CINTEL Launches Smart City Innovator Awards to Recognize Those Shaping the Future

Colombian technology association CINTEL (Center for Research and Development in Information and Communications Technologies) has officially launched the Smart City Innovator Awards with a goal of recognizing outstanding initiatives that are transforming cities into more sustainable, safe, and efficient environments.

Nominations are now open through July 31 for the inaugural awards and the winners will be announced at ANDICOM 2024 from September 4-6 in Cartagena, Colombia.

“This award was designed to promote a smart, innovative, and inclusive city model in which technology can be measured as a benefit for people,” said Manuel Martínez Niño, executive director of CINTEL.

“At CINTEL, we are committed to promoting and disseminating initiatives that guarantee inclusive digitalization, ensuring that all people benefit in various sectors, from mobility to security, including well-being, the environment, energy, culture and governance,” he added. “That’s why we work tirelessly to implement technological solutions that improve the quality of life.”

More information can be found below as well as on CINTEL’s website.

Competition Rules

The award has three different categories, taking into account the diverse characteristics and contexts of the country’s cities and municipalities:

Pioneer City
For cities with more than 1 million inhabitants that demonstrate results in at least four of the seven topics raised.

Avant-garde City
For intermediate cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants, which present results in at least two themes.

Emerging City
For small cities with less than 100,000 inhabitants, which show results in at least one theme.


Seven Themes for the Smart City Innovator Awards

Within this categorization, there are seven themes that will be considered (depending on the size of each city) for the Smart City Innovator Awards are:

1. Technology and Connectivity

· ICT infrastructure drives solutions for smart cities, ensuring the necessary interconnection for digital services.
· The IoT (Internet of Things) facilitates the collection of data in real time, essential for urban automation and efficiency.

2. Citizen Participation

· Citizen participation platforms strengthen democracy and inclusion, allowing citizens to contribute to decision-making.
· Electronic government promotes transparency and efficiency in the provision of public services, improving the interaction between citizens and authorities.

3. Environmental Sustainability

· Environmental monitoring detects and addresses problems such as pollution, ensuring healthy and safe environments for all.

4. Quality of Life

· Intelligent transportation and sustainable mobility promote accessibility and safety in urban travel, improving the quality of life.
· Smart green spaces offer recreation areas that promote mental health and contact with nature, contributing to a better quality of life.

5. Innovation and Entrepreneurship

· Investment in R&D (Research and Development) drives advanced technological solutions to address complex urban challenges, fostering collaboration between the public and private sectors.
· Entrepreneurship policies provide the necessary framework for innovators to transform ideas into viable businesses, stimulating economic growth and job creation.

6. Resilience and Adaptability

· Emergency planning and resilient infrastructure strengthen cities’ ability to withstand and recover from adverse events, such as climate change or pandemics.

7. Efficiency in Urban Management

· Data analysis informs decisions to improve urban planning and service delivery, optimizing the quality of life of citizens.
· Traffic management and intelligent transport reduce congestion and improve road safety, ensuring efficient mobility in cities.

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