Testimonials from the 2014 Edition

Notes from Ifrane: a Swiss-infused town in the middle of Morocco's Atlas heights where the hot topic of the day was how could "smart city" technologies be applied in North Africa? How could they have an impact beyond the glossy case studies of the uber-developed world?

Carlo Ratti, Director MIT SENSEable City Lab

I was invited to participate in the inaugural edition of the International Summit for Smart Cities in North Africa, the first of its kind in the region. I was very impressed with the caliber of attendees — a high proportion of executive-level decision makers in government offices, large IT vendors, as well as mayors, ministers and deputy ministers. Speakers were world-class, as good or better as I've seen in any event of its kind. Kenza managed this intense two-day session extremely well, and I'm quite confident she has received kudos from all involved. Given the opportunity, I would definitely work with her again.

Jean-François Barsoum, Consultant délégué principal, Villes Intelligentes (Eau et Transport) -IBM

Cette 1ère édition du Sommet International des Villes Intelligentes en Afrique du Nord a été riche et stimulante en termes d’échanges, elle a contribué à apporter un éclairage sur les réalités du contexte des pays en développement tout en soulignant les innovations qui y prennent déjà naissance. Cet événement a aussi été propice à l’établissement de contacts notamment avec des chercheurs et élus locaux, ce qui devrait permettre d’initier de futurs projets de collaboration.

Sylvie Daniel, Professeure Chercheure en Sciences Géomatique –Université Laval

International Summit for Smart Cities in North Africa was a unique opportunity to discover the work of leaders from different sectors. Researchers, academicians, entrepreneurs and elected politicians were challenging each other about their ideas, findings, projects and concepts. As a moderator, it was challenging and very enriching experience. The enthusiasm felt among all participants is only a proof that the first edition was only the beginning of a long road. Because it takes time, commitment and energy to “build” smart cities for smart communities. And it takes much more mobilization, leadership and debate to keep it smart, since communities grow and the definition of a smart city grows with.

Nabil Ouchagour, Consultant & Columnist


The event sparked off many interesting conversations and debates with leading companies, city and university representatives. It’s been a great opportunity for us to showcase our technology, and confront our vision and ideas with world-class experts in the field. We’re looking forward to the second edition.


Mohamed Attahri, CEO -Megapolis

Le sommet a permis aux acteurs de la société civile et aux fournisseurs de services et de technologie d’échanger et de partager leurs visions des communautés intelligentes. De tels échanges sont essentiels pour piloter l’innovation nécessaire à l’émergence de communautés intelligentes respectueuses de l’environnement, et en particulier chez les fournisseurs de services d’électricité qui sont des acteurs-clés de cette transformation.

Marcoux Benoit, Directeur Principal -Capgemini

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