On August 12, we began our Smarter Cities Challenge with a formal launch at the eThekwini Municipality in the City Council chambers. In attendance were His Worship the Mayor Cllr James Nxumalo, Deputy Mayor Cllr Nomvuzo Shabalala, Speaker Cllr Logie Naidoo, and Executive Council Members, Mr. Sibusiso Sithole, City Manager and Senior City Leaders. His Worship the Mayor Cllr James Nxumalo opened the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge which focusing on Economic Development in a joint meeting with the Executive Committee and IBM Smarter Cities Challenge team. Dr. Musa Gumede, Deputy City Manager: Health and Social Services, welcomed everyone and lead the meeting which included presentations by Mr. Eric Aplegren, Head of Department – International and Governance Relations at eThekwini Municipality, Mr. Ahmed Simjee, Smarter Cities Executive for IBM and Mr. Nduwuisi Emuchay spokesperson for the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Duran Team. Following the launch, the IBM team was excited to receive the challenge and immediately set to the task.
Left to right: Mr. Sibusiso Sithole, City Manager, Nduwuisi Emuchay (IBM), Marie Esposito (IBM), Chris MacLaughlin (IBM), Mayor Cllr James Nxumalo, Lauren Luellwitz (IBM), Robyn Massey (IBM), Doug Smith (IBM), Dr. Musa Gumede, Deputy City Manager: Health and Social Services,