IBM has named Lagos amongst 31 other cities globally selected for its Smarter Cities Challenge grant for 2013. Launched in 2011, the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge is a three-year, 100-city, $50 million competitive grant programme.
The initiative is IBM’s single-largest philanthropic initiative globally, where the leading technology and business consulting company assigns a team of six top IBM experts to each winning city to study a key issue identified by the city’s leadership.
Housing West Africa’s largest and busiest air and sea ports, and with a population of about 16 million, Lagos is reputedly one of the most populated, most industrious and fastest growing cities globally. In 2012, IBM provided expert counsel to 33 cities worldwide which had earned IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grants. One of the recipient cities was Nairobi, Kenya, where IBM created a plan for traffic management.