Barcelona 27 Feb - 2 Mar 2017

1h. Best Use of Mobile for Smart Cities

This new category aims to identify and recognise transformative, innovative contributions to the evolution of Smart Cities via the use of mobile technology & connectivity.

Entries are sought from a wide variety of organisations in the mobile and technology eco-system that address specific urban challenges, fuel economic activity, provide service or cost efficiencies for the city or improve the quality of life for citizens and visitors in a tangible, sustainable way.

These might include, for example (but is not limited to) mobile products, services and applications that enable people to easily access information about city services, move around easily, improve the efficiency of a city’s operations, improve safety & security, tackle pollution and climate change or enhance everyday work and leisure experiences in the context of smarter living in the urban environment. See below for further examples.

Judges will be looking for entries that demonstrate genuine innovation and new thinking to meet these challenges, which should not be conceptual but actual implementations to date in either emerging markets or advanced economies. Entries can either address specific urban challenges in a singular approach, or demonstrate a combination of applications, products or services that together enhance the management and coordination of smart city services via platforms, infrastructure, citizens and vehicles, to generate new insights, reduced costs and provide a range of connected services.

In essence, we are looking for product, technology, service or application innovation and/or new mobile business models that can or will create value beyond connectivity alone, making best use of new technologies such as sensors, combined with big data analytics to create value, attract entrepreneurship and foster ingenuity.

2016 Winner

This is a new category for 2017.

Entry Deadline & Key Dates

The Deadline for entries is Wednesday 23rd November 2016
The Shortlist will be published in late January 2017
Winners will be announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona 27th February – 2nd March 2017


Below you will find information on eligibility, criteria, supporting materials as well as the questions that you will be asked on the entry form.

Please also refer to the Rules of Entry and frequently asked questions sections for additional information. To begin your entry, click the ‘Enter Here’ button, and complete the registration information. Once underway, you can save, return to and amend your entry at any time until you formally submit.

The judges will review and score your entry on the basis of the information that you provide in answer to the questions, so please be as accurate and succinct as possible.

Note on The Importance of Video as part of your entry: While you can also add supporting materials in the form of documents, pictures and presentations within the entry form, a short video (of maximum 3 minutes) linked to your submission will help our judges significantly, in terms of visualising the use case and understanding the innovation and partner, client or user benefits.


This award is open to all organisations that provide mobile products, devices, services, solutions, and applications. The subject of the entry must utilise, support, deploy or are accessible via mobile technologies based on open industry standards. Entrants must also demonstrate “Live” implementation, specifically that the entry is operating and available during, and up to Year end, 2016.

Below are some examples of organisations and entities that this category could be appropriate for, however due to the nature of this sector, it is by no means exhaustive. We very much welcome entries from partnerships or a combination of these entities, particularly city or urban area based public & private sector partnerships.

  • Governments & Local/ National Municipality Authorities
  • Mobile Network Operators
  • Vendors/ Manufacturers
  • Application Developers & Data Analytics Providers
  • Emergency Services and Public Safety/ Security Organisations
  • Environmental, Weather & Traffic Agencies
  • Transport, Delivery & Logistics, Utility & Energy companies
  • Retail, Leisure, Sports, Entertainment Event & Stadia Organisations
  • Academia, Universities, Foundations, NGOs & Associations
  • Architects, City Planners, Engineering companies
  • Advertising & Creative Agencies
  • Public/ Private Sector Partnerships
  • Healthcare service providers
  • Tourism Authorities & Agencies

Definition & Examples

A Smart City involves an eco-system of multi-stakeholders and utilises integrated Information and communication technology systems and data analytics to transform its culture, structure, operations, economic development and citizen engagement to manage complexity and dynamically improve and enhance quality of life.

