|By PR Newswire||
|November 16, 2012 09:43 AM EST||
NEW YORK and GUANGZHOU, China, Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Review Jury of the 2012 Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation today announced the five winning cities in urban-development initiatives: Kocaeli (Turkey), Lilongwe (Malawi), Seoul (Korea), Vancouver (Canada), Vienna (Austria).
Amid the rapidly changing social, economic and environmental context of the 21st century, urban areas worldwide are facing unprecedented challenges in strategically planning for community involvement, social economic engagement, public service and administrative management.
Only cities that have planned well for the future can fully enjoy the fruits of sustainable development. For example, Turkey's Kocaeli City organized a holistic campaign to educate youngsters on emergency monitoring and management, while the city of Seoul in Korea developed and implemented a transparent procurement system to prevent youth prostitution and rehabilitate Internet addicts.
"How to face the common challenges, such as urban population growth, environment pollution and unemployment is a universal question. The winning initiatives covering emergency management, citizen involvement in urban governance and other areas demonstrated the major focus of our award –innovation," said Jianhua Chen, the mayor of the award's hosting city Guangzhou, China. "Urban innovation experiences are borderless, and we hope that the successful experiences of the award winning cities will become precious assets for all the cities in the world."
On the night of the award ceremony on November 16, nearly 1,700 policy makers, government officials, business professionals and academic experts gathered to celebrate the 2012 Guangzhou Award. Attendees included mayors from cities around the world, chief executive officers from leading companies and chief officers from the United Cities and Local Government (UCLG) and the World Association of Major Metropolises.
"The five award winning cities come from five different continents and represent very different social, cultural and institutional contexts. But what they all share is a willingness to tackle not just problems that they are facing today but also some important challenges that will shape their tomorrow. The lessons to be learned from their experiences can be of benefit to many other cities around the world and to humanity," said Nicholas You, Co-Chair of the Review Jury and Chairman of the UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign Steering Committee.
Initially the organizing Committee reviewed all of the 255 initiatives submitted by 153 cities from 56 countries and regions based on the criteria of innovativeness, effectiveness, replicability and significance. All of the 15 short-listed projects and the 30 deserving projects, which the Committee further recommended for special commendation, will be on free exhibition to the public.
Mr. Kerry Jang, Deputy Mayor of Vancouver, said that he was glad that the Greenest City Project was recognized with approval. "We have been striving to make Vancouver home for everyone and we believe our actions to become the greenest city in the world by 2020, can provide an inspirational framework for other cities to adapt according to their local needs."
"It is a great honor for the City of Vienna and an acknowledgment for our integrative and environmental measures and a possibility to share our experiences with other cities with a high number of migrants from all over the world," said Mr. Goran Novakovic, the head of Vienna Delegation, "Vienna was recognized as the most sustainable city in 2012 and sees its future in environmental technology and protection of nature as well as the increasing migrants to our city."
Mr. Gift Dalitso Kasamira, the City Development Strategy Manager, said winning the award was a significant achievement for Lilongwe with the city now being recognized on an international level for its ambitious city development strategy which empowered its citizens economically and sanitarily.
China just concluded its 18th CPC National Congress and scientific outlook on development became CPC's theoretical guidance. Guangzhou, the award's hosting city, has led the country's economic reform, environmental protection, and opening up to the international community ever since China started its economic reform more than 30 years ago.
Guangzhou is one of the strongest growth engines of China's rapid economic growth. Its average GDP per capita of $15,000 ranked the third in the country. Over the years, Guangzhou has built citywide infrastructures to develop a sustainable growth model and a smarter urban environment with the purpose of happy and harmonious living for its residents. It has consistently made great efforts in urban innovations, such as providing affordable housing for low-income families, supporting green energies and assisting new material industries.
Guangzhou has partnered with 31 cities in 28 countries as sister cities. With a history of more than 2,200 years, Guangzhou also boasts a rich civilization and exceptional historical heritages to the international award for urban innovations.
About Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation
The concept of the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation (abbreviated as Guangzhou Award) is derived from the city's long-term cooperation with United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) from its foundation in 2004 and with the World Association of Major Metropolises (Metropolis) since 1993.
Co-hosted by UCLG, Metropolis, and Guangzhou Municipal Government, the Guangzhou Award aims to reward innovations to improve the socio-economic environments in cities and regions, promote sustainability, and hence advance the livelihood of their citizens. Presented biennially, the award will encourage and recognize outstanding innovative projects and practices in the public sector.
Against the background of a rapidly changing social, economic and environmental context in the 21st century, the Guangzhou Award contributes to the progress of city performances by promoting innovations in the public sector and presenting a platform for cities and regions around the world to share and disseminate their achievements.
The award is open to all cities and local governments, including members of Metropolis and UCLG as well as other cities. Applicants can submit innovative achievements in such thematic fields as Public Services, Organization and Administration, Partnership and Citizen Involvement, Smart City, Sustainable City, and others. The Guangzhou Award will be granted to up to 5 winners. Each of the winners will be awarded with USD 20,000, apart from a trophy and a certificate. Winners will also be invited to attend side events including seminars and exhibitions on urban innovation.
