Our common vision: Budapest

  • 19th March 2024
  • 1015 Budapest, Nádor utca 15.

Gergely Karácsony

Mayor of Budapest

We think in terms of an open city, where we create the channels where the knowledge existing in the city appears every day in our decisions.

Márton Ilyés

President, Budapest Enterprise Agency

Budapest is our common dream. Together, we must dream of a city that is resilient to the challenges of our times and that can become the capital not only of our country, but also of the region in the future.

Tamás Boros

Executive director and co-founder of the Equilibrium Institute

Let Budapest be so liveable and attractive that people don't think that it is better to live in the suburbs than in the capital!

About this year’s Forum

Livable cities are the engine of economic growth, the centre of innovation and the foundation of a sustainable welfare society around the world. We believe that the development of Budapest is a national (public) issue, because without an economically attractive and inspiring global city for the whole region, a country is inevitably characterised by economic, cultural and political mediocrity. We believe that Budapest, as one of the leading cities in the Central and Eastern European region, can and should be put back on the map of the region.
The Smart Budapest Forum 2024, organised in partnership with Equilibrium Institute, will therefore focus on how Budapest can become a leading city in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • How to stop Budapest’s population decline?
  • How can the capital become a city of two million again?
  • How will the capital attract creative young people and innovative companies again?
  • How to involve Hungarian and foreign businesses in the development of the city?
  • How to get more and more modern housing in Budapest and what to do with empty apartments?
  • How to create inspiring communities for Budapesters
  • How to involve expats living with us?
The aim of our Smart Budapest Forum 2024 is to raise awareness of these issues among hundreds of domestic and foreign political and economic decision-makers and opinion leaders and to propose solutions to increase the attractiveness of Budapest. During the one-day international conference, we will explore the social, political and economic aspects of developing an attractive city with the help of foreign and domestic experts.


09:30 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:15

Welcome speech

10:15 - 10:30

Introductory lecture

10:30 - 10:45

Introductory lecture

10:45 - 11:05

Coffee break

11:05 - 11:20

Introducing the Smart Budapest Award nominees

11:20 - 11:45

How to put a city on the global cities map?

11:45 - 12:10

Eindhoven, the city of future

12:10 - 12:30

Coffee break with snacks

12:30 - 14:00

Affordable housing in Budapest

Moderator: Tamás Boros

12:30 - 14:00

How to ensure coexistence between the middle class and marginalised groups?

Moderator: Dávid Pelek

12:30 - 14:00

Budapest 2030 – What kind of urban structure would suit the capital of the region?

Moderator: Balázs Édes

12:30 - 14:00

Does a city of just over one and half million people need 23 districts?

Moderator: Gábor Filippov

12:30 - 14:00

How will Budapest attract creative expats? (EN)

Moderator: Krisztina Bombera

12:30 - 14:00

Clean city, tidy district – What is the key to livability in big cities?

Moderator: Dóra Csernus

14:00 - 14:30

Lunch break

14:30 - 15:20

Modernisation, infrastructure development, major investments – What is holding back Budapest’s development?

15:20 - 15:40

Smart Budapest award ceremony

15:40 - 17:00

Networking at the rooftop terrace

About last
year’s Forum

We believe that knowledge in the 21st century never belongs to anyone, but always to networks, connections, always in cooperation. The first step on the road to progress starts with open-mindedness, when we do not take it as an attack when someone asks a question or criticises us. At the last Smart Budapest Forum, many questions were asked to raise the profile of data-driven city governance in Budapest.


Address: 1051 Budapest, Nádor utca 15. CEU auditórium

By public transport

  • By tram: 2, 2B, 2M to the Széchenyi tér stop
  • By bus: 15, 115 to the Zrínyi utca stop
  • By subway: Take metro lines 1, 2, 3 to the Deák Ferenc tér stop

By car

Parking available in the Vörösmarty garage (Vörösmarty tér 1.), Bank Center underground garage (Szabadság tér 7.)


About us

Budapest Enterprise Agency was founded in 1993 by the Budapest Municipality. From the very beginning, our goal has been to help Budapest located businesses – primarily micro, small and medium-sized businesses, as well as startups – in order to develop the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Budapest and strengthen domestic innovation. Budapest Enterprise Agency is the face of the capital towards businesses and the voice of businesses in the large-scale operation of the city.


Márton Áncsán

project manager

Dávid Pelek

communication project coordinator

András Lázók

project manager