Lausanne, Switzerland – 1 October 2014 – The Smart Cities & Sport Summit, which will take place on November 5 – 7, 2014 in Lausanne, is pleased to announce that the leading sports and event host cities from all over the world will be present at the Summit, allowing all participants to share their experiences and learn from their peers. Participating cities include, among others:

London, Auckland, Chicago, Copenhagen, Quebec, Halmstad, Los Angeles, Lima, Calgary, Busan, Detroit , Beijing, Medellin, Edmonton, Amsterdam, Seattle, Liverpool, Barcelona, Denver, Rotterdam, Innsbruck, Lake Placid, Qingdao, and Reno Tahoe.

For the first edition, the Smart Cities and Sport Summit will feature some of the best speakers to inspire stimulating discussions. A new addition to the speakers’ line-up, David Smith will spark "the Big debate" with Mihir Bose. Smith has been Economics Editor of The Sunday Times since 1989, where he writes a weekly column. He has won a number of awards, including the Harold Wincott award for Senior Financial Journalist of the Year (2004). 

Mélanie Duparc, Secretary General of the World Union of Olympic Cities, commented:  "It is a real pleasure for the World Union of Olympic Cities to see that cities are concerned about the challenges and the opportunities that the combination between sport and cities can bring to the table. Having David Smith for the debate will bring a world class discussion, as we have two award winning journalist on the panel."

Smart Cities & Sport Summit is organised for representatives of cities, regions and countries around the world interested in learning more about effective and smart strategies that connect sport and cities. The conference will provide the most high-level and prestigious platform ever for the exchange of ideas and experiences among cities of all sizes.

The programme can be downloaded here:

For further information, please contact:

World Union of Olympic Cities

Media Relations


Phone: +41 (0)21 315 24 49 

About the World Union of Olympic Cities

The World Union of Olympic Cities is an association of former and future Olympic host cities, supported by the International Olympic Committee. The association was created in 2002 with the goal of facilitating an effective dialogue between former and future Olympic host cities in order to ensure a continued positive impact of the Olympic Games. 

With this new initiative the World Union of Olympic Cities now reaches out to peers from around the world to share experience and best practice and to learn from world class experts from the wider sports industry.