|12 February 2017|

Urban centres worldwide are being invited to take the Smarter Cities Challenge and improve the lives of citizens.

IBM’s annual challenge is seeking proposals from city leaders that could benefit greatly from IBM’s problem solving assistance and innovative technology, such as data analytics, cloud computing, cognitive computing, and comprehensive weather data.

Around half a dozen of IBM’s most talented employees work with the winning locations, studying the local challenges to develop tailored support, which could include: strategic recommendations, data-driven tools, implementation roadmaps and workshops, and staff training.

“Cities around the world are under enormous, daily pressure to tackle growing challenges with ever more limited resources,” said Jennifer Crozier, IBM’s vice president of Global Citizenship Initiatives. “Often, they lack access to the most innovative technology solutions and insights that could be applied to solve those problems and improve services. We look forward to sharing IBM’s data and analytics and cognitive computing expertise to help make meaningful and lasting improvements.”

Since its inception six years ago, IBM’s city engagements – valued at USD $500,000 – have provided the equivalent of over USD $65 million in pro bono technology and consulting services.

To be considered, leaders of cities or regional governments must submit brief statements of interest to IBM by February 24, 2017.