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Qualcomm Hosts Second Annual Smart Cities Accelerate 2020 Event

-Launched in April 2019, Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program Grows to ~300 members, Leading with Unique Vision of Delivering End-to-End Solutions Through Qualcomm® IoT Services Suite-

Dec 9, 2020SAN DIEGO

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Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced the continued momentum of the Qualcomm® Smart Cities Accelerator Program at its second annual Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerate 2020 event. This year’s digital event brings together Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program ecosystem members, technology executives, and Internet of Things (IoT) thought leaders and practitioners from around the world. Since the April 2019 launch of the Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program, the ecosystem has brought together over 300 members, received an initial $75 million in capital for investment in projects developed in collaboration with ecosystem partner JLC Infrastructure (and IGNITE CITIES), and shifted toward a new vision, prioritizing the enablement of IoT-as-a-Service (IoTaaS) through the Qualcomm® IoT Services Suite.

This year’s digital event sessions are kicking off with an opening fireside chat keynote with Cristiano Amon, president, Qualcomm Incorporated, and Aamir Hussain, senior vice president and chief product officer, Verizon, which will be moderated by Jeff Lorbeck, senior vice president and general manager of IoT, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. The event covers the most recent technology advances, business models, and best practices for enabling smart cities and smart connected spaces, including panels with U.S. city mayors and leading industry experts, product demos and more. 

“We’re thrilled to virtually bring together our Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program ecosystem of IoT solutions providers, systems integrators, technology and government leaders to discuss the growing opportunities for smart cities and spaces,” said Sanjeet Pandit, senior director, business development and global head of Smart Cities, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Working with our program members to develop seamless, comprehensive IoT services and tools will help enable the evolution of smart cities and connected spaces across the globe.”

The event stems from the Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program, which is designed to connect cities, municipalities, government agencies and enterprises with an ecosystem of providers to help deliver greater efficiencies, cost savings, safety and sustainability. By connecting members looking for smart solutions, the Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator program aims to enrich lives through the accelerated transformation of critical infrastructure and services. Ecosystem members represent a breadth of hardware and software providers, cloud solution providers, system integrators, design and manufacturing companies, as well as companies offering end-to-end solutions for smart cities and spaces.  


City of Columbia, South Carolina

“Thank you so much to Qualcomm Technologies and IGNITE CITIES for their leadership and their incredible commitment to cities all across the country,” said Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina. “This event is a clear example of what’s possible when you pull together strong public and private partnerships that work to benefit and support all our citizens and cities.”

City of Honolulu, Hawaii

“I’m pleased to be a part of Qualcomm Technologies and IGNITE CITIES’ Mayoral panel, to speak alongside other city mayors and technology leaders discussing how we can collaborate in using technologies to transform the future of our cities,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell of Honolulu, Hawaii. “The city of Honolulu has supported the effort to roll out 5G on our streetlights and telephone poles for improved broadband and communication. A priority for me is ensuring we leverage technologies that will level the playing field and give access to those that need it the most for needs across education, transportation, and more.”

City of Miami, Florida

“It is imperative that city leaders and technology companies work together to ensure we can properly access and deploy smart technologies to safely and securely address the many unique needs of our communities – especially in our current environment,” said Mayor Francis X. Suarez of Miami, Florida. “This year has highlighted the areas of need in our communities. We’ve been working with companies like IGNITE CITIES and Qualcomm Technologies to bridge the digital divide and provide access to technology and connectivity across Miami to address the needs of remote–education and empower our community to hold the jobs of today and tomorrow.”  


“Now is our time to reshape our future, which includes a new path to connectivity. Our partnership with mayors is completely focused on relief, recovery, and rebuilding at an accelerated pace to ensure tomorrow’s smart city includes everyone," said George Burciaga, managing director, IGNITE CITIES.  “Qualcomm Technologies’ commitment to supporting cities provides the framework and bandwidth to not only think out of the box, but to remove it.” 


“We are just at the beginning of a massive proliferation in the Smart Cities space and it’s great to see Qualcomm Technologies facilitating an ecosystem that is moving in the right direction. With Qualcomm Technologies’ leadership in 5G alongside Verizon’s rollout of massive 5G networks, we will facilitate and transform a faster adoption of smart spaces and verticals across smart cities and smart connected spaces globally,” said Aamir Hussain, senior vice president, chief product officer, Verizon.

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