The cities had to be prepared to match IBM's investment with their own commitment of time and resources. Proposals articulating pressing urban concerns that could be addressed by implementing *smarter* technologies and processes rose to the top of the list. Access to publicly available data that could leverage the capabilities of City Forward was an important consideration. And cities that demonstrated a solid track record of innovative problem solving were also viewed favorably.
When selecting the 2012 Smarter Cities Challenge grant recipients, several key criteria were considered.
Tshwane, South Africa
Omaha, United States
Pittsburgh, United States
Đà Nẵng, Vietnam
New Taipei City, Taiwan
Singapore, Jurong Lake District