• The Smart Cities Awards are a unique celebration of the people, projects and organisations that are leading the technical revolution of our cities.

     

    We’re looking for entries that match the category criteria, with the key information and relevant data clearly showcased. Information about how to enter is provided below.

Eligibility

 

Any council, utility, company or organisation may nominate themselves or be nominated for these awards. All entrants are permitted to enter multiple categories and submit multiple nominations in the same category.

The project or innovation in most cases should be completed during FY 2019/20. Any person nominated must be employed by the organisation specified in their entry when the award presentations take place.

Judging criteria

Smart City of the Year – Metropolitan

Awarded to the metropolitan city (over 100,000 residents or in a metropolitan location) showcasing the best use and implementation of technologies and processes to enhance the overall operability and living experience within their city.

 

Judges will look for:

  • Evidence that the council is doing something original/new in regards to the digitisation and interconnection of the city’s infrastructure
  • Evidence that the work the council is undertaking is radically improving existing networks and/or current systems
  • Evidence that the council is implementing digital technology to its full potential
  • Evidence that the digital projects the council is undertaking are cost-effective
  • Evidence of a clear long-term plan or goal for the interconnection of further infrastructure and services
  • Evidence that the lives of residents are being improved as a result of the digitisation/interconnection program

Smart City of the Year – Regional

Awarded to the regional city (under 100,000 residents or in a regional location) showcasing the best use and implementation of technologies and processes to enhance the overall operability and living experience within their city.

 

Judges will look for:

  • Evidence that the council is doing something original/new in regards to the digitisation and interconnection of the city’s infrastructure
  • Evidence that the work the council is undertaking is radically improving existing networks and/or current systems
  • Evidence that the council is implementing digital technology to its full potential
  • Evidence that the digital projects the council is undertaking are cost-effective
  • Evidence of a clear long-term plan or goal for the interconnection of further infrastructure and services
  • Evidence that the lives of residents are being improved as a result of the digitisation/interconnection program

Smart Innovator of the Year

Awarded to the individual making the biggest contribution to the digital transformation and enhancement of our cities.

 

Judges will look for:

  • Evidence which clearly demonstrates the individual’s capabilities and shows the individual going above and beyond the call of duty to help achieve digital transformation within cities
  • Information about the individual’s position, experience, training, qualifications and notable achievements
  • Evidence of a real commitment to the development of smart cities from the individual

Best Wellbeing Innovation

In recognition of the best technological innovation focused on improving the wellbeing of people within cities. 

 

Judges will look for:

  • Evidence that the innovation is an original concept
  • Evidence that this innovation improves the wellbeing of residents within a particular city or place, and evidence that there have been measurable improvements for residents
  • Evidence that the innovation is functional, easy-to-use, and, if applicable, the innovation is easy for residents to implement
  • Evidence that consultation has been built into the development, implementation or monitoring of the innovation
  • Evidence that the innovation can be used by a wider customer-base and/or there is scope for it to be implemented elsewhere

Best integration of an individual technology

In recognition of the best new, stand-alone technology integrated within a metropolitan or regional city.

 

Judges will look for:

  • Evidence that the technology is original and/or represents a break away from established methods and processes
  • Evidence of the technology radically simplifying or improving the way a city operates
  • Evidence that the technology has been implemented to its fullest potential
  • Evidence that there is a long-term vision for this technology
  • Evidence that the technology is cost-effective and sustainable

Best Residential Innovation

In recognition of the best technological innovation focused on improving residential outcomes within cities.

 

Judges will look for:

  • Evidence that the innovation is an original concept
  • Evidence that this innovation improves or fixes an existing problem for residential users and/or there have been measurable improvements for residents
  • Evidence that the innovation is functional and easy to use, and, if applicable, the innovation is easy for residents to implement
  • Evidence that consultation has been built into the development, implementation or monitoring of the innovation
  • Evidence that the innovation can be used by a wider customer-base and/or there is scope for it to be implemented elsewhere

Entry information

 

When preparing your nomination, please consider the judging criteria for each award category and ensure your submission addresses the reasons why your nominated person, organisation or project is a deserving winner of the award.

Please include a PDF or Word document, which outlines your reasons for nominating the organisation/individual/project/technology/innovation for the award category in question.

We suggest a word limit of between 500 and 1000 words for this document. How you spread the word count to address the judging criteria is up to you.

Applicants can also submit up to two supporting documents, images or video files for consideration along with their nomination.

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Smart cities entry form







Key dates

 

All nominations are to be uploaded using the form above by Friday 17 April 2020.

After this date, all nominations will be reviewed and all finalists will be notified by Friday 24 April 2020.

The awards will be handed out at the Smart Cities Awards and Cocktail Party on Thursday 28 May. Highlights from the 2019 awards ceremony can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]om.au.