Ruthbea Yesner, Vice President, Smart Cities and IDC Government Insights
Smart Cities catalyze the digital transformation of urban ecosystems to produce systemic environmental, financial, and social outcomes. Smart Cities are, by definition, focused on using emerging technologies and innovation to make cities more livable, and offer new services and economic opportunities. The cities in North America have made significant strides in the Smart Cities arena leveraging technology and realigning with the needs and expectations of citizens and residents. To recognize outstanding Smart Cities projects, IDC launched its inaugural Smart City North America Awards (SCNAA). These 2018 awards recognize the progress North American municipalities have made and also provide a forum for sharing the best practices to help accelerate Smart City development in the region.