IBM has announced that it is extending the annual Smarter Cities Challenge, a worldwide, highly competitive grant programme that provides pro bono consulting to help cities improve the critical services they provide to their citizens.
For this next round, IBM is now seeking proposals from city leaders that could benefit greatly from IBM's problem solving assistance and innovative technology, such as data analytics, cloud computing, cognitive computing, and comprehensive weather data.
The advice that IBM provides at no cost has helped local governments deliver essential services more efficiently, effectively, and equitably to its citizens.
To be considered, leaders of cities or regional governments must submit brief statements of interest to IBM by February 24, 2017. IBM will then follow up with those with the most compelling proposals, further evaluate the ideas, then announce approximately 10 grant recipients in late spring for pro bono consulting engagements to be performed through mid 2018. IBM typically receives approximately 100 proposals per application period.