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We have delayed publishing this letter as we have been busy working with cities and our partners during this global crisis. Our teams in ASEAN, Australia, India and North America have been working with cities and other liked minded organizations to do what they can to relieve suffering.
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World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO) and Smart Cities Council (Council) have partnered to improve their mutual engagement with cities globally. The partnership, while using Smart Cities Activator as the foundation, is also based on working together to advance smart city projects by sharing with cities best practices for project development, feasibility, and project financing.
The Chief Data Officer, (CDO), for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Carlos Rivero announced a state-wide survey of cities and counties in Virginia to support development of a statewide data governance policy. Recognizing the critical role of data governance for smart communities, the CDO has partnered with the Center for Innovative Technology and is using Smart Cities Activator, an online collaborative platform provided by the Smart Cities Council.
The Smart Cities Council has named the winners of its annual Smart Cities Readiness Challenge, honoring five communities across North American for ambitious smart cities visions that are impactful, collaborative, inclusive and sustainable. The winning communities are: Baltimore; Edmonton; Montgomery; Racine, WI; and Cleantech San Diego.
The Smart Cities Council – the industry’s largest coalition – opened applications for its 2019 North American Readiness Challenge, an annual program that has so far helped nearly a dozen cities and states advance their smart cities initiatives. The program offers communities interactive workshops, mentoring and digital tools that help them develop their smart cities plans, build community support and strengthen their projects to deliver more widespread and inclusive results.
At the Enterprise Ireland IoT & Smart Cities Forum this week the Smart Cities Council and Tr3Dent announced their agreement to launch Smart Cities Project Activator, a powerful combination of the Smart Cities Council’s widely adopted and successful Readiness Program (RP) and a customized version of Tr3Dent’s Transformation Accelerator Platform.
Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, recognized Insights.US for its contributions to accelerating the innovation economy during the second annual Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley May 7-9 in Santa Clara, CA.
Fairfax County, Virginia – a smart cities leader and a 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge finalist, recently partnered with the Smart Cities Council to host a Readiness Workshop to tackle key challenges using smart technology and processes. The workshop focused on identifying steps the county can take to improve mobility, optimize its street infrastructure and reduce obesity.
Smart Cities Council, the sector’s largest coalition, announced today the winners of its 2018 Readiness Challenge Grants. Birmingham, AL; Cary, NC; Las Vegas, NV; Louisville/Jefferson County, KY; and the Commonwealth of Virginia will receive mentoring as well as tailored products and services to accelerate their smart city initiatives.
Jennifer James, a professional with many years of experience in smart sustainable city development, has joined the Smart Cities Council as global director of the Council's Readiness Program. Click to learn more about her and her new responsibilities with the Council.
The City of Newport News, Virginia, recently hosted a Smart Cities Readiness Workshop to create a strategy to develop smart infrastructure to benefit the region. The workshop was delivered by the Smart Cities Council as part of its Readiness Program, which helps communities craft action plans to further innovation, inclusion and investment.
Smart Cities Council, the sector’s largest coalition, today announced the finalists for its 2018 Readiness Challenge Grants, of which five will be selected in early March to receive mentoring as well as tailored products and services to accelerate their smart city initiatives. Additionally, Puerto Rico will be awarded a special Readiness Challenge Grant to help accelerate its hurricane recovery efforts.
Here are the 10 finalists for this year’s Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grants. Learn about their ambitious visions and the steps they’re already taking to achieve them. Also, hear about our special award to help Puerto Rico recover faster from last year’s devastating hurricane.
The Smart Cities Council, the world's largest smart cities network, will award additional benefits through its 2018 Readiness Challenge Grants to five North American communities looking to accelerate their smart city initiatives.
Smart Cities Council honored innovative start-up companies CommuniThings and LimeBike for their commitment to providing municipalities with effective solutions to manage urban growth during Smart Cities Week, October 3-5 in Washington, D.C.
The Smart Cities Council ‒ the world's largest smart cities network ‒ hosted government representatives today during a half-day coaching workshop at the organization’s annual conference Smart Cities Week.
The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the Smart Cities Council today announced a multi-pronged partnership to encourage smarter, more resilient, sustainable cities. EEI will join the Council as a Global Lead Partner.
Smart infrastructure is the theme for Smart Cities Week 2017, which returns to the nation's capital for the third straight year Oct. 3-5. North America's premier smart cities conference and exhibition will bring together visionary leaders and thinkers from all levels of government to see, hear and be inspired by real-world examples of smart infrastructure solving tough urban challenges.
