The 2021 GO SMART Award attracted 46 smart city projects from 20 cities in 14 countries, with 13 projects shortlisted in the final round.
Using technology to solve urbanization issues has been a hot topic around the world. The 2021 GO SMART Award attracted 46 smart city projects from 20 cities in 14 countries, with 13 projects shortlisted in the final round. This year, the number of participating countries and the number of finalists have reached a record high. This international competition, now on its third year, has become a representative verification of smart city achievements in various countries, and the influence of this award cannot be underestimated.
The Taipei City Government established the GO SMART (GO SMART Global Organization of Smart Cities) in 2019 with a total of 207 members by date. The cross-border and cross-city collaboration between Smart Cities is being promoted through Inter-City PoCs, intertwining the connections among various cities. In addition, the GO SMART Award is held every year to stimulate innovative smart city solutions, with winning proposals being selected, to further realize cross-city cooperation PoC and advancement of new, innovative developments.
Among global smart city appraisal units, the GO SMART Award—established for less than three years—has already successfully received enthusiastic responses and resonated with many cities around the world. In the past two years, a total of 129 outstanding projects were received from the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Australia, Czech Republic, Mexico, Russia, Iran, and Vietnam. GO SMART’s global reputation and influence grows by the day with the help of many countries and organizations participating in its competition.
GO SMART stated that global applied science and technology can be used to solve climate change, environmental inequality, as well as economic and social issues, but only if the cross-domain capabilities can be properly integrated. Therefore, in addition to the impact, innovation, and function evaluation, the GO SMART Award has added a judging criterion of “cross-domain capabilities” to focus on core problem solutions and create more opportunities in different fields.
The application of smart technology to solve public issues is becoming increasingly popular around the globe. To give context to this outcome, the COVID-19 pandemic has directly facilitated the development of smart cities using 5G technology, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), big data, and cloud computing. All of these smart city technologies aim to serve citizens in regard to public issues, smart medicine and health care, bridging social gaps, and creating a friendlier environment. The proposal in this year’s competition focuses on solutions to these issues.
However, as time goes by, smart cities are facing new challenges. Therefore, the GO SMART Award invites several international smart city experts to serve as judges. After diversified and professional review, 13 shortlisted projects were selected in the second-round evaluation of the written submission and online pitching. Most submission works focus on smart education, smart monitoring and forecasting, smart care, scientific and technological pandemic prevention, in addition to smart transportation.
Among them, “Assist the visually impaired passengers to take bus smoothly with IoT” from Taipei City Government, Taiwan; “De-identification real-time psychiatric patient safety monitoring and prediction system (iSAFE)” from Kaohsiung Municipal Kai-Syuan Psychiatric Hospital, Taiwan; and “Object Detection Kit” from the City of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, stood out from the 13 finalists and were selected as winners.