SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, November 22, 2019 – Seoul was named as one of the finalists in the City Award category at the ‘2019 Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC)’, the world’s largest smart city event.
SCEWC is an annual event that takes place in November in Barcelona, Spain. Last year 1,000 companies and 25,000 experts from more than 700 cities in 146 countries around the world participated in the event. This year it was held at Barcelona Gran Via Venue from November 19 to 21.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government said that Seoul was finally selected as one of the winning cities in the City Award category of the ‘World Smart City Awards’ that was held on November 20. Among a total of 450 entries from cities and organizations, six cities including Seoul have been named in the City Award category. They are Seoul (Republic of Korea), Bristol (UK), Curitiba (Brazil), Montevideo (Uruguay), Tehran (Iran), and Stockholm (Sweden).
As a part of the events of SCEWC, the World Smart City Awards are presented annually to the most excellent smart cities and innovative projects and ideas of smart cities where cutting-edge ICT technologies converge. The “City Award” is awarded to cities that present advanced urban strategies that combine research and initiatives related to smart cities and implementations into actual policies.
Seoul previously won the “Project Award” for its “mVoting” service in 2015 and the “City Award” in 2016 as well.
Seoul was highly praised for analyzing urban phenomena and civic actions based on the world’s best smart city infrastructure and public data, and for establishing a cooperative system that solves city problems with citizens.
Meanwhile, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has been selected as the top-ranked city in the performance of municipal e-government for the seventh consecutive time among 100 world cities at a global survey, conducted jointly by the E-Governance Institute, School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark. With winning the City Award at SCEWC this year, Seoul continues to maintain its status as the world’s leading smart city beyond the best e-government.