Cities, counties, states, provinces and regional authorities from anywhere in the U.S., Canada and Mexico can now apply for free technology, services and expert mentoring.
As further evidence of increasing momentum in the smart cities space, six best-in-class companies recently joined the Smart Cities Council to provide expertise in the move to more livable, workable and sustainable cities.
Smart infrastructure is the theme for Smart Cities Week 2017, which returns to the nation's capital for the third straight year Oct. 3-5. North America's premiere smart cities conference and exhibition will bring together visionary leaders and thinkers from all levels of government to see, hear and be inspired by real-world examples of smart infrastructure solving tough urban challenges.
Mayor Joe Hogsett calls it a day of “big ideas and big thoughts” that will ensure Indianapolis continues to progress with passion and innovation throughout the 21st Century.
The Smart Cities Council, the world's largest smart cities network, just announced an important expansion of its landmark Smart Cities Readiness Guide. New material on Digital City Services – services delivered by browser or smartphone ‒ explains why and how cities are “going digital” to gain competitive advantage.
The importance of smart, connected infrastructure in building a more sustainable future was underscored during a full-day Readiness Workshop in Orlando, one of five U.S. cities that won 2017 Smart Cities Council Challenge Grants.
Smart Cities Council gathered inventors and technologists, pioneers and civic leaders in the innovation capital of the world for a preview of what's ahead for the cities of tomorrow and the technologies shaping them.
Smart Cities Council honored two start-ups for their commitment to providing solutions that help municipalities connect more effectively with the business community to spur economic development and innovation.
Semtech Corporation, a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, announced it has joined the Smart Cities Council and is participating in Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley from May 8 – 10.
IBI Group has joined the Smart Cities Council as a North America Lead Partner. A globally integrated design and technology firm, IBI has been at the forefront of designing livable and sustainable urban environments.
Telensa, the global leader in connected street lighting and Smart City applications, today announced that it has joined the Smart Cities Council, the world’s premier consortium of smart city practitioners and experts.
One of five U.S. cities winning Smart Cities Council Challenge Grants, the City of Austin made progress on its pledge to take on tough challenges to improve lives of disadvantaged residents during a Readiness Workshop.
Fybr, which is launching its Smart City Platform in 30 cities worldwide this year, has joined the Smart Cities Council as a North America Associate Partner.
CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, became a Lead Partner of the Smart Cities Council to help transform cities and support the growth of digital technology.
Atlanta, which is at the forefront of smart cities innovation, recently hosted a two-day joint meeting of the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Energy, Water and Waste SuperCluster and smart cities stakeholders.
EY has strengthened its leadership position as an advisor to cities around the world by becoming a global lead partner of the Smart Cities Council.
The City of San Antonio’s Office of Innovation held a full-day Smart Cities Readiness Workshop on March 21 to discuss and develop a roadmap to guide San Antonio to a Smart Cities future.
Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, announced today that Austin, Indianapolis, Miami, Orlando and Philadelphia are the five winners of the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant program. Over 130 cities were involved in the application process. The winning cities will receive a tailored Readiness Workshop during 2017 to develop a roadmap for applying smart technologies to further innovation, inclusion and investment within their cities.
Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, announced today ten finalists for the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant program. Five of these cities – which will be announced on February 8 – will receive tailored Readiness Workshops to develop a roadmap for applying smart technologies to further innovation, inclusion and investment within their cities.
The Smart Cities Council and Joint Venture Silicon Valley announced today that the two organizations will partner on the upcoming State of the Valley conference February 17 in San Jose, CA and Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley May 8-10 in Santa Clara, CA.
Smart Cities Council today announced that it will host a West Coast version of its popular Smart Cities Week conference in Santa Clara on May 8-10, 2017. The new annual conference, which will focus on next-generation technologies, builds on the success of Smart Cities Week Washington, D.C. which brings over 1,400 federal, state and city leaders together with the sector’s leading smart city practitioners every fall.
The State of Illinois’ Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) recently hosted the Smart State Roadmap Workshop, a two-day workshop to pursue becoming the first ‘Smart State’ in the nation. The workshop, delivered by the Smart Cities Council, had more than 50 participants, including the deputy governor, state agency heads, city officials, businesses, universities, national labs and non-profits.
New white paper highlights how local governments are embracing the Internet of Things to deliver real value to citizens.
Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, launched its application for cities to apply for theSmart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant. Five American cities will receive a grant in 2017 to inspire innovation, inclusion and investment in their city.
Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, honored three start-up companies for their commitment to providing municipalities with effective solutions to manage urban growth during Smart Cities Week in Washington, D.C. last month. Placemeter won the Innovation Alley Connectivity Award, while StratIS and OperaSoft were both awarded the Environmental Impact Award.
As the U.S. election season heats up and further attention is focused on key national priorities, the Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, released a policy brief detailing how smart infrastructure investments in cities and towns across America will create jobs and promote greater prosperity for all. The brief will be a point of focus today during a policy event at Smart Cities Week – North America’s premier smart cities conference, convening over 1,500 participants from all levels of government and the private sector in Washington, D.C.
Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, will award five challenge grants to help five American cities apply smart technologies to improve urban livability, workability and sustainability. The grant is in support of the White House’s call to action to accelerate the development of smart cities, which was just announced today.This is the second year that the White House issued a major announcement to kick off Smart Cities Week – North America’s premier smart cities conference, convening over 1,500 participants from all levels of government and the private sector on September 28-29 in Washington, D.C.
Jason Nelson, a seasoned marketing executive with a passion for helping cities and businesses use technology to prosper, has joined the Smart Cities Council as Executive Director for Partner Engagement.
The Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, announced that its landmark Smart Cities Readiness Guide is now available in a web-based format. The Readiness Guide is the world’s leading framework for government leaders to enhance the livability, workability and sustainability of their cities.
The Smart Cities Council launched the latest version of the Smart Cities Readiness Guide® today at its inaugural Smart Cities Week event – North America’s first major smart cities conference and expo. The Guide is the world’s leading framework for government leaders to enhance the livability, workability and sustainability of their cities. To date, the Guide has been downloaded by thousands of city leaders and other stakeholders from around the world.
The Smart Cities Council and Alstom co-hosted an event at the Innovative City conference held in Nice, France on June 24-25 to promote next generation initiatives for smart grid and smart city developments internationally.
The Smart Cities Council today will roll out a roadmap for smart cities at a Smart Cities Readiness Workshop in collaboration with the Dubai Real Estate Institute and Bechtel.
North America will gain its first major smart cities conference and exhibition this fall thanks to the Smart Cities Council, the sector's largest coalition. Smart Cites Week will demonstrate the exponential growth of smart city developments worldwide.
Sponsored by Itron and hosted by the City of Charlotte and Envision Charlotte, the quarterly Smart Cities Council forum will take place on March 23-24 at the UNC Charlotte Center City campus in Uptown Charlotte.
Cisco and the Smart Cities Council polled city leaders in North America on ways to help cities accelerate their smart city initiatives. Released at the Internet of Things World Forum, the survey provides insights from municipal executives on the drivers, challenges and steps being taken to make cities smarter.
BehaviorMatrix, Camgian Microsystems, Imex Systems and Neptune Technology Group join coalition for a smarter, sustainable future.
The Smart Cities Council, an industry coalition to improve the livability, workability and sustainability of the world's cities, just released a new resource to help cities understand the financing options available for technology projects.
The Smart Cities Council, an industry coalition to advance smart city development and innovation, announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind Smart Cities Apps Gallery showcasing smartphone apps created by, and for, cities around the world. This gallery adds to its growing list of hands-on resources for the world’s city leaders and planners.
The Smart Cities Council released version 1.0 of the Smart Cities Council Readiness Guide, the first comprehensive, vendor-neutral smart city handbook for city leaders and planners.
If you're attending the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona next week, join Council members as we launch the first comprehensive, vendor-neutral smart city planning tool for city leaders around the world. It is being unveiled at a smart cities workshop in conjunction with the renowned ESADE Business School’s Institute of Public Governance and Management. The event takes place Nov. 18, the day before the Congress begins.
The Smart Cities Council announces its newest Global Partner, MasterCard. The partnership signifies a turning point in the development of innovative digital transaction processing platforms for city government, businesses and citizens. Click to read the media announcement.
Leaders from top cities across the United States are evaluating the Smart Cities Council Readiness Guide beta version. The Readiness Guide is a how-to manual for building tomorrow’s cities today by enabling cities to self-assess their readiness to innovate.
Cities around the world have a new ally in the fight to achieve prosperity and sustainability. More than a dozen top technology firms — including some of the world's largest — have formed the Smart Cities Council to provide cities with tools and best practices. Click to read the press release.