23 abril 2018

The Mexican island of Cozumel and La Possession, a commune of the island of Réunion (France), also awarded

The British Isle of Wight is the winner of the second edition of the Smart Island Awards

The Isle of Wight, the largest of the British Isles, located in front of the coast of Southampton, has been awarded the title of Smart Island of 2018 at the second edition of the Smart Island World Congress Awards, which have been presented this evening. The ceremony has been held in the auditorium of the Hotel Palma Beach, the venue of the Congress. 
The Isle of Wight's digitalisation programme has been deserving of the best Smart Island prize. This is the long-term strategy that this British Isle is leading and which aims to involve all productive sectors, in order to become the driving force of the economic development of the territory. The programme focuses on sectors such as health, industry, and education, among others.
As regards the Smart by Nature initiative of the La Possession commune, it has received the prize for the best initiative for Sustainable Development. The jury has acknowledged the fact that the renovation project of the city's town centre is being carried out by applying intelligent technology criteria. Smart by Nature is laying the foundation of the city of tomorrow, with the installation of public charging stations for electric vehicles, low power consumption lighting solutions, as well as sensors for monitoring of consumption of water and electricity. 
The prize for the best Smart Destination has been received by the Mexican island of Cozumel. Considered to be the first intelligent island of Mexico and of the whole of Latin America, it has been recognised for its project for the creation of digital maps, both of its seabed as well as its microclimates and other natural resources, with the aim of promoting research on sustainability on the island. 
The gala awards ceremony has included the participation of the mayor of Calvià, Alfonso Rodríguez, the director general of Technological Development of the Government of the Balearic Islands, Benjamí Villoslada; and of the councillor for Modernisation and Public Function of the Consell de Mallorca, Carmen Palomino.
The Smart Island World Congress is the world's leading congress on intelligent islands and main forum for discussion between islands. The purpose of its second edition is to strengthen ties between island territories to face shared challenges such as climate change, economic competitiveness, technological innovation and tourism. The event, which ends tomorrow, will bring together 95 speakers, a hundred representatives of islands around the world and close to 20 exhibitors.
Calvià, 23 April 2018
Albert Sas
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