Ferrovial Services to showcase its vision on urban innovation at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2015 in Barcelona


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Ferrovial Services participates as global partner at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2015, to be held in Barcelona from 17 to 19 November. In a number of panels, the company will outline its urban innovation strategy and describe how it is being implemented through collaborative programmes with cities such as Madrid and Sheffield. The Ferrovial Services Space and the event itself will enable the company’s Business Units and its Centre of Excellence for Cities to develop their relationships with urban ecosystem stakeholders as well as its market intelligence.

On 17 November, Ferrovial Services and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) will preside over the award-giving ceremony for the Urban Solutions Project; Santiago Olivares, Ferrovial Services CEO, and Simon Manley, British Ambassador in Spain, will be in attendance. The programme has selected a UK cutting-edge urban solution that will be included in the Ferrovial Services Catalogue of Innovative Solutions; it will also be implemented in a Spanish city in 2016.

Sessions in which Ferrovial Services will be participating:

  • 17/11: Mark Saunders, UK Projects Director at Ferrovial Services Centre of Excellence for Cities, will participate in a parallel session on Thinking strategically about urban innovation, with Mark Tuckett, Head of Policy & Improvement at Sheffield City Council, in which they will both explain Sheffield’s urban innovation framework.

Other participants in this session include: Arturo Muente-Kunigami, from the World Bank; Dong Zhengguo, Director of the Website Management Centre of Hebei People’s Government; David Altabev, Senior Programme Manager of the Innovation Lab at Nesta, UK; and Timo Cantell, Director of City of Helsinki Urban Facts, Finland.

  • 18/11: Iñigo Jodra, Centre of Excellence for Cities Director at Ferrovial Services, will participate in a plenary session entitled How citizen engagement, collaboration and partnerships are reshaping cities along with Gerardo Pisarello, First Deputy Mayor of Barcelona; Anastasiya Rakova, Deputy Mayor of Moscow; Michael Dixon, General Manager, Smarter Cities, at IBM; Peter Madden, Chief Executive, Future Cities Catapult, UK; and Rosa Suriñach, UN Habitat.
  • 19/11: Rafael Fernández, Spain Projects Director at Ferrovial Services Centre of Excellence for Cities, will discuss in a parallel session the experience of the Madrid Smart Lab programme, alongside Pedro González, General Coordination Counsellor at Madrid City Council, in a session entitled Living labs and social entrepreneurship. Other participants in this session include Torben Gleesborg, Director of the City of Copenhagen’s Solutions Lab; Tomás Díez, from Fab Lab Barcelona; and Masaaki Yoshikawa, Director General for Innovation in Osaka City Government.

Partner of choice for cities on innovation

Ferrovial Services aims to be the partner of choice for cities on innovation. The Ferrovial Services Centre of Excellence for Cities develops and implements innovative urban service delivery programmes, solutions and models in collaboration with forward-thinking cities and other urban stakeholders. Madrid Smart Lab, Sheffield Smart Lab, Santander City Lab, Madrid Smart Parking and Revive are some examples of urban innovation initiatives developed by Ferrovial Services.


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