Smart City Awards 2017

The Committee has published research into global best practice by cities seeking to make them more data-driven, responsive and smart. This work, badged as #wethecity, has been influential in Federal Cities smart cities initiatives and with the NSW Government’s ‘digital dashboard’.

However, despite progress, there is a need to further incentivise and speed up the adoption and implementation of smart city initiatives – to identify exemplary projects and to scale innovation up so that what great ideas are being developed in our city, whether by local or state government, the private sector or the not for profit/community sector, are embraced and promoted across Greater Sydney.

In a city that leads the Asia-Pacific region on Fintech and leads the nation in ICT and tech start-ups, we must do more to make our city a smart city exemplar. This is why we have decided to create the Committee for Sydney Smart City Awards.

We are proud to open nominations for the Smart City Awards, in partnership with our Awards Founding partner, PAYCE, a leading property development and investment company.

The Smart City Awards will provide a platform to celebrate projects and partnerships that address the fundamental challenges faced by cities, governments, communities, industry and the ICT sector in Sydney, as well as promote, advance and implement efficient design, planning and delivery of urban environments and services through the use of information and communication technology.

Award Categories

Best Industry-led Partnership: An initiative where partners came together to tackle a problem unable to be solved by one entity alone. Demonstrated benefits might include resource management, efficiency in service delivery and improved user experiences.

Best Local Government Initiative: An initiative that delivers a better experience for Council stakeholders including visitors, ratepayers and residents. Candidate projects will deliver operational benefits to Council and/or community benefits. Highly regarded projects will align to Council strategic plans and have the potential to be reproduced across Metropolitan Sydney.

Best Community Initiative: A community driven project guided by community defined use cases and driven by community benefits. Non-proprietary, low cost solutions that can be easily accessed by new and existing communities will be highly regarded.

Best NSW Government Initiative: An initiative that uses technology to deliver better services for the people of NSW. The initiative may relate to reducing the costs of services or enhancing the customer experience. Initiatives that deliver outcomes for the environment, people or firms across multiple government portfolios will be highly regarded.

Overall Best Smart City Project: The project that is most significant in shaping how smart city initiatives can be rolled out across Sydney. This will be drawn from nominations from the 4 other categories.

Criteria for the awards

Projects will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • ability to be scaled across a number of areas and user groups;
  • impact of the initiative in terms of volume of interactions and value; and
  • degree of innovation associated with the initiative, including but not limited to engagement, hardware, software, regulation and finance.

Judging and Prize

Winner of the Overall Best Project award will receive a prize of fully-funded and curated Study Tour to San Francisco.

The awards will be judged by an independent panel of experts:

  • The Hon. Victor Dominello MP – NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property
  • Rachel Botsman – Commentator on Smart Cities and NRMA Board member
  • David Epstein – Chair of the Committee for Sydney Smart Cities Taskforce

Nominations are now closed. We were delighted to receive 55 entries and judging is now underway. Winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on Thursday 19th October at Committee for Sydney’s AGM.