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06 Mar 2018

IDC Asia/Pacific Opens Nominations for the 2018 Smart City Asia Pacific Awards

IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards features the best practice examples of urban innovation - focused on the use of technology and data, unique partnerships, funding models and/or community involvement

SINGAPORE, March 7th, 2018 – IDC Government Insights announced today that this year’s search for the top smart city initiatives in Asia Pacific is underway. Dubbed as IDC’s Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA), which is now on its fourth year, IDC is looking for the next best smart city initiatives, that will join the 38 projects awarded in the past three years. SCAPA is IDC Asia Pacific’s way of recognizing deserving agencies, private or public organizations that IDC deemed to have excelled across the 12 Smart City functional eService categories using IDC’s Smart City Development Index framework.

Phase 0 - Public Nominations

Phase 1 - APeJ In Country Analysts Tracking, Inputs and Ranking

Phase 2 - Public Voting

Phase 3 - International Advisory Council Voting

Phase 4 - Results Compilation

Phase 5 - Announcement of Winners and Awards

Phase 6 - Report Publications

This framework is a rigorous six-step process that involves input from various stakeholders – the public, IDC analysts’ assessment, and International Advisory Council, will be used to determine this year’s winners. The award categories in 2018 have been streamlined globally with the launching of Smart Cities awards in North America and the MEA regions. The award categories are: Administration; Civic Engagement; Digital Equity and Accessibility; Education; Public Health and Social Services; Public Safety; Smart Buildings; Smart Water; Sustainable Infrastructure; Transportation; Tourism, Arts, Libraries, Culture, Open Spaces; Urban Planning and Land Use.

“SCAPA is designed to recognize the progress Asia Pacific cities have made in executing smart cities projects, as well as provide a forum for sharing best practices to help accelerate smart city development in the region. Since 2006, we have seen government innovations accelerate at a more granular and local level that's increasingly impactful, meaningful and sustainable. These awards, in its coming 4th annual run, seeks to recognize myriad smart city best practices across broad transformation categories of ensuring efficient social welfare and citizen well-being, safeguarding critical infrastructures and national assets, and enabling economic competitiveness and internationalization. Today, IDC is also running this award across North America and the Middle East and Africa (MEA) regions. We are humbled by the intense interests in our awards and benchmarking processes, and look forward to receiving the Asia Pacific nominations for 2018," says Gerald Wang, Head of Public Sector, IDC Asia/Pacific.

Any organization can nominate a city project or initiative that has been implemented, including the municipality itself, state or provincial agencies, solutions providers, and other partners. IDC also encourages vendors working with the public sector to participate in this nomination phase.

Nomination period will be open from 7th – 22nd of March 2018. To nominate a project or initiative, please visit .

Compared to three years ago, this year’s criteria for judging has been revised upon extensive consultations with smart city leaders and planners, as well as IDC’s senior management and adjunct CIOs. In 2018, 50% of the weightage will come from IDC analysts’ benchmarking (up from 25%), and the public votes will account for 25% of the weightage (down from 50%). The weightage from the International Advisory Council remains the same at 25%, as with previous years.

All shortlisted smart city projects for the public voting phase of SCAPA 2018 will be announced later in May 2018 via the IDC Smart City Website, Smart City Facebook Page, and IDC AP Twitter.

For more information about IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards, visit For queries about the methodology used for the Smart Development Index, contact Gerald Wang at For media inquiries, contact Tessa Rago or Alvin Afuang

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Regions Covered

Asia Pacific

Vertical Markets

Government, Smart cities


For more information, contact:

Alvin Afuang
+63917 797 4586

Gerald Wang
+65 68297742

Theresa Rago
+65 9159 3053