A combined project between UCLG, Metropolis and the city of Guangzhou, the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation aims to recognise and award city initiatives that are innovative in improving the livelihoods of their citizens.
The Award is presented biennially and encourages innovation in public policy, projects, business models and practices. The first Award was was held in 2012 and received 255 entries from 153 cities, in 56 countries across six continents.
Five winning cities are selected and in 2012 they included: Kocaeli (Turkey), Lilongwe (Malawi), Seoul (South Korea), Vancouver (Canada) and Vienna (Austria).
The fields for submission include Public Services, Organization and Administration, Partnership and Citizen Involvement, Smart City and Sustainable City.
The second Award was even more successful with 259 initiatives submitted from 177 cities worldwide. This cycles’ winners were Antioquia (Colombia), Bristol (U.K.), Christchurch (New Zealand), Dakar (Senegal) and Hangzhou (China).
An extra three winning categories were also added in 2014 to promote public participation in the Guangzhou Award. These categories are: an online-popular city, a media-popular city and the preferred city by the attendees of the Conference on Learning from Urban Innovation.
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