The Smart Cities & Sport Summit: 100% virtual and free for all city entities!

With the COVID-19 crisis, this year has been particularly challenging. And the world of sport has not been spared, with the vast majority of sporting events having been cancelled or postponed to next year. Because we believe that sport has an important role to play on many fronts in a post-COVID-19 society, we have done our utmost to maintain the dates for the Summit on October 27-28, 2020.

In order to make this happen, this year, the Smart Cities & Sport Summit will be exclusively virtual so that everyone, everywhere in the world can attend. All sessions will be streamed via a dedicated online platform, available live and in replay, and forums will be open for attendees to exchange their questions and inputs.

The Summit will provide a high-level and prestigious platform for the exchange of ideas and experience among cities of all sizes.

Free for cities entities

Representatives from city, regions and other public organisations will be offered a free access to attend the Summit virtually. Sign up as of now to receive your free login details and to be informed of the Marketplace’s early opening.

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Summit 2020 - Partnerships for the Goals

For its seventh edition, the Summit will focus on how smart and forward-thinking cities can leverage inclusive sport, physical activity and sporting events to advance our common roadmap to transform our communities and contribute to the UN 2030 Agenda.

The Summit will focus on the many ways in which cities can leverage sport in order to address their urban, economic, environmental and social challenges while doing so through the lens of the SDG framework. Cities, international organisations and international sports federations from around the world will be present to share their inspiring initiatives and best practices in building partnerships for the goals.

Online Sessions

Smart Cities & Sport Summit 2020

For the first time ever, and due to the current circumstances, the Smart Cities & Sport Summit will provide its conferences online. Therefore, if for any logistical reasons you are not able to come to Lausanne, you will have the opportunity to follow all the sessions online.

Benefit from the special package at CHF 99.- and your active participation is guaranteed!

Information about Covid-19 pandemic

This year is very particular and therefore, due to the current circumstances, the Smart Cities & Sport will offer many options to take part in the 2020 Summit. If you have already registered for the on-site Summit you will be fully refunded. Do not hesitate to contact you :

Programme Summit 2020

The Smart Cities & Sport schedule has been adapted to match its new virtual format. In order to give our entire community of attendees, the chance to join the Summit live and part-take in the discussion as they take place, sessions will be held at the following times:

Tuesday, October 27

Morning session 9:00-11:00 CET

What is the potential of sport in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

This kick-off session will aim to briefly introduce the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN Agenda 2030. It will also launch a discussion on the potential for sport and its stakeholders (mainly cities and international federations) to contribute to the successful achievement of these Goals. Finally, the development of solid and inventive partnerships will be addressed, as they will be key to the success of this ambition.

How to shape better cities through sport?

The role of sport in peace-building is one of the most debated areas in sport and development, as many limit its contribution to the post-conflict phase. However, the scope of action can be much broader, as sport has proven to be a genuine tool for social integration regardless of a country’s political stability.

So, how can cities build a better and more peaceful environment for their citizens through sport?

Afternoon session 13:00-15:00 CET

How to best empower youth through sports events?

For some time, cities have been investing heavily in policy development for the education of young people through sport – sometimes involving the hosting of sports events attractive to this public.

On the other hand, many international federations are looking for new ways to engage young people; both through educational programmes and new formats for their events, while international organisations have a long experience in developing youth empowerment programmes. 

So, what are the best ideas for empowering the next generation through sport?

Is gender equality in sport the new development of cities’ sport policies?

The COVID-19 crisis could lead to a paradigm shift for women’s sport. While some believe that women’s participation in sport will decline due to a potential drop in private financial support, others believe the opposite, as the crisis could lead to a shift in public investment towards sport for all.

What are the possible levers for action to ensure that women’s sport becomes part of the solution to the current crisis?

Is gender equality in sport the new development of cities’ sport policies?

The COVID-19 crisis could lead to a paradigm shift for women’s sport. While some believe that women’s participation in sport will decline due to a potential drop in private financial support, others believe the opposite, as the crisis could lead to a shift in public investment towards sport for all.

What are the possible levers for action to ensure that women’s sport becomes part of the solution to the current crisis?

Evening session 18:00-20:00 CET

How can we break down the barriers to sport?

At the peak of the COVID-19 crisis, more than three-quarters of the world’s population was confined to their homes. But this reality was not experienced in the same way by everyone. While many innovative solutions have enabled some people to maintain regular physical activity, others have had to renounce the practice of sport.

How can we reduce inequalities in the access of sport? And how can we encourage people to stay active, when sport can be an effective way to limit the impact of future sanitary crises?

A new business model for the post-COVID-19 world? 

