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Smarter Cities Challenges and Opportunities for Porto Alegre, Brazil

(Versão em Português do Brasil abaixo)

The participation of the City of Porto Alegre, Brazil in the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge was definitely a milestone for us all in the municipal government. The work done by the IBM executives who participated in the program resulted in a real action plan for our teams, and prompted profound reflection among our managers and leaders. With help from the IBM team, we were not only able to map more precisely a number of initiatives that were already underway in the city, but also were able to discover and develop new approaches to our efforts. Our work with the Smarter Cities Challenge team helped us see more clearly the connection between how we manage Porto Alegre and important global trends.

Mayor Fortunati addresses the Smarter Cities Challenge team

Mayor Fortunati addresses the Smarter Cities Challenge team

Covering aspects such as citizen participation, urban mobility, social interaction and open data, the Smarter Cities Challenge team encouraged us to pursue a number of initiatives. We are in the process of enhancing opportunities for citizen engagement (for which Porto Alegre already is internationally recognized) through programs that are being developed and that we can hopefully announce soon.

I would like to extend my special thanks to Rodrigo Kede Lima, President and General Manager of IBM Brazil, who was instrumental in understanding the importance of Porto Alegre’s legacy of participatory democracy, and putting the IBM team at our disposal. I also want to recognize the important work that the Digital Porto Alegre team is leading to develop open data solutions for our city.

Finally, I’d like to reaffirm the importance of our participation in the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge and thank all who contributed to make it a reality in Porto Alegre. The recognition we have received from IBM has shown us that we are on track as we look forward to the challenges that still lie ahead. We remain committed to continuing to make Porto Alegre a smarter city.

José Fortunati is Mayor of the City of Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Related Resources:

Using Big Data to Enable a Smarter Porto Alegre

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Smarter Cities Challenges e as Oportunidades para Porto Alegre, Brasil

A participação da prefeitura de Porto Alegre no desafio Smarter Cities Challenge da IBM sem dúvida representou um marco para todos nós da administração pública municipal. O trabalho desenvolvido pelos executivos que integraram o programa resultou em um verdadeiro plano de ação para nossas equipes e propôs uma profunda reflexão entre nossos gestores e lideranças. Com a ajuda dos profissionais da IBM, fomos capazes não só de mapear uma série de iniciativas que já estavam em andamento na cidade, mas também nos apontou novas alternativas e novos caminhos a trilhar. O desafio nos demonstrou mais claramente a conexão entre nossa gestão e importantes tendências mundiais.

Mayor Fortunati addresses the Smarter Cities Challenge team

Mayor Fortunati addresses the Smarter Cities Challenge team

Abordando aspectos como participação popular, mobilidade urbana, interação social e abertura de dados, o grupo destacado para Porto Alegre nos estimulou profundamente a tomar uma série de iniciativas. No que diz respeito à participação popular, por exemplo, que constitui uma marca de nossa cidade reconhecida internacionalmente, possuímos programas já em andamento, que estão em desenvolvimento e que esperamos, em breve, anunciar.

Faço aqui um agradecimento especial ao presidente da IBM Brasil, Rodrigo Kede, que foi muito sensível e compreendeu a importância que a democracia participativa tem para a nossa cidade colocando suas equipes à nossa disposição. Lembro também todo o trabalho voltado à abertura de dados, liderado pela equipe do Porto Alegre Digital, que encontra-se em andamento de forma transversal entre as secretarias e que em breve poderá ser apresentado à comunidade porto-alegrense como uma importante conquista.

Por fim, reafirmo a importância de nossa participação no programa e agradeço a todos que contribuiram para torná-lo realidade em nossa cidade. Sem dúvida, o reconhecimento que recebemos da IBM demostrou que estamos no caminho certo e o trabalho dos executivos deixou muito claro o que ainda teremos pela frente. De tudo isso, o que fica é o compromisso de seguir trabalhando com dedicação e seriedade para continuar integrando o seleto grupo das cidades inteligentes.

José Fortunati
Prefeito da cidade de Porto Alegre, Brasil
www.portoalegre.rs.gov.br

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