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WESH – We.Service.Heerlen Heerlen, The Netherlands
Modifier 24 October 2022
by Harald WOUTERS, UIA Expert

WESH: Heerlens Heitje awarded the best EU solution in global Smart Cities contest

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During the annual IEEE Smart Cities conference in Cyprus, We.Service.Heerlen (WESH) was awarded as the best EU solution in the global Smart Cities contest.

From 26 till 29 September 2022 IEEE hosted the 8th annual international IEEE Smart Cities Conference in Paphos, Cyprus. IEEE stands for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the world's largest tech association with over 400,000 members across 160 countries. The IEEE Smart Cities conference held an international Smart Cities contest for the first time. Members of the WESH Project Team and the UIA Expert were invited to the ceremony and attended the high-level academic conference. WESH's civic participation platform Heerlens Heitje was awarded as a finalist among solutions from India, Morocco, Kazakhstan,  Indonesia and the USA. During the ceremony the IEEE Smart Cities Chair PhD. Georges Zissis, Professor at the University of Toulouse, handed over the certificate to WESH Project Manager Pieter Bonnema and UIA Digital Transition Expert Harald Wouters. The global jury praised the integrated, participative approach of WESH. Governance innovation that pioneers in crowdsourcing on a blockchain platform, was regarded as highly potential for future city management. The WESH team was very pleased to receive this recognition form this highly regarded international association. IEEE Smart Cities invited WESH to host a webinar about How Heerlen's Citizens Bob-a-Job in a Digital Age on Tuesday 8 November 17:00h CEST (or 11AM Eastern Time).