- Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) unveiled the 28 cities and projects that will move on as finalists for the 2019 World Smart City Awards (WSCA).
- The finalists are as follows:
|City Award||Connecting Bristol||Bristol, U.K.|
|City Award||Case Vale do Pinhão Innovation Ecosystem||Curitiba, Brazil|
|City Award||Montevideo Smart City||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|City Award||Data Driven Smart City||Seoul, South Korea|
|City Award||Smart Tehran Program||Tehran, Iran|
|Digital Transformation||FC Barcelona||Barcelona, Spain|
|Digital Transformation||People's Government of Yingtan||Yingtan, China|
|Digital Transformation||Korea Land & Housing Corp.||Jinju-si, South Korea|
|Mobility||Taipei Smart City Project Management Office||Taipei City, Taiwan|
|Mobility||State Cable Transportation Company Mi Teleférico||La Paz, Bolivia|
|Mobility||Axilion Smart Mobility||Tel Aviv, Israel|
|Urban Environment||Qucit||Bègles, France|
|Urban Environment||PlataformaVerde||Sao Paulo|
|Urban Environment||Hexagon||Madison, WI|
|Inclusive & Sharing Cities||Government of Buenos Aires||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Inclusive & Sharing Cities||City Hall of Belo Horizonte||Belo Horizonte, Brazil|
|Inclusive & Sharing Cities||SocialBoost||Kyiv, Ukraine|
|Gov. & Finance||City of L.A. Information Technology Agency||Los Angeles|
|Gov. & Finance||Boost.ai||Sandnes, Norway|
|Gov. & Finance||Huzhou Municipal Big Data Development Administration||Hozhou, China|
|Innovative Idea||Soros Foundation Kyrgyzstan||Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan|
|Innovative Idea||Meraki Design Studio||Vadodara, India|
|Innovative Idea||DHL||Bonn, Germany|
|Innovative Idea||Roads and Transport Authority||Dubai, UAE|
|Innovative Idea||Makati City||Makati, Indonesia|
|Innovative Idea||State Information Technology Agency SOC LTD||Pretoria, South Africa|
|Innovative Idea||FCC Environment||Barcelona, Spain|
- The winners will be announced on Nov. 20 during a ceremony at the SCEWC event in Barcelona.
SCEWC accepted more than 450 entries from around the world for this year's awards, bringing in a variety of "pioneering projects" that illustrate the many ways global cities are building the pillars that make up smart cities.
While some submissions mimic projects that have been successfully implemented in other parts of the world, such as Kyrgyzstan's efforts to create a Civic City Dashboard, other proposals, like Vadodara's Street Furniture Camp, exemplify new and unique ventures in the smart city space.
SCEWC honored Singapore with the City Award in 2018, noting that city has "undoubtedly become a global beacon of the urban transformation and how to implement smart urban solutions in a meaningful manner." Singapore now sits among New York, Dubai and other former award winners as the world's "smartest" cities.