28th September 2023

Winning Silver at the Seoul Smart City Prize!

Academy of the Near Future has been awarded silver in the ‘Human-Centricity’ category at the Seoul Smart City Prize in South Korea!

The Seoul Smart City Prize is designed to promote and champion a people-cantered digital transformation. The ‘Human-Centricity’ Prize awards projects that prioritize digital inclusion in smart city development including particularly underserved groups among the citizen population, such as the youth or elderly.

The Academy of the Near Future Programme is dedicated to providing citizens with the knowledge and tools to understand emerging technologies and how data can address urban, environmental, and societal challenges.

The partnership leverages the expertise of local government and leading academic research to drive the evolution of smarter, more inclusive cities, believing that building an inclusive, socially responsible, and environmentally sustainable city is contingent on technology's capacity to enhance the lives of all residents.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin said:

“The Academy of the Near Future's remarkable achievement in receiving the Silver Award at the Seoul Smart City Prize is a source of immense pride for Dublin. This recognition underscores our commitment to innovation and inclusivity in urban development. We are honoured to be part of this collaborative effort with CONNECT, and we remain dedicated to building a smarter, more vibrant, and equitable future for all our residents."

Grace D’Arcy, Engagement Programme Manager at Academy for the Near Future, said:

“Receiving the Silver Award at the Seoul Smart City Prize reaffirms our unwavering commitment to human-centric smart city development. We believe that by empowering young people with knowledge and fostering inclusive dialogue, we can truly shape urban environments that enhance the lives of all residents. This recognition inspires us to continue our mission of building smarter, more inclusive, and environmentally sustainable cities.”