The annual World Smart City Awards international competition is a reliable platform for evaluating any progressive city by the power of developing innovative projects and implementing ideas that help the city become more "livable, sustainable, and economically viable."
This year, WSCA received 337 requests from 60 countries. Kyiv, Bogotá, Seoul, Toronto, Sydney and Curitiba made it to the finals. According to the results of the consideration of the cities, the winner is Seoul, Korea. For the first time in the entire history of the competition, the WSCA jury decided to give a special award to Kyiv.
"The jury of honour has decided to give a city award special recognition to Kyiv for strengthening resilience and the community of citizens' services. Withstanding the increasing pressure of the Russian siege, the Kyiv municipal authority demonstrates how digital technologies help cities stay resilient with a focus on public safety and sustainable, multimodal mobility system while ensuring 100% of administrative services online by 2030," WSC.
The product of Kyiv is the application Kyiv Digital— "the city in a pocket", created to meet all public needs and requests. Since February 24, the application has included features that help citizens survive: the application notifies the beginning and end of an air attack and indicates directions for shelters, medical centres, heating points and any other civilian help.
The mayor of Kyiv Vitaly Klitschko attended the Smart City Expo and gave a briefing.