IEEE Smart Cities Futures Summit 2024


11:00 am –
11:15 am
Keynote Speech

Smart Cities as Drivers of Sustainable Development in Africa

“This session delves into the exciting potential of smart city initiatives to propel Africa towards a sustainable future. As African cities experience rapid growth, innovative solutions are needed to address challenges and create thriving urban centers. The discussion will explore how governments, industry leaders, and academic experts can collaborate to leverage technology for a smarter and more sustainable Africa. We’ll examine successful case studies, unpack the unique opportunities and challenges of the African context, and brainstorm actionable steps for moving forward.”

Dr. Edward A. Christow,

UNDP Resident Reprensentative

11:10 am –
11:30 am
Keynote Speech

IEEE R8 Past Director

Dr. Antonio Luque

Associate Professor, University of Seville, Spain | IEEE R8 Past Director

11:10 am –
11:45 am
Keynote Speech

IEEE Smart Cities Chairman

Dr. Mohamed Essaaidi

Global Chair, IEEE SIGHT | EMSI, Morocco

11:45 am –
12:45 pm
Panel Discussion

Delivering transformational global social innovation programs using emerging technologies

“The audience will learn how Brahmam is building a strong global network of social innovators and empowering them to deliver impactful innovations to benefit their local communities. This session will also present ongoing global efforts, our success stories, experiences of global partners, and share insights for future collaborations. We will be announcing the Brahmam next-generation social innovation programs focused on Africa and Middle Eastern regions at Gitex Africa. “

Dr. Abdelilah Kadili

President, Tamkine Foundation, Morocco

Dr. Mohammed El Kayyali

President, USA, International Federation of Global and Green Information Communication Technology (IFGICT)

Eng. Mohamed Aboud

CEO, GIE Company, UAE |VP for Membership Development and Marketing, IEEE TEMS

Dr. Mohamed Essaaidi

Global Chair, IEEE SIGHT | EMSI, Morocco

Mr. Sampath Kumar Veeraraghavan

Global President, 2023 IEEE Eta Kappa Nu | 2023 IEEE HTB Partnership Chair

12:45 am –
05:00 pm
Technical discussions

Technical Papers Disucssion Day 1

10:00 am –
10:30 am
Keynote Speech

Future-Proofing Smart Cities: Embracing IPv6 for Sustainable Growth

Dr. Latif Ladid

Founder and President, IPv6 Forum 

11:00 am –
11:45 am
Panel Discussion

Emerging Technologies Transforming African Cities

This panel will delve into the dynamic landscape of technological innovation and its impact on urban development across the African continent. As cities in Africa experience rapid population growth, urbanization, and economic expansion, the adoption of emerging technologies presents unprecedented opportunities to address complex challenges and unlock new pathways for sustainable growth and development.
11:45 am-
01:15 pm
Technical discussions

Technical Papers Disucssion Day 2

01:15 pm-
05:15 pm
Pitching Competetion

Africa IoT & AI Challenge finals

Judges and African Teams

Judges: Vincent Kaabunga, Mohamed El-dallal, Morocco Repres.

11:00 am –
12:00 pm
Panel Discussion

Sustainable Urban Mobility: Innovations in Transportation for Smart Cities

As urban populations continue to grow, the demand for efficient and sustainable transportation solutions becomes increasingly critical. The panel discussion on “Sustainable Urban Mobility: Innovations in Transportation for Smart Cities” will explore the latest trends, technologies, and strategies reshaping the future of urban transportation within the context of smart cities.

Dr. Mohamed Essaaidi

Global Chair, IEEE SIGHT | EMSI, Morocco

12:00 pm –
01:00 pm
Panel Discussion

Resilient Infrastructure: Building Robust Systems for Future Cities

“This panel will delve into the critical importance of resilient infrastructure in the face of evolving urban challenges and climate uncertainties. As cities worldwide confront the impacts of climate change, rapid urbanization, and aging infrastructure, the need to build and maintain resilient systems becomes increasingly imperative. During this session, industry leaders, policymakers, and experts will convene to explore innovative approaches and best practices for designing, implementing, and maintaining resilient infrastructure solutions that can withstand and adapt to a wide range of disruptive events, including extreme weather events, natural disasters, and technological disruptions.”