For more information about the Guangzhou International Awards for Urban Innovation, please visit: http://www.guangzhouaward.org/.
SOURCE Guangzhou International Awards
When building large, cloud-based applications that operate at a high scale, it’s important to maintain a high availability and resilience to failures. In order to do that, you must be tolerant of failures, even in light of failures in other areas of your application. “Fly two mistakes high” is an old adage in the radio control airplane hobby. It means, fly high enough so that if you make a mistake, you can continue flying with room to still make mistakes. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lee...
Feb. 12, 2016 04:45 PM EST
With the proliferation of both SQL and NoSQL databases, organizations can now target specific fit-for-purpose database tools for their different application needs regarding scalability, ease of use, ACID support, etc. Platform as a Service offerings make this even easier now, enabling developers to roll out their own database infrastructure in minutes with minimal management overhead. However, this same amount of flexibility also comes with the challenges of picking the right tool, on the right ...
Feb. 12, 2016 04:30 PM EST Reads: 189
DevOps is not just last year’s buzzword. Companies with DevOps practices are 2.5x more likely to exceed profitability, market share, and productivity goals. But how do you enable high performance? What can you do right now to start? Find out from DevOps experts including Gene Kim, co-author of "The Phoenix Project," and the Dynatrace Center of Excellence.
Feb. 12, 2016 04:30 PM EST
SYS-CON Events announced today that Column Technologies will exhibit at SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Established in 1998, Column Technologies is a global technology solutions provider with over 400 employees, headquartered in the United States with offices in Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. Column Technologies provides “Best of Breed” technology solutions that automate the key DevOps principal...
Feb. 12, 2016 04:15 PM EST
SYS-CON Events announced today that Interoute, owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 12 data centers, 14 virtual data centers and 31 colocation centers, with connections to 195 ad...
Feb. 12, 2016 04:15 PM EST Reads: 423
Join us at Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo 2016 – June 7-9 at the Javits Center in New York City and November 1-3 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – and deliver your unique message in a way that is striking and unforgettable by taking advantage of SYS-CON's unmatched high-impact, result-driven event / media packages.
Feb. 12, 2016 03:00 PM EST
SYS-CON Events announced today that Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Commvault is a leading provider of data protection and information management...
Feb. 12, 2016 02:15 PM EST Reads: 447
There will be new vendors providing applications, middleware, and connected devices to support the thriving IoT ecosystem. This essentially means that electronic device manufacturers will also be in the software business. Many will be new to building embedded software or robust software. This creates an increased importance on software quality, particularly within the Industrial Internet of Things where business-critical applications are becoming dependent on products controlled by software. Qua...
Feb. 12, 2016 02:15 PM EST
As someone who has been dedicated to automation and Application Release Automation (ARA) technology for almost six years now, one of the most common questions I get asked regards Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). Specifically, people want to know whether release automation is still needed when a PaaS is in place, and why. Isn't that what a PaaS provides? A solution to the deployment and runtime challenges of an application? Why would anyone using a PaaS then need an automation engine with workflow ...
Feb. 12, 2016 01:45 PM EST Reads: 228
With an estimated 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020, several industries will begin to expand their capabilities for retaining end point data at the edge to better utilize the range of data types and sheer volume of M2M data generated by the Internet of Things. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Don DeLoach, CEO and President of Infobright, will discuss the infrastructures businesses will need to implement to handle this explosion of data by providing specific use cases for filte...
Feb. 12, 2016 01:00 PM EST Reads: 226
SYS-CON Events announced today that Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Avere delivers a more modern architectural approach to storage that doesn’t require the overprovisioning of storage capacity to achieve performance, overspending on expensive storage media for inactive data or the overbuilding of data centers ...
Feb. 12, 2016 12:30 PM EST Reads: 106
SYS-CON Events announced today that Pythian, a global IT services company specializing in helping companies adopt disruptive technologies to optimize revenue-generating systems, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Founded in 1997, Pythian is a global IT services company that helps companies compete by adopting disruptive technologies such as cloud, Big Data, advanced analytics, and DevO...
Feb. 12, 2016 12:30 PM EST Reads: 261
CIOs and those charged with running IT Operations are challenged to deliver secure, audited, and reliable compute environments for the applications and data for the business. Behind the scenes these tasks are often accomplished by following onerous time-consuming processes and often the management of these environments and processes will be outsourced to multiple IT service providers. In addition, the division of work is often siloed into traditional "towers" that are not well integrated for cro...
Feb. 12, 2016 12:00 PM EST Reads: 497
SYS-CON Events announced today that Alert Logic, Inc., the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Alert Logic, Inc., provides Security-as-a-Service for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid infrastructures, delivering deep security insight and continuous protection for customers at a lower cost than traditional security solutions. Ful...
Feb. 12, 2016 11:45 AM EST Reads: 451
Recognizing the need to identify and validate information security professionals’ competency in securing cloud services, the two leading membership organizations focused on cloud and information security, the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and (ISC)^2, joined together to develop an international cloud security credential that reflects the most current and comprehensive best practices for securing and optimizing cloud computing environments.
Feb. 12, 2016 11:45 AM EST