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:
- Governance Roles
- UN Goals
- Lessons Learned
- 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.
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.