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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. The cities in the Asia Pacific have made significant strides in the Smart Cities arena leveraging technology and realigning with the needs and expectations of citizens and residents.

To recognize outstanding Smart Cities projects, IDC is launching its 6th Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA). These 2020 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.

For 5 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

Award Categories

The 2020 IDC Smart City Asia/Pacific Awards will recognize the top Smart City initiatives in Asia/Pacific excluding Japan in 14 categories: Administration; Civic Engagement; Digital Equity and Accessibility; Economic Development, Tourism, Arts, Libraries, Culture, Open Spaces Development; Education; Public Health and Social Services; Public Safety- Disaster Response/ Emergency Management; Public Safety- Smart Policing; Smart Buildings/ Smart Tech Parks; Smart Water; Sustainable Infrastructure; Transportation - Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, Public Transit, Ride-Hailing/Ride-Sharing; Transportation – Transport Infrastructure; and Urban Planning and Land Use.


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 - Disaster Response / Emergency Management

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 - Smart 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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2019 Winners

Get to know last year’s 17 IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards Winners across the 12 Smart City Functional Categories.

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How to Nominate?

Nominations for IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards 2020 will be open to the public sector and vendor-nominated public projects.

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Deadline for Submission of Nominations

IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards 2020 Call for Entries will be accepting nominations until 14th February 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I nominate my project for IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards 2020?

Yes, IDC invites any organization, city project or initiative including municipality itself, state or provincial agencies, or solutions providers. In case you would like to nominate your smart city project, contact us at


For questions regarding the IDC Smart Cities Asia Pacific Awards, please contact Gerald Wang, Head of IDC Asia Pacific Government Insights, at

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