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Smart 50 Award 2018

Smart 50 Awards

Honoring the 50 most transformative smart projects each year.

Smart 50 Awards, in partnership with Smart Cities Connect, Smart Cities Connect Foundation, and US Ignite, annually recognize global smart cities projects, honoring the most innovative and influential work.

Submissions are Now Closed

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Smart Cities Connect Media and Research
Smart Cities Connect Foundation

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Primary categories include:

Community Engagement

Policy, Funding, Commerce, Inclusion, Governance       

Digital Transformation

Data, AI, Sensors, IoT, Cyber Security, Privacy, Blockchain

Smart Mobility

Transportation, Autonomous, Public Transit, Ride Share

Urban Infrastructure

Networks, 5G, Utilities, Energy, Grid, Lighting, Water/Waste

Urban Operations

Public Safety, Planning, Emergency Response, Sustainability


Strong applicants submitted innovative projects with current or future municipal-scale impact and application. Project clarified their connection with a municipal or municipal-similar partner such as a county, region, campus, installation, base, or facility complex.

Entry fees support city leader travel to Smart Cities Connect events and are managed by Smart Cities Connect foundation, a 501c6 nonprofit. The fee to apply is $300.

Finalists receive one (1) full registration waiver to Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo in Denver, Colorado and (2) gala awards tickets.

Awards Gala

Details subject to change.

April 1, 2019 | Denver, Colorado

Smart 50 Awards

2018 Award Recipients

Community Awards - Community awardees exemplify a groundswell of support from leaders and community members within a municipality, in connection with the project.

  • Ypsilanti Fire Station Solar Installation, Ypsilanti, MI, US
  • Greenville Automated Taxi Shuttles, Greenville, SC, US
  • Citizen Life Awards

  • Understanding Citizens in Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Home Care Services in Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
  • Safety and Happenings in Rio de Janiero, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Energy Awards

  • CITyFiED, RepliCable and InnovaTive Future Efficient Districts and Cities, Laguna de Duero-Valladolid, Spain; Soma, Turkey; Lund, Sweden
  • Smart Cities Through Smart Lighting, Brussels, Belgium
  • Energy Sharing and Cost Savings with OhmConnect, Berkeley, CA, US
  • Smart Pole & Intelligent Street Lighting, Bhopal, India
  • Philadelphia Energy Campaign for Multi-Family Affordable Housing, Philadelphia, PA, US
  • Underground Infrastructure Sensing, Burlington, VT, US; Winooski, VT, US; Chattanooga, TN, US
  • Austin SHINES Project, Austin, TX, US
  • Idaho's First Commercial Zero Net Energy Building, Boise, ID, US
  • Montreal Smart Public Lighting Control Project, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Transforming Household Waste in Austin, Austin, TX, US
  • Wireless IoT Connectivity Platform in San Leandro, San Leandro, CA, US
  • San Francisco International Airport Terminal 1 Redevelopment: View Dynamic Glass, San Francisco, CA, US
  • Air, Noise, and Smart Traffic Monitoring in Ireland, Galway City, Ireland; Limerick, Ireland; Cork, Ireland; Dublin City, Ireland
  • Governance Awards

  • Kansas City Smart City Initiatives, Kansas City, MO, US
  • Bhopal Plus App, Bhopal, India
  • Crime Big Data Analytics from Atlanta Police Department, Atlanta, GA, US
  • PMC Citizen Assistance, Response and Engagement (CARE), Pune, India
  • Homeless Data Sharing in Sacramento, Sacramento, California, US
  • MyRichmond, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
  • Gang and Crime Prevention in St. Louis with Smart Streetlights, St. Ann, MO; St. Charles, MO; St. Louis, MO, US
  • Lake Flood Prevention with Smart Gateway Sensors, Lakeland, FL, US
  • Horizons Awards - Horizon awardees demonstrate foundational and inspiring groundwork for future smart cities projects.

  • Schenectady Smart City Report, Schenectady, NY, US
  • Yucaipa Business Incubator Center, Yucaipa, CA, US
  • Annapolis Renewable Energy Park-Solar Segment Project, Annapolis, MD, US
  • Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan, Chula Vista, CA, US
  • Mobility Awards

  • Turnit BiBo, Tartu, Estonia
  • Marietta TravelSafely App, Marietta, GA, US
  • Solar Assisted Electric Vehicle Charging and Car Share, Chattanooga, TN, US
  • VIA Mobile Ticketing System, San Antonio, TX, US
  • India's First Public Bike Share Program, Bhopal, India
  • Smarter Streets with Video Analytics in Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, US
  • Nation's First Self-Driving Shuttle Pilot in Public Right-of-Way, Las Vegas, NV, US
  • Intelligent Video Analytics in Singapore and at Changi Airport, Singapore
  • Intelligent Transport System (ITS), Bengaluru, India
  • Mobile Application for BMTC Project, Bengaluru, India
  • The Texas Innovation Alliance, Arlington, TX, US
  • oneTRANSPORT Initiative, Watford, England; Oxford, England
  • Electric Drive, Austin, TX, US
  • Vision Zero Project, Las Vegas, NV, US
  • Automated Video Analytics for Improved Mobility in Austin, Austin, TX, US
  • Networks Awards

  • Emergency Internet Bypass Lane Protocol, Rochester, NY, US
  • Campbell River Advantage Network, Campbell River, Canada
  • World's Largest Network of IoT Sensors on City Streetlights, San Diego, CA, US
  • The Ammon Model, Ammon, ID, US
  • Richmond Hill Smart Street Lighting Conversion Project by Ameresco , Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
  • StormSense, Hampton Roads, Virginia, US
  • Array of Things, Chicago, Illinois, US
  • Simulated Smart City, Cary, NC, US

  • Applications are reviewed by members of our global city leader community. Awardees are encouraged to attend the Smart 50 Awards Gala in April 2019 with at least two attendees of the project team.


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