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Chicago wins $1 million in ‘Mayors Challenge’

Updated: March 13, 2013 12:38PM

The city of Chicago is one of five winners — out of some 300 entrants — in a competition aimed at inspiring cities to come up with innovative ideas to improve city life.

Chicago picks up $1 million in “The Mayors Challenge” for creating a system — the “SmartData Platform — to analyze “millions of lines of data in real-time” that helps make “smarter, earlier decisions to address a wide range of urban challenges,” according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office.

Bloomberg Philanthropies, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s charitable organization, sponsored the event.

“Here in Chicago, we see opportunity in complexity and we are thrilled to be recognized as a winner in the Mayors Challenge. Today there are millions of pieces of data at our fingertips and the key to a smarter city is to use that data to make better decisions for our residents,” Emanuel said in a prepared statement. “At its core, our idea allows us to anticipate and get ahead of problems before they begin, helping us to be a more effective, smarter government. This platform has the potential to fundamentally change the way cities operate. With data, we are building a new path for all cities in the 21st century.”

The other winning cities — including grand prize winner Providence, R.I. — are Houston, Philadelphia and Santa Monica, Calif.

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