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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The 2020 Global Readiness Challenge is the result of many years of hard work including analysis of city needs, challenge design, outreach campaigns and over 45 workshops in North America alone. In this process we learned that face to face interactions at workshops and conferences, while essential in the learning process, failed to accelerate actual project planning.
At the Council’s October Readiness Workshop in Edmonton, CEO Philip Bane witnessed how the city is accelerating progress through better governance. More specifically, through “operationalizing” the lessons and learnings from its first pilots.
All over the world, resiliency is moving to the top of the urban agenda. In response, the Smart Cities Council is partnering with leading organizations and governments to form a global network to accelerate community resilience. Individuals, agencies and organizations who would like access to tools and best practices can register their interest at https://resiliencynetwork.global.
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.
If you’ve read the recent criticisms of Baltimore by Donald Trump, you might be tempted to write the city off. In reality, Baltimore is on the brink of becoming a smart, sustainable city. This article explains, and suggests the lessons other cities can learn from it.
The Philippines Smarter & Sustainable Cities (SSC) Taskforce is partnering with the Smart Cities Council and others to build a national initiative to bring the Council’s Readiness Program to the country’s cities.
Our 2019 North American Smart Cities Readiness Challenge was our biggest yet with more than 100 cities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico participating. Meet our 10 finalists and learn about the inspiring work that they are doing.
The electric vehicle transition has officially reached a milestone of more than 1 million on U.S. roads — and projections are that the second million EVs will be joining them very soon, in just a few years. Is your city prepared?
Clean air is critical for citizens' well-being, but cities can't deliver that by themselves. Learn what steps cities can take to make citizens active participants in efforts to help them stay safe, even when natural disasters can pose air quality problems.
The city of Chicago last year committed to powering public buildings with 100% renewable energy by 2025. Now city officials are calling on private sector building owners to pitch in and do the same.
Spokane, Washington's smart city living lab Urbanova already has noteworthy milestones under its belt. Now, with new partners and resources it's intensifying its efforts to create a smarter, safer city — and a template other cities can use to do the same.
New York City's government is very serious about sharing its data with the public, and it's not just a nod to transparency. The city sees its data as a resource anyone — from teachers and business owners to artists and students — can use to create value and do good things in their communities.
Change, in the form of new technologies and approaches, is leading to a time of incredible opportunity in Louisville. Learn how the 2018 Readiness Challenge winner brought stakeholders together to devise innovative solutions to combat inequality, improve mobility and safety, and boost engagement.
Water and wastewater utilities provide essential services for cities. But like other industries, they've faced an engineering skills shortage for years. Read our story to learn how a community college and its partners are collaborating to better prepare students for water industry careers — and keep students' costs down at the same time.
Seattle is partnering with its most innovative tech companies to solve one of its most pressing issues — one of the worst homeless problems in the country. Learn about its Innovation Advisory Council and why you may want to start your own.
The recently concluded Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley conference was a prime example of cities sharing best practices and experiences in their smart cities efforts. In this Icons of Infrastructure story, cities and technology providers offer their views on several smart cities trends and top issues.
If you haven’t talked to your utilities about your smart cities efforts, you’re missing out on valuable help. And the first Electric Companies Advancing Cities Summit at Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley aims to make that assistance even more valuable. Learn how.
Mass transit can do a lot to help cities serve vulnerable and underserved populations, reduce traffic congestion and pollution and much more. But what does it take to provide an inclusive, affordable transit system people want to use? It's one of the critical topics participants at Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley worked on this week.
The fifth SM@RT URBANATION summit in India brought together more than 1,500 smart cities experts and practitioners to explore the future of cities. Check out the key ideas and some emerging technologies worth noting.
The five winners of the 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge have been announced. Click to read Tech Republic's article on the winners and their smart city plans.
From predictive analytics to sentiment analysis, West Sacramento has been dabbling in smart cities projects. Learn how the city used a Smart Cities Council Readiness Workshop to lay the groundwork for more meaningful day-to-day improvements in the lives of all residents.
The five winners of the 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grants will be announced in March. Click to read Tech Republic coverage of the nine finalists and their smart city plans.
Cities face a unique set of problems — and food security has emerged as one of them. As cities grow, agricultural lands around them shrink. Millions of people don't get enough to eat and many cities have food deserts. A Michigan university and the city of Detroit are working together to do something about it.
