"Smart Neighborhoods" ideas competition by the Smart City Foundation of Cape Verde with 45 proposals from eight islands

"Smart Neighborhoods" ideas competition by the Smart City Foundation of Cape Verde with 45 proposals from eight islands

According to the foundation's president, Loide Monteiro, this year's participation exceeded all expectations for this competition

The "smart neighborhoods" ideas competition, launched by the Smart City Foundation of Cape Verde and partners, saw the participation of 45 project ideas from eight islands and 15 municipalities.

According to the foundation's president, Loide Monteiro, this year's participation exceeded all expectations for this competition, whose goal is to develop the concept, the idea, and subsequently ensure the implementation of the winning idea in the winning neighborhood, thereby contributing to the development of smart cities.

Smart Neighborhoods 2023 is a nationwide social project based on Sustainable Development Goals 11 (Sustainable cities and communities) and 17 (Partnerships to achieve the goals), targeting communities and neighborhoods in the country.

"We have 45 ideas competing from eight islands. The only island without candidates was Maio. All the other islands submitted candidates, and we have 42 neighborhoods that applied with their ideas. Therefore, we believe it was a well-received competition. There was participation beyond our expectations," she said.

"We were expecting 10 neighborhoods, but we got 42. And all the ideas are very interesting, and we are eager to see the results," added the foundation's president.

Out of the total 45 ideas, 56% were submitted individually, 24% as a group, and 20% were presented by associations.

Technology and economy, social inclusion, environmental sustainability, and security are the areas covered in the competition.

In the end, the top four ideas in each category will receive a six-month incubation prize, which includes structuring their idea and seeking partners to implement it in their neighborhood.

The pilot project of Smart Neighborhood Safende, which has already been executed, had, according to the foundation, a "very positive" impact on the community and gained international recognition, being chosen as the first chapter of the book "Smart Cities: Responsible and Resilient," published by the University of Malaysia.

Photo: Loide Monteiro, President of Smart City Foundation of Cape Verde

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