Innovation and changeDigital TransformationIDC launches Smart Cities Europe Awards

IDC launches Smart Cities Europe Awards

The search for the top smart city initiative in Europe is on

IDC Government Insights has announced the launch of the first IDC Smart Cities Europe Awards — the search for the top smart city initiative in Europe.

The awards are designed to recognise the progress cities are making in executing smart city projects and provide a forum for sharing best practices to help accelerate the development of smart cities at all levels across the region. Any organisation can nominate a city project or initiative that has been implemented, including the city itself, state or provincial agencies, solutions providers, and other partners.

The deadline for submission is June 1, 2018. To nominate a project or initiative, and to find out more about the awards, click here.

European towns and cities face significant forces for change — urbanisation, collaboration, and the democratisation of public services, to name a few. While bringing many challenges, these forces act as drivers for cities to adopt innovative solutions and redesign business and service delivery models to take a user-centric approach. European cities have been at the forefront of applying technology, data, and original approaches to address the environmental, financial, and social problems that impact communities.

These new awards will seek to highlight best practice examples of urban innovation with a focus on the use of technology (cloud, platforms, analytics, IoT, mobile solutions) and data, unique partnerships, funding models, and/or community involvement. The award categories include:

  • Civic engagement
  • Tourism, arts, libraries, culture, open spaces
  • Urban planning and land use
  • Administration
  • Emergency management
  • Data-driven police and law enforcement
  • Sustainable infrastructure
  • Smart utilities
  • Efficient mobility
  • Connected transport

“European cities face significant challenges, and in response they are becoming increasingly smart. They are adopting innovative technology solutions, redesigning business and service delivery models, and taking a more user-centric approach to address these challenges,” said Chris Pennell, research director in IDC ‘ s Government Insights Europe group. “The Smart City Europe Awards are designed to showcase approaches to these challenges that can be adopted by other communities struggling with similar issues.”

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