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IBM Names Winners of 2013 Smarter Cities Challenge 

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For year-three of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge, cities around the world once again competed vigorously to benefit from IBM’s talent and expertise. Thirty-one cities have won grants for 2013. Well before the IBM team arrives for its three-week pro bono consulting engagement valued at US$400,000, the IBMers are already hard at work studying the city’s issue.

The winning cities proposed innovative projects and areas of focus for IBM experts. These included strategies that address:

  • Economic and workforce development
  • Social services
  • Sustainability
  • Capital budget planning
  • Urban planning


The top 10 winners of this year’s grant awards are:

  1. Belfast, United Kingdom
  2. Buffalo, USA
  3. Burlington, USA
  4. Cape Town, South Africa
  5. Chennai, India
  6. Christchurch, New Zealand
  7. Copenhagen, Denmark
  8. Date, Japan
  9. Faro, Portugal
  10. Foshan, China

Launched in 2011, the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge is a three-year, 100-city, US$50 million competitive grant program. IBM’s single-largest philanthropic initiative, the program assigns a team of six top IBM experts to each winning city to study a key issue identified by the city’s leadership.

For complete details on the project and the winners, visit www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/39396.wss.

Illustration by renjith krishnan at www.freedigitalphotos.net.

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