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06 Mar 2019

IDC New Zealand Opens Nominations for the 2019 Smart City Asia Pacific Awards


IDC New Zealand Opens Nominations for the 2019 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

New Zealand, March 7th, 2019 – IDC announced today that it has opened its nominations for the 2019 IDC Smart City Asia/Pacific Awards (SCAPA). Running on its fifth year, SCAPA is IDC’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. IDC is looking for the next best smart city initiatives, that will join the 50 projects awarded in the past four years.

Phase 0 - Public Nominations (March 2019)

Phase 1 - APeJ In Country Analysts Tracking, Inputs and Ranking (March 2019)

Phase 2 - Public Voting (April-May 2019)

Phase 3 - International Advisory Council Voting (May 2019)

Phase 4 - Results Compilation (May 2019)

Phase 5 - Announcement of Winners and Awards (June 2019)

Phase 6 - Report Publications (Nov 2019)

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 2019 IDC Smart City Asia/Pacific Awards will recognize the top Smart City initiatives in Asia/Pacific excluding Japan in 12 categories: Administration; Civic Engagement; Digital Equity and Accessibility; Economic Development, Tourism, Arts, Libraries, Culture, Open Spaces; Education; Public Health and Social Services; Public Safety – Disaster Response/Emergency Management; Public Safety - Smart Policing; Smart Buildings; Smart Water; Sustainable Infrastructure; Transportation – Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, Public Transit, Ride-Hailing/Ride-Sharing; Transportation – Transport Infrastructure; and Urban Planning and Land Use.

Nominate your project now by visiting . Nominations will only be open for three weeks, so make sure to submit your nominations on or before 25 March 2019.

“Recent risks of a global economic slowdown have kept many national, and state or local governments on edge. But to invest in multi-year, multi-billion-dollar city projects, they must. For the Asia Pacific region, IDC created a proprietary SCAPA framework and awards since 2015 to capture the progress of more granular and grassroots-level of smart cities growth. We are proud to be in our 5th annual run to recognize smart city best practices across wide-ranging transformation categories of protecting citizen well-being and effective social welfare programs, safeguarding critical infrastructures and resources, and catalyzing domestic and cross-border socioeconomic growth. Today, IDC is running this award across North America; Western and Central Europe, and Central Asia; and the Middle East and Africa (MEA) regions. We are humbled by the robust interests in our awards programs and projects benchmarking. I look forward to receiving your nominations for 2019," 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.

The judging criteria will be based on IDC analysts’ benchmarking assessment (50%), public/citizen votes (25%) and rating from the IDC International Advisory Council (25%).

All shortlisted smart city projects will be up for public voting, which will be announced later in April 2019 via the IDC Smart City Website, Smart City Facebook Page, and IDC NZ Twitter.

For more information about IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards, visit For queries about the methodology used for the Smart Development Index, or media inquiries, contact Rebecca Baily

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Smart cities and communities

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