Intelligent Community Forum Partners with Smart City Expo World Congress, Fira de Barcelona for Back-to-Back Global Smart City Events in November

ICF Global Summit and Smart City Expo World Congress to Collaborate in Barcelona, 4-7 November

NEW YORK, NY, USA and BARCELONA, SPAIN - 18 June 2024 – The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) and Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) announced today a partnership aligning two upcoming events in the smart city and Intelligent Community sectors. The ICF Global Summit will take place on 4 November 2024, immediately followed by the Smart City Expo World Congress from 5-7 November, both hosted in Barcelona, Spain.

The ICF Global Summit brings together the world’s foremost leaders, innovators, and thinkers dedicated to the future of intelligent communities and smart cities, who will exchange best practices and gain inspiration from panel discussions, keynotes, and workshops. Also showcased throughout the event will be the achievements of the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2024, one of whom will be announced as the Intelligent Community of the Year. Through this partnership, Summit registrants will be invited to extend their stay in Barcelona to attend Smart City Expo World Congress.

Smart City Expo World Congress is the world’s biggest and most influential event for cities and urban innovation. The event is a premier venue where a diverse crowd of industry executives, government leaders, researchers and entrepreneurs gather annually to revisit complex issues at the heart of a new model of city and society. This year’s event is expecting more than 25,000 visitors, that will have access to more than 1,100 exhibitors and 600 speakers from more than 130 countries around the globe.

Matthew Owen, Executive Director of ICF, stated, “We are excited to partner with Fira de Barcelona as a collaborating organization for the 2024 Smart City Expo World Congress. This partnership will provide an unparalleled opportunity for our network to immerse themselves in the cutting-edge developments transforming cities worldwide showcased during the SCEWC, gaining even more value from traveling to Barcelona to attend our Global Summit.”

Early VIP Registration for the ICF Global Summit is now open on an invite-only basis. To express interest and join the waiting list, or to find out more information about the ICF Global Summit, visit This year’s ICF Global Summit is produced is co-produced by BABLE Smart Cities (BABLE) and the Eindhoven International Project Office (EIPO).

For details on the Smart City Expo World Congress, visit

About the Intelligent Community Forum
Starting in 2000 with a research project comparing cities in various nations, the Intelligent Community Forum ( created a unique, data-driven approach to development that puts citizens first while tapping the enormous economic and social potential of technology. In a world dominated by digital, ICF’s mission is to help communities create innovative and growing economies, inclusive societies and affirming cultures open to the world. We do it for communities large and small, in urban clusters and outlying suburbs and rural places through training, consulting, assessment, certification and award programs. ICF believes that digital connectivity and technology create the opportunity for almost every community to develop a dynamic local economy and the social and cultural strengths that go with it – giving them all a chance to be great places to live, work, learn, grow, raise a family and prepare a path for the next generation.

The Forum sponsors Institutes in North America dedicated to the study of the movement, and national organizations in Canada and Taiwan, both home to many Intelligent Communities. In 2012 ICF was invited to participate at the Nobel Peace Prize conference in Oslo and in 2014, its model and work was recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which, according to the American government, was "aimed at creating a more flexible and responsive system of workforce development to meet the needs of employers looking to fill 21st century jobs.”

For more information, go to For more details on the Intelligent Community Forum’s recent publications and programs,

About Smart City Expo World Congress
Organized since 2011 by Fira Barcelona, one of Europe’s most important trade fair institutions and the Spanish market leader, Smart City Expo World Congress is dedicated to empowering cities and collectivizing urban innovation worldwide. It helps cities and territories become better places to live in by connecting them together and approaching the latest market-ready urban solutions. For more information, visit

Intelligent Community Forum Contacts
Matthew Owen, Executive Director, Intelligent Community Forum
Tel. +1 646-291-6166 (x105)
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @Newcommunities

Victoria Krisman, Communications Manager, Intelligent Community Forum
Email: [email protected]

Fira Internacional de Barcelona Contacts
Sonia Pollastri, Institutional Relations Manager, Smart City Expo World Congress
Email: [email protected]

Matthew Owen
Director of Operations, Intelligent Community Forum
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