Smarter Cities Mayors

Reflections on a Smarter City: Memphis, USA

IBM is announcing the next round of winners of its Smarter Cities Challenge grants today, and, as mayor of a city that received one of these great pro bono consulting engagements just last year, I can speak from experience when congratulating the cities of Busan, Korea; Palermo, Italy; San Isidro, Argentina; San Jose, USA; and […]

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Driving Economic Development in Portugal’s Algarve Region

(Versão em português abaixo) We are still living in difficult times. Governments, municipalities, businesses and families have been going through strong financial constraints, causing development delays in the so called “intelligent territories” — areas using ICT (information and communications technology) to help drive economic development. But we have capitalized on these circumstances to create opportunities […]

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Helping Surrey, BC Strengthen Early Childhood Development

In 2012, Early Childhood Development work in Surrey, British Columbia had cross-sectorial collaborative leadership established, a range of programs and services offered, a growing amount of resources invested, and a range of data and plans, yet 32 percent of Surrey’s kindergarten-aged children were assessed as developmentally vulnerable. This is only one of the many reasons […]

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IBM and HSBC Advise Dublin on Solar Energy Transformation

Dublin City Council has had a long and productive relationship with IBM, including working on innovative projects with the IBM Research Team in Dublin, and we welcomed the opportunity to enter the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge. We were delighted to be selected for the 2014 award. Our chosen topic was the potential for solar power […]

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IBM Smarter Cities Challenge: A Shared Passion for Pyeongchang County’s Success

We were both excited and anxious to greet IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge (SCC) team. The hectic work schedule lasted three weeks and came to an end on April 23. The SCC grant program is designed to make the planet smarter, by providing cities and regions with recommendations to address their challenges based on analyses and […]

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Smarter Perth: A Vision in Action

Perth – Australia’s most westerly capital city – is known for its sunshine, its natural beauty and its relaxed pace. With an estimated population of a little over 1.97 million, Perth is Australia’s fourth most populous region and is growing rapidly. And that growth requires a strong and considered strategy for city development. To ensure […]

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Washoe County, Nevada Approves “Smarter Region” Recommendations

Cities around the world face issues that are unique to urban environments, but just as often, it takes a broader approach to solve them. Less than one year after Reno, Nevada (United States) received an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant, the city assembled 11 local and regional agencies to agree on an action plan to […]

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Data Analytics Enables a Smarter Syracuse

It’s no secret that in today’s economy city governments have to make the best of limited resources. The good news is that they have a powerful tool already at their disposal – one they’ve been gathering for years. That tool is data. As we congratulate the next group of cities and regions around the world […]

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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 […]

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Smarter Cities Challenge: Revitalizing Reno

With more than 300 sunny days a year, world-class ski resorts and golf courses, a diverse arts and cultural community, and an endless array of outdoor recreation and entertainment, Reno-Tahoe has it all. We have a chain of high-peaked mountains that surround the region in every direction. We’ve got high desert hills and low valleys covered […]

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Eindhoven: A Smarter City by Design

The Dutch City of Eindhoven may not be known to each reader of this blog, but the southern city in The Netherlands offers great potential. Not only for tourists – The New York Times recently tipped Eindhoven as an interesting destination for American tourists – but certainly as a Smarter City. The city is widely […]

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Ensuring Tucson’s Water Future

For thousands of years, people living in the Sonoran Desert Valley have valued water. In the last century, as the Tucson region population has grown to nearly one million, the City of Tucson and our Tucson Water Department have continually championed innovation, public education and conservation to ensure that we use our water wisely. Now […]

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The Making of a Smarter Geraldton

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Geraldton, Australia? Our city of 40,000 is located 400 kilometres (249 miles) from Perth, itself regarded as “the most isolated city in the world.” We may be “far away,” but Geraldton is rich with natural resources and strategically placed to become an emerging […]

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Using Big Data to Enable a Smarter Porto Alegre

(Versão em Português do Brasil abaixo) Porto Alegre is a world leader in participatory democracy. The capital of Rio Grande do Sul – the southernmost state of Brazil – Porto Alegre was founded by the Portuguese Azores in 1772, and now has 1.4 million inhabitants from all over the world. Multicultural by nature, the city […]

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Mayors for a Smarter Planet: Philadelphia’s Michael Nutter

In the aftermath of the global financial crisis and the recovery from the worst American recession since the Great Depression, government leaders have learned that they need to do more, like make improvements to infrastructure, basic services and governmental programs, but with shrinking resources. Municipal governments have the greatest direct impact on the lives of […]

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