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Manuel Redondo's experience when traveling around his country has let him see that there are several initiatives and several smart projects, especially considering the limitations of the region.
Manuel Redondo observed a problem. These initiatives were taken separately, without using links between them that could improve each action, limiting part of the technological development. Manuel Redondo wants to impulse collaboration between companies to have smart cities.
Fira Barcelona helps to carry out Smart City Expo, one of its most important events. Manuel Redondo has helped to promote the development of this initiative.
Conference's objective is to promote projects that seek to improve the quality of life of citizens through the joint efforts of agents of change, such as government, civic organizations, universities, businesses, and other institutions.
This exhibition has grown in recent years, Smart City Expo of 2018 there were more than 20k m2 for the event. In this exhibition come cities to be able to share those initiatives they have had, and see the advances that the Smart City model has to make their management more effective.
Another advance they have achieved in the last year is to increase their incorporation with civil society and university. Manuel Redondo considers that the implementation with the public sector is necessary, and has made efforts to be able to bring the newly elected mayors and so they can see what initiatives they can bring to their city. The number of people who were in 2018 is a success proof, with representatives from more than 350 different cities, and around 13k visitors.
Manuel Redondo also led Smart Alliance, an initiative that began in 2018. This Alliance unites all private organizations, government organizations, universities, and so on to be able to make the Smart City initiative move forward during the year, and not just be limited to one conference during the year.
Through Smart Alliance, Manuel Redondo seeks to create collaborations in it. Smart Latam Alliance's relevance has made UN-Habitat work with them.
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