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Joe Appleton

Joe Appleton

Joe Appleton is a content strategist, editor and writer at bee smart city. He is particularly interested in the topics of smart and sustainable cities and urban mobility.


SCEWC 2023: Bringing SaaS Success to Barcelona

By Joe Appleton on Nov 22, 2023 3:40:19 PM

Once again, we had the pleasure of heading to Barcelona for the Smart City Expo World Congress 2024. As a long-standing partner of the event, we took the opportunity to unveil our new software-as-a-service solution for cities: the Smart City Toolbox.

While our focus was the promotion of our company and our solutions, the Expo is more than just a sales events: it’s a family reunion. Smart City professionals, thought leaders, solution providers, organisations, and urbanists gather together to exchange information, build new connections, and maintain friendships.


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Bart Gorynski appointed as ASCIF Ambassador in Germany and Member of GISCEA

By Joe Appleton on Nov 21, 2023 3:39:14 PM

Muelheim/Ruhr, Germany & Abuja, Nigeria – 21st November 2023
In a significant move that underscores his expertise and commitment to fostering global innovation and smart city development, Bart Gorynski, CEO of bee smart city, has been appointed as the ASCIF Ambassador in Germany and as a member of the International Selection Committee for the Global Innovation & Smart Cities Excellence Awards (GISCEA). Additionally, Mr. Gorynski will lend his extensive knowledge and experience to the Advisory Board of the African Smart Cities Congress for the year 2024.


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Smart City Expo World Congress 2023: Building a Better Tomorrow Today

By Joe Appleton on Oct 24, 2023 4:27:07 PM

The evolution of urban living and the vision of future cities will come into sharp focus at the annual Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC). As one of the premier global events centred around the concept of smart cities, SCEWC serves as a beacon of inspiration and a platform for leaders, innovators, and city planners to share, collaborate, and shape the future of our urban habitats.


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FIWARE'S Ulrich Ahle to Become Gaia-X CEO

By Joe Appleton on Sep 29, 2023 4:53:33 PM

Berlin, September 29, 2023 – Today, FIWARE Foundation e.V. announced that, effective November 1, 2023, FIWARE’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ulrich Ahle will become CEO successor of the Gaia-X AISBL headquartered in Brussels.


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Smart City Resilience: Mitigating the Risks of Climate Change

By Joe Appleton on Jun 25, 2023 4:19:00 PM

Climate change is a very clear and present danger. Though the term usually conjures up images of melting ice sheets and dying forests, our cities are also particularly vulnerable and also among the main contributors to rising CO2 emissions. But what about the climate resilience of our cities?

Currently, 50% of the world’s population lives in cities. That percentage is expected to rise to 70% by 2050. How do cities prepare for climate change?


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How NRW is Changing the Landscape of Smart Mobility Solutions

By Joe Appleton on Nov 29, 2022 1:02:53 PM

Smart Mobility is one of the most talked about dimensions in smart city development. A strong and innovative mobility sector is the heart of any city. If citizens can’t travel around a district, city, or region with ease, it stifles business, curtails expansion, and makes life difficult for all urban stakeholders, from citizens to politicians.

Without smart mobility solutions, a city can suffer from social inequity, it can fail to empower entrepreneurs, and of course, it can cause harm to our environment.


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Interview: 5 Minutes with Carlos Moreno

By Joe Appleton on Oct 28, 2022 11:20:49 AM

We were lucky enough to listen to an exciting talk by Carlos Moreno at an event in Poznan in October 2022. After the event, we managed to have a quick chat with Carlos and discuss the 15-minute city concept and the future of smart and sustainable cities.


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Understanding Interoperability in Innovation Procurement

By Joe Appleton on Feb 1, 2022 9:00:00 AM

“Interoperability” is a popular buzzword in the innovation space. But what does it really mean, and why is it particularly important in the world of innovation procurement? To help separate the fact from the fiction and bring some clarity to the process, we spoke to innovation procurement specialist Olaf-Gerd Gemein, to learn more about this important but also challenging topic. 


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Talking Open Data and Open Source with FIWARE CEO Ulrich Ahle

By Joe Appleton on Jan 31, 2022 8:30:00 AM

Today, terms such as “open source” and “open data” are becoming used in everyday conversations, but what do these words really mean? The right open source definition is really hard to find. We caught up with the FIWARE Foundation’s CEO, Ulrich Ahle, at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona to find out more about FIWARE, open-source technologies, and the future of urban data.


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German Smart City Market Outlook 2021-2026

By Joe Appleton on Dec 16, 2021 3:57:58 PM

Globally, the Smart City market is growing at a rapid pace. Thanks to smart innovations and accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for smart and sustainable solutions to urban challenges has been pushed into the foreground, becoming building blocks of government policy all over the world. But what is the market situation in Germany? In short, the Smart City market is booming here in Germany, but that’s not a wild claim; it’s backed up with facts, figures, and well-researched forecasts from respected bodies.


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