translated from Spanish: Smart cities, epicenter of the reactivation after COVID

The cities that for months suffered the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will now be the epicenter of the economic reactivation, so it is essential to constantly review their role in the development of their inhabitants, as well as the way in which technology and innovative projects make them smarter.
In the Smart City Expo Latam Congress 2021, the most relevant event for the reconversion and socioeconomic reactivation of Latin America, it seeks to call for collaborative action with the aim of rethinking and reactivating the economy of Latin American countries, after the consequences that the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has brought. 
This event will be held for the second consecutive year in the city of Merida, Yucatan, from October 5 to 14. It should be noted that its format will be hybrid, this means that from October 5 to 7 it will be carried out in person, complying with all the biosanitary indications of the host entity, while from October 11 to 14 it will be in virtual mode, through the digital platform of the event. 

Smart City Expo Latam Congress is organized by Fira Barcelona Mexico in collaboration with UN Habitat and other public and private, national and international institutions, and with the support of the Government of Yucatan. 
The objective of the Smart City Expo LATAM Congress is to promote the exchange of ideas and the link between actors of the transformation of cities, both from the public and private sectors, to find solutions based on innovation, technology and collaboration, to face the challenges faced by the cities of the region, and to promote the economic and social reactivation and thus, improve the lives of its inhabitants. 
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This will only be possible with the joint action and will of governments, companies, institutions and organizations, in addition to the active participation of communities, so SCELC is presented as a great opportunity for face-to-face and virtual relations between different agents of change and decision makers in the economic, sustainable, intelligent and social future of urbanizations in Latin America. 
The content of the Congress, in addition to having its main axis in the economic reactivation of the region, will address issues such as the social impact of the pandemic in our cities, the current challenges of urban mobility, through issues of community health, regional development and technological innovation.
Among the guests are international speakers, leaders in their field such as Natalia Olson Urtecho, from The Disruptive Factory in the USA; Rodrigo Baggio, center for digital inclusion in Brazil; Víctor Pineda, from Pineda Foundation / World Enabled, and Carlos Moreno, from the Sorbonne University in Paris, France, among others. 
In the sixth edition of Smart City Expo Latam Congress, the award of the five categories of the Latam Smart City Awards will be held, an award that is granted in recognition of the best projects implemented or in the implementation stage in various cities in Latin America. 
Among the 15 finalists are projects from countries such as Peru, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, among others. 
In order to accelerate the fulfillment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Smart Latam Alliance will be positioned as a space for Latin American and Caribbean countries to formulate and develop smart solutions based on technology, innovation and collaboration to respond to the great challenges of cities. 
It will be a digital platform of linkage, between actors of urban transformation, which articulates the experience, knowledge and accompaniment to achieve the Objectives of Smart Cities (OCIs) promoting the connection of technological partners and financing alternatives for cities, through their governments and representatives in the social and private sector. 
For this edition, an invitation was extended to governments, companies, institutions, NGOs, experts and civil society to join in Rethinking, Reactivating and Rebuilding our cities and territories, to create a safer, inclusive, resilient and sustainable future, with total respect for the environment, to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants of the region. 
For more information and registration, you can visit the congress page.
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