The sports events industry has historically proven to be somewhat recession-proof. Most major sports organisations weathered the economic fallout of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the financial crisis in 2008. However, the COVID-19 crisis has forced the cancellation or postponement of sporting events – and this extraordinary situation has had and will continue to have serious financial consequences for all parties involved.

Is this crisis therefore an opportunity to rethink a new and more sustainable business model?

All sessions will nonetheless be available to all registered participants in replay and discussion forums will remain open after sessions, enabling each and every one to tailor their attendance to the Summit according to their own agenda!

Wednesday, October 28

Morning session 9:00-11:00 CET

How to transform sport to make everyone active?

In recent years, the way people do sports has changed. Whereas in the past, sports clubs and associations were overrun, today people prefer the freedom to practice the sport they want when they want – undermining the traditional model of sport developed by most cities around the world.

What are the avenues of innovation to be explored to respond to people’s new way of doing sport?

Afternoon session 13:00-15:00 CET

How can sports events help to mitigate short-term impacts on the environment and leverage longer-term impacts?

By their very nature, major sports events cannot be seen as a positive for the environment. They typically involve large scale international travel, extensive use of energy resources and considerable on-site waste. However, over the last decade, many sports stakeholders have played an important role in minimising their carbon footprint and using their widespread influence to promote environmental causes and practices in the long-term.

While sport cannot be expected to shut up shop completely in the name of the environment, how can sports events become a catalyst for innovation in order to reduce their impact on the environment in the short-term and leverage long-term positive impacts?

How can sport adapt to future climate change challenges?

With climate change, many sports federations – mainly winter sports but also some summer sports – have seen their seasons and competitions completely turned upside down. Lack of snow in winter or extreme heat in summer have pushed some international federations to innovate and get creative. As a result, they have often been able boost a new and somehow unexpected interest in their sport.

So how have these international federations successfully transformed their sport?

Evening session 18:00-20:00 CET

How to leverage sport events to develop an ‘active’ tourism?

Over the past decade, a new type of tourism has emerged. Nowadays, more people want to be physically active when they travel, whether it’s for a Sunday morning run or a full week of sports. As a result, cities around the world have begun to use sporting events to market themselves as an active city to attract sports tourists.

How can cities best use sporting events to attract active tourists – whether before, during or after the event?

Towards more sustainable and resilient cities

Concluding the 7th edition of the Summit, this session will explore some of the ways to create more sustainable and resilient cities and communities through sport. Building on UN Agenda 2030, discussions will be held on the possibility of leveraging it as a framework for setting targets and reporting on progress. In this way, this session will be an invitation to join forces for the Decade of Action ahead of us!

Call for projects

Around the world, cities are finding new, ingenious ways of making sports accessible to their populations during these unprecedented times. What projects is your city implementing in order to use sport as a catalyst for positive change?
We want to hear from you and spread your story to inspire other cities to make a difference too!

Get the chance to be featured in our monthly newsletters, quarterly publications and to present your project on stage at our Summit next October by contacting us at or on our social media channels!


With the full package, you will enjoy the following benefits :

Early bird fee: 950 CHF
Available until September 25th, 2020

Online registration : 99 CHF
Only conferences and networking sessions

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Speakers 2020

Lilamani de Soysa

IWG Board

Lilamani De Soysa is located between Tokyo, Japan and Lausanne, Switzerland and she is highly involved in the work for the Women in Sport movement. She implemented the International Table Tennis Federation’s Women’s Development Programme, which later won a Sport Accord Award and she also initiated a Women and Sport Management seminar, held in Lausanne. Lilamani holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Lausanne. Currently, she is Co-Opted Expert on the IWG Global Executive specialising in international sport relations and development.

Dejan Crnek

Deputy Mayor, City of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dejan Crnek was born in Ljubljana and he discovered his personal life motto mostly through sports and working with people. At the age of fifteen, he had already become a guide at the oldest sports association in Slovenia, the Narodni Dom, and later on managed groups at summer and winter field trips to nature. Mr. Crnek studied at the Faculty of Sport in Ljubljana and worked as an elementary and secondary school teacher. Later, he founded a company together with a friend – he still works there.

Felicite Rwemarika

IOC Member, Member of Sport and Active Society Commission

Felicite Rwemarika is the First Vice-President of the Rwandan Olympic Committee and a Member of Sport and Active Society Commission since 2017 where she advises on all activities of the Olympic Movement that are related to using sport to improve physical activity in the population. With a background in nursing, business and hospitality from Rwanda, Felicite is highly engaged in sports on the national and international level. Besides her engagement as an IOC member, she organises international conferences on gender equality through sport for social change and represents the AKWOS (Association of Kigali Women in Sports) as Founder, Chair and legal representative.

