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31 May 2017

Tech4ED Named as Finalist in IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA) 2017

IDC SCAPA Public Voting for the Best AP Smart City Projects Opens May 31st

MANILA, June 1st, 2017 – IDC Government Insights Asia Pacific announced today that Tech4ED has been chosen as one of the finalists in the annual IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA) 2017 under the category of Economic Development. Tech4ED follows in the footsteps of the country’s Project NOAH initiative, which was also chosen as a finalist and ultimately announced as the winner for the category of Public Safety in SCAPA 2016.

The Tech4ED initiative sought to establish Tech4ED Centers nationwide thus offering a one-stop shop to citizens where services like platform usage, digital literacy, internet usage and skills training are available for free. The platform also provides easy online application and processing of government documents, access to eLearning tools and other online resources.

"Tech4ED pushes national digital inclusion through eCenters scattered around the country, helping bridge digital divide, especially in digitally-challenged areas. By addressing digital literacy, Tech4ED advances economic empowerment by engaging not just the youth but also the so-called digital aliens in the country," says Jubert Daniel Alberto, Head of Operations, IDC Philippines.

SCAPA was created to identify, benchmark and publicly vote on the best projects each year across 14 functional smart city strategic domains. It is an intensive six-month process that tracks and evaluates hundreds of smart city initiatives in Asia Pacific. The award categories are Transportation; Public Works; Smart Buildings; Smart Grid; Smart Water; Administration; Economic Development; Land Use and Environmental Management; Permitting, Licensing, Inspection and Zoning; Public Safety; Education; Tourism, Arts, Libraries, Culture, Open Spaces; Connected Health; and Social Services.

Tech4ED is one of 46 smart city projects across Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) that was shortlisted out of over 150 submissions from vendors, local governments and analysts as IDC Government Insights Asia Pacific undertakes the benchmarking of the top smart city projects in the 14 categories highlighted above.

All finalists will compete with other outstanding projects through public voting, IDC internal evaluation and judging from an International Advisory Council. Like 2016, 50% of the criteria for judging will come from public votes while the other half will be based on internal assessment from the IDC Research Team and the Advisory Council. IDC will declare one winner under each smart city strategic domain.

Figure 1. Voting period will commence on 31 May and ends 30 June 2017. The public is encouraged to participate by clicking HERE or by voting through the Smart City Website.

The public is encouraged to participate by voting for the smart city initiatives that have made the biggest impact in their citizen life. Voters will stand a chance to win a Gear VR as one of our 10 lucky voters selected through an electronic raffle draw at the end of public voting.

“As we move into our third year of benchmarking various groundbreaking Smart City projects in Asia Pacific, key discussions around empowering both ICT and line-of-business leadership, information governance and digital economies as well as workable strategic sourcing considerations are noted,” says Gerald Wang, Head of IDC Government and Education Insights Asia/ Pacific. “Ultimately, government organizations, city leaders, and urban planners need to build a robust Smart City ecosystem to attract both foreign direct investments and manpower talents.”

Wang adds, “While the emphasis in the near-term focuses on choosing projects that use the least amount of investment dollars yet generating the largest impact, the long-term sustainability considerations are also critical. To stay ahead of the competition in an ever-changing digital ecosystem, Smart City leaders would need to have a competent strategic foresight and organizational ability to meticulously plan their execution strategy.

For more information on the methodology for the Smart City Asia Pacific Awards, please contact Gerald Wang at gwang@idc.com. For public voting related questions or media queries, please contact Tessa Rago trago@idc.com or Alvin Afuang aafuang@idc.com. Visit the Smart City Website for updates.

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For more information, contact:

Theresa Rago
trago@idc.com
+65 91593053

Alvin Afuang
aafuang@idc.com
+63917 7974586

Gerald Wang
gwang@idc.com
+65 68297742

Jubert Daniel Alberto
jalberto@idc.com
+632 478 7260