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IBM Names Worldwide Recipients of 2012 Smarter Cities Challenge Grants to Improve Urban Life

ARMONK, N.Y., March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today selected 33 cities worldwide to receive IBM Smarter Cities Challenge (#smartercities) grants during 2012.   

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Launched in 2011, this three-year, 100-city US$50 million program, IBM's single-largest philanthropic initiative, funds in-person engagements staffed by teams of top IBM experts, who study and then make detailed recommendations addressing locally important urban issues.

(Go here to read about the experience of one mayor whose city earned an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant in 2011.)

For year-two of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge, cities around the world once again competed vigorously to benefit from IBM's human talent and technology.  The winning cities proposed intriguing projects and areas of focus for IBM experts.  They included initiatives for:

  • Economic and Workforce Development -- attracting a diverse variety of jobs and industries
  • Transportation -- integrating bus, rail, bicycle, car and pedestrian modes of transportation
  • Sustainability -- measuring vehicle miles traveled more precisely to help lower pollution levels
  • Health -- using inhaler and air quality data to identify and reduce asthma outbreaks
  • Education -- applying data analytics to identify the most effective investments for improving an entire school system
  • Urban Planning -- revitalizing and redeveloping older neighborhoods

Following are the cities that earned IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grants in 2012:

Accra, Ghana
Ahmedabad, India
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Birmingham, UK
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Cheongju, Korea
Chonburi, Thailand
Curitiba, Brazil
Da Nang, Vietnam
Dortmund, Germany
Durham, North Carolina, USA
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Geraldton, Australia
Houston, Texas, USA
Ishinomaki, Japan
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Jurong Lake District, Singapore
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Malaga, Spain
Medellin, Colombia
New Taipei City, Taiwan
Nanjing, China
Nairobi, Kenya
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Pune, India
Rabat, Morocco
Rosario, Argentina
Siracusa, Italy
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Tshwane, South Africa
Toluca, Mexico

While the proposed  projects were diverse, a common denominator was the willingness to exchange ideas and data freely between and among citizens, elected officials, non-profits, businesses, and city agencies so cities could make more informed and collaborative decisions. 

To that end, IBM will provide special assistance to each winning city on the use of City Forward (http://www.cityforward.org), a free online site IBM created with public policy experts.  Citizens, elected officials and urban planners can use the site to explore trends and statistics in a visual and accessible way, which can be adapted for the examination of any number of urban issues -- leading to better decision making.

"The cities that have been selected are all different, but they have one clear similarity: the strong personal commitment by the city's leadership to put in place the changes needed to help the city make smarter decisions," said Stanley S. Litow, IBM vice president of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, and President of IBM's Foundation. "These cities demonstrated a desire to set an example for other municipalities, an eagerness to collaborate with multiple stakeholders, and a strong commitment to consider implementing recommendations the city felt would be the most feasible and beneficial to their residents."

Recommendations made by IBM to 24 year-one Smarter Cities Challenge grant recipients in 2011, and to seven pilot cities in 2010, are already making a real impact.  For instance, as a direct result of IBM's work, the following cities have made public policy changes or launched important new initiatives that address longstanding issues.  These include:

For a more in-depth discussion about the successful formulas employed by cities that want to become smarter, please click here.

The need to use new approaches to address civic challenges has never been greater.  In 2008, according to the United Nations, more than half the world's population began living in cities for the first time.  These population centers are more economically powerful, politically influential, and technologically advanced than at any time in history.  But they also struggle with budgetary and operational challenges.

IBM's Smarter Cities Challenge is an outgrowth of IBM's Corporate Service Corps grants program, in which IBM deploys teams of top employees to areas in the developing world to work on projects that intersect business, technology, and society. Since the launch of Corporate Service Corps in 2008, nearly 1,400 IBM employees based in 50 countries have been dispatched on more than 140 team assignments in 24 countries.

The Smarter Cities Challenge is sponsored by IBM's Corporate Citizenship program and IBM's International Foundation. IBM has been a leader in corporate social responsibility and citizenship for more than 100 years.

To learn more about IBM's corporate citizenship initiatives, visit: http://www.citizenibm.com and http://www.youtube.com/user/citizenIBM.  Follow us on Twitter @citizenIBM

To find out more about IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grants, please visit IBM's Smarter Cities Challenge Web site, or watch an overview of our work on YouTube.

Media Contact:
Ari Fishkind
IBM Media Relations
914-499-6420
fishkind@us.ibm.com

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