Curitiba (Brazil) won the Smart City of 2023 award at the World Smart City Awards gala during the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) in Barcelona. The city stood out for its commendable approach to smart urban planning, fostering socioeconomic growth, and championing environmental sustainability with a strong human-centric ethos. Other recognitions were awarded to:

Leadership award: Anna Lisa Boni (Deputy Mayor of Bologna) and Claudio Orrego (Governor of Santiago de Chile Metropolitan Region). Recognition: their continuing efforts in driving international urban innovation.

Mobility award: Konya Metropolitan Municipality (Turkey). Project: Restoration of old streetcars in Meram exclusively for cyclists.
Objective: Promoting bicycle awareness and advancing a new transportation mode.

Safety & Resilience award: Gangnam-gu (Republic of Korea). Recognition: active policy supporting marginalized social groups.

Enabling Technologies award: Tampere (Finland). Recognition: development of an urban-social digital twin utilizing the Data & Insights platform for purposeful urban services.

Energy & Environment award: Bordeaux (France). Recognition: design of tools for obtaining reliable indicators on the comfort temperature in the city.

Governance & Economy award: US Mayor Roundtable initiative (United States). Recognition: spearheading a digital transformation with a human-centric approach, modernising cities with a focus on underserved communities.

Infrastructure & Building award: Saudi Aramco’s Dhahran Smart City (Saudi Arabia). Recognition: technology integration - utilizing IoT and AI for efficient facility and service management.

Living & Inclusion award: Breda (Netherlands). Initiative: application facilitating entry for people with disabilities into cities and events.

Innovation award: 2 winners - SPIRE initiative (UN and European Urban Initiative): renaturing polluted urban soil in Baia Mare (Romania), & ECO-HEROES: vocational training program in ecotourism in Marrakesh (Morocco).

Source of information: (Published 08 November 2023)