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Leaders get ready for the challenge

Cities, counties, states, provinces and regional authorities from the US, Canada and Mexico apply for free technology, services and expert mentoring

The Council wants to help leaders take their cities into the next era
The Council wants to help leaders take their cities into the next era

The Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, has hosted government representatives at a half-day coaching workshop at the organisation’s annual conference Smart Cities Week in Washington DC (SCWDC) which runs this week until 5 October.


Community representatives were paired with smart city experts to learn valuable insights about the benefits of smart technologies, and how a 2018 Readiness Challenge Grant can help make their communities more livable, workable and sustainable.


The Readiness Challenge Grant is open to government jurisdictions across the US, Canada and Mexico, including cities, counties, states, provinces and regional authorities (such as transit, ports).


“In this era of global competition, the smart cities movement is not just a trend, it is a race. A race for jobs and talent. A race for cleaner, safer, more livable cities. A race for financial and environmental sustainability,” explained Jesse Berst, chairman of the Smart Cities Council.


“As other parts of the world move rapidly towards smart infrastructure, we urgently need to bring our cities into the next era.”


The five winning jurisdictions will receive a full year of expert, vendor-neutral mentoring, plus an on-site Readiness Workshop custom-tailored to each community’s needs and priorities. Each will also receive a customised Readiness Roadmap as well as products and services worth hundreds of thousands of dollars from members of the Council such as Qualcomm, Sensus and Itron.


The 2018 Challenge follows a successful competition last year that awarded grants to five US cities: Austin, Indianapolis, Miami, Orlando and Philadelphia.


Austin’s Readiness Workshop significantly helped the city and its regional stakeholders to shape key strategies on issues ranging from open data to public private partnerships and from smart affordable housing to digital civic engagement. And Philadelphia’s upcoming Readiness Workshop will help launch and enhance civic engagement for their Roadmap process, informing smart cities projects and investment priorities for the next several years.


​The five 2018 Readiness Challenge Grant winners will be announced at an awards reception 23 January, 2018, the evening before the US Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington, DC. The deadline to apply is 10 November 2017.


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