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City Possible Summit 2021 @ Smart City Expo World Congress

Nov 16 - Nov 18, 2021

City Possible™ Summit 2021

@ Smart City Expo World Congress

November 16 – 18, 2021

Barcelona, Spain & online


The City Possible Summit returns!

  • After a resounding success last year as a virtual event, the City Possible Summit is returning this year — this time as a hybrid event in partnership with Smart City Expo World Congress.

  • Now 300+ cities strong, the City Possible Global Network of cities represents an unrivaled roster of city leaders, city innovators and urban technology partners ready to share their expertise with you and your team.

  • Experience first hand the deep programming, case studies and discussions you’ve come to expect from City Possible.

  • To watch the City Possible Summit, register for the Smart City Expo World Congress free DIGITAL PROGRAM pass


Driving Forward an Inclusive, Sustainable Economic Recovery

The pandemic has had an outsized effect on the most vulnerable populations in cities around the world. As the world starts to recover, actions taken by cities within the next few years will play a large part in determining future resiliency. In addition to economic development, it is essential to ensure that the social and environmental dimensions of sustainability are also considered.

Technology innovation has a vital role to play in solving big urban problems, in particular by bringing together the scale, expertise and reach of public and private organizations. This sits at the heart of the efforts of City Possible – a partnership model led by Mastercard that helps over 300 cities and members develop shareable solutions to common problems that advance inclusive and sustainable urban development.

Through City Possible, we’re unlocking more possibilities for people and businesses by helping city leaders connect communities with integrated city services.

Bringing Together the City Possible Community at #SCEWC21

At this year’s Smart City Expo World Congress, City Possible is looking forward to showcasing how city leaders, private sector companies and many others are coming together to combine strengths and find solutions to enable innovation, accelerate digital access and foster an inclusive economic recovery.

In a unique partnership, we will connect the insight and expertise of the City Possible network and Mastercard technology to the reach of SCEWC in our drive to build more innovative and inclusive cities.

10 Packed Panels for Practitioners

Through a hybrid format City Possible Summit, in conjunction with SCEWC and leveraging their online Tomorrow.City platform, the community will be engaged in-person and virtually. Ten engaging live sessions, featuring a world-class speaker line-up and focused on near-term challenges as well as longer-term planning, will cover topics such as ensuring an inclusive economic recovery, enabling small businesses, future-proofing social infrastructure, and managing priorities such cybersecurity, environmental sustainability and urban mobility.

All times in CET.

Tuesday, November 16

10:30–11:00    Cities Surviving and Flourishing

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, many pundits confidently declared that the world’s cities were not long for this earth. The effects of the health crisis on living patterns and urban economies seemed irreversible. However, like in all past crisis, cities didn’t die- they changed. How did COVID-19 shape our relationship with cities, and what does that mean for the future?

  • Alice Charles, Lead, Cities and Urban Development at World Economic Forum (moderator)
  • Roberta Cocco, Co-chair, Advisory Committee for Digital Public Administration at Ministry of Technological Innovation and Digital Transition of Italy
  • Miguel Gamino, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Partnerships & Head of Global Cities and City Possible at Mastercard
  • Bas Boorsman, Professor of Practice, Urban Innovation & Smart City at Thunderbird School of Global Management

11:30–12:15    The New Mobility Landscape

Adequate mobility options are a crucial component of a thriving urban culture and a vibrant city economy. Plummeting ridership during the COVID-19 pandemic pushed many public transport systems toward fiscal crisis. However, new patterns of living and working that have emerged during the pandemic provide an opportunity to change the way we get around cities. How have advancements in technology and evolving customer needs changed the way cities and transportation players think about the future of urban mobility?

  • Will Judge, Vice President, Personal Mobility at Mastercard
  • Jennifer Sanders, Executive Director at North Texas Innovation Alliance
  • Charles Butler, Founder of Free Bike
  • Thomas Ableman, Director of Innovation at Transport for London
  • Miguel Eiras Antunes, Government & Public Sector, Continental Europe (DCE) Leader and Global Smart Cities & Urban Transformation Global Leader at Deloitte (moderator)

14:00–14:55    Equitable Cities for an Inclusive World

The COVID-19 pandemic did not affect all of society equally. In many cities around the world, the disparities in outcomes between income and ethnic groups highlighted the long-standing divides in urban society. As global recognition of the problems rose, so to did promises of a new, more equitable future. How can cities eliminate long-standing inequities, and what roles do different sectors of society play?

  • Salah Goss, Senior Vice President, Social Impact NAM at Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
  • Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim, Chief Equity Officer of Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Denise Gilmore, Senior Director, Division of Social Justice and Racial Equity, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
  • Renata Avila, CEO of Open Knowledge Foundation (moderator)
  • Hazel Chu, City Councillor and Chairperson of Irish Green Party

15:15–16:00    Small Businesses Powering Local Recoveries

Small businesses are the economic backbone of cities around the world. Many faced down ruin as the health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe. Short-term strategies staved off disaster in some places, but far too many lost their businesses and are struggling to start again. How do we support small businesses in our cities and use them as vehicles to spark a recovery in pandemic-ravaged economies? What role do emerging technologies play?

  • David Mann, Chief Economist, Asia & MEA at Mastercard
  • Maddie Callis, Director, City Possible at Mastercard (moderator)
  • Scott Edington , CEO & Co-Founder at Deep Labs
  • Paraskevi Bessa-Rodrigues, Municipal Secretary of Economic Development, Novo Hamburgo, Brazil
  • Jeremy Hartmann, Vice President at Venture Forward

16:30–17:15    Future-proofing Social Infrastructure

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, reaching the most vulnerable in society proved difficult for city leaders. Providing services and government assistance has always been a challenge, and those hardest to reach are often the most in need. However, new innovations are providing pathways to reach societies’ most vulnerable people and give opportunities to those who seek them. From unbanked households to those who live in informal settlements and work at informal businesses- ensuring vulnerable citizens are properly served makes the entire city a better place to live.

