WORLD SMART CITY AWARDS

Discover last year's winning projects, cities and individuals

The annual World Smart City Awards is a prestigious international competition that seeks to recognize pioneering projects, ideas and strategies making cities around the world more livable, sustainable, and economically viable.

After another highly competitive process, with a record-breaking 411 entries sent in from 63 countries worldwide, this year’s winners were announced at a gala held during Smart City Expo 2023.

Discover the winning entries below. Congratulations to all!

WORLD SMART CITY AWARDS - 2023 WINNERS

Meet the winners, finalists and their groundbreaking projects for each awards category.

CITY AWARD

Awarded to cities for developed global strategies combining projects, initiatives and policy implementations for their citizens.
Curitiba Sustainable City

Curitiba, Brazil
WINNER

Barranquilla: Solving Development Challenges by Going Green

Barranquilla, Colombia
By successfully integrating climate action into its urban planning, Barranquilla is on a path to becoming Latin America’s first “BiodiverCity,” betting on phased investments in green infrastructure and sustainable solutions aimed at improving the quality of life for its residents.

Smart Alert System

İzmir, Turkey
The smart fire alarm system is a system that transmits real-time information with a low margin of error for the detection and rapid response of fires. In the event of a possible fire, it enables teams to receive notifications quickly and perform detailed image analysis.

Makati City’s IoT Revolution: Empowering the City to Become Better Stewards of Energy & Environment

Makati, Philippines
Makati City is demonstrating the use of IoT devices and solutions not only as a tool in creating data-driven policies but also in creating behavioral transformation among its citizens, empowering them to be responsible stewards of the city’s resources, leading to sustainable and replicable results.

Viver Cascais | Citizen centred service design

Cascais, Portugal
Viver Cascais is a citizen loyalty program that offers advantageous access to a variety of services and activities (such as mobility, health, and culture) through a single sign-in card. Its goal is to enhance the well-being and quality of life for everyone living, studying, or working in Cascais.

Connected for Success: Welcome to Sunderland, City of Smart

Sunderland, United Kingdom
Sunderland City Council & Boldyn Networks are creating the UK’s smartest city, leaving no one & nowhere behind. Advanced wireless technologies are facilitating digital transformation for all. A smart city data platform is harnessing data, creating new insights & real-time management across the city.

CATEGORY

INNOVATION AWARD

Awarded to projects with the potential of contributing to the successful transformation, adaptation or response of our cities to the Covid-19 pandemic or others that may occur in the future.
SPIRE: Smart Post-Industrial Regenerative Ecosystem in Baia Mare (Romania)

European Urban Initiative
WINNER
ECO-HEROES: Socio-Professional Integration of Young People through an Eco-Guide Training

Pikala Bikes, Marrakech, Morocco
WINNER

Digital Trust for Places and Routines: Innovative Global Standard to Navigate Digital Infrastructure

Helpful Places, Toronto, Canada
Digital Trust for Places and Routines (DTPR), is an open-source communication standard designed to increase transparency, legibility and accountability for digital technology in public places, that is helping foster trust in smart cities tech in North America, France and Australia.

Smart D8 – A Smart District Approach to Citizen Health and Wellbeing in Dublin 8

Dublin, Ireland
Smart D8 is a smart district and demonstrator to solve health and wellbeing challenges with citizens and service providers in Dublin, Ireland's capital city. Cross-sector partnerships create innovation access for prospective health and wellbeing impacts in local populations, to internationally scale.

Public Innovation Governance Model for Bogotá

Laboratorio de Innovación Pública de Bogotá- iBO, Colombia
The problem: The need to articulate and integrate the various actors of the public innovation ecosystem of Bogotá to meet the common objectives of the city. Is relevant because it promotes collaboration, transparency and responsibility in a public innovation ecosystem.

Tetratinu Limited

Lagos, Nigeria
Our solution is focused on building resilient and sustainable communities through tackling the issue of social security, general security and emergencies and ensuring that residents within communities can feel safe and protected to thrive.

CATEGORY

LEADERSHIP AWARD

Awarded to exemplary living individuals who have made significant contributions to advancing smart cities projects worldwide during the last 10 years.
Anna Lisa Boni

Former General Secretary of EUROCITIES and Deputy Mayor of Bologna, Italy
WINNER
Claudio Orrego

Governor of the Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
WINNER

PROJECT AWARDS

These prizes highlight innovative projects making waves within the sectors covered by our main tracks.

