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Gold Coast Earns IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grant


Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - 22 Jul 2013: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that the Gold Coast has been selected as a recipient of an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant (#smartercities). The grant will give the Gold Coast City Council the opportunity to work with a team of IBM experts to analyse and recommend ways to improve the city’s public safety disaster response capabilities.

As part of the pro bono engagement, a team of six IBM experts will join the Gold Coast City Council for three weeks in 2013. IBM will work alongside city officials to analyse data and canvass feedback from across the community, before providing a set of recommendations on how to boost the overall efficacy of the city’s public safety response programs ahead of the city hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“The Gold Coast has a crucial role to play, not only as one of Australia’s major tourist destinations but as a fast-growing centre for international trade and entrepreneurship,” said Mayor Tom Tate. “More than ever before, we have a responsibility to ensure the highest safeguards for the community’s welfare through the smarter use of technology within our response agencies and public infrastructure.”

The Gold Coast is the third Australian city to be awarded a Smarter Cities Challenge grant, alongside Geraldton in 2012 and Townsville in 2011. Launched in 2011, the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge is a three-year, 100-city, US$50-million competitive grant program and is IBM's single-largest philanthropic initiative.

“We would like to congratulate the Gold Coast on earning an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant in 2013. The grant was awarded on the basis of Gold Coast Council’s strong leadership and demonstrable track record in forward-thinking initiatives and we’re looking forward to working with the Gold Coast to develop recommendations to assist one of Australia’s most iconic tourism hotspots,” said Miranda Scarff, Manager, Corporate Citizenship and Affairs, IBM Australia. “We consider it a privilege to share with the Gold Coast the talent and expertise of our employees in a range of disciplines - all useful for helping to build smarter cities and a smarter planet.”

The Smarter Cities Challenge is sponsored by IBM's Corporate Citizenship program and IBM’s International Foundation. IBM has been a leader in corporate social responsibility and citizenship for more than 100 years. 


More Information

To learn more about IBM's corporate citizenship initiatives, visit:

http://www.citizenibm.com and http://www.youtube.com/user/citizenIBM. 

To find out more about IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grants, please visit IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge web site at:

www.smartercitieschallenge.org.

Contact(s) information

Katie Burford
IBM External Relations
0450 333 600
kburford@au1.ibm.com

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