Global Readiness Challenge - 2021 and Beyond!

Sun, 2020-07-12 09:57 -- Philip Bane


With Cities Helping Cities, We Change the World!

The Smart Cities Council is has convened its Readiness Challenge for over five (5) years NOW!

The 2021 Readiness Challenge’s theme is ‘cities helping cities.’

Applications for leading a Readiness Cohort for the 2nd calendar quarter of 2021 (April through June) are due on March 15, 2021 at 5 pm ET.

The Global Readiness Challenge is a rolling-process with new applications accepted each calendar quarter. The criteria for becoming a Readiness Cohort Leader are:

  1. Leadership - does the city share with other cities its learnings and experience from its ow smart city projects?
  2. Transparency - is the city willing to discuss difficult subjects and lead difficult conversations about issues that affect all of us?
  3. Commitment - is the city committed to being a leader and helping other cities, regardless of its size, budgets, and location?
  4. Willingness is the city committed to leading a Readiness Cohort in 2021 providing personnel, insights and information about a shared problem

Applications for leading a Readiness Cohort for the 2nd calendar quarter of 2021 (April through June) are due on March 15, 2021 at 5 pm ET.

Here is a webinar that explains the process (ignore dates in this webinar.)

If your city wins, it will be one of several Readiness City Cohort Leaders. There is no cost to your city other than time. Your city will lead (with assistance from the Council and global experts) a global effort to solve a common problem.

Follow the example of the city of Nashville, TN - a Readiness Cohort Leader for the first quarter of 2021 - 

  • The Council has been working with the Metro Nashville and Davidson County to lead a Readiness Cohort about addressing disparate impacts of urban flooding on residents. Urban flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States, causing the most damage and killing the most people.
  • Nashville is committed to developing programs and policies based on data that promote flooding resilience in vulnerable neighborhoods.
  • Working with the Council, Nashville will lead an effort to increase the use data and analytics to inform local policy and program development.
  • Cities with a similar problem will join Nashville in activating beneficial action for urban flooding resilience and equity.

So – this process is simple –

  • Identify your most urgent needs
  • Indicate your willingness to participate in a Readiness Cohort and possibly lead it
  • Join with other cities to solve our most pressing problem

Using Smart Cities Activator the world's only online collaborative planning platform - you can work virtually and safely in over 150 languages!

REMINDER: Applications for leading a Readiness Cohort for the 2nd calendar quarter of 2021 (April through June) are due on March 15, 2021 at 5 pm ET.

What previous winners have said -

2019 North American Winners

"The 2019 Readiness Challenge provided the City of Montgomery an opportunity for greater collaboration among our city stakeholders and partners. The Workshop provided a vehicle to share innovative ideas in 3 main focus areas including Digital City Services, Economic Development and Education and Workplace Development and we will continue to work toward moving our projects forward."

~ Savio Dias, IT Manager/Systems, City of Montgomery

2018 Readiness Winners

This grant is an invaluable opportunity for Puerto Rico to develop a roadmap for implementing smart technologies and solutions as we rebuild.”

~ Governor Ricardo Rosselló, Governor of Puerto Rico

“At Amazon Web Services, everything starts with the customer and we work backwards from there. The Smart Cities Readiness Challenge provides the opportunity to hear from city officials directly. Learning about their challenges at the earliest stages in planning allows us to work together to deliver citizen services that improve communities and help build a long-term roadmap for success.”

~ Hardik Bhatt, Leader for AWS Digital Government for the US State & Local Governments, Amazon Web Services

“Supporting and being part of the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge process has been extremely valuable to Battelle. Beginning with evaluation of City proposals, through to working with the winners and runners up, we have gained tremendous insight into where cities are in their planning and visioning processes, and in their specific targeted areas for deployment. This information is crucial to our Smart Cities strategy and program and has allowed us to ensure our offerings to the market and cities are in line with where those city leaders and industry partners are focused. We have also been able to showcase our thought leadership, by working with cities directly on their technology roadmaps.”

~ Domnine Garcia, Smart Cities Program Lead, Battelle

2017 Readiness Challenge Winners

Feedback -

“Winning the Smart Cities Council Challenge Grant puts us that much closer to creating a comprehensive and inclusive strategy to use technology in a way that benefits communities that are usually left behind.”

~ Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin

“A year ago, the city of Indianapolis was in a learning phase. ... Now, the city is in a planning phase, synthesizing available technologies with community needs to determine the most impactful steps forward.”

~ Katie Robinson, Director, Indianapolis Office of Sustainability

“Some of the folks I met with didn’t even realize the potential for what ‘Smart cities’ means for their work. ... There is now a unifying vision.”

~ Ellen Hwang, Program Manager, Innovation Management, City of Philadelphia