Smarter Cities Challenge

Making a Difference, Not Just a Living

Written by Stanley S. Litow | July 19, 2016 | Corporate Responsibility, Corporate Service Corps, Data Analytics...

If you know IBM, the scope and depth of the initiatives detailed in our 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report will not surprise you. IBM undertakes actions at scale, and because corporate responsibility is fully integrated with our overall business strategy, our CSR programs are global in reach as they seek to enable fundamental transformations of societal ...read more


Driving Economic Development in Portugal’s Algarve Region

Written by Rogério Bacalhau | October 26, 2015 | Economic Development, Guest Contributors, Smarter Cities Challenge...

(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 ...read more


A Profile in Corporate Citizenship

Written by Marc DeCourcey | October 7, 2015 | Corporate Service Corps, Disaster Relief & Recovery, Economic Development...

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has just bestowed its “Best Corporate Steward” award for large business – the Citizens Award – on IBM. The Chamber Foundation’s Best Corporate Steward award recognizes businesses that serve as powerful forces for good around the world. Companies and chambers of commerce from around the globe compete for Citizens awards ...read more


Helping Surrey, BC Strengthen Early Childhood Development

Written by Linda Hepner | October 1, 2015 | Guest Contributors, Smarter Cities Challenge, Smarter Cities Mayors

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 ...read more


An Innovation Ecosystem Made by All

Written by Thiago Ribeiro | July 28, 2015 | Economic Development, Guest Contributors, Smarter Cities Challenge

(Versão em Português do Brasil abaixo) The city of Porto Alegre is currently experiencing a historic moment with the launch of the POAdigital Portal, an online environment that integrates developers, startups, entrepreneurs, investors, students and IT professionals in order to accelerate and stimulate innovation and local economic development, transforming Porto Alegre into a Digital City. ...read more


Corporate Citizenship and Purpose-Driven Transformation

Written by Stanley S. Litow | July 24, 2015 | Cognitive Computing, Corporate Service Corps, Data Analytics...

IBM’s technology and talent have the power to help transform governments, institutions, communities and the quality of life for people around the world. We work to improve education, revitalize cities, address the challenges of economic growth, respond to disasters, and develop sustainable strategies for energy use and environmental protection. As part of a tradition that dates to the ...read more


IBM and HSBC Advise Dublin on Solar Energy Transformation

Written by Owen Keegan | May 19, 2015 | Economic Development, Environment, Guest Contributors...

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 ...read more


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

Written by Jae-Kook Sim | May 13, 2015 | Economic Development, Guest Contributors, Smarter Cities Challenge...

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 ...read more


Congratulations to the 2015-16 Smarter Cities Challenge winners!

Written by Anne McNeill | May 11, 2015 | Data Analytics, Economic Development, Smarter Cities Challenge

Today IBM announced the 2015-16 Smarter Cities Challenge winning cities, including unveiling a new partnership with Twitter. We had the honor of participating in SCC Pyeongchang County, South Korea in April, all of us returning home just three weeks ago. The experience is still extremely fresh in our minds as we put the final touches ...read more


IBM Expertise Fuels Urban Transformation

Written by Jen Crozier | January 13, 2015 | Data Analytics, Economic Development, Smarter Cities Challenge

IBM is extending the Smarter Cities Challenge global competitive grant program, through which more than 700 of IBM’s top experts have executed pro bono consulting projects to help municipalities and regions improve the quality of life for their residents. Below, IBM Vice President for Global Citizenship Initiatives Jen Crozier reflects on the program’s success and ...read more


Making a Difference: A How-To Guide

Written by Ari Fishkind | December 24, 2014 | Corporate Service Corps, Data Analytics, Economic Development...

Anyone looking for inspiration about how the public, private and not-for-profit sectors can collaborate need not look much further than a new book authored by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Titled A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, this remarkable book describes how individuals and organizations can make a difference in the lives of ...read more


United in the Fight for Urban Communities

Written by Sharmain Matlock-Turner | November 21, 2014 | Economic Development, Guest Contributors, IBM Culture of Service...

The Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC) of Philadelphia recently hosted its annual fundraising event, and I was reminded of the valuable partnerships that are helping us transform the quality of life for our city’s young adults. The UAC’s mission is to “unite government, business, neighborhoods, and individual initiatives to improve the quality of life in the region, ...read more


Creating the College Experience

Written by José Aybar | October 1, 2014 | Economic Development, Guest Contributors, P-TECH...

On Saturday, September 20th, I had the opportunity to meet a special group of new students at Richard J. Daley College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. These students came in on a Saturday to learn about the Daley College community and the resources available to support them on their educational journey. What distinguishes ...read more


Smarter Perth: A Vision in Action

Written by Lisa Scaffidi | September 26, 2014 | Data Analytics, Guest Contributors, Smarter Cities Challenge...

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 ...read more


2013 Corporate Responsibility Report Captures IBM’s Moment of Transformation

Written by Stanley S. Litow | August 7, 2014 | Corporate Service Corps, Data Analytics, Disaster Relief & Recovery...

Cloud computing. Data analytics. Mobile computing. Social business. Evolving individually, any one of these developments would be a disruption in the way individuals, societies and businesses relate to each other. Taken together, Cloud, Big Data, Mobile and Social are affecting nothing less than a global transformation of the way organizations operate. But IBM’s commitment to ...read more