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The longest-running global smart cities ecosystem was founded in 2012.

We envision a world where innovation, technology and data leverages smart, sustainable cities with high-quality living and high-quality jobs. The Smart Cities Council serves as an objective and neutral network for sharing knowledge.


We promote cities that embody our three core values.


Cities that provide clean, healthy living conditions without pollution and congestion. With a digital infrastructure that makes city services instantly and conveniently available anytime, anywhere.


Cities that provide the enabling infrastructure — energy, connectivity, computing, essential services — to compete globally for high-quality jobs.


Cities that provide services without stealing from future generations.


Meet the team making the Smart Cities Council vision a reality by facilitating the conversations that matter, hosting events and task forces, and, most importantly, helping our members build smarter cities.

Philip Bane - Managing Director
Adam Beck - Executive Director SCC Australia New Zealand 
Pratap Padode - Executive Director, SCC India
Jannat Maqbool - Director New Zealand
Connie Heath - Executive Director City Engagement North America
Bethany Siegrist - Operations Manager
Tanveer Padode - Operations Director, India
Robyn Francis - Global Engagement Co-Ordinator

Our Members Include

Our Story

In 2012, Jesse Berst founded the Smart Cities Council to deliver solutions for advancing the livability, workability, and sustainability of cities globally.

Now in 2021 after the COVID pandemic, we want to continue our work with technology and intelligent design and extend our focus to innovative, compassionate outcomes for all communities, wherever located. Since we began on this journey, we have worked with hundreds of cities all at varying stages of their smart cities journey or project.

As we move towards our 10th year, we are embracing a renewed sense of determination to unlock greater benefits for our all communities and their stakeholders wherever located.


2012 IBM becomes first member
2014 First Handbook for Cities (Readiness Guide)
2015 Expansion to India
2015 First Smart Cities Week
2016 SCC Australia & New Zealand launched
2020 Smart Cities Academy launched
October 2020 First Practitioner Certificate


Smart Cities Academy

The Smart Cities Academy helps build the knowledge and capacity to support a city’s success in accelerating great outcomes, offering anyone the opportunity to enhance their knowledge.

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Readiness Program

The Readiness Program, offered globally, helps cities build capacity to accelerate outcomes. Cities learn about what they need to do to accelerate their outcomes.

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Smart Cities Week

Join our bi-annual conferences convened in Australia, India and the US where cities globally learn from cities participating in the Council’s Readiness Program how to accelerate projects and better cities.

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