The Intelligent Cities Project

Helping cities explore and forecast how AI will shape their future.

Facing drastic changes from the workforce to climate change, municipalities around the world have sought to create Smart Cities. We take this concept a step further to look at how AI can reimagine urban centers globally, with sustainability and equity as defining principles.

The Intelligent Cities Project is an initiative designed to help cities comprehend and utilize the potential of new & emerging technologies that can help them enhance the quality of life of its residents.

Launched in June 2021, Intelligent Cities Assessment offers any city official a customized report showcasing the potential use areas of artificial intelligence for the municipality’s most pressing issues, such as urban planning and development, education, energy, and healthcare services.

In addition to these recommendations, we help connect city planners with partner organizations and companies that can help with implementing and scaling these changes. 

Intelligent Cities Assessment

Helping city officials explore the likely impact of AI in your city. 

Transform The Future of Your City

Our Intelligent Cities Assessment provides a series of AI based recommendations and solutions, tailored specifically to the demographics and needs of your urban area.

Assessment Areas:

  • Urban Planning
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Food Security
  • Community Welfare
Contact us if you would like to participate in the Intelligent Cities Project.

Surveys are for City Officials only.

What kind of infrastructure spending will support the future mobility in your city?

Can redesigning your school curriculum improve attendance and performance?

Will better climate forecasting lead to greater solar energy adoption in your neighborhood?

How AI is Transforming Urban Centers Around the World

Urban Planning & Transportation

Kokomo in Indiana has been utilizing Picterra - a geospatial imagery analysis tool, to monitor and optimize road maintenance costs. This has allows the city council to manage road maintenance costs preemptive, optimize public fund utilisation for renovation and construction and provide a methodology for further infrastructure maintenance efforts.


The Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) uses the Vermont Weather Analytics Center (VWAC) to improve operational efficiency and renewable energy management. VWAC uses an advanced ML model that combines weather and renewable energy forecasts with demand and distributed sources to deliver more precise hyper-local forecasts that include local solar farms and homes as energy sources.


Massachusetts General Hospital partnered with the computing company NVIDIA to implement AI-powered machines for disease detection, diagnosis, treatment and management processes. The programs train more than 10 billion medical images in radiology and pathology to facilitate faster testing and diagnostic capabilities.


Milton Keynes, a fast-growing UK city, worked with the Institute of AI at De Montfort University Leicester to use AI models to identify student attendance patterns at the Milton Keynes-based Willen Primary School. As school attendance is closely linked with educational performance and later life outcomes they were able to use this data to identify when students most often missed school and create programs to increase attendance.

Community Service & Support

The North Carolina Innovation Center instituted chatbots - auditory or textual computerized conversational systems, which are frequently AI-based - in 2016. These systems free up the help center operators’ line, where about 90 percent of calls are just about basic password support, allowing operators to answer more complicated and time-sensitive inquiries.

Food Security

The city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil has created a food security program - Secretariat for Nutrition and Food Security (SMASAN), which guarantees access to free or low-cost food to those who are struggling to afford basic necessities. Because of this program, thousands of children and adults have had access to healthy food, and it decreased childhood mortality of those under the age of 5 by 72% between 1993 and 2005. The city hires several agricultural specialists to help them with land regulations and the use of their resources, and this helps to secure the right amount of healthy food needed and it also secures the land for sustainable use. Schools serve as an important place for these organic gardens, and children are taught about conservation and care for the ecosystems.

Further Research and Resources

Artificial Intelligence as a Public Service

In 2020, Helsinki and Amsterdam announced the launch of their open AI registers. They are the first cities to offer such a service in the world. The AI registers describe what, where, and how AI applications are being used in the two municipalities; which datasets were used for training purposes; how algorithms were assessed for potential bias or risks; and how humans use the AI services.

SDG Spotlight: Pegasus Imagery

We are proud to share the work of Pegasus Imagery, a Canada-based company using the latest drone technology to acquire the necessary data to aid the country’s natural disaster response. Recommended as a resource in our Intelligent Cities Report for the City of Kelowna for their wildfire and flooding management capabilities, AI for Good is proud to uplift companies that are using their technologies for good. We asked them about their mission, the value of sustainable technology, and what they hope for looking ahead.

Work in a Digital and Artificial Future

Panelists, including CEO James Hodson, discuss the future of work and how the pandemic has affected office life, the type of influence AI will have on our current and future workforce, and the role of public and private partnerships with AI technologies. The panelists also spoke of the need for skilled labor and how AI-enabled work may encourage immigration to the United States.

Join us

We encourage all cities to take our Self Assessment Tool as a first step so that we can work together to get you the resources you need to benefit from the potential of Artificial Intelligence technologies.

If you are a researcher, NGO, AI service provider, or other organisation that has relevant capabilities for emerging intelligent cities, please get in touch so
we can unlock more opportunities for cities around the world.

Impact Network


Ekubirojs is committed to helping cities and their citizens transition to a healthier low-carbon, and circular economy.


UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.


PowerGen Renewable Energy is a micro-grid developer, implementer, and operator in East and West Africa.

The Hunger Project

The Hunger Project is a global, non-profit, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger.


Research Institute of Sweden

RISE is a state owned research institute collaborating with academia, industry and society as a central part of the Swedish innovation system.

World Vision

World Vision International is an Evangelical Christian humanitarian aid, development, and advocacy organization.

One Tree Planted

One Tree Planted is a non-profit 501(c)3 environmental tree planting charity that plant trees in countries around the world.

MIT Urban Planning

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Knowledge 4 All Foundation

Knowledge 4 All Foundation promotes the spread of knowledge and vivid academic debate to anyone with access to the internet anywhere in the world.


Safe to Learn is an initiative dedicated to ending violence in and through schools so children are free to learn, thrive and pursue their dreams.

Mingle Lingo Foundation

Mingle Lingo is a student-run initiative in which students teach each other languages.

Library For All

A globally available free digital library to provide books to communities where inequality, poverty or remoteness are everyday barriers to accessing education.

Global Education Coalition

A new Coalition to protect the right to education during unprecedented disruption and beyond.

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