The Smart Cities Council – the industry’s largest coalition – opened applications for its 2019 North American Readiness Challenge, an annual program that has so far helped nearly a dozen cities and states advance their smart cities initiatives. The program offers communities interactive workshops, mentoring and digital tools that help them develop their smart cities plans, build community support and strengthen their projects to deliver more widespread and inclusive results.
At the Enterprise Ireland IoT & Smart Cities Forum this week the Smart Cities Council and Tr3Dent announced their agreement to launch Smart Cities Project Activator, a powerful combination of the Smart Cities Council’s widely adopted and successful Readiness Program (RP) and a customized version of Tr3Dent’s Transformation Accelerator Platform.
Cary, one of our 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge winners, last week held its Readiness Workshop. The town already has a clear view of how all the elements of community need to come together. See how it used its workshop to continue those efforts.
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Fairfax County, Virginia – a smart cities leader and a 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge finalist, recently partnered with the Smart Cities Council to host a Readiness Workshop to tackle key challenges using smart technology and processes. The workshop focused on identifying steps the county can take to improve mobility, optimize its street infrastructure and reduce obesity.
Smart Cities Council, the sector’s largest coalition, today announced the finalists for its 2018 Readiness Challenge Grants, of which five will be selected in early March to receive mentoring as well as tailored products and services to accelerate their smart city initiatives. Additionally, Puerto Rico will be awarded a special Readiness Challenge Grant to help accelerate its hurricane recovery efforts.
From managing rising seas to developing strategies to help those who aren’t typically helped by big city projects, the first five Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge winners have made progress over the past year. Here’s what they’re up to.
Tech corporation ZTE is looking to bring Hungary’s technology up to 21st century standards starting with one major upgrade: a 5G network. While small towns like Szentendre near Budapest have toyed with smart city solutions like Smart Parking systems, it’s up to larger metropolises to set the example when it comes to Smart City projects.
The Smart Cities Council, the world's largest smart cities network, will award additional benefits through its 2018 Readiness Challenge Grants to five North American communities looking to accelerate their smart city initiatives.
Below you will find the slides from an October 5, 2017 presentation to the EEI Smart Cities Boot Camp held at EEI headquarters.
The Smart Cities Council ‒ the world's largest smart cities network ‒ hosted government representatives today during a half-day coaching workshop at the organization’s annual conference Smart Cities Week.
The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the Smart Cities Council today announced a multi-pronged partnership to encourage smarter, more resilient, sustainable cities. EEI will join the Council as a Global Lead Partner.
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You can begin the application process by following this link which provides full instructions. The full application is due on Friday, November 10th, 2017, and winners will be announced on January 16th, 2017. A set of FAQs are also available here. We also encourage you to attend a special application session at Smart Cities Week on October 3rd, 2017.
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