- Mastercard added 14 members to its growing City Possible network, the company announced Tuesday during Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) in Barcelona, Spain.
- The new members include the cities of Casey, Georges River and Logan in Australia; the cities of Juazeiro do Norte, Madre de Deus, Novo Hamburgo, Porto Alegre and Santo André in Brazil; Wellington, New Zealand; Augusta, GA; Columbia, SC; New Orleans; Seat Pleasant, MD; and Spokane, WA.
- City Possible has seen significant growth in the last year due to its focus on partnerships, leading edge technologies and data insights, the group said in a tweet.
Welcome to all the new cities and partners who have joined @CityPossible! So proud of the team that has made this dream grow and dedicated to the mission of helping cities #MakeTechWorkForPeople and #InclusiveUrbanization #CityPossible https://t.co/kMYZXi633i— Miguel Gamiño Jr. (@MiguelGamino) November 19, 2019
Mastercard has touted City Possible as a network for "urban co-development," intended to help member cities, industry leaders, NGOs and academics share expertise and solutions to common challenges. It has circulated the hashtag #MakeTechWorkForPeople to highlight the network's focus on inclusivity and civic engagement.
At the core of City Possible is City Insights, a tool that helps policymakers assess the impact of planned and unplanned events on the local economy, however City Possible is also branching into new ventures and partnerships.
Through its City Possible partnership, the City of Honolulu recently worked with Mastercard to develop City Key, a platform designed to enhance residents' access to city services, identification cards and payment sources. City Possible is also enabling various public-private partnerships around tourism management, transportation and cyber resilience.
The network will likely continue to expand in 2020, as evidenced by the popularity of its massive City Possible Plaza anchored at the base of the SCEWC exhibit hall. Through a series of demonstrations and panels, Mastercard is leveraging its global audience of smart city leaders at the event to shine a light on the ways City Possible can be at the core of smart city innovation.