The Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, is inviting applications for cities to apply for the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant.
Five American cities will receive a grant in 2017 to inspire innovation, inclusion and investment in their city. The grant, which will help cities apply smart technologies, is part of the current White House commitment to accelerate the development of smart cities in the US. The application process will close on 31 December 2016.
“Our members and advisors are the world’s leading smart city practitioners,” said Jesse Berst, chairman of the Smart Cities Council. “We are bringing those experts together to help these cities craft action plans that are innovative, inclusive and ’investment-grade.’ And then we are donating products and services worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to jump-start their efforts.”
The Readiness Challenge Grant programme provides a significant contribution of professional services as well as access to best practices from some of the world’s top smart city practitioners and access to the expertise of leading smart cities technology providers in a vendor-neutral setting. It also provides the opportunity to learn from peer cities and gain international visibility on the Council’s website and newsletter.
Winning cities will receive a tailored one-day Readiness Workshop, where Smart Cities Council experts, members and advisors will assist in building or enhancing a smart city roadmap. This will take into account immediate priorities, long-term goals and current use of technologies.
The cities will also benefit from receiving key products and services from Council member companies, including:
An application request can be made at smartcitiescouncil.com/scc-grants-application-request
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