at Jurong Lake District
Jurong Lake District— a sustainable district that uses resources more efficiently, optimises land, and enhances the quality of life for its workers, residents and visitors. A grant from IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge could help uncover innovative ways to further strengthen the goals of making the district even more environmentally-friendly, liveable and inclusive.
Earlier in March, Jurong Lake District was selected as one of the recipients for the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant for 2012. Launched in 2011, the Smarter Cities Challenge is a three-year, 100-city, US$50 million philanthropic initiative that funds in-person engagements by teams of IBM experts, who study and make detailed recommendations addressing local urban issues.
Jurong Lake District was selected based on the country’s ability to clearly articulate strategic issues with tangible impact on the lives of citizens, and which can potentially and reasonably be acted upon. Also considered is the nation’s track record of innovative problem solving, and commitment to the use of technology and open data.
Soon after the agreement between the URA, the Economic Development Board, and IBM was signed at the sidelines of the World Cities Summit 2012, a team of IBM experts from different smarter city disciplines came to Singapore in July for three weeks. After gaining an in-depth understanding of the planning objectives and aspirations for Jurong Lake District, the experts will recommend possible solutions that the URA, the Economic Development Board and partner agencies could consider to enhance efforts to make the district a smarter business and leisure destination.
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Jurong Lake District to become a smarter business & leisure destination with the IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge grant
At the agreement signing ceremony were (from left to right): Jeffrey Rhoda, General Manager (Global Government and Education) of IBM WW; Yeoh Keat Chuan, Managing Director of Economic Development Board; Peter Ho, Chairman of URA; Ms Janet Ang, Managing Director of IBM Singapore; Ng Lang, Chief Executive Officer of URA and Ms Cordelia Chung, General Manager of IBM ASEAN