IDC is seeking applications for successful Smart Cities and Communities projects and initiatives in North American towns, cities, counties, states and provinces. Specifically, we are looking for best practice examples of urban innovation in technology and data, partnerships, funding models and community engagement. We are seeking details on implemented initiatives (pilots or projects) as opposed to ideas or planned initiatives.

IDC’s 2023 Smart Cities North America Awards will be presented to the winning Smart Cities and Communities initiatives at an awards ceremony at the Smart Cities Connect conference being held in Denver, CO, May 15-18. To learn more about Smart Cities Connect please visit https://spring.smartcitiesconnect.org.

There are 14 initiative categories. You may select your project to be eligible for more than one category but not to exceed three categories. Three projects from each category will be announced as finalists prior to the announcement of the winner.

All fields are mandatory to complete your submission. You may also submit supplemental files. Deadline for completed nomination forms is January 27, 2023.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this nomination form. You will receive an automated confirmation of your submission. If you do not get a confirmation email, please contact mconroy@idc.com.

Award Categories

  • Administration (e.g. Back Office, Digital Legislating)

  • Civic Engagement (e.g Participatory budgeting, City Portals, 311 apps)

  • Data-Driven Policing (e.g. Real-time Crime Centers, Officer Wearables, Video Analytics)

  • Next-Generation Emergency Services (e.g. Next Gen 911, Early Warning Systems)

  • Digital Equity and Accessibility (e.g. Public WiFi, Accessibility Services)

  • Economic Development, Tourism, Arts, Libraries, Culture, Open Spaces (e.g Connected Museums, Event management, Digital Currencies, Augmented reality tourism)

  • Education (e.g. Smart Campus, Smart Classrooms, Virtual Offerings, Online and Remote Services)

  • Public Health and Social Services (e.g. Addiction Monitoring and Prevention, Predictive Disease Management, Humanitarian Services)

  • Smart Buildings (e.g. Capacity Planning, Return-to-Work Programs, Sustainability, Security Systems)

  • Smart Water (e.g. Water conservation and management, Smart Metering, Waste Reduction Efforts)

  • Sustainable Infrastructure (e.g. Smart Lighting, Waste Collection, Environmental Monitoring, Resiliency)

  • Transportation (e.g. Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, Public Transit, Ride-Hailing/Ride-Sharing, Electric Vehicles, Universal Mobility)

  • Transportation Infrastructure (e.g. Parking, Transit Hubs; Traffic Management and Equipment for Connected and/or Autonomous Vehicles, EV Charging Infrastructure)

  • Urban Planning and Land Use (e.g. Permitting, Licensing, Inspection & Zoning; Digital Twins, Community Resiliency)

Please Note: IT Vendors and Technology Consultants do not qualify for the IDC Smart Cities North America Awards. Vendors may instead nominate projects on behalf of the cities and communities they are working with that are their end user clients. Please provide confirmation from the client that they wish to participate in the IDC Smart Cities North America Awards.