Eng. Emmanuel Mariaria

IoT Solutions ArchitectIoT Solutions Architect, Maabara Bunifu AIoT

Dr. Adel Smeda

Professor, Expert in Sciences and Technology, ICESCO, Morocco

01:00 am –
01:25 pm
Keynote Speech

Delivering high-impactful IEEE Humanitarian Technology Programs through Partnership

This keynote session will present a deep insight into the IEEE Humanitarian Technologies Board (HTB) programs. We will discuss the partnership opportunities offered by HTB for individual members and organizations to address pressing global social and environmental sustainable development challenges. The audience will learn about real-world examples of HTB-supported projects and other key program offerings to benefit IEEE members and partners. We will explore how IEEE offers high-impact engagement opportunities for IEEE members to advance sustainable technologies through IEEE HTB partnership efforts.

Mr. Sampath Kumar Veeraraghavan

Global President, 2023 IEEE Eta Kappa Nu | 2023 IEEE HTB Partnership Chair

01:00 pm –
01:30 pm

Elevate Stage (IEEE Smart Cities Summit)

Coffee break with networking

01:30 pm –
02:15 pm
Panel Discussion

Smart Energy Solutions: Advancing Sustainable Power Systems

“This Panel will delve into the transformative potential of smart technologies in revolutionizing the energy sector and advancing sustainability goals in cities and communities worldwide. As the world transitions towards a low-carbon future and seeks to mitigate the impacts of climate change, the role of smart energy solutions has become increasingly crucial. This session will bring together experts, industry leaders, and policymakers to explore innovative approaches and best practices for leveraging smart technologies to optimize energy production, distribution, and consumption.”

Eng. Mohammad Zidan


Dr. Mohamed Bakhouya

Associate Professor, International University of Rabat, Morocco

02:15 pm –
03:15 pm
Panel Discussion

Citizen Engagement and Participation: Smart City Governance

The topic of “Citizen Engagement and Participation: Smart City Governance” delves into the fundamental role of citizens in shaping the governance and development of smart cities. As urban landscapes evolve with technological advancements, the emphasis on citizen involvement becomes paramount. This panel explores strategies, tools, and initiatives aimed at fostering meaningful engagement between residents, government bodies, and other stakeholders in the smart city ecosystem. From participatory decision-making processes to leveraging digital platforms for feedback and collaboration, the discussion delves into how smart city governance can be inclusive, transparent, and responsive to the needs and aspirations of its citizens. Join us as we explore the transformative potential of citizen engagement in driving the evolution of smarter, more sustainable cities.

Dr. Eesa Bastaki

President, University of Dubai, UAE

Mr. Joel Myers

Chair, IEEE IoT Global Cities Alliance, Italy

Dr. Vincent kaabunga

CEO, Marketplace Technologies

Dr. Ilhem Kallel

Professor, University of Sfax, Tunisia

Eng. Hussien Mostafa

Business Developer, GIE, UAE

03:15 pm –
04:15 pm
Panel Discussion

Data-driven Decision Making: Leveraging Big Data for Government

In an era where data reigns supreme, urban planners are increasingly turning to big data to inform their decision-making processes. This panel delves into the transformative power of data-driven approaches in shaping urban landscapes. From traffic patterns and infrastructure development to demographic trends and environmental impacts, the utilization of big data opens up new vistas of understanding and possibility. Experts from diverse backgrounds will share insights on harnessing the wealth of information provided by big data to optimize urban planning strategies, foster sustainable development, and enhance quality of life for inhabitants. Join us as we explore the intersection of data science and urban planning, charting a course towards smarter, more resilient cities of the future.

Dr. Fadel Daigham

National Telecom Regulatory Authority of Egypt (NTRA), Egypt | Chair of “Digital Transformation “ Study Group, Development Sector, ITU

Dr. Habib Kammoun

IEEE Africa and Middle East zone Representative | Head of Computer Science Dept, University of Sfax, Tunisia

Eng. Mohammad El Dallal

Vice Chairman, IEEE Entrepreneurship

04:15 pm –
04:45 pm

Elevate Stage (IEEE Smart Cities Summit)

Closing Ceremony