The African Cities Conference (ACC) - Digital Cities








African Cities Conference (ACC) is the first international conference on urban and sustainable development in Africa.


May 23 & 24


Novotel, Cotonou, Benin

African digital cities are presented as a reasonable response to future demographic projections and the inability of the public sector alone to respond structurally to a strong increase in demand for urban infrastructure and infrastructure and urban services such as housing, socio-professional integration, etc.
Challenging the current vision of cities in Africa, digital cities seem to be major players in the urbanization of Africa. At a time when a new urban paradigm is being implemented but intrinsic challenges remain, the role of digital cities as drivers of urban development in Africa is to be established.
There is today a tangible and growing demand for talented and highly qualified African researchers on the theme of the city and its digitalization. This is particularly visible in all areas of the digital transformation of the continent.

The « African Cities Conference (ACC) - Digital Cities » aims to increase the scope and influence of research, innovation and entrepreneurial activities on the African continent related to the digitization of cities, as well as to promote scientific excellence in Africa.

Therefore, beyond its thematic focus, ACC aims to advance interdisciplinary research by bridging the disciplinary gap between the different academic cultures of the humanities, sciences and application-oriented research, but also the sectoral gap between urban development actors in Africa.

African Cities Conference (ACC) - Digital Cities

The conference organizers cordially invite you to submit your scientific work to African Cities Conference (ACC) - Digital Cities to be held in Cotonou, Benin, next May 23 & 24


Digitalization of cities and urban planning
  • Digital water and energy management
  • Smart waste management and sanitation
  • Digital management of education and health
  • Digital mobility and transport management
  • Land use and land cover management
  • Informality & precarious neighbourhoods
  • Land tenure and cadastral management
  • Quality of Life and Social Layer
  • Architecture & Urban Planning
  • Energy for Building and Construction Development
  • Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
Digital and smart african cities
  • Digital and smart cities strategies in Africa
  • Digital and Smart african city stakeholders
  • Digital and Smart city infrastructure
  • IoT for digital and smart cities
  • Robotics, blockchain and crytomoney
  • Artificial intelligence and application integration
  • Cybersecurity & IS governance for smart cities
  • Advanced technologies for African smart cities
Remote sensing and Smart geo - information systems
  • GIS and remote sensing
  • Citizen sensing and Citizen engagement
  • Geo AI and applications
  • Spatial data Infrastructures (SDI)
  • Interactive visualization and 3D modeling
  • Geo Artificial intelligence (Geo AI)
  • GIS application (GIS API)
  • Collective sensing & spatial big urban data
  • Smart geo-addressing and participatory addressing
  • SIG and geolocalisation
  • Digital twins & twin cities
Digital Citizen and digital gouvernance
  • Citizens and Collaborative Governance
  • Geopolitics, democratic processes and cyber-citizenship
  • Data Governance for smart cities
  • Digitalisation and internet 5.0
  • Digital tools for smart urban development
  • Socio-cultural transformations and social inclusion
  • Crowdsourcing and citizen participation
  • Digital governance and digital citizenship
African digital cities challenges
  • Resilience of African digital cities
  • Waste management and sanitation
  • Renewable energy and use
  • Housing and wellbeing
  • Energy and environmental efficiency
  • Sustainable development and adaptation of smart cities
  • Urban pollution and heat monitoring
Urban mobility and transportation
  • ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems)
  • Urban mobility
  • Travel behavior (travel patterns, route choice, mode choice, etc.)
  • Multimodal transportation
  • Non-motorized and informal transportation
  • Shared mobility (carsharing, bike sharing, etc.)
  • Transportation and Traffic Engineering
Emerging urban technologies
  • Construction Robotics
  • AI-based solutions
  • Mobile currency solutions
  • Infrastructure Design tools
  • Construction Technology & Engineering

ACC 2023 side events

This conference is virtual and presential and open to all.

It will include….

Through a series of 4 webinars, the partners of the African Cities Lab, in collaboration with EPFL, are providing insights for the political and scientific dialogue in the run-up to the Cotonou conference in 2023. The objective of these webinars is to discuss the major themes that make up the African digital city and set the framework for the agenda of the Conference. This webinar series will present research, trends, use cases and critical insights on how cities are or could be more effective in harnessing and leveraging digital technologies to promote sustainable development and achieve SDGs. Learn more


Academic and institutional partners

Venue & Contacts

Novotel Cotonou Orisha

Cotonou, Benin

May 23 & 24

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