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The 2017-18 Application is closed for Statements of Interest. If you submitted a Statement of Interest, you will be contacted if you are selected to move on to phase 2 of the application process. You can view your submitted form from the link below. You will need your IBM ID to access your form.

Is your city eligible?

For the 2017 cycle, the Smarter Cities Challenge is open to local and regional general-purpose governing bodies including cities, counties, prefectures, boroughs and districts. Special districts such as port authorities, school districts or utility districts are not currently eligible for the program.

Cities that have previously received a Smarter Cities Challenge grant are eligible to apply for a second grant. The city must demonstrate substantive progress on the topic of their first grant. The new application may propose to build on the accomplishments resulting from the first grant or address a new topic.

For more information on the selection criteria, download the 2017 Application Guide (PDF 673.2KB).

2017 selection process: key dates

6 – 24 February 2017
Cities complete a Statement of Interest briefly describing their proposed project for a Smarter Cities Challenge award.
View Statement of Interest

6 – 17 March 2017
A select number of cities will be invited to complete an application, elaborating on the challenge laid out in their Statement of Interest.
Download Application

April - May 2017
Semi-finalists will be selected and invited to a project scoping discussion with the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge program team.

Late May - June 2017
Finalists will be selected and invited to participate in a finalist interview.

June 2017
All finalists will be informed of the status of their application and winners will be announced.

August 2017 - July 2018
Awarded projects will be deployed over the following 12 months.

What to expect

Collaboration between the host city and IBM is key to a successful Smarter Cities Challenge. Host cities are responsible for preparing their organization and community stakeholders to receive their Smarter Cities Challenge team, and supporting the team prior to and during its three weeks on site. This includes dedicating staff members to support the IBM team’s work on a day-to-day basis as well as building interest and momentum throughout city organizations and with key community stakeholders for the project.

For more information about host city responsibilities throughout the grant engagement, including key roles, pre-deployment activities and project logistics, download the 2017 Application Guide (PDF 673.2KB).

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