Daichi Suzuki

Commissionner, Japan Sports Agency

Daichi Suzuki is a former elite swimmer having won – among others - an Olympic Gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. He also holds a Ph.D. in Medicine and worked as a professor in the Department of Health and Sports Science at the Juntendo University in Japan. From 2013 – 2015, Prof. Suzuki was the President of the Japan Swimming Federation (JSF). Since 2013, he is the President of the Olympians Association of Japan (OAJ) and his currently working as a Commissioner of the Japan Sports Agency.

Special Joint Event with IFs & OI

Smart Cities & Sport is delighted to announce that this year’s edition of the Summit features a unique partnership with TAFISA, the leading international Sport for All organisation.
As a result, Smart Cities & Sport Summit and TAFISA developed a joint programme on November 14th, 2019. It aims at discussing the issues linked to physical inactivity and finding solutions to these various challenges, including how best to develop long-term partnerships between the different actors of the Sport for All movement to guarantee its success in the future.


This is a great chance for cities to connect to a larger and more diversified network including representatives from national and International Sports Federations, National Olympic Committees, ministries of health, culture, education and sport, Sport for All organisations, cities, municipalities and educational institutions.

Host City - Lausanne 2020

Lausanne – Switzerland

Host City of the Smart Cities & Sport Summit 2020

The Smart Cities & Sport Summit 2020 will be back to Lausanne, the Olympic Capital, on the shores of Lake Geneva. The Summit will take place at the legendary Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa located between a short walk from the lake and one of the most living area: the heart of the city.

The City of Lausanne regards itself as the point of contact for international sports federations and organisations wishing to establish their headquarters here. Lausanne, Olympic Capital since 1994, is very proud to have hosted the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee since Baron Pierre de Coubertin requested it in 1915.

For more information about Lausanne Olympic Capital, check out here.


Smart Cities & Sport Summit Venues

Official Hotel

Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa – Lausanne

The historic Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa has been originally built in 1909 and has reopened its doors by the end of 2015 with a new contemporary wing. This luxury hotel It  will be back to Lausanne, the Olympic Capital, on the shores of Lake Geneva. The Summit will take place at the legendary Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa located between a short walk from the lake and one of the most living area: the heart of the city.

Gala Dinner

Beau-Rivage Palace – Lausanne

Nestling in 4 hectares of gardens on the shores of Lake Geneva and with a view of the Alps, the Beau-Rivage Palace enjoys an exceptional location, but is nevertheless just 10 minutes from the city centre, in the Ouchy harbour district.

The Beau-Rivage Palace has never closed its doors since 1861, and over the years has played host to many illustrious guests.

Victor Hugo, Charlie Chaplin, Coco Chanel, Nelson Mandela and Tina Turner are just a few of the many famous names.


Participants flying to Switzerland are recommended to Geneva Airport. 

It is possible to transfer from the airport to Lausanne with the train or taxi. Tickets can be purchased directly at the airport.

For more information, please visit here.

Lausanne is a key station in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, located on the Geneva-Zurich line. Two trains an hour run to these cities, and there are also services to Bern, Neuchâtel, Fribourg, Sion, Bienne and Basel.

SBB | Swiss Railway
DB | German Railway
SNCF | French Railway

Metro (M2) will take you from the Lausanne railway station to Délices in 3 minutes. Then, you need to cross the street and the Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa is located just in front of the metro station.

Map of the Smart Cities & Sport Summit Site
Lausanne public transport online timetable

Lausanne is the point where the motorway networks meet up in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. The Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa are ten minutes from the freeway exit “Lausanne Maladière” and have parking spaces for 846 vehicles.

Routing to Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa
Car Parks Ouchy

Information about Lausanne


October temperatures range from 5°C (41°F) at night (minimum night temperature) and around 14°C at daytime (57°F) (max day temperature).

For the current weather forecast, please click here.

Time Zone Central European Time Zone (UTC+01:00) Electricity / Plugs European/Swiss plugs, 220 Volts


Is the responsibility of the participants to obtain a visa if needed. Please check the visa requirements for your nationality Overview of ID and visa provisions according to nationality.

Schengen visas are valid for Switzerland and all other areas of the Schengen member states (providing nothing to the contrary is noted on the visa).

If you have any questions, you should contact the Swiss Embassy responsible for the area in which you reside: Swiss representations

If the visa is not granted on time, the cancellation policy will be applied.

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Previous editions of the Smart Cities & Sport Summit

2019 Summit

Tokyo – Japan

2018 Summit

Lausanne – Switzerland

2017 Summit

Montréal – Canada

2016 Summit

Lausanne – Switzerland