Five smart cities vie for award

The Cities of Brisbane, Adelaide, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and Canterbury-Bankstown have been shortlisted for the top prize at the inaugural Australian Smart Cities Awards.

According to the Smart Cities Awards jury chair, David Singleton AM, the awards will articulate how smart cities activities can enhance the liveability, workability and sustainability of our cities.

“For the first time, Australians will gain a clear idea of what leadership in smart cities looks like,” he said.

Winners of the Smart Cities Awards will be announced on 30 October as part of Australia’s first Smart Cities Week to recognise and reward leadership, celebrate best practice and stimulate action to advance the smart cities movement.

The most hotly-contested prize on the night will be the ‘Leadership City’ category.

Telstra and Deloitte are partnering with Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand to present the awards.

Smart Cities Lead at Telstra, Merrick Spain, said, “We are proud to support the Smart Cities Week Awards and congratulate the nominees for their vision and courage in lighting the pathway to our common future.

“We encourage others to join them in embarking on this exciting journey to transform our cities and communities.”

Allan Mills from the awards other major sponsor, Deloitte, said “While smart cities earlier focused on connecting infrastructure for better insights, the spotlight is slowly shifting to better engaging governments, citizens, and businesses with the goal of providing improved city services and a higher quality of life.

“Smart Cities Week is an opportunity to celebrate the progress to date and look towards the future of what comes next.”

The awards will be held as part of Australia’s first Smart Cities Week from 29-31 October.