Celebrating the leading Smart City Governments in the world

 

Smart City innovations offer mayors across the world a promising new way of engaging citizens and increasing quality of life. To offer city leaders guidance on assessing the readiness of their governments to develop, facilitate, or track their smart city initiatives, Eden Strategy Institute and ONG&ONG (OXD) developed this independent ranking of the Top 50 Smart City Governments, selected from over 140 cities globally. 

 

 

Introduction

Why the need to rank Smart City Governments?

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methodology

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2018/19 Top 50 Smart City Government Rankings

Ranking City Total Score Vision Leadership Budget Financial Incentives Support Programmes Talent-Readiness People Centricity Innovation Ecosystem Smart Policies Track Record
1 London 33.5 3.1 4 3 4 3 3.1 3 4.1 3.1 3.1
2 Singapore 32.3 3 4 3 4.1 3 3.1 2 3.1 4 3
3 Seoul 31.4 3.1 3 3 2.2 3 3 4.1 3 3 4
4 New York 31.3 3 3 3 3.1 3 3.1 3 4 2 4.1
5 Helsinki 31.2 3 2 4 3.1 3 4 3 3.1 2 4
6 Montreal 30.1 3.1 3 3 4 3 2 3 3 3 3
7 Boston 29.6 3 3 3 2.1 3 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.1
8 Melbourne 29.5 3 3 3 2.1 3.1 3.1 4 3.2 2 3
9 Barcelona 29.4 3 3 3 2.1 2 3.1 3 3.1 3.1 4
10 Shanghai 29.2 3 3 4 3.1 3 2 2 3 2.1 4
11 San Francisco 29.1 4 2 3 2 3 3 3 4 3.1 2
12 Vienna 28.5 4 3 3 2 3.1 2.1 3.1 2.1 2.1 4
13 Amsterdam 28.4 3 3 3 4 1 2.1 2.1 3.1 4 3.1
14 Shenzhen 28.3 3 3 4.1 3 1 3 2 3.1 3 3.1
15 Stockholm 27.7 4.1 3 3 2.1 2 2.1 3.1 3.1 2.1 3.1
16 Taipei 27.6 3.1 3 3 2.1 2.1 2.1 3 3.1 3 3.1
17 Chicago 27.4 3.1 3 3 2.1 1 3.1 3 3 2 4.1
18 Seattle 27.3 4.1 2 3 3 2.1 3 2 3.1 2 3
18 Hong Kong 27.3 3.1 3 3 4 2.1 3 2 3 1.1 3
20 Charlotte 27.2 3 3 3 2 2 2.1 3 3 3 3.1
21 Vancouver 27.1 3 3 3 2 2 3 3.1 3 2 3
21 Washington, DC 27.1 4 3 3 2.1 2 2 2 3 4 2
23 New Delhi 27.0 3 3 3 2 2 4 3 2 2 3
24 Copenhagen 26.6 3 3.1 3 2 2 2 3.2 3.2 2 3.1
25 Columbus 26.4 4.1 3 4 3.1 3 1 2.1 3.1 1 2
26 Los Angeles 26.3 3 3 3 2 2.1 3 3.1 3 2.1 2
27 Surat 26.2 3 3 3 3 2 2.1 3.1 2 2 3
28 Tokyo 26.0 4 3 3 2 2 1 2 3 3 3
29 Berlin 25.8 3 4 2 2 2.1 1 3.2 3.2 3.1 2.2
30 Beijing 25.5 3 3 3 3.2 1 3.1 2 3.1 2 2.1
31 Sydney 25.4 3 2 2 2 2.1 3 3.1 3.1 2.1 3
32 Ahmedabad 25.3 3 3 3 3.1 2 2.1 2.1 3 2 2
32 Bhubaneswar 25.3 3 3 3 2 2.1 2 3.1 2 2 3.1
34 Jaipur 25.2 3 3 3 2.1 2 2.1 3 3 2 2
35 Atlanta 25.1 3 2.1 3 3 3 2 1 3 2 3
36 Pune 25.0 3 3 3 2 2 2 4 2 2 2
37 Wellington 24.4 3 3 3 1 2.1 2 3 2.1 2 3.2
38 Kansas City 24.3 4 2 4 1 2.1 1 3 2.1 2.1 3
39 Toronto 24.2 2 3 3 2.1 2 2 2.1 3 2 3
40 Dubai 24.0 3 3 3 2 2 3 1 2 2 3
41 Dublin 23.6 3 4 2 3 2 1 2.1 2.3 2.1 2.1
42 Tel Aviv 23.3 3 1 3 2.1 2 2.1 2 4 2.1 2
43 Philadelphia 23.1 2 2 3 2 2 3 2 3 2.1 2
44 Reykjavik 22.8 2 3 2 2.1 2.1 1 4.1 2.3 2 2.2
45 Lyon 22.6 3 3 3 2.2 2 2.1 2 1 1 3.3
46 Paris 22.4 3 2 3 2 2 2 2.1 2.1 2.2 2
47 Jakarta 22.2 3 3 3 2 2 1 2 2.1 2 2.1
48 Rio de Janeiro 21.2 2 1 2 2 2 2.1 3 2 2.1 3
49 Phuket 21.1 3 2 3 2.1 2 2 1 2 2 2
50 Kigali 20.0 2 1 2 2 2 3 2 3 1 2

Key Insights

In the course of our study, we have identified 10 Themed Observations for governments to consider when planning a Smart City.
Read our full report that details these insights, by clicking the button at the top of this page.

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1. Funding Smart City Initiatives

Innovative smart city funding mechanisms include competitions and hackathons, partnerships with private companies, smart procurement policies, and national- or state-level funds.

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2. Developing a Smart City Strategy

Defining the smart solutions relevant to a city involves studying the actual interactions that citizens have with the city, leveraging the city's natural strengths, and co-creating the smart city vision and roadmap to align all constituents .

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3. Smart Clusters & Innovation Districts

Cities around the world are increasingly experimenting with geographically-concentrated innovation ecosystems as innovation testbeds and hubs for knowledge exchange.

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4. Digital Inclusion in Smart Cities

A city only becomes truly "smart" when all citizens are ready for it. Cities risk excluding entire segments of their population from the smart city experience. Teaching people how to navigate the digital world is a critical aspect of a digital inclusion plan.

5. The Promise of Open Data

Open data has emerged as a cost-efficient way to increase civic engagement, introduce city projects that attend to citizen needs, track the performance of smart city initiatives, improve efficiency and responsiveness, and apply knowledge from the general public to city solutions.

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6. Co-creating the smart city

Involving outside businesses, startups, students, and the public at large can lead to larger variety, volume, and quality of insights, ideas, and feedback. In turn, citizens have shown great enthusiasm when they are given the opportunity to participate in designing and deciding their cities' future.

7. Smart City Leadership Models

Governments need to design flexible pathways for leadership to naturally evolve, as smart city initiatives increase in complexity or range, as the focus of initiatives broaden, or as the numbers of constituents grow in the city.

8. Sharing Knowledge Across Cities

City leaders can gain access to extensive knowledge networks and do not have to accomplish their smart city mission in isolation.

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9. Preparing a Smart Workforce

Leading smart cities recognize the importance of supporting their citizens of all ages with digital skills. Learning experiences include hackathons to help communities familiarize themselves with digital tools, formal educational programmes, and industry immersion to help create the workforce of the future.

10. Beyond Affordability and Efficiency

A truly smart city has the potential to transform the character and liveablity of a city, rejuvenate its economy and heritage, enhance its resilience and sustainability, and even tighten the social compact with the government and among citizens.