IDC Launches Inaugural 'Smart City Middle East Awards' – Nominations Now Open! | About IDC | IDC CEMA

Dubai – With cutting-edge technology increasingly being infused into the heart of cities across the region, International Data Corporation (IDC) is delighted to announce the launch of its inaugural 'IDC Smart City Middle East Awards'. Designed to recognize and reward the region's most innovative ICT-enabled Smart City projects and initiatives, awards will be handed out across nine categories:

- Smart Tourism - Smart Health - Smart Utilities
- Smart Living - Smart Education - Greenfield City
- Smart Public Safety - Intelligent Transportation - Smart Govt. Administration

IDC will be accepting nominations in the above categories until December 31, 2017, with the eventual winners to be honored in front of the region's most prominent Smart City stakeholders during a dedicated awards ceremony to be hosted at Dubai's Habtoor Grand Resort on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

"Cities around the world are actively looking to become 'Smart' by leveraging technology to develop innovative solutions that address the challenges brought about rapid urbanization," says Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC's group vice president and regional managing director for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa. "The aim is to transform the lives of residents by enhancing public safety, transportation, education, healthcare, and other aspects that affect their day-to-day lives.

"The Middle East has become a hotbed of innovation in this regard, with cities across the region leveraging cutting-edge technology to meet the needs and expectations of their citizens, businesses, and residents. Given the sheer scope of this ongoing transformation, the time has come to recognize and reward the outstanding contribution made by the organizations that are driving Smart City initiatives and projects across the region."

The awards are open to any organization (government, public, or private) that has successfully implemented – or is currently implementing – a transformative ICT-enabled Smart City project or initiative, with nominations subject to a comprehensive multi-stage validation and judging process. Besides the widespread recognition that will accompany the awards ceremony, the finalists from each category will also have their case studies featured in a special IDC Public Report.

Nominations can be submitted by the relevant project owners only at www.idcsmartcityawards.com, where you will also find more information about the awards criteria and judging process. To learn about the wide range of partnership opportunities that are available, please contact Sheila Manek at smanek@idc.com or on +971 4 446 3154. You can also join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #IDCSMEA2018.