In just two months, the Smart Cities & Sport Summit will take place in the vibrant city of Tokyo, in Japan. This prestigious conference, gathering over 300 city representatives, has one ambition: provide cities with the right tools to achieve their social, economic, promotional and environmental goals through sport. 

This year’s edition features an outstanding programme, which will address various topics at the core of today’s concerns for cities. Experts from across the world and fields will come on stage to share their best insights. 

Make sure to secure your spot before the early bird registration ends on 30th September.

All eyes on the programme

Masterclass | How to become a “smarter” city through sport?

By 2050, 68% of the population will be living in urban areas. Cities play a crucial role when it comes to the creation of sustainable environments to live in while optimising the use of resources available. What is a smart city and how does it respond to the numerous environmental and societal challenges encountered today?  

Urban Planning | How to re-think the use of public spaces for sport?

In recent years, physical inactivity has become a major public health issue, and so has climate change. As the percentage of the population leading a sedentary lifestyle is growing significantly, cities are constantly on the search for new initiatives to keep its population moving. What can cities do to activate public spaces to foster sport participation? And how can such initiatives eventually support the promotion of eco-friendly behaviour?

Sport Tourism | How to position your city as a tourism destination through sport?

Sport tourism can be an effective tool towards the development of a city and its place branding. With the rise in the number of sporting events across the world, the global sports tourism market is expected to grow over 36% during the period 2019-2023. How can cities make sport tourism an integrated part of their development strategy and position themselves in this global trend?

IF Panel | How can sports events be adapted to urban environments?

In recent years, an increasing number of cities have served as stages for major sporting events. The objectives of cities are often to better engage with their citizens, to show emblematic places and to increase tourism. Some International Federations (IFs) have understood the new needs of cities in terms of event hosting. But what can IFs do to better adapt their events to urban environments?

Making change happen | How to build communities through sport?

Sport has a crucial role to play in the way we want to shape our future. It has the power to transform lives and make a true difference in transforming and building communities. But what kind of world do we want to build for future generations? And how can sport be the driver of this change?

In addition, a special programme has been developed in collaboration with the leading international Sport for All organisation TAFISA around the issues linked to physical inactivity. The detailed programme is available here

A panel of experts on stage

Mogens Kirkeby, President, International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA)

Mogens Kirkeby has been engaged in the development of ISCA since 1998 and became President on 2007. Prior to this, Mogens Kirkeby was employed at the Danish Red Cross Society.

Game Mothibi, International Working Group on Women and Sport, Global Executive Member, Botswana

Game Mothibi acquired experience in the field of advocacy for women and sport at a very young age. She volunteered in sport administration for several years and in different capacities. The highlights of her sporting career include preparing the bid and won hosting of IWG for Botswana. She also led Botswana team to the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Prof. Stuart Biddle, University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Professor Biddle, who is Research Program Director for Physical Activity and Health, is an internationally-respected physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health expert with an academic career spanning four decades at five universities in the United Kingdom and Australia. He was recognised in the annual Highly Cited Researchers 2018 List.

Stanley Mutoya, African Union Sports Council Region 5 CEO, Zimbabwe

A former chief executive officer of the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC), Stanley Mutoya has developed into a seasoned sports administrator with 16 years of experience in sports administration.

Take a look at our panel of speakers here!