Former Deputy Mayor, Barcelona & Current CEO, City Transformation Agency, City of Barcelona
As former deputy mayor of Barcelona Antoni Vives has for years been in charge of the city’s Smart City development as head of the Urban Habitat in Barcelona – a committee that focuses on holistic and interdisciplinary urban planning. Today, Antoni Vives has established the consulting company City Transformation Agency, which advises cities and governments worldwide. According to Antoni Vives too many Smart City projects are centrally managed by mayors and architects who in their eagerness forget the needs of citizens. Therefore Vives focuses on how bottom-up approaches can be reconciled with technological foresight.