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Smart Cities Council is the longest-running global smart cities ecosystem, founded in 2012.

Headquartered in Washington DC, Smart Cities Council, (“SCC”), is the world’s largest and longest-running membership-based Social Impact Organisation for Smart Cities, Smart Buildings, and Technology.

With operations in over 20 countries globally, SCC leads policy and advocacy, and through our Task Forces, Events, and Partnerships SCC develops thought leadership, knowledge, playbooks, educational assets and tools that enable the creation of positive, self-sustaining social, environmental and economic benefits.

Domain Verticals and Technology Horizontals


  • Aged Care
  • Cybersecurity & Data Protection
  • Defence
  • Digital Equity
  • Ethics
  • Finance & Investment
  • Healthcare
  • Intelligent Buildings & Infrastructure
  • Intelligent Transportation Hubs
  • Mobility & Digital Transformation
  • Remote & Regional Communities
  • Safety, Security, Resilience & Disaster Preparedness
  • Smart Airports
  • Smart Tourism
  • Space
  • Sustainability


  • 5G and Digital Infrastructure
  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
  • Blockchain
  • Digital Twins
  • IoT

Our Team

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.

Global Team
Regional Team
Global Thought Leaders

Our Members Include

Globally, we work alongside industry bodies and not-for-profit organizations to further deliver on our goal of accelerating livability, workability and sustainability for projects, people and place.

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 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 11th 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 the first member
2014 First Handbook for Cities Published (Readiness Guide)
2015 Expansion to India
2015 First Smart Cities Week
2015 Publication of India Readiness Guide
2016 SCC Australia & New Zealand launched
2017 First Readiness Challenge Launched in 2016 at the invitation of the US White House
2020 Smart Cities Academy launched
October 2020 First Practitioner Certificate

As of 2022, the Smart Cities Council has produced eight (8) Smart Cities Weeks, five (5) Readiness Challenges with over thirty (30) winners and 80 Readiness Workshops serving over 50 cities with a total population of 1/2 Billion. We have also collected data on over six hundred (600) projects through the Readiness Challenge.

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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