The Medical Director of the Barcelona Macula Foundation, Jordi Monés, in his capacity as board member of FC Barcelona and Commissioner of FCB Universitas, welcomed over 400 people to the football club’s facilities for the pre-day event ahead of the Smart City Expo World Congress.
Microsoft and Bismart, two of the world’s most prestigious technology companies, selected FC Barcelona as the venue for this exclusive event aimed at the mayors, senior representatives and CEOs who had come to the Catalan capital for the Smart City Expo World Congress 2016.
Dr. Monés highlighted FCB Universitas’s «vocation to develop technology, innovation and knowledge generation and transmission» and noted the response to the technological Symposium the institution organised in early November. He said it presented the opportunity «to forge partnerships and find new travelling companions throughout the world to see what others are doing and realise we should not stop».
There is no progress without innovation, and innovation is knowledge and technology
The pre-day event ahead of the Smart City Expo World Congress boasted the presence of Toni Townes-Whitley, the Vice President of the Microsoft public sector. The executive of the American giant talked about «using a sports team as a platform for transforming a city to make it smarter, with more education, a healthier and safer city. That is what we think the city in the next generation of cities will be like. We are connected by culture but also by technology that enables people to be a part of this city using any device».
Foto: Jordi Monés, with Toni Townes-Whitley, Vice President of the Microsoft public sector | FC Barcelona