IEEE Smart Cities Contest Awards 2023

Written by Gustavo Giannattasio

Following the success of 2022’s Smart Cities Contest, IEEE Smart Cities has published the call for proposals for the 2023 Awards Contest. This year’s contest follows the same rules and objectives as the 2022 event. Through the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative, IEEE experts will work with local government leaders and city planners around the world to explore issues and address what’s needed to prepare for ever-increasing urban population growth, including engaging and interacting with local inhabitants to increase awareness of their urban environment, leading to the formation of smart cities.

The IEEE Smart Cities Initiative is designed for municipalities in developed and developing countries that are already in the process of planning and preparing for an increase in urban residents
IEEE Smart Cities brings together IEEE’s broad array of technical societies and organizations to advance the state of the art for smart city technologies for the benefit of society and to set the global standard in this regard by serving as a neutral broker of information amongst industry, academic, and government stakeholders.

The missions of the IEEE Smart Cities are:

  1. To be recognized as the authoritative voice and leading source of credible technical information and educational content within the scope of smart cities identified below.
  2. To facilitate and promote both the collaborative and individual work of its Member Societies regarding smart city technology.

Scope - IEEE Smart Cities identifies and further develops technical best practices across the following functional and application domains within the context of urban infrastructure systems. These domains and the elements within them comprise the smart city framework which will be used to guide the Smart Cities technical activities. This framework may be expanded and refined as deemed necessary by the steering committee.

To learn more about the IEEE Smart Cities read about the Mission, Functional Domains, and Smart Cities Applications.

There are 8 IEEE Partner Organizational Units. All members of the groups noted below receive complimentary access to IEEE Smart Cities material in the Smart Cities Resource Center.

  1. IEEE Communications Society - Join IEEE ComSoc
  2. IEEE Control Systems Society - Join IEEE CSS
  3. IEEE Industry Applications Society - Join IEEE IAS
  4. IEEE Power & Energy Society - Join IEEE PES
  5. IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society - Join IEEE SMCS
  6. IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society - Join IEEE ITSS
  7. Council on Electronic Automation Design - Join CEDA
  8. Council on RFID - Join CRFID

The IEEE Smart Cities Steering Committee decided to call for an Awards Ceremony on Sept 27, 2022. During the Flagship Conference ISC2 2022 held in Phapos Cyprus, For the Awards 2023, it is planned to have an award session event during ISC2 to be held Sept. 27, 2023, in Bucharest Romania during the ISC2 Conference.


Contest Benefits for the Municipalities

Showcase Visibility

This program aims to give greater visibility to successful smart cities projects. The municipalities submitting their successful project will have the opportunity to communicate worldwide their effort and accomplishments.


It will be an opportunity to network with other Municipalities on a global level to learn and get experience from other successful Smart Cities projects.

Recognition from a Global Organization

Municipalities finalists of the contest will receive the recognition of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative, such a prestigious logo will be available for the finalists to use in their communication and advertising of city events.

Enabling Future Projects

The successful finalists will have the opportunity to justify future activities to their Municipal and National governments with the qualified endorsement of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, a leading professional engineering organization with global coverage.

Promotion in IEEE Smart Cities Activities

IEEE Smart Cities has a repository with information and webinar contents, the finalist Municipalities will have the opportunity to be included in the list of awarded projects in the communication and IEEE newsletter.

The finalists will be announced and awarded recognition given Sept. 27, 2022, during the IEEE International Smart Cities Conference ISC2, Sept. 26-29, 2022 to be held in Cyprus.

The project was developed by the organizing committee from December 2021 to July 2022


ISC Awards Contest 2023 Organizing Committee Members

Committee and Jury members will evaluate Awards Contest 2023 proposals on scope, time, quality, and benefit for the citizens.

List of Committee Members:

  • Ph.D. Georges Sizzis, IEEE Smart Cities Chair and member of the Steering Committee, ISC Contest Sponsor
  • Ing. Gustavo Giannattasio, MBA, PMP, IEEE Smart Cities Education Committee Vice-Chair
  • ISC Awards Contest 2023 Co-Chair
  • Dr. Gilles Betis Teacher, Smart Cities, Mobility, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Smart Cities Expert Consultant, Chair Founder of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative Awards Contest 2023 Co-Chair
  • Dr. Andrea Molinari professor of Trento University ISC awards Contest 2023 Co-Chair 0
  • Ph.D. Wei-Jen Lee, Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, ISC Contest Consultant and Coordinator
  • Abira Altvater and Martina Soliman Marketing IEEE

ISC Awards Contest 2023 Jury Members

Proposals are reviewed and scored by Organizing Committee members according to strict rules and objective criteria.

