IBM Names Worldwide Recipients of 2013 Smarter Cities Challenge Grants to Improve Urban Life

  IBM Names Worldwide Recipients of 2013 Smarter Cities Challenge Grants to
                              Improve Urban Life

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ARMONK, N.Y., Nov. 14, 2012

ARMONK, N.Y., Nov. 14,2012 /PRNewswire/ --IBM (NYSE: IBM) today named 31
cities globally as recipients of IBM's Smarter Cities Challenge
(#smartercities) grants for 2013.

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Launched in 2011, the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge is a three-year, 100-city,
US$50 million competitive grant program. IBM's single-largest philanthropic
initiative, the program assigns a team of six top IBM experts to each winning
city to study a key issue identified by the city's leadership.

Well before the IBM team arrives for its three-week pro bono consulting
engagement valued at US$400,000, the IBMers are already hard at work studying
the city's issue. After they arrive, the teams work with city officials to
analyze data, soliciting the input of dozens of local agencies and advocacy
groups. IBM then provides detailed recommendations for how the city can
efficiently and effectively address the issue.

The grant recipients are being announced at an invitation-only summit bringing
mayors and city leaders together with experts and urban policy leaders.
Mayors in attendance include those from among cities that were previously
awarded Smarter Cities Challenge grants, as well as those whose cities are
today being named 2013 winners.

At the summit, mayors will share successful strategies on topics ranging from
transportation and economic development, to sustainability and citizen
participation. They will review innovative solutions to the major challenges
facing cities today, such as identifying financing, refining operating
strategies, improving productivity, driving organizational change, and using
data and technology effectively.

For year-three of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge, cities around the world
once again competed vigorously to benefit from IBM's talent and expertise. The
winning cities proposed innovative projects and areas of focus for IBM
experts. These included strategies that address:

  oEconomic and Workforce Development -- reducing local dependence on a
    single industry
  oSocial Services - creating an ecosystem that supports independent living
    for a growing senior citizen community
  oSustainability - setting policies around billing rates, electric vehicle
    use, and solar power generation on a smart power grid
  oCapital Budget Planning - enabling citizens to request expenditures, while
    also analyzing their potential impact
  oUrban Planning - taking a more systematic, data-driven approach to housing
    policy, downtown revitalization, zoning, and permits

Following are the 31 cities that have won IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grants
for 2013:

Belfast, United Kingdom
Buffalo, USA
Burlington, USA
Cape Town, South Africa
Chennai, India
Christchurch, New Zealand
Copenhagen, Denmark
Date, Japan
Faro, Portugal
Foshan, China
Fresno, USA
Gurgaon, India
Jeju, Korea
Khon Kaen, Thailand
Knoxville, USA
Kyoto, Japan
Lagos, Nigeria
Lodz, Poland
Makati City, Philippines
Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Pingtung County, Taiwan
Porto Alegre, Brazil
Quebec City, Canada
Reno, USA
Richmond, USA
Stavanger, Norway
Trujillo, Peru
Tucson, USA
Valparaiso, Chile
Vitoria, Brazil
Waterloo, Canada

"We congratulate the cities selected as IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant
recipients for 2013. This was a difficult decision because so many cities made
strong cases to earn our time and talent. But the winners distinguished
themselves among their peers by convincingly demonstrating their preparation
and willingness to make the kind of improvements that will improve their
residents' quality of life and make their cities even smarter," said Stanley
S. Litow, IBM vice president of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, and
president of IBM's Foundation. "It's a privilege to share with these cities
the talent and expertise of our most gifted employees, who are the envy of the
industry. They have premier skills in a range of disciplines -- all useful
for helping to build smarter cities and a smarter planet."

In 2012, IBM provided expert counsel to 33 cities worldwide which had earned
IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grants. They included engagements in:

  oCheongju, Korea, where IBM recommended smarter transportation strategies
  oDortmund, Germany, and Malaga Spain, where IBM formulated plans for
    economic, workforce, skills development
  oJacksonville, USA, where IBM outlined steps for downtown revitalization
  oLouisville, USA, where IBM showed how to use data to identify, predict and
    mitigate conditions that trigger asthma
  oNairobi, Kenya, where IBM created a plan for traffic management
  oGeraldton, Australia, where IBM suggested ways for the city to become a
    leader in smart grid technology adoption and digital services
  oCuritaba, Brazil, where IBM suggested approaches to sustainability and
    citizen engagement

In year-one and two of the Smarter Cities Challenge, IBM completed work in
more than 60 cities globally, deploying nearly 400 of its most talented
experts who delivered concrete and measurable results to winning cities.

The need to use innovative approaches that address civic challenges has never
been greater. According to the United Nations, in 2008 more than half the
world's population began living in cities for the first time. These population
centers are more economically powerful, politically influential, and
technologically advanced than at any time in history. However, they also
struggle with increased demand for services, along with budgetary and
operational challenges.

Smarter Cities Challenge is a variant of IBM's Corporate Service Corps, a pro
bono consulting program that assists governments with projects that intersect
business, technology, and society. Since its launch in 2008, Corporate
Service Corps has sent more than 2,000 of IBM's top talent based in 50
countries on more than 200 team assignments in 30 countries. While Corporate
Service Corps focuses on the developing world, IBM's Smarter Cities Challenge
addresses urban concerns in both industrialized and developing countries.

Visit the CitizenIBM blog to read about some of the lessons learned during
previous IBM Smarter Cities Challenge engagements, and to better understand
the challenges that cities face.

The Smarter Cities Challenge is sponsored by IBM's Corporate Citizenship
program and IBM's International Foundation. IBM has been a leader in corporate
social responsibility and citizenship for more than 100 years. To learn more
about IBM's corporate citizenship initiatives, visit:
http://www.citizenibm.com and http://www.youtube.com/user/citizenIBM. To find
out more about IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grants, please visit IBM's Smarter
Cities Challenge web site at www.smartercitieschallenge.org. Follow us on
Twitter @citizenIBM

Media Inquiries:

Ari Fishkind
IBM Media Relations
01-1-914-499-6420
fishkind@us.ibm.com

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