İstanbul hosted the Smart City Expo edition for Southeastern Europe and the Middle East from June 1 to June 3. The event was jointly organized by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and Fira de Barcelona.

The Three-Day event started in Istanbul on Wednesday June 1st, 2016 bringing more than 150 metropolitan mayors from around the world together with business circles that aspire to develop smart city projects and invest in the area, while offering an opportunity to explain and evaluate studies concerning innovative, environmentally friendly, solution-oriented and more livable city life. Smart City Expo Istanbul comprised a congress and an exhibition where companies and institutions showcased their projects, technologies and urban solutions to visitors and experts alike. The conference focused on 6 key themes –Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Energy, Smart Society, Entrepreneurship & Economic Development, and Big Data & Urban Management– and featured over 20 speakers and 20 different session, among which two keynotes by mobility experts Anthony Townsend, senior research Scientist and NYU's Rudin Center and Principal at Bits and Atoms, and Phillip Rode, Director of the LSE Cities at the London School of Economics.