CATEGORY

ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES AWARD

Awarded to the most innovative and successful projects being implemented and developed in the fields of data and technology.
AI & Insight Enabled Urban Services - Social Value through Data

Tampere, Finland
WINNER

Human Centric AI Transformation for Smart City Citizen Health Care Service - Kaohsiung Health 3.0

Kaohsiung City Government
WHO proposed community care in 1978, emphasizing primary health care for universal health coverage. Kaohsiung Healthcare shifted from conventional to digital approaches, employing IoT to unify devices, connecting data with medical facilities, and utilizing AI-driven models for diverse care services.

Digital Twins for Monitoring and Controlling the Status of the UNESCO-Protected Palaces of Genoa

Libelium, Zaragoza, Spain
Innovative platform to improve the management of historic building conservation via digital twins, IoT sensors and remote sensing technologies for environmental monitoring. Bridges past and future while addressing climate impact.

CATEGORY

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT AWARD

Awarded to the most innovative and successful projects being implemented and developed in relating to urban environments.
Beyond Raw Metrics: Measuring Citizens' Perception of Urban Heat

Bordeaux Métropole, France
WINNER

Society for the Promotion of Initiatives in Sustainable Development and Welfare (SOPISDEW)

Bamenda, Cameroon
The project is also supporting the integration of beneficiaries through the organization of an urban regenerative farmer cooperative led by the IDPs. The cooperative supports land use advocacy for IDPs, collective marketing of agricultural produce and exchange between IDPs in the City of Bamenda.

Smart Irrigation Management for Parks and Cool Towns (SIMPaCT)

Transport for NSW, Australia
SIMPaCT is Australia’s largest smart green infrastructure project. It uses a digital twin and machine learning to manage irrigation to maximise cooling. Air in the pilot park, spanning 42ha, is now up to 7°C cooler than its surrounds, improving the resilience, health and comfort of the community.

CATEGORY

MOBILITY AWARD

Awarded to the most innovative and successful projects being implemented and developed in the field of mobility.
Bicycle Tram

Konya Metropolitan Municipality, Meram, Turkey
WINNER

Bruntor Cargo Kick-Scooter

Ikskile, Latvia
Bruntor Cargo: Electric 4-wheel kick scooter with modular cargo space for faster urban deliveries. The cost-effective and inclusive solution helps reduce the physical load of employees and increase productivity.

Deployment of a Carpooling Network for Daily Trips Integrated with Public Transport: Lyon Case Study

Karos Mobility, Paris, France
In March 2023, the Lyon metropolitan area launched its short-distance carpooling service operated by Karos. The project aims at providing a customised solution to the city and implementing Karos playbook to build efficiently a carpooling network for daily commuting in partnership with the employers.

CATEGORY

GOVERNANCE & ECONOMY AWARD

Awarded to the most innovative and successful projects being implemented and developed in the fields of governance and finance.
US Mayoral Roundtable

USA
WINNER

Let's Think Up Lublin Together! – How to Involve Citizens in the Process of Co-Creating the City?

Lublin City Office, Poland
The central concept of the building the Lublin 2030 Strategy was involving city stakeholders in the decision-making process and thus giving them the power and responsibility for the future of the city, at the same time assigning them the role of real co-creators of the concept of city development.

BA Climate Action

City Government of Buenos Aires, Argentina
BA Climate Action fosters dialogue between different sectors of society and the government through the data published on environmental management in clean energy, sustainable mobility, integrated waste management, and green jobs, in order to involve citizens in climate actions.

CATEGORY

LIVING & INCLUSION AWARD

Awarded to the most innovative and successful projects being implemented and developed in relation to inclusive and sharing cities.
Bereikbaar Breda Applicatie

Breda, Netherlands
WINNER

Chase a Better Tomorrow

Kigali, Republic of Rwanda
The proposed project aims to provide comprehensive support and empowerment to single teenage mothers in Rwanda. It recognizes the unique challenges faced by these young women, particularly in terms of healthcare, education, and social integration.

Digital "Two Mountains" Theory

Anji County, China
Adopting the Digital "Two Mountains" theory to create the most beautiful county and practicing the green smart "Anji Model".

CATEGORY

INFRASTRUCTURE & BUILDING AWARD

A'amer: Elevating Urban Living Through Integrated Citywide Services and Facility Management

Saudi Aramco Dhahran Smart City, Saudi Arabia
WINNER

Growing Together

Kitchener, Canada
Growing Together tackles complex issues of growth and intensification by co-creating realistic growth scenarios using a 3D printed model. This model is integrated with a smart digital model, transforming community input into data, enabling the City to turn community feedback into measurable results.