Why would a technology company want to build a public high school on its corporate campus? To give students the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in high-tech professions — and help fill a troublesome talent gap. Click to learn more.
How easy does your city make it for people to get information or conduct business digitally? If your answer is “not very,” you’re in danger. Learn what generation Z expects of digital services and how some cities are preparing today.
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.
A more resilient electric grid is at the heart of the smart energy movement, and utilities must collaborate with municipal leaders to leverage investments in smart infrastructure that help cities reach their smart city goals, the chairman of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) said during Smart Cities Week in Washington, D.C. earlier this month.
Opioids (both prescribed and illegal) cause more than 33,000 accidental deaths annually in the U.S. While city medical and social service agencies have committed to finding new ways to treat addiction, it's an extremely difficult task for several reasons. Read on to learn about new approaches, the challenges to implementing them and why data is essential.
The Smart Cities Council and the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) have forged a multi-pronged partnership to encourage smarter, more resilient, sustainable cities.
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.
The application process is open for the 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grants. Government jurisdictions throughout North America are eligible to win a year of mentoring, a custom Readiness Workshop and valuable products and services. Applications are due Nov. 10, 2017. Learn how to apply.
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.
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.
As the number of young people without stable housing grows to crisis levels in many parts of the world, efforts to intervene multiply. Boston public schools will have homeless liaisons. Social Benefit Bonds are funding a pilot in Queensland. Even the private sector is stepping up.
Some streetlights in Spokane, Washington, are already demonstrating the benefits of connected technologies. Beyond energy conservation, learn how they’re helping the city measure its air quality like never before.
The number of car-share users has more than doubled over the past few years, giving commuters new options and cities cleaner air. Learn what motivates commuters and how the data could have long-term benefits.
With other funding sources running dry, tolling — from new bridges and tunnels to express highway lanes — is becoming an increasingly common way to raise cash. But before you plan new tolls, consider these transportation trends first.
Schneider Electric and Microsoft collaborate… Panasonic's new China battery factory… Itron's natural gas upgrade project… Oracle expands cloud service partnerships… Daimler enters U.S. home energy storage market.
Seat Pleasant, Maryland may be a small community, but it's got big smart city plans – and a major league technology partner to help it turn those plans into reality.
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.
Baltimore tool maps food disparities. Hack for LA platform informs food seekers and policymakers. Subsidies wipe out Syracuse food desert. Lawmakers in Tallahassee OK financing pilot. Denver nonprofit runs market/farm.
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.
In a North Carolina county, the intersection of opioid abuse and child abuse and neglect threatens to overwhelm social services. A Florida agency works to protect the identity of kids in foster care from a new threat.
Portlanders to rent out tiny homes in backyards… Enel company pioneers microgrid in NYC complex… Hackney Council will build homes… First Nations housing uses passive technology... Cheap digs for artists in West Philly.
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 ability to quickly act on data is what makes a city smart. Learn about a new platform from Cisco and SAS that will help cities and utilities rapidly and flexibly respond to data from sensors in the field.
Global infrastructure and engineering firm Gannett Fleming has joined the Smart Cities Council as a Lead Partner. The company plans to educate cities on how smart technology can help them reach their sustainability goals.
Middle school and high school students are collaborating with NASA research and development teams to build a global smart city platform. And they're performing extremely well. Read on to learn more.
After a coordinated intake project demonstrated what one homeless advocate describes as "amazing outcomes," Sonoma County is using federal funds to expand the pilot and its Homeless Management Information System.
Public and private sectors leaders are behind an effort to open the Pierce Center for Arts & Technology. They see art as a catalyst to engage at-risk youth and tech training as a way to provide skilled workers firms need.
From a Texas fire department to flood-prone neighborhoods in Tanzania to Cleveland-area hospices, drones are demonstrating they have the potential to do good – a lot of it in fact. Learn about seven compelling examples.
Realtor.com has done the math on a bunch of indicators to come up with its list of the 10 most compassionate cities in America. Is yours on it?
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.
More sustainable and effective crop production can reduce hunger and poverty and make communities stronger. Read about some fascinating new tech-based efforts to optimize agriculture, from India to Western Australia.
Asheville, NC's civic hackers are using data to help their city's vulnerable populations – from working with a homeless coalition to helping the city find jobs and housing for formerly incarcerated people. The Asheville initiatives are part of a national effort to help underserved citizens.
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