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Smarter Cities Challenge Grant Program

Smarter Cities Challenge Grant

Smarter Cities Challenge is a 100-city, three-year, $50 million competitive grants program -- IBM's single-largest philanthropic initiative.  The grants, each valued at $400,000, fund teams of six IBMers who live in a winning city for three weeks.  There, they study a locally important issue of the city's choosing, then make detailed recommendations to the city in an effort to solve the challenge.  Issues studied include jobs, health, finance, public safety, food, transportation, housing, social services, education, and sustainability.

To view the news of the 2013 Smarter Cities Challenge winners, please visit the Citizen IBM blog.

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Smarter Cities Challenge is a competitive grants program that funds the deployment of IBM's top experts to municipalities worldwide to help them address issues ranging from jobs, health, finance, public safety, food, and transportation, to housing, social services, energy, education, and sustainability.

News releases
Date Title
25 Mar 2014 IBM Awards Cities and Regions With Grants to Fund Collaborations With IBM Problem Solvers
07 Oct 2013 IBM Extends Grant Program for Cities and Regions
14 Nov 2012 IBM Names Worldwide Recipients of 2013 Smarter Cities Challenge Grants to Improve Urban Life
03 Aug 2012 IBM Plan Seeks To Map Growth and Optimize Revenue Collection In Accra, Ghana
15 Mar 2012 IBM Names Worldwide Recipients of 2012 Smarter Cities Challenge Grants to Improve Urban Life
12 Jan 2012 City Of Philadelphia, IBM Announce Efforts To Improve Workforce Development
24 Oct 2011 IBM Opens $50 Million Smarter Cities Challenge Grant Program To 2012 Applicants
09 Mar 2011 IBM Names First Recipients Of Smarter Cities Challenge Grants
09 Nov 2010 IBM Pledges $50 Million To Create 100 Smarter Cities

Images

  • IBMer and and someone shaking hands

    IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Team Meets Syracuse Citizens

    Date added: 25 Mar 2014

    In 2011, a team of IBMers was deployed Syracuse as part of the pro bono Smarter Cities Challenge grant program. They met citizens and stakeholders and helped the city formulate a plan for analyzing big data to stabilize its neighborhoods. (Credit: IBM)

  • Mayor Nutter at IBM Smarter Cities

    Mayor Nutter at IBM Smarter Cities

    Date added: 15 Nov 2012

    In Palisades, New York, Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania speaks about how he is transforming the city of Philadelphia at the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Summit. Nearly 30 global mayors convened at the IBM event to discuss urban challenges. (Michael Pollio/Feature Photo Service for IBM)

  • Smarter Cities Challenge 2013 Winners

    Smarter Cities Challenge 2013 Winners

    Date added: 15 Nov 2012

    In Palisades, New York, Stanley Litow (left), Vice President, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs of IBM names the new recipients of the Smarter Cities Challenge grants at the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Summit. (left to right) Winning mayors include: Mayor Miro Weinberger of Burlington, Vermont, Mayor Jose Fortunati of Porto Alegre, Brazil, The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor Alderman Gavin Robinson of Belfast, United Kingdom, Mayor Madeline Rogero of Knoxville, Tennessee and Mayor Dwight Jones of Richmond, Virginia. IBM’s single largest philanthropic initiative, the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge, is a three-year, 100-city, US$50 million competitive grant program that assigns a team of six IBM experts to each winning city to study a key issue identified by the city's leadership. (Courtesy: Feature Photo) Contact: Lisa Lanspery, lisalanspery@us.ibm.com, 1-914-499-6532


Contact(s) for the Press kit

Ari Fishkind
IBM Media Relations
914-499-6420
fishkind@us.ibm.com