The city of Tel Aviv won first prize at the World Smart Cities Awards, beating out 250 competing cities at the recent Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.
The Smart City Expo World Congress is considered to be the leading conference in the world on the subject of urban innovation. Tel Aviv has been recognized as a startup city that has undergone a digital revolution over the last two years with the introduction of the DigiTel platform and city app and the implementation of free Wifi throughout the city. The DigiTel Residents' Club and city app are personalized web and mobile platforms providing residents with individually tailored, location-specific information and services. Examples include alerting residents to neighborhood road work, sending targeted reminders of cultural events and activities, and offering discounts and deals.
Tel Aviv also uses social media as a platform to involve the public in municipal decision making and community improvement initiatives. Public access to municipal databases sparked a competition encouraging residents to develop mobile apps for public use and the creation of the iView system renders geo-spatial information readily available to all and easy to use. All of these initiatives were facilitated by the free citywide WiFi in public spaces.
Tel Aviv has also been ranked one of the most innovative cities in the world by Citibank and the Wall Street Journal. Israel's largest annual international high-tech gathering, DLD Tel Aviv Digital Conference, which features hundreds of startups, VC's, angel investors and leading multinationals along with the DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival, will take place in the city from September 6-12, 2015.
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