  • Jake Williams, Director of Strategic Initiates at StateScoop  (moderator)
  • Steve Tae, Vice President at Mastercard
  • Josh Cox, Senior Advisor & Director of Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Mayor, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • Jeanne Holm, Deputy-Mayor, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Gints Reinsons, Head, Center of Operative Information, Jelgava, Latvia

Wednesday, November 17

10:00–10:45    The City Tourism Recovery

COVID-19 related travel restrictions between and within countries and hesitation among would-be travelers hurt the local economies of tourist destinations worldwide, causing a more than 49% drop in travel and tourism GDP. An estimated 61.6 million people globally have lost their jobs in tourism, disproportionately affecting women, young people, and small entrepreneurs. How can we safely bring tourism back in a way that addresses new realities while avoiding the mistakes of the past?

  • Ramon Sanchez, Head of Strategic Projects at Amadeus (moderator)
  • Petr Suška, Member of The Board and Smart City, Innovations and Project Management Section Director, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Michael Koh, Executive Fellow at Center for Liveable Cities
  • Rita Okcuoglu, Director at Mastercard
  • Sandra Carvão, Chief, Market Intelligence and Competitiveness at UN World Tourism Organization
  • Meghan Heinze, President, Financial Institutions, North America at IDEMIA

11:15–12:00    Smart Resilience: Technology for a Disaster-ready City

For the unprepared city, an extreme event can bring daily life to a halt, put lives in danger and take a heavy toll on local economies. As climate change produces more frequent and more severe weather events, cities must learn how to adapt, and the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us how unprepared many cities were for a major health emergency. How can we leverage the latest technologies and methods to ensure that before, during, and after a disaster strikes, our cities continue serving residents?

  • Kip Harkness, TECH Innovation Fellow at Harvard University (moderator)
  • Ruth Polybank, Vice President, Partnerships Lead Insurance at Mastercard
  • Sean Audain, Innovation Lead for Wellington, New Zealand
  • Chris Lee, Founder of Exante
  • Mark Wheeler, Chief Information Officer for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

14:00–14:30    Cyber Threat Briefing with Dr Jay

Cybersecurity threats are all around us. Join Mastercard and RiskRecon, a Mastercard company in hearing about external threats, internal threats, and how we can all stay ahead.

  • Alissa “Dr Jay” Abdullah, PhD, Deputy Chief Security Officer & Senior Vice President, Emerging Corporate Security Solutions at Mastercard
  • Kelly White, Founder & Advisor at RiskRecon, a Mastercard company

15:00–15:45    Meeting the Urban Cybersecurity Challenge

Innovative technology, albeit a critical aspect of urban development, can heighten the level risk due to the increased number of endpoints malicious actors can target. Their interconnected nature blurs the lines between the digital and physical, creating a substantial threat. With the persistent wave of cyberattacks against local governments, cities are facing increased pressure to secure the technologies that permeate everyday life.

  • David Ricketts, Innovation Fellow in the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center, Harvard University (moderator)
  • Kelly White, Founder & Advisor at RiskRecon, a Mastercard company
  • Karen Evans, Managing Director at Cyber Readiness Institute
  • Alissa “Dr Jay” Abdullah, PhD, Deputy Chief Security Officer & Senior Vice President, Emerging Corporate Security Solutions at Mastercard
  • Matt Sanford, Economic Development Director for Carlsbad, California, USA

16:15–17:00    Building 24-Hour Cities

A 24-hour globally connected planet means a world of cities that never sleep. Nighttime economies can be just as vibrant as dayside counterparts. Entertainment venues kick into high gear, restaurants serve food long into the evening and city services, from hospital to police departments, continue providing support across the city. As people being to leave their homes and venture back into the night, how can cities ensure that they are as safe, prosperous and enjoyable as they are during the day?

  • Alby Bocanegra, Vice President, Global City Partnerships at Mastercard (moderator)
  • John Paul Farmer, Chief Technology Officer, New York City, USA
  • Andreina Seijas, Senior Consultant at IdenCity Consulting
  • Carolina Duran, Secretary of Economic Development, Office of the Mayor Bogota, Colombia
  • Eyal Feder-Levy, CEO and Co-founder of ZenCity

17:30–18:00    Partnering for the City of Tomorrow

Over the various sessions of the City Possible summit, we’ve discussed the ways our cities are changing right before our eyes, and explored strategies to build a better urban future. This session will be a forward-looking call to action, taking the lessons we’ve learned over the last year and exploring the more long-term challenges cities face, and laying out potential solutions for building better cities in the future.

  • Miguel Gamiño, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Partnerships & Head of Global Cities and City Possible at Mastercard
  • David Ricketts, Innovation Fellow in the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University
  • David Weber, Head of Smart City Zurich, Switzerland

Thursday, November 18

10:30–11:30    Revitalizing our Cities, Relaunching Local Economies 

  • Miguel Gamiño, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Partnerships & Head of Global Cities and City Possible at Mastercard (keynote)

A wider SCECW program of plenary sessions, receptions and exhibitions will take place, as well as invitation-only workshops and networking convenings.

Experience innovation in action

In Barcelona, our team will be able to personally walk you through a demonstration of:

  • Mastercard City Key™ – a resident engagement platform helping cities provide benefit and service access to residents
  • Mastercard City Insights – a marketplace for data insights apps and services for cities
  • Mastercard Cybersecurity & Intelligence – solutions protecting and securing governments and communities from cyber attack
  • Mastercard Mobility & Transit – a suite of solutions helping cities advance public and private transportation infrastructure

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