IEEE Smart Cities Award Contest

Written by Wei-Jen Lee and Gustavo Giannattasio

The IEEE Smart Cities Award Contest gives the opportunity to showcase the successful projects and attract the attention of municipalities to the IEEE Smart Cities Program. According to OECD criteria, the contest provides different categories for participation. The idea of the contest was presented to the IEEE Smart Cities Steering committee by the Education committee for approval in early 2022. The first edition of the contest was held in 2022, and applications were received from cities/municipalities of all sizes and economic development levels from all continents. Vertical solutions that were completed by March 2022, and in operation by June 2022 are encouraged to enter the contest.

The Scope of the Contest

The objectives of the initiative are to draw the attention of the world community to the IEEE Smart Cities initiatives and technology and promote the collaboration of the IEEE Society partners. The goal of the contest, besides recognizing excellent projects, will enable more opportunities of collaboration among the cities, and strengthen the relationship between the cities and the IEEE Smart Cities professional community.
Projects submission included an application about the scope and purpose, and included a 3 minute video. The submitted projects were evaluated by a jury composed of worldwide recognized experts in Smart Cities and the finalists are recognized at the award ceremony during ISC2 Cyprus 2022.



A subgroup of the organizing committee members and area experts are invited to serve as members of the Jury. All of them are active members of Smart Citied Activities and/or ISC2 conference organizers. The jurors of the contest are listed below:

  • Ing Gustavo Giannattasio, MBA, PMP, IEEE Smart Cities Education Committee Vice-Chair ISC Awards Contest Chair
  • Dr. Wei-Jen Lee, Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, ISC Contest Consultant and Coordinator
  • Dr. Sara Paiva, Vice Chair of the Smart Cites Marketing Committee
  • Dr. Victor Larios, ISC2 Guadalajara Chair, ISC Contest Latin America and Caribbean Liaison
  • Dr.  Dario, Petri ISC2 Trento Chair, ISC Contest Europe Liaison and Expert Consultant
  • Dr. Aaron Deacon, ISC2 Kansas City Chair, ISC Contest US and CANADA Liaison and expert consultant
  • Dr. Xiaojun Wu, ISC2 WUXI Chair, ISC Contest ASIA Liaison and Expert Consultant
  • Dr. Mohamed Essaaidi, ISC CONTEST Africa and Middle East Liaison and Expert Consultant
  • Ing. Gilles Betis, Consultant, Teacher, Smart Cities, Mobility, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Smart Cities Expert Consultant, Chair Founder of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative



The jury evaluated the projects on following criteria:

  1. Vision
  2. Purpose
  3. Governance Roles
  4. UN Goals
  5. Stakeholders
  6. Architecture
  7. Risk/Reward/Benefits
  8. Lessons Learned
  9. Trends and Sustainability

From the original list, 9 finalists were chosen, and 5 projects won the Jury Award.

For a full list of finalists and jury awards, including short videos, click here.


Moving Forward

The lessons learned from this contest provides valuable information for the 2023 Awards Contest team to grant the Smart Cities communities a new opportunity to showcase their successful projects. Please stay tune for the 2023 application announcement (or check back on the contest page) to submit your city/municipalities projects that have successfully leveraged smart city technologies and innovation.

Our appreciation to the dedicated jury members that enabled the project to be completed successfully. The support of Georges Zissis, Chair of the IEEE Smart Cities Community has made this event possible.


This article was edited by Bernard Fong.

To view all articles in this issue, please go to December 2022 eNewsletter. For a downloadable copy, please visit the IEEE Smart Cities Resource Center.

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Wei-Jen Lee is a Fellow of IEEE and received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan., and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas, Arlington. In 1986, he joined the University of Texas at Arlington, where he is currently a professor of the Electrical Engineering Department and the director of the Energy Systems Research Center. He is the President of the IEEE Industry Application Society (IAS), the chair of IEEE TAB (Technical Activity Board) Climate Change Program, co-chair of IEEE Sustainable Development Ad Hoc Committee, member of IEEE Ad Hoc Committee to Coordinate IEEE’s Response to Climate Change (CCIRCC), member of IEEE TAB Hall of Honor Committee, member of Pillar 4 of the Global Power Systems Transformation (G-PST), chair of IEEE Smart Cities Education Committee, member of IEEE Smart Grid Operation and Education Committees, member of United Nations (UN) Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition (CEET), and the project manager of IEEE/NFPA Collaboration on Arc Flash Phenomena Research Project.
Gustavo Giannattasio MBA, PMP received degree from Universidad de la Republica Uruguay and post degree in digital electronics in Eindhoven Holland and is PMP certified by PMI. He is member of Governors of the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management and the IEEE FDC Future Directions, Vice Chair of Education Committee in IEEE Smart Cities. He is invited expert by the International Telecommunication Union in the initiative United for Sustainable Smart Cities U4SSC. He is a member of the standardization groups on Smart Cities P2784 and P3166. He was Editor in chief of the IEEE WILEY Publication Wireless Engineering Body of Knowledge, he is Editor in chief of the IEEE WILEY publication IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Body of knowledge. Mr Giannattasio was member of the Smart Cities Steering Committee for four years since the beginning of the initiative and participated as Technical Program Chair and Tutorial Chair in the Flagship International Smart Cities Conferences ISC2 in Trento Italy, Kansas City USA, Wuxi China, Casablanca Morocco and Paphos Chyprus.

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Past Issues

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