The pace of change in our world is so rapid that just acknowledging the evolutionary advances can be challenging. One trend that should not be overlooked is the growth of cities. According to data reported by the UN Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs, more than 50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas. That data also shows by 2030 the world is projected to have 43 megacities with more than 10 million inhabitants each. That growth will only intensify the challenges municipal leaders face.
A positive trend has emerged—the creation of competitive challenges for cities visionary enough to be labeled a “Smart City.” An accepted definition is “a municipality that uses information and communication technologies to increase operational efficiency, share information, and improve both the quality of government services and citizen welfare.”