Together beyond the pandemic
All Connected!
The less we could say is that our 2020 annual gathering was like no others! For the first time ever, the Smart Cities & Sport and the World Union of Olympic Cities delivered a 100% virtual event. In times of crisis, one has to act reactively, learn fast and adapt. It was our deep conviction that we had to preserve the connection between us, although the situation did not allow our traditional and so appreciated get-together. We hope that you enjoyed this new experience as much as we did! The success of the 7th edition of Smart Cities & Sport Summit - both in terms of numbers of participants and the quality of the speakers - will give us food for fought on how to organise the next summits, mixing on-site and online participation for a greater audience and outreach!

Our traditional General Assembly was held online! We take with opportunity to thank you all for your attendance, your adaptability to new communication instruments and above all, your all-year-long commitment to our Association.
The 2020 Smart Cities & Sport Summit

The annual Smart Cities & Sport event took place from October 27th-28th and was, in light of COVID-19 and taking into account health considerations, held 100% virtually for the first time. Produced and broadcast in the Olympic Capital of Lausanne, the content was made freely accessible to cities, International Federations (IFs) and International Organisations (IOs) from all around the world. 

In this way, Smart Cities & Sport turned the challenge of restricted mobility into an opportunity, engaging a larger global audience than ever before. Over 500 participants attended the live sessions in the virtual conference room, exchanged with IFs in the virtual Market Place and connected with one another in the virtual Smart Cities & Sport Networking Lounge. 

This year one question was central throughout the event: how to re-think and re-build better and more sustainable societies through sport?  

For example, fascinating contributions by Jason Siegel (Greater Orlando Sports Commission), Amina Lanaya (Union Cycliste Internationale), Aziyadée Poltier (United Nations) or Jojo Ferris (Olympic Refuge Foundation) tackled the above questions on Day 1 of the Summit Day, providing interesting insights into their day-to-day work.  

On Day 2 of the Summit, the focus shifted towards sustainability and the legacy of sports and the importance of physical activity during confinement. Guest speakers such as Fiona Bull (WHO), Dan Reading (World Sailing), Georgina Grenon (Paris 2024) or Annette Knott (Trinidad & Tobago Olympic Committee) highlighted both the current challenges and opportunities relating to their work while at the same time, working to build a bridge to the UN SDGs.  

“Sport is ready to contribute to rebuilding a more human-centred society post-Covid-19.” 

IOC President Thomas Bach 

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Smart Cities & Sport participants 
All presentations of the Smart Cities and Sport Summit will be available shortly.
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