2015 IEEE Smart Cities Call for Applications to Become an IEEE Core Smart City

Gilles Betis, chair of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative


Figure 1Calling all municipalities! We are inviting applications from city planners worldwide to receive funding and support from IEEE experts to host a workshop in their city before the end of 2015. If you are already in the process of planning your smart city for growing urban populations and can demonstrate a comprehensive plan and funding for your evolution effort, you are eligible to apply for one of two places. We will select two cities from the applications we receive by the 31st August 2015 deadline.

IEEE Smart Cities is assisting city planners to design successful and sustainable smart cities. We have 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.

Don’t delay – if you are interested in applying to become an IEEE Core Smart City and host an inaugural workshop in 2015 you can download an application form here:


Submission requirements:

  • A municipality must demonstrate that it already has a comprehensive plan and funds for the smart city evolution effort
  • Local constituencies—municipality, industry, universities, etc.—must agree to involve IEEE in the planning and design of the smart city project
  • Local authorities must be willing to share experiences at an international level
  • A local IEEE Chapter and Section must exist to take local responsibility and support the project for the 2015 workshop – and additional activities in the future
  • A local university or group of universities must be interested in working the smart cities space, and some form of local industry commitment must exist
  • Universities must have a curriculum, as well as Masters and PhD programs, in smart cities or in subject areas related to smart cities
  • Universities have the necessary skills and resources in designing and running Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
  • The necessary infrastructure to organize international conference is available
  • The selected city must be able to plan, arrange and conduct their workshop in 2015 Municipalities selected for the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative will be required to exchange lessons learned and other ideas and information among citizens, elected officials, non- profits, businesses, city planners and IEEE team members, to help all project participants make informed decisions.

The activities that will be conducted by the two selected cities will be divided in two phases:

The first phase, which must be completed before the end of 2015, includes:

  • Organizing and hosting of a kick-off workshop
  • Organizing thematic working groups
  • Producing initial versions of white papers, position papers, and guidelines

Provided IEEE Smart Cities receives the necessary annual funding, a second phase will be validated based on Phase One deliverables, continuing in 2016 and following years. If the funding is approved, activities would include:

  • Producing updated versions and new white papers, position papers, and guidelines · Choosing 10 master students and 2 PhD students to work on selected topics with the working groups
  • Designing and building four MOOCs
  • Organizing and hosting an international IEEE Smart City conference. These events take place every two years.
  • One of the key outcomes of the kick-off workshop will be the presentation of the workplan for working groups, educational activities, knowledge production, building MOOCs, and organizing international conferences. This will be considered as a milestone to continue activities in 2016.

Interested? Then please submit your completed application to us by Monday 31st August 2015.

Successful applications need to 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 http://smartcities.ieee.org.

Completed applications should be submitted via email to Harold Tepper, IEEE Smart Cities Program Director at smartcities-cfi@ieee.org by the Monday 31st August deadline.



Gilles BetisGilles Betis leads the Urban Life and Mobility action line of EIT ICT Labs (http://www.eitictlabs.eu/innovation-areas/urban-life-and-mobility/) and is chair of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative, and member of the French IEEE Section, in Region 8. As an engineer in Thales, during more than 20 years, Gilles has been involved in the design of complex systems in IT transportation systems. Holding positions of product line manager, marketing manager and solution leader, he has been constantly involved with prospective, innovation and product design matters. Through a holistic and systemic approach, he always linked up emerging behaviours and societal needs to innovative technological solutions. Gilles is an Engineer graduated in 1987 from Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité, France.


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