Get to know this year’s IDC Smart City project
winners across 15 Smart City Functional Categories!

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Smart Cities catalyze the digital transformation of urban ecosystems to produce systemic environmental, financial, and social outcomes. Smart Cities are, by definition, focused on using emerging technologies and innovation to make cities more livable, and offer new services and economic opportunities.

In 2022, Asia Pacific Cities will be focused on digitally enabled innovations that will spur socioeconomic activities and bring about a return of investments to transform the 'live, learn, work, and play' dynamics of local communities and urbanized hubs. With each digital investment, privacy and security management are becoming a forefront consideration as city governments seek to safeguard and protect the interests of their investors and constituents.

To recognize outstanding Smart Cities projects, IDC is launching its 8th Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA). These 2022 awards will recognize the progress Asia Pacific municipalities have made and also provide a forum for sharing the best practices to help accelerate Smart City development in the region.

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For 8 years, IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA) is the only IDC analyst-led, peer-reviewed and publicly-assessed Smart Cities award for state and local government projects globally. The goal of creating this award was to generate worldwide awareness to various case studies of rapid urban transformations and high-tech deployments of Asia Pacific cities. This also empowered us to become more insightful advisors to our public sector clients that are seeking outcome-based changes and distinctive innovations for their cities- all possible by creating continual access to foreign direct investments (FDIs) and manpower talents.

IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA) is designed showcase cutting-edge smart city projects by highlighting the strategic context that enables government leaders - from mayors and city managers to council members, CIOs, and innovation officers - to transform their cities through the best application of technology to real strategic operations challenges. Asia Pacific Smart Cities and Communities need to purposefully deliberate and re-evaluate their goals regularly, so that scalable, agile and future-ready solutions are implemented.

Criteria for judging

What’s in It for Winners

Winners will get complimentary access to IDC’s research and advisory services.

  • A three-month subscription to IDC’s IT Executive Program (IEP) and our Asia/Pacific Government Digital Transformation Strategies program. The subscription access gives technology leaders and other Line of Business (LOB) leaders the guidance and confidence to successfully navigate these exciting and challenging times in the digital economy. Your subscription gives you access to all IDC technology reports published on under Continuous Intelligence Services (CIS), which provides a variety of report types to address current and emerging tech trends, key market players’ analysis, benchmarking reports, Best Practices, Strategic planning papers, etc. You can check out the program here:
  • Five (5) analyst inquiry hours with our Public Sector analyst team.

Featured Resources



AI and Digital Twins in Smart Cities

Globally, as of 2020, 55% of people live in cities according to the World Bank and by 2050 that number is estimated to reach 70% of the worldwide population, totaling nearly 7 billion urban inhabitants. With this unprecedented growth, the challenges of making these environments safe, healthy, productive, and thriving have never been more difficult. Learn More!



Executive Brief Smart City Asia/Pacific Awards 2021: Promoting the Best Practices of Local and Regional Governments

The full version of this IDC Perspective showcases 70 selected Smart City projects from the Smart City Asia/Pacific Awards (SCAPA) 2021, which tracks the progress Asia/Pacific (AP) cities and municipalities have made in 14 functional domains of eServices. Learn More!



Guidelines for Successful Government Edge Computing

Edge computing centers on processing and technology actions performed outside of centralized datacenters and closer to the network edges. For government, the term especially refers to systems that serve as intermediaries between connected endpoints and the core IT environment. Learn More!

Award Categories

The 2022 IDC Smart City Asia/Pacific Awards will recognize the top Smart City initiatives in Asia/Pacific excluding Japan in 15 categories.


Recognizing the best projects / initiatives in digital administration including (but not limited to) Smart City platforms, intelligent ERP including the political operations at the legislative layer.

Civic Engagement

Recognizing the best projects / initiatives in civic and community engagement and transparency, including (but not limited to) Open Data, city portals, and 311 services.

Digital Equity and Accessibility

Recognizing the best projects / initiatives in the area of digital equity and accessibility including (but not limited to) technologies for ADA compliance, innovations in accessibility services public Wi-Fi, and other projects focused on underserved communities.

Economic Development, Tourism, Arts, Libraries, Culture, Open Spaces

Recognizing the best projects /initiatives in the area of tourism, arts and culture, libraries, cultural events and open, green spaces including (but not limited to) smart kiosks, interactive events and experiences, connected museums, digital libraries and intelligent event management.


Recognizing the best projects / initiatives in education, including (but not limited to) eLearning and online learning, learning management systems, smart classrooms, and smart campuses for K-12 and higher education.

Public Health and Social Services

Recognizing the best projects / initiatives, including (but not limited to) data-driven and mobile solutions for social services workers, and analytic tools to assess the needs of at-risk populations and ensure they are getting proper care.

Public Safety- Next-Generation Emergency Services

Recognizing the best projects / initiatives for ensuring public safety, including (but not limited to) emergency services such as early warning systems, and 911 systems.

Public Safety- Data-Driven Policing

Recognizing the best projects / initiatives in policing such as real-time crime centers, body worn video, and visual surveillance and analysis.

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About IDC Government Insights

IDC Government Insights assists government policy, program, and IT leaders, as well as the suppliers who serve them, in making more effective technology decisions by providing accurate, timely, and insightful fact-based research and consulting services. Staffed by senior analysts with decades of government and IT industry experience, our global research analyzes and advises on business and technology issues facing the Federal/Central and local/provincial Governments. International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology market. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading technology, media, research, and events company.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many nominations were received this year?

IDC received 330+ applications at this year’s IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards. These projects exemplified best practice examples of urban innovation with a particular focus on the use of technology (cloud, platforms, analytics, IoT, mobile solutions) and data, unique partnerships, funding models and/or community involvement.

How many winners are there this year?

This year’s awards have a total of 22 winners from all over Asia. Learn more about them here.


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Jezamin Abdul Razak

Head of Government Insights, ASEAN

Tessa Rago

VP – Marketing and Customer Success,
IDC Asia Pacific

Ana Clarissa Ilagan

Marketing Specialist - Product and Awards,
IDC Asia Pacific