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Smarter solutions

at Jurong Lake District

by Chye Hui Sze

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.

On the hunt for innovative land use solutions

As Singapore continues to grow, it is important to explore new and innovative ways to increase the land capacity, to ensure that Singapore becomes even more liveable, sustainable and resilient.

It is with this in mind that the Ministry of National Development recently announced a call for research proposals in Sustainable Urban Living.

By investing in urban solutions today, Singapore will be able to better tackle future challenges and share these knowledge and solutions with other cities facing similar challenges of growth.

Details of the grant call can be found here. Interested parties can submit their proposals by 31 October 2012.


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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