Example Smart City Applications & Services (examples only, not limited to):

Transport & Tourism: Public Transport, Traffic Management, Parking, visitors & tourism
Public Safety: Street Lighting, Crowd Control, CCTV
Healthcare: Disease Control, Emergency Response, Patient Services & Authentication
Environment: Air Quality, Weather Sensing, Flood Control
Utilities: Smart Metering, Waste Management, Sewerage, Energy Efficient Buildings
Public Services: Citizen Engagement, Municipal Services, Infrastructure Monitoring
Entertainment: Event Management, Recreation facilities, Shopping Malls
Commerce: Delivery Logistics, Retail, Advertising


Judges will be looking for Mobile (or cellular) technology submissions that:

  • Address city & urban challenges for communities of a minimum 100,000 population
  • Demonstrate “Live” implementation, specifically operating and available during 2016 and (up to Year end) 2016
  • Provide evidence of tangible, measurable beneficial impact to citizens, communities, visitors, partners or clients
  • Empowers or engages citizens, residents and visitors with smart, efficient, intelligent services to enhance urban living,
  • Empowers city stakeholders to offer services more effectively such as by reducing cost and environmental impact or increasing efficiency and outcomes
  • Demonstrate genuine technology, application, service or business model innovation
  • Utilise, support, deploy or are accessible via mobile technologies based on open industry standards
  • Can show evidence of success in terms of meeting stakeholder objectives
  • Are secure, and yet non-intrusive, in terms of protecting sensitive data and citizen’s privacy through data collection or use.

Supporting Materials

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You can submit additional materials to support your entry through direct upload on the entry form.

Please keep supporting information submitted to a maximum of:

  • A link to one x 3 minute (maximum) video
  • Up to three x 1 page documents (word, pdf, ppt) with further information, images, graphics etc.
  • Up to three x web pages (which should be very specific to the entry) linked by URLs

Video: Please provide a URL link to your video on the entry form (e.g. via YouTube, Vimeo or other public, English language video platforms) and if required, please make sure you provide a password. Videos should ideally be in the English language or with English subtitles.

Other supporting information Documents can include data, extracts from analysts’ reports, testimonials or press articles, graphics etc. Please do make sure this supporting information is succinct and clear.

Web pages: If pointing judges to a website within your supporting materials or entry, please include a URL which is to very specific information relating to your entry, up to a maximum of three web pages, as judges will not have time to search websites looking for the pertinent information.

The on-line entry form includes an upload facility for you to provide the above links and documents. You will have the ability to upload three additional files to accompany your entry. These can be pdfs, jpegs, Word documents or PowerPoint, but please, as above, keep these relevant to your entry.

Preview of Entry Form Questions

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions, (Please note the maximum text length for your answers including spaces are shown in brackets below):

  1. What is the name of your Best Use of Mobile for Smart Cities entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity. (approx. 25 words)
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations? (approx. 25 words)
  3. Please describe the nature of the entry and the challenge it addresses? (approx. 100 words) i.e. how does it actually work, and what is the user proposition? Please describe it as accurately and simply as possible (approx. 100 words)
  4. Which city, cities or stakeholder organization was the solution developed for, and where is it currently deployed, and what minimum population size it can currently address? (approx. 100 words)
  5. Please confirm that the subject of the entry was deployed, or will be, in live implementation and available on the market for clients, organisations or end users to buy or access during (to year end) 2016? (approx. 100 words)
  6. Please confirm that your entry utilises, deploys or is accessible through mobile (cellular) technologies based on open industry standards? (approx. 100 words)
  7. Please provide evidence of tangible, measurable impact to users of the service, to partners or clients, such as city stakeholders through deployment to date? (approx. 250 words)
  8. Please describe key benefits to users or clients, such as stakeholders? (approx. 250 words)
  9. Please describe the specific technology, business model or other innovation of the entry? (approx. 250 words)
  10. Please describe how the entry has been designed to scale, and be sustainable in the future? (approx. 250 words)
  11. What is the business plan and vision for the future, concerning this entry? (approx. 250 words)
  12. How you have addressed privacy and security concerns, if appropriate? (approx. 250 words)