Ing. Gustavo Giannattasio, MBA, PMP, IEEE Smart Cities Education Committee Vice-Chair


ISC Awards Contest Chair

  • Ph.D. Wei-Jen Lee, Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, ISC Contest Consultant and Coordinator
  • Ph.D. Victor Larios, ISC2 Guadalajara Chair, ISC Contest Latin America and Caribbean Liaison
  • Ph.D. Dario, Petri ISC2 Trento Chair, ISC Contest Europe Liaison and Expert Consultant
  • Ph.D. Aaron Deacon, ISC2 Kansas City Chair, ISC Contest US and CANADA Liaison and expert consultant
  • Ph.D. Xiaojun Wu, ISC2 WUXI Chair, ISC Contest ASIA Liaison and Expert Consultant
  • Ph.D. 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
  • Professor Mohamed Essaaidi Chief of Party of Interactive Digital Center Morocco
  • Dr. Baek Young Choi Professor at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC)
  • Dr. Surekha Deshmukh IEEE IAS/PES Chapter, Pune
  • Dr. Francesco Flammini professor of Computer Science with a focus on Cyber-Physical Systems at Mälardalen University, Sweden
  • MSC Bevely Pasian Institute for the Digital Transformation of Application and Living Domains (IDiAL). Dortmund University
  • Dr. Angelo Ferraro Research Assistant in Electrical Engineering, at the University of South Carolina
  • MSc Ignacio Castillo Professor & Researcher in Telecommunications at Mexico City A. University (UACM),
  • Payman Dehghanian Assistant Professor at The George Washington University - School of Engineering & Applied Science.


Rules of the Contest

Participants need to complete the following information:

  1. Project Identification
    • City or Municipality Name
    • Project name and summary of Project Plan
    • Name, email, and affiliation in the City or Municipality organization of the person that submits the proposal
    • Name, email, and affiliation of Project members that can be consulted
    • Usability of the project and application
    • Characterization of the Municipality or City Examples of cities are given in the paper and summarized in SMART CITIES AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH from OECD
  2. Project Management and Outcome
    • Strategic vision of the project
    • Operational purpose
    • Governance structure, roles, and organization chart
    • Risk identified and solved
    • Economic Sustainability according to UN Sustainability Goals
    • Stakeholder identified and project plan
    • Technological Architecture description
    • Benefits planned for the citizens or organizations
    • Lessons learned
  3. Video

Participants also need to send a 3-minute video with a focus on the presented proposal. Every proposal will be scored by two independent different Jury members to assure transparency. After careful evaluation, the Jury Committee will define the finalists that will receive recognition for their participation in the contest and the great quality of their projects.

In addition, some of the finalists with better scores will be awarded Jury Award recognition. The results are published on the ISC2 Conference Bucharest Romania website a month before the actual date of the Conference.

More details and information on the submission process can be found here.

Last year’s contest awards results can be summarized as follows:


Project Name




Salvador Bahia

Salvador Smart City Master Plan

Emerging Economy



Spalding County

Connectivity Solutions for Spalding County

Developed Economy




Prayagrag Smart City

Emerging Economy




Distributed Energy -Storage

Emerging Economy




Flood Control System

Emerging Economy




Operation and Management of E-Bus

Developed Economy



Coral Gables

Coral Gables Smart District Expansion Project

Developed Economy



Peachtree Corners

City Streets of the Future

Developed Economy




Smart Waste Management & Control System

Emerging Economy




Almaty Data Lake

Emerging Economy




Extended Park

Developed Economy




My Cycle Public Bicycle Sharing Scheme

Developed Economy




3A Chain triple A Blockchain

Developed Economy




Heerlens Heitje

Developed Economy





This article was edited by Bernand Fong.

To view all articles in this issue, please go to May 2023 eNewsletter. For a downloadable copy, please visit the IEEE Smart Cities Resource Center.

Gustavo Giannattasio
Gustavo Giannattasio MBA, PMP graduated in Telecommunications Engineering at UDLAR University Uruguay, MBA at Catholic University Uruguay, PMP Certified. IEEE Technology and Management Society member of the board 2020-2021. Consultant of Industry 4.0 formed by the National Institute of Industrial Technology INTI Argentina. Invited expert to ITU Smart Cities sustainable cities initiative U4SSC. Member of the Editorial Committee of the P2784 Smart Cities Planning and Technology. Member of the IEEE IoT Standardization Committee. Session Chair of the latest 5G World Forum. IEEE Communications Society and Technology Management Society Chapter Uruguay Chair. Technical program Chair and Tutorial Chair of IEEE International Smart Cities Conferences Trento, Wuxi, Casablanca. Past Member of the IEEE Smart Cities steering committee for four years. Former IEEE Region Latin America Director for two years. Former Program Director of PMI Montevideo Chapter for four years.

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