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Date: November 13th, 2012


Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. They are responsible for around two thirds of the energy used, 60 percent of all water consumed and 70 percent of all greenhouse gases produced worldwide. In 2010, over 80 percent of Americans and Europeans lived in cities; by 2050 it is expected be over 90 percent.

The challenges presented by sustainable urban development are gigantic and contradictory. Urban areas drive economic development and deliver many public services, such as education, healthcare and transportation; but they are also associated with environmental degradation, congestion, economic and social exclusion.

Well-functioning cities are a cornerstone of economic development of a country and crucial to societal wellbeing. Smart, attractive and sustainable cities are looking at ways to improve their infrastructures to become more environmentally friendly, increase the quality of life for their residents, and cut costs at the same time.

To improve the quality of the urban environment has therefore become a major objective for policy makers. But making sure that urban policies are coherent is a challenge. There are many institutions – both sectorial and territorial – with different aims, and policies are often carried out independently and with conflicting effects.

Dense populations of people must be organised so that:

• Cities remain attractive;
• Traffic networks function;
• Environmental problems are avoided, and
• The use of valuable resources is reduced and the provision of electricity and water is assured for all inhabitants.

There are numerous potential solutions to these challenges, and they are urgently needed globally. Exploring these opportunities requires a new level of integration between policy and research areas and private as well as public operators.

The Open Innovation Center – Brazil is hosting a one-day international event that will gather representatives from Brazilian government (federal, state and municipal levels) to interact with local and international open innovation community formed by corporate executives, entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, etc, to identify news ways of cooperation.


Federal, state and municipal government representatives.
City operators of water, energy, waste, traffic departments and related companies and suppliers.
Researchers in fields related to urban development, scientists, entrepreneurs, industry representatives, investors and community representatives.
Attendees shall be fluent in Portuguese or English (there will be simultaneous translation).


The event will be held in a conference room for up to 500 people from 9:00 to 18:00 with a full day program.

Along with the program, partner institutions will have the chance to expose their offers in an exhibition lounge.

It will take place at the Transamerica Hotel in São Paulo along with the Open Innovation Seminar.

The program is divided in four main sessions:

First session Brazilian Federal and selected State and municipal governments will present an overview of its main programs and ambitions related to urban development.

Second session will be dedicated to IDB, the European Commission and ONU to present their role in the development of Attractive, Sustainable and Smart Cities.

During the third session industrial players such as IBM, Siemens and Saab Technologies will present their concepts and solutions for a future they envisage.

Finally, the fourth session will be dedicated to discussion among local and international specialists on how models of open innovation can support stakeholders to tackle the challenge of developing Attractive, Sustainable and Smart Cities.


The event is a non-for-profit activity proposed by CISB, its members and partners.


Along with the program, partner institutions will have the chance to expose their offers in an exhibition lounge.
Please contact: Ádiler Carolina Vilkas

For single participation:

CATEGORY until 28/09 until 8/11 At the venue
Non-members participants R$ 1.000,00 R$ 1.125,00 R$ 1.250,00
Participants members of Supporting Institutions R$ 800,00
R$ 900,00 R$ 1.000,00
Scholars and pos-graduated students (master or PhD levels) R$ 500,00 R$ 500,00 R$ 625,00


Deadline for special discount: September 28, 2012.

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