibido una mención honrífica en el International Young Planning Professional Award (2012) y el Premio Jóvenes Emprendedores Sociales de la Universidad Europea por el proyecto Cien Pies (2013).

Maryam Karimi is a PhD candidate in urban planning, design and policy at Politecnico di Milano. Her work focuses on the role of digital modelling technology in urban studies, in particular the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) for the planning, design and implementation of urban projects. She is currently involved in a doctoral research project investigating the politics of BIM policy and the impacts of this technology on the implementation of large-scale urban development projects in the UK and Dubai.

MBA from MIT Sloan, Master in Operations Management from the MIT School of Engineering, as well as MS in Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia.  Founder of ZubiLabs and PeerTransfer.

Ph.D. in Architecture. Valencia Institute of Building

Information Technology and Electronic Administration Development Council Delegate, Valencia Council.

Head of the Intelligent City Office, Valencia Council.

Coordinator at las Naves Centre of Innovation, Valencia.

CIO of Insomnia, Valencia.

Director of Dinapsis.

Scientific journalist, author of the essay Is the Universe a Hologram? Published by the MIT Press.

Partner Director of the Public Law and Regulation Department at Andersen Tax
& Legal.

Director of Sustainability at Ética.

President of Avaesen

Responsable for Technological Innovation of Cellnex Telecom.

Co-founder and Communications Director of Zeleros.

Operations Manager, OFO bike Spain.

Co-founder & CEO of GREEN Urban Data.


the_Hub is a factory of ideas that has the capacity to produce, coordinate and diffuse innovative content and actions that occur in the cultural, technological and business scopes.

Our main mission is to connect the cultural and innovative world with the business sphere.

the_Hub counts on extensive experience in the creation, administration and projection of academic, cultural, artistic, scientific and technological content, both national and international, as well as an extensive relation and direct communication with scientists, technologists and humanists from various universities and international investigation centres of the highest level.


La Marina de València Living Lab is an open experimental ecosystem, based on the processes of collective creation to design an inclusive and innovative public space.La Marina de València is experiencing a process of citizen appropriation and productive activation, led by the València 2007 Consortium, its managing body.

La Marina de València is already a space of opportunities for companies and entrepreneurs, an engine of the economic transformation of the city based on the knowledge economy.

At the same time, people have recovered their maritime front, which is consolidated as one of the public spaces with the highest urban quality in Valencia.


AVAESEN has launched a working group that focuses on the so-called ‘Smart Cities’. Through regular meetings, comprehensive solutions and efficient energy models will be proposed. These meetings will be attended by the representatives of the towns and cities that are part of the think tank, and will allow them express the needs of the public institutions when dealing with ‘smart cities’, as well as share innovative projects and proposals.

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