The bustling city of Johannesburg, home to 5 million residents and South Africa’s largest urban hub is set to host the highly anticipated sixth edition of the Smart Cities Summit. Commencing on 27th June 2023, this year’s summit will significantly emphasise climate solutions as reported by Afrik21.
As population growth presents urban planning and sustainable development challenges, the event aims to explore how technology can play a pivotal role in addressing these pressing issues. Johannesburg, South Africa, will be the epicentre for the three-day Smart Cities Summit from 27th to 29th June 2023. The gathering will bring together investors, urban planners, academics, and digital solution providers from various African countries.
Organisers state, “The Facilities Management Exhibition at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg will exhibit a wide range of product and service suppliers, ensuring seamless integration of all systems within the built environment. This platform will also showcase the latest trends, presenting exceptional opportunities for both private and public sectors to redefine urban spaces.”
The Johannesburg Summit on African Smart Cities will also facilitate discussions among African scientists concerning the impact of global warming on metropolitan lifestyles. Multiple conferences have been scheduled, focusing on areas such as digital water management and integrating artificial intelligence (AI) in transport services.
Distinguished panellists expected to participate include Chuma Mbabo, a consultant for the World Bank Group’s Smart Cities Program; David Olatunji, the President of the African Smart Cities Innovation Foundation (ASCIF) based in Nigeria; Sandile Mbatha, an advisor to the South African municipality of eThekwini; and Hasnayn Ebrahim, the Managing Director of consulting firm African International Advisors (AIA).
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