Webit.Cities Summit

13-15 May 2019, Sofia

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Webit.Cities Summit 2018 was chaired by The Mayor of Sofia, Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova.

Turning the City Hall into a center of ongoing excellence & innovation.
The Webit.Cities Summit gathers mayors and municipality administrations from around Europe and aims to address all of the crucial factors that are facing urban administrators in today's digital world.

About the Summit

From promoting technological and commercial innovation in the private sector, to turning City Hall itself into a center of ongoing excellence, the Webit.Cities Summit aims to address all of the crucial factors that are facing urban administrators in today's complex Digital world.

With the mission of contributing to the city and optimizing its potential to the fullest extent, WEBIT.FESTIVAL and Sofia Municipality invites entrepreneurs, politicians, city councillors, and other senior urban administrators to join forces and come together for an opportunity to share their experience on promoting innovation in their cities, while engaging a broader audience in both the public and private sectors.


The Webit.Cities Agenda will be organized around eight major building blocks:

  • Resilient, Sustainable, Equality and Social Good within cities through leveraging technology
  • Cities 4.0 - how technology is changing mobility and transportation, health, infrastructure, energy and finance.
  • Making citizens’ lives better by leveraging connectivity and data
  • Making better smart city decisions by connecting together silos within city administration
  • Тackle urban challenges through insights into city operations based on data and analytics
  • Latest procurement strategies to support the partnership arrangements needed for collaborative operating models
  • Get insights on how to integrate people, networks, analytics tools and platforms at the start of your smart city journey to ensure success
  • Don't Reinvent the Wheel - benchmark and identify smart city projects that you can emulate

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  • 35% Municipality
  • 30% Policy
  • 25% Tech Solution
  • 15% Enterprise
  • 84% Europe
  • 9% USA
  • 7% MENA
  • 5% Asia
  • 1% Rest of the World

Previous speakers include

Yordanka Fandakova

Mayor of Sofia

Dirk Ahlborn

CEO, Hyperloop

Alexander Renz

Managing Partner, New Mobility Consulting

Amr Salem

Global Managing Director Smart Cities, IOE, Cisco

Federico Flórez Gutierrez

Chief Information & Innovation Officer, Ferrovial

Catherine Carlton

Vice President, CFLD US, Menlo Park City Council Member

Sohaila Ouffata

Investment Principal BMW i Ventures

Richard Harris

Director, International Transportation and Government, Xerox

Prof. Flavia Marzano

City Councillor for Roma Semplice, Rome

Hermano Sanches Ruivo

Councilor and Member of the Paris Agency for Development

Jambu Palaniappan

Regional General Manager EEMEA, Uber

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Outlined Agenda

14th May

Cities Summit

11:30 - 11:40 Official opening by the Mayor of the hosting city

11:40 - 11:55 Keynote: Scial Good within cities using technology

11:55 - 12:25 Panel discussion: Good practices for smart cities from around the world

12:25 - 12:55 Panel discussion: Making citizens’ lives better by leveraging connectivity and data

12:55 - 13:10 Keynote: Enabling citizen participation

13:10 - 13:40 Panel discussion: zero waste challanges

13:40 - 13:55 Keynote: Urban solutions for citizens

13:55 - 14:10 Keynote: Integrated urban environment

14:10 - 13:30 Keynote: Investing in Digital Future

13:30 - 14:30 Networking Break

14:30 - 14:45 Keynote: On the way to becoming a smart city

14:45 - 15:10 Panel discussion

15:10 - 15:30 Panel discussion

15:30 - 15:45 Keynote: New ways of mobility

15:45 - 16:05 Panel discussion: Smart mobility projects that you can emulate

16:05 - 16:30 Keynote: European startups and their role in cities 4.0

16:30 - 16:35 Policy note at the end of the session

Social Agenda

18:00 - 19:00 High Level official Reception by the Head of State (only for Platinum Pass holders)

21:00 - 23:00 Black Tie Dinner (5 stage menu and finest Bulgarian wines) including Webit.Awards (only for Platinum Pass holders)

23:30 +         The Famous Webit.Party (open to all Webit pass holders)

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