IEEE Smart Cities Initiative to assist city planners in designing successful and sustainable smart cities


PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 6 July 2015 – IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative is inviting applications from municipalities worldwide already in the process of planning smart cities for growing urban populations. Two cities will be selected from submissions received by 31st August to receive funding and support from IEEE experts to host a workshop in their city before the end of 2015.

IEEE Smart Cities has already provided investment to three selected IEEE Core Smart Cities – Guadalajara, Mexico; Trento, Italy; Wuxi, China, which are municipalities that have successfully demonstrated plans to invest human and financial capital into their smart city project. Two additional IEEE Core Smart Cities that are able to demonstrate a comprehensive plan and funds for their smart city evolution effort to join these municipalities will be selected.

A side meeting will be organized during the first International Smart Cities Conference, ISC2 in Guadalajara, taking place 25th–28th October 2015 to help the two selected IEEE Core Smart Cities prepare their kick-off workshops.

“As cities worldwide are affected by changes in population, climate, congestion and more, challenges continue to rise,” said Gilles Betis, chair of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative. “The workshops hosted by IEEE Core Smart Cities focus on these ever-changing factors and the investments needed to fuel sustainable economic development for citizens’ energy, water, transportation, communications and public health and safety.”

Municipalities interested in applying to become an IEEE Core Smart City and host an inaugural workshop in 2015 can download an application form at:

The deadline to submit completed applications is Monday 31st August 2015. Successful submissions will provide clear, compelling evidence that the applicant municipality is well-positioned to utilize the resources offered through the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative, that its evolution into a smart city has the potential to substantially enhance a city's capacity to act on key issues, and that the city can demonstrate plans to invest human and financial capital into the project.

Municipalities not selected in this round will be eligible to become IEEE Affiliated Smart Cities. As a member of a worldwide network of cities, IEEE Affiliated Cities receive several benefits and raise discussion on the smartification topics that are at the heart of the city’s smartification plan.

For more information on the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative, including criteria and how to apply, visit the web site at Completed applications should be submitted via email to Harold Tepper, IEEE Smart Cities Program Director at by the Monday 31st August deadline.


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