The Brno project Innovations in Brno public administration using cooperation with start-ups won the SMART CITIES 2023 competition

The ceremonial announcement of the winners of the 7th year of the SMART CITIES competition took place on the symbolic date of December 7, 2023 in the Prague Congress Center.

The members of the Expert Jury of the competition, consisting of 28 representatives of the public sector, academia and technological leaders in the field, chose the Brno Municipality as the winner of the “Project for a city with more than 200,000 inhabitants” category for the project: Innovation in Brno’s public administration using cooperation with start-ups.

The award was accepted by the representative of the city of Brno for cooperation with research organizations doc. RNDr. Anna Putnová, Ph.D., MBA.

A total of 122 projects entered the competition this year. However, 95 of them met the requirements of the Smart City principles. Energy and ICT are the most resonant topics, and at the same time, the organizers recorded the highest competition in terms of the number of registered projects in the competition category Project for a city of up to 50,000 inhabitants.

Vladimír Kořen led the celebratory afternoon in the role of moderator, and accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister for Digitization and Minister for Regional Development Ivan Bartoš, Minister of the Environment Petr Hladík and Minister of Transport Martin Kupka, the winners of 9 competition categories were announced, together with the personality of the year for the private and public sector and 4 special prizes awarded by the Expert Jury of the competition.

The winning protagonists of smart solutions took home an award in the shape of the number 7 filled with salt. The salt in the entire concept represents the fact that smart and innovative solutions and the initiators behind them are the so-called salt over gold for today’s cities. Simply put, no positive change will take place without them. The prices come from the workshop of the talented glass artist Vendulka Prchalová.

This year’s winners in individual categories were:

Dominik Janík, founder of CITYA, received the Personality for the Private Sector award.

Miroslav Scheiner, manager of special projects in the European Union and Foreign Trade section of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, became a public sector personality this year.

Project for a municipality of up to 10,000 inhabitants: Smart Energocentrum Ivančice of ČEZ ESCO, a.s.

Project for a city with 10,000 to 50,000 inhabitants: Electronic application for case management and coordination of social services in the Prague 7 district

Project for a city with 50 to 200 thousand inhabitants: Geoportal of the city of Most – sharing of data and services

Project for a city with more than 200,000 inhabitants: Innovation in Brno’s public administration using cooperation with start-ups

Project for the region: Information and data portal of the Liberec region

Project for the state: KAMsNÍM, whose applicant is the association Ukliďme Česko

International project: Security Portal of Medical Information Technologies, s.r.o.

IDEA: Tessabot (Citymind) – smart communication between citizens and the city implemented in the city of Uherský Brod

MODEL: Strategic plan of the city of Prostějov 2022-2035

The expert jury also awarded 4 special prizes:

Award – involved communities, for contribution to the involvement of communities in public space

The new European Bauhaus Stavanger of the ICT Operator, for the contribution in the involvement of the Czech Republic in the context of the international Smart City ecosystem

Houbalova Park of the Brno-Líšeň district, for contribution to the regeneration of greenery and protection of biodiversity in the urban environment

Smart Metering Kolín, for contribution in the field of digitization

This year’s competition was sponsored by: the Ministry for Regional Development of the Czech Republic, which participates in the competition every year in the role of co-announcer, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic, the Union of Cities and Municipalities of the Czech Republic, the Association of Regions of the Czech Republic and the City of the Future Center. The Smart City competition is organized annually by the non-governmental non-profit organization Smart City Innovations Institute, z.ú. with the aim of spreading inspiration and motivation to implement smart solutions and projects across the Czech Republic.