World Smart City Awards for 2020 now open to applications (deadline Tuesday 15 September)

Smart City Expo World Congress has launched a call for nominations for the 2020 World Smart City Awards. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 15 September 2020.

Since the global pandemic is still impacting daily lives, the Smart City Expo team and Fira de Barcelona have been finding a new way to reconnect all the industry actors and rebuild ecosystems to accelerate a much needed recovery. This year they are transforming their selves into an online event:
Smart City Live, is a one-shot, innovative edition happening digitally on November 17 – 18, 2020, that will maintain the event quality and international scope that they are known for while putting the participants’ safety first.
Smart City Live aims to be the place to collectivize urban power, to increase the strength of cities, to identify business opportunities, to establish partnerships and contribute to enacting common policies. A place to share research, best practices and potential common solutions, achieved through effective collaboration.
The World Smart City Awards (WSCA) will be one of the most important activities of this upcoming event, where pioneering city strategies, projects and ideas will be recognised based on innovation, relevance, impact, scope of implementation, citizen engagement, co-creation, inclusivity, feasibility, replicability, multi-stakeholder collaboration, amongst other aspects.
The WSCA have been established in order to identify cities, projects related to the topics of the event and innovative ideas that are making cities around the world more liveable, sustainable and economically viable, as well as stimulating diversity, inclusion, equity, safety and collaboration, thus enhancing quality of life for all.
Eligibility Criteria
The World Smart City Awards are aimed at both public and private sector, cities, businesses, entrepreneurs, start-ups, digital innovators, developers, research centres, universities, civic techs, civil society representatives, non-governmental organizations, cooperatives, consortiums (public-private) and social activists, with innovative ideas, researches, analyses, studies, visions and solutions for the management and development of cities.
Award Categories
  • Enabling Technologies: 5G, advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, big data, blockchain, business intelligence, city platform, cloud computing platform, computer networking, connectivity, connected devices, cryptocurrencies, critical infrastructures, cybersecurity, data analysis, data-driven, data management, data protection, data visualization, digital modelling, digital trust, disaster recovery, disruptive technologies, distributed architectures, drones, hardware development, information technology, internet of things, interoperability, machine learning, network infrastructure, privacy, robotics, safe cities, security technologies, sensors, service integration, smart contracts, software development, surveillance, telecommunications, virtual reality, Cybersecurity, surveillance, emergency systems, safety engineering, data mining, Information Security Technologies, interoperable secured communications, networks and information security systems, optical sensors, privacy, city sovereignty, digital rights, confidentiality, cryptography, blockchain, biometrics, ontology.
  • Urban Environment: Adaptation, air pollution, alternative resources, cleantech, climate change, connected lighting, data visualization, disaster recovery, emergencies, energy distribution, energy efficiency, energy production, geoinformation, green areas, green districts, greenhouse gas emissions, location intelligence, low-carbon, mitigation, open space, population growth, public space, renewable energy, resilience, retrofitting, risk management, rural grids, smart grids, solar energy, spatial data analytics, strategic planning, street lighting, sustainable development, territorial development, urban design, urban development, urban farming, urban furniture, urban management, urban-rural linkages, urban planning, utilities, waste management, water management, wind energy, zero carbon, Basic infrastructures, disaster recovery, geoinformation, infrastructure development, intelligent building systems, urban planning, utilities, smart grid platforms, sensors, green buildings, sustainable construction, building management, critical infrastructures, energy efficiency, smart ports, public-private cooperation, alternative resources, connected lighting, data visualization, disaster risk reduction, urban management.
  • Mobility: Autonomous driving, connected vehicles, cycling, disruptive models, electric vehicles, fossil-fuel-free streets, freight, integration platforms, intelligent transport systems, last mile, logistics optimization, mobility as service, multimodal transport, new business models, non-motorized mobility, parking, payment systems, pedestrian strategy, policy framework, public transport, railway transport, real-time data, self-driving vehicles, shared transportation, street design, sustainable urban mobility, traffic management, transport hubs, transport integration, transport networks, urban logistics, walkability, zero emission.
  • Governance & Economy: City-to-city cooperation, cooperation platforms, cooperation model, data governance, data maturity, data protection, data sovereignty, digital rights, e-democracy, e-government, engagement, governance models, indicators, intermediate cities, key performance indicators, legislation, metropolitan governance, multilevel governance, multi-stakeholder, open data, open government, performance measurement, policy framework, public procurement, public-private-people partnership, public- private cooperation, public services, public value, regional development, rural development, regulation, service integration, shared value, small cities, standards, transparency, urban-rural linkages, user value, Circular economy, circular cities, accountability, crowdfunding, finance systems, financing tools, funding, development, economic growth, entrepreneurship, transparency, new funding models, investments, collaborative consumption, platform economy, gig economy, regulations, business model innovation, sharing economy, social economy, start-up, supply chain.
  • Living & Inclusion: Affordable housing, ageing population, air pollution, civic tech, closed loop, co-city, cocreation, co-production, collaborative consumption, collaborative economy, commons, culture, design for circularity, digital divide, digital fabrication, digital modelling, distributive by design, diversity, eco-design, education, e-health, e-learning, empowerment, equity, food production, gender balance, women empowerment, gentrification, global migration, green industry, health, inclusive thinking, inclusivity, industrial symbiosis, innovation ecosystems, inequality, job creation, knowledge, living labs, material flow, open innovation, participation, prod-usage, public value, quality of life, refugees, regenerative by design, remanufacturing, resource efficiency, re-use, right to the city, shared value, sharing economy, social economy, social innovation, social services, system thinking, urban agriculture, urban mining, urban regeneration, venture capital, wellbeing, zero waste.
Award Information
The winners will be awarded with the following prizes. All benefits are applicable to the 2021 edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress.
  • City Award: The winner of the 2020 City award will, during the 2021 edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress, have the right to:
    • A free 30 square meters exhibition space in the Expo area with standard stand design pack;
    • 1 speaking slot in the World Congress;
    • Publicity of the award via various communication media.
  • Project Awards in the following topics: Enabling Technologies Award, Urban Environment Award, Mobility Award, Governance & Economy Award, Living & Inclusion Award: The winner of the 2020 Project award in each topic will, during the 2021 edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress, have the right to:
    • 1 speaking slot in the World Congress;
    • 5 congress passes (three-day full pass to the expo and congress sessions);
    • Publicity of the award via various communication media.
  • Covid-19 Innovation Award: The winner of the Covid-19 Innovation Award will, during the 2021 edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress, have the right to:
    • 1 speaking slot in the World Congress;
    • 5 congress passes (three-day full pass to the expo and congress sessions);
    • Publicity of the award via various communication media.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 15 September 2020.

For more information, visit Smart City Expo World Congress.