Our city shows off its smarts
MELBOURNE has a global reputation as a liveable city, but now it’s also one of the leading smart cities.
The Victorian capital has been ranked eighth in the Top 50 Smart City Governments survey for its “people-centred” policies in solving social challenges.
Melbourne was outperformed by seven cities led by London, Singapore, Seoul and New York.
Conducted by Eden Strategy Institute and OXD design studio, the survey ranked cities across measures such as implementation of “smart” policies, clarity of vision, leadership, talent-readiness, support programs and development of innovation ecosystems.
Melbourne was praised for redesigning public services with people in mind, especially to help the disabled.
“The city conducted indepth research to understand how blind, deaf, or deaf — blind people navigate their way through the city,” the report said.
Acting Lord Mayor Arron Wood said that with 10 innercity university campuses, Melbourne had a total knowledge sector output of $99 billion.
“We want to be a city that encourages bold thinking and innovative ideas, attracting the best and brightest minds,” he said.