Experiencing the Future First, Busan Eco Delta Smart Village

Korea Water Resources Corporation, Deajeon, Republic of Korea
Smart Village is a demonstration complex where you can see future life and new technologies that will be implemented in Busan Eco Delta Smart City, a national pilot complex. Citizens actually live in the complex, directly use various smart technologies and provide feedback can do.

CATEGORY

SAFETY & RESILIENCE AWARD

Awarded to the most innovative and successful projects being implemented and developed in relation to urban safety and security.
Seamless Urban Resilience for Everyone, Everywhere and Everytime

Gangnam-gu Office, Republic of Korea
WINNER

Bangalore Safe City Project: Securing a City of 13+ Million Lives Using Video AI

Awiros (Awidit Systems Pvt. Ltd.), Gurugram, India
Largest AI based Video Analytics in India covering 5500 cameras for ensuring citizen safety through a collection of multiple AI applications.

Citymesh - Saving Lives through Innovation

Oostkamp, Belgium
With SENSE, a network of 70 Safety Drones is built to support the emergency services. Police and fire stations across Belgium will use a Drones-in-a-Box solution to gather critical information, so emergency services get a lot more info on the situation and can thus make better and faster decisions.

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Curitiba Sustainable City

Curitiba, Brazil
Curitiba is facing urban challenges with a sustainable approach to smart urban planning, socioeconomic growth and environmental sustainability. The city is prepared for the future while taking care of its present, building a smart and sustainable city that enhances the quality of life for citizens.

SPIRE: Smart Post-Industrial Regenerative Ecosystem in Baia Mare (Romania)

European Urban Initiative
SPIRE renatures urban polluted soil with a Nature-based Solution monitored through an iGIS smart system. The Local Action Network and the Mentoring Programme co-create green spaces and bio-based businesses; and the iLEU, a digital token, provoke an environmental behavioural shift among citizens.

ECO-HEROES: Socio-Professional Integration of Young People through an Eco-Guide Training

Pikala Bikes, Marrakech, Morocco
ECO-HEROES is a vocational training preparing youngsters to seize the opportunities of ecotourism in the city. Our innovative pedagogical approach as well as the long-standing experience of Pikala in the field guarantees young Moroccans to become certified eco-guides in Marrakech.

AI & Insight Enabled Urban Services - Social Value through Data

Tampere, Finland
Tampere is developing an urban-social digital twin, harnessing its Data & Insights platform to make data-driven decision making for purposeful urban services. It has enabled Tampere to accelerate innovation for a more livable, sustainable and connected city.

Beyond Raw Metrics: Measuring Citizens' Perception of Urban Heat

Bordeaux Métropole, France
As a consequence of global warming, the temperatures recorded in Bordeaux are often among the highest in France. The project has created tools to get reliable indicators not only on the temperatures but also on the sensations felt, on the subjective thermal comfort of the inhabitants.

Bicycle Tram

Konya Metropolitan Municipality, Meram, Turkey
This project involves restoring old trams and making them available exclusively for cyclists, with the aim of increasing bicycle awareness in the city and developing a new transportation model for cyclists.

US Mayoral Roundtable

USA
The U.S. Roundtable, LLC stands as a global leader in melding technological ingenuity with transformative public policy. Our mission is clear: to spearhead a digital transformation that not only modernizes cities but also enriches lives, paying special attention to underserved communities through a human-centric approach. Join us to shape the city of tomorrow, today.

Bereikbaar Breda Applicatie

Breda, Netherlands
In the Netherlands 2.5 million people are reluctant to enter the city centre and festivals, due to physical or mental issues. With relevant info for a visit, presented on the website of the venue we make it easier for them to participate.

A'amer: Elevating Urban Living Through Integrated Citywide Services and Facility Management

Saudi Aramco Dhahran Smart City, Saudi Arabia
A’amer is a platform that seamlessly integrates the power of IoT and AI to transform the way cities manage their facilities and services. It automates infrastructure and building operations while enhancing citizen experiences. The result; a sustainable, efficient, and connected urban environment.

Seamless Urban Resilience for Everyone, Everywhere and Everytime

Gangnam-gu Office, Republic of Korea
Gangnam district actively promotes tailored support policy for marginalized groups in blind spots of welfare, ensuring all residents envision a happy, safe future. By bolstering social safety nets, it aims to proactively address crises and build a resilient city where everyone is protected.

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