IEEE, the world's largest professional organization dedicated to
advancing technology for humanity, today announced the IEEE Smart Cities
Initiative. The United Nations predicts a near
doubling of city dwellers by 2050, and municipalities preparing for
an increase in urban residents are invited to apply for consideration to
receive strategic and practical advice from a dedicated team of IEEE
experts, as well as education and training to help them address the huge
demands on land, resources and services associated with expanding urban
"Designing successful and sustainable smart cities requires careful
planning about citizens' energy, water, transportation, communications
and public health and safety," said Gilles Betis, chair of the IEEE
Smart Cities Initiative. "IEEE has cultivated a powerful and talented
brain trust that can assist municipalities in addressing all essential
services that need to be managed in unison, to support the smooth
operation of critical infrastructure while providing a clean, economic
and safe environment for inhabitants to live, work and play."
A municipality selected for the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative will have
the opportunity to work with an IEEE team of insightful experts who will
collaborate with members of the public, private and volunteer sectors to
explore the issues and address what's needed to prepare for
ever-increasing urban population growth. The effort in each selected
municipality will consist of an inaugural workshop,graduate student
support (PhD and Masters), funding to develop content for "MOOCs"
(Massive Open Online Courses), organization of an international
conference on Smart Cities, and access to IEEE Distinguished Lecturers.
Focusing on the particular thematic issued from their on-going
'smartification' process, the selected municipalities will get the
opportunity to join the active community of the 10 cities that IEEE aims
to engage in developed and developing countries through 2016.
Municipalities interested in formally engaging in the IEEE Smart Cities
Initiative can download an application form at http://smartcities.ieee.org.
The deadline to submit completed applications is Friday 16th
May 2014. Successful applicants who meet the criteria will provide
clear, compelling evidence that the municipality is well-positioned to
utilize the resources offered through the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative,
that its evolution into a smart city has the potential to substantially
enhance a city's capacity to act on key issues, and that the city can
demonstrate plans to invest human and financial capital into the project.
Guadalajara, Mexico, was the pilot municipality in the IEEE Smart Cities
Initiative, which launched in October 2013.
"Guadalajara was an ideal candidate for the inaugural pilot and an
excellent model for future projects, as it had already established an
organization called the Ciudad Creativa Digital (CCD) to drive the
transition to a smart city," Mr. Betis said. "This effort is part of a
comprehensive strategy for the revival and regeneration of the historic
For more information on the new IEEE Smart Cities Initiative, including
criteria and how to apply, visit http://smartcities.ieee.org.
Completed applications should be submitted via email to Harold Tepper,
IEEE Future Directions at firstname.lastname@example.org
by the Friday 16th May deadline.
IEEE, a large, global technical professional organization, is dedicated
to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly
cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional
and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice on a wide variety
of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and
telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and
consumer electronics. Learn more at http://www.ieee.org.
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