​What is SmartCityX

SmartCityX is an open innovation program comprised of best-in-class, stage-agnostic startups from around the world along with iconic Japanese corporations and industry thought-leaders.


With a common vision of co-developing the "city of the future," SmartCityX takes a diverse, people-centric approach in identifying next-generation technologies that can enrich lives and create more equitable and inclusive communities.

SmartCityX places an emphasis on six core verticals:


1) Consumer Products & Service

2) Mobility

3) Smart Building

4) Energy, Resource & Sustainability

5) Connectivity & Infrastructure

6) Social Innovation


These pillars unite corporate and consumer interests and embody the hope we all share for making cities more livable, resilient and sustainable.




We are looking for the best, most innovative ideas from around the world to shape the future of cities. Startups of all stages are welcome. We are looking for ideas, prototypes, demos, commercialized products, and more, from all stages of development.

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Advisory Board

Baron Davis

Baron Davis Enterprises


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Leadership Circle

Our Leadership Circle, which will continue to grow throughout the program, is a diverse group of industry stakeholders that are deeply immersed in smart city technology, and includes individuals from global corporations, municipalities, the venture capital community, innovation hubs, academia and researchers. We leverage their expertise to build and support our overall community.

John Rossant


NewCities Foundation

CEO | Founder and Chairman

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Brano Perkovich

San Francisco 49ers

Chief Investment Officer

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Edwin Olson


Venture Investor

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Jordan Sun

City of San Jose

Chief Innovation Officer

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Penny Lee


Principal at Invariant, Angel Investor

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Sue Stash

Pandemic Impact Fund

General Partner

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Tak Nagumo

Mitsubishi UFJ Research & Consulting Co., Ltd

Smart City Institution Japan

Senior Managing Executive Officer | Executive Director

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Anna Sandquist

Best Buy

Merchant Director, Connected Home and Connected Car

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Edgar Chiu

SparkLabs Taipei

Managing Partner

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Heather Werner

City of San Diego

Deputy Director, Sustainability

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Noboru Koshizuka

The University of Tokyo

Professor, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies

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Peter Popovics



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Tak Umezawa

CIC Japan | A.T. Kearney

Chairman | Chairman

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 Mie Prefecture

Shibuya City, Tokyo


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