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FRAMINGHAM – IDC Government Insights announced this week that applications are open for the fourth annual Smart Cities North America Awards (SCNAA), designed to recognize the progress North American municipalities have made in executing Smart Cities projects, as well as provide a forum for sharing best practices to help accelerate Smart City development in the region.

Any organization can nominate a city project or initiative that has been implemented, including the municipality itself, state or provincial agencies, solutions providers, and other partners. Deadline for submission is February 26, 2021.

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To nominate a project or initiative or to learn more about SCNAA, please visit

The annual awards highlight successful Smart City projects and initiatives in North America and showcase best practice examples of urban innovation in the use of technology and data, partnerships, funding models, and community engagement. Smart Cities North America Awards will be presented to the winning initiatives at an awards ceremony at the Smart Cities Connect conference being held in National Harbor, Maryland on October 18–20, 2021.

The Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo offers the most comprehensive conference, exposition, and accelerator of smart city innovation in North America. To learn more about the event visit

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Award categories include:

  • Administration
  • Civic Engagement
  • Data-Driven Policing
  • Next-Generation Emergency Services
  • Digital Equity and Accessibility
  • Economic Development, Tourism, Arts, Libraries, Culture, Open Spaces
  • Education
  • Public Health and Social Services
  • Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Smart Buildings
  • Smart Water
  • Transportation – Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, Public Transit, Ride-Hailing/Ride-Sharing
  • Transportation – Infrastructure
  • Urban Planning and Land Use

“Our fourth annual Smart Cities North America awards showcase the most successful examples of how urban ecosystems and their citizens benefit from the application of innovative technology to make cities more livable, and offer new services and economic opportunities,” said Ruthbea Yesner, vice president, IDC Government Insights and Smart Cities. “The cities recognized by our coveted award program illustrate the power of smart city initiatives for the betterment of communities across the country and provide a framework for others to follow suit and propel their own municipalities forward.”


IDC Government Insights assists government policy, program, and IT leaders, as well as the suppliers who serve them, in making more effective technology decisions by providing accurate, timely, and insightful fact-based research and consulting services. Staffed by senior analysts with decades of government and IT industry experience, our global research analyzes and advises on business and technology issues facing the Federal/Central and local/provincial Governments. International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology market. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading tech media, data, and marketing services company. The company’s headquarters is in Framingham.

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