Accelerate your smart city progress
The third annual Smart Cities Readiness Challenge has closed for applications. Winners will be announced at Smart Cities Week San Diego in April. Register now.
In the Smart Cities Readiness Challenge, what applicants want to do is more important than what they have done. We're looking for entities that demonstrate a clear vision and an ecosystem of stakeholders and community partners. We’re looking for smart city projects that are cross-cutting, impactful, and inclusive. (See what it takes by reviewing our 2017 and 2018 winners.)
All applicants receive:
- Access to best practices. The application process is almost like a smart cities workshop. Knowledge resources coach you on best practices as you go along.
- Access to the Smart Cities Activator, an online tool to help you plan, manage, and finance your smart city projects.
- Access to other cities to share lessons learned and expand your peer network (begins H1 2019).
- Access to financing to explore alternative business models and financing options (begins H1 2019).
The five winners also receive a full-year Readiness Program, including mentoring, an outcome-oriented Readiness Workshop in their city, a Readiness Roadmap based on their priorities, plus regular progress calls and follow-on workshops. Winners also receive nationwide publicity as a great place to live and work, plus travel scholarships to Smart Cities Week twice per year to continue their learning. To top it off, winners also get access to financiers who can structure public/private partnerships and other forms of alternative financing.