16 cities chosen for IBM's Smarter Cities Challenge 2014

Wed, 2014-03-26 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

Teams of IBM experts will be traveling around the world to work closely with city leaders and deliver recommendations on how to make their cities smarter and more effective. IBM, a Council Global Partner, selected 16 cities as this year's Smarter Cities Challenge recipients.

IBM will work with the municipalities on projects such as these:  

    • Improving transportation options by connecting roads, bike paths, sidewalks and rails 
    • Protecting the environment with better water quality 
    • Collecting revenue, lowering costs and managing budgets more efficiently 
    • Leveraging local industries and natural resources for tourism and economic development 
    • Making more nutritious and affordable food available in urban neighborhoods 
    • Harnessing the sun and converting waste products into electrical energy 
    • Preserving public safety during dangerous weather and man-made events 
    • Decreasing high crime impacts in blighted neighborhoods 

Below are the cities selected and the challenges IBMers are going to help them solve this year, followed by a video with Syracuse, N.Y. Mayor Stephanie Miner, who explains what her city's 2011 IBM grant made possible. And you can read more about IBM's work with cities around the world here.

    • Abuja, Nigeria – administration
    • Ballarat, Australia – water, energy, environment
    • Baton Rouge, Louisiana – transportation
    • Birmingham, Alabama – economic development, social services
    • Brussels, Belgium – transportation
    • Dallas, Texas – public safety
    • Dublin, Ireland – water, energy, environment
    • Durban, South Africa – economic development
    • Jinan, China – environment, economic development
    • Mombasa County, Kenya – administration
    • Niigata, Japan – transportation
    • Perth, Australia – water, energy, environment
    • Suffolk County, New York – water, energy, environment
    • Tainan, Taiwan – transportation
    • Vilnius, Lithuania – transportation
    • Zapopan, Mexico – economic development