IT Awards

Awards & Recognitions by Year

The IT Department of Coral Gables has achieved extraordinary success across the last few years under the direction of Raimundo Rodulfo. Mayor Raúl Valdés-Fauli presented Raimundo Rodulfo, the City’s Chief Innovation Officer / Director of Information Technology with the Key to the City in recognition of the IT department’s cutting edge work and development of smart city technology. “We salute Raimundo and his team for their work in providing critical technology services and fostering continuous improvement and innovation in our City,” said the Mayor.

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2022 Smart City Innovation Excellence Award Winner

Coral Gables received the 2022 Smart City Innovation Excellence Award from the Smart Cities Council, an international organization headquartered in Washington D.C. The Smart Cities Council wrote: “Coral Gables has been a leader in applying technology to improve operational efficiencies, quality of life, public safety and mobility.” Read our post.

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 2022 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Smart Cities Award Winner

The City of Coral Gables is proud to be one of five Jury Award recipients worldwide in the IEEE Smart Cities Contest 2022, for our Smart District Expansion Project. The team was excited to participate remotely in the ceremony transmitted live from Paphos, Cyprus. Congratulations to Peachtree Corners, GA, U.S.A.; Berkane, Morocco; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Roorkee, India on also receiving the Jury Award, as well as the other finalists.

View the final results of the 2022 contest or the city's certificate of recognition.

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Cybersecurity Symposium for Smart Cities 2021

A “Cybertrust Impact in Local Governments” award for the City, and two “Cybertrust Pioneer in Local Governments” awards for the City’s Information Technology Director (Raimundo Rodulfo) and Economic Development Director (Julian Perez.)

Gartner Eye on Innovation Awards

These awards recognize government organization initiatives that make innovative use of data and emerging technologies to tangibly advance their progress toward digital government. Finalists are selected by benchmarking against world-class performance standards. Post - Videos

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STIR Labs Program 

City of Coral Gables was selected as one of the 17 public agencies to be part of the inaugural STIR Labs program funded by National Science Foundation, NSF. STIR Labs is a ground-breaking program transforming government-academic collaboration. The Coral Gables research challenges included artificial intelligence and machine learning applications for predictive analytics and other smart city solutions to improve citizen services and open data platforms for decision makers and first responders, and resulted in the development of the Coral Gables Artificial Intelligence Digital Assistant (AIDA) bot.  Post - Challenge

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U.S Census Innovation Lab''s The Opportunity Project (TOP)

City of Coral Gables is one of the two municipalities (New York City the other one) that joined 7 federal agencies (the U.S. Census Bureau, HHS, NOAA, MBDA, Treasury, CFPB, and HUD) leading problem statement challenges in The Opportunity Project (TOP), an initiative of the U.S. Census Open Innovation Labs (COIL) which brings government, technologists, and communities together to use federal data to solve some of the nation’s greatest challenges. Coral Gables' TOP challenge is titled "Helping Small Businesses Thrive in a Digital Economy." As part of this challenge, our City's Information Technology and Economic Development teams have been working with organizations, community leaders, user advocates and subject matter experts across sectors (government, industry, business, academia and nonprofit) to develop actionable digital solutions and products.  Post – Video

Digital Disruptors Award

City of Coral Gables Chief Innovation Officer / Director of Information Technology Raimundo Rodulfo was selected as a winner in the 2021 Digital Disruptors Globant Awards, in the Transformation Catalyst category. Per the award organization: “This global award aims to recognize those individuals that stand out and go the extra mile in order to guarantee their companies stay at the frontline of the digital revolution.  They drive change within their organizations, motivating their peers to reinvent themselves, encouraging a culture of innovation and challenging the status quo.” “The Transformation Catalyst award category recognizes those who carry out a business transformation that impacts every aspect of the organization”: Awards



8 Smart Cities to Watch 

State Tech Magazine named Coral Gables as one of the 8 Smart Cities to Watch in 2020. Our City Beautiful was recognized for being at the forefront of using technology to address residents’ needs during the pandemic: “These cities have focused on using technology to address their residents’ urgent needs during the pandemic.” “StateTech is introducing a new crop of smart cities to watch, following up on our 2018 report that highlighted eight promising smart cities. This new batch of rising smart city stars have focused their efforts on providing the right smart city applications at the right time for their residents.” More: Announcement - Post

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Smart 50 Award, Urban Infrastructure

City of Coral Gables has been named a recipient of the 2020 Smart 50 Award. The Coral Gables Smart Districts competed with innovative and transformative projects from around the world and received the award under the Urban Infrastructure category. Excerpts from the announcement: “Smart 50 Awards, in partnership with Smart Cities Connect Foundation and US Ignite, annually recognize global smart cities projects, honoring the most innovative and influential work. This year, primary categories included community engagement, digital transformation, smart mobility, urban infrastructure, and urban operations.” “These municipal-scale projects exemplify innovation and concrete influence in their community or communities or implementation.” Announcement - Award

Open Cities Index

City of Coral Gables is a recipient of the 2020 Open Cities Index award. Our City ranked in the top 10 of the Open Cities Index in North America, and was the top-ranked in the U.S. for second year in a row. “The City of Coral Gables scored the highest out of all US participants and jumped an incredible 21 ranks from the 2019 OCI earning them the title of Most Improved. Ranking 1st overall in Readiness and 3rd overall in Impact, they are constantly striving to make government data accessible.” "This year, a new dataset category was added specifically to gather data on how municipalities have adapted to share COVID-19-related data with their community and external organizations... The City of Coral Gables utilized datasets derived from city traffic and environmental city sensors to provide visualizations on the change in residential mobility throughout the City." More information: - Award Website

StateTech State & Local Government Influencer List

City of Coral Gables Chief Innovation Officer / Director of Information Technology Raimundo Rodulfo was named to the StateTech Magazine list of “30 State and Local Government IT Influencers Worth a Follow in 2020”: Announcement - eNews

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American Society for Quality - International Team Excellence Award

The City of Coral Gables Information Technology Department won 3rd place in the ASQ 2019 World Conference’s ITEA case study storyboard competition in Fort Worth, TX. The case study was about the city’s I.T. six sigma black belt project our team submitted to the American Society for Quality's (ASQ) International Team Excellence Awards (ITEA). Our team was invited by ASQ to present our project at the 2019 World Conference on Quality and Improvement (WCQI) as part of the ITEA case studies exhibition. We are proud of our I.T. Team, our ITEA project’s quality improvements, and this recognition from the American Society for Quality! Review our ITEA case study poster.

Top 10 Global Performing ITEA Teams 

Quality Progress Magazine, the official publication of the American Society for Quality, included our City's Information Technology Team in their June 2019 issue, as part of a group of 10 top-performing ITEA teams from around the world that participated in the International Team Excellence Award. Read more.

Open Cities Index Award Winner

The City of Coral Gables received a trophy for being the top performing U.S. organization in the 2019 Open Cities Index (OCI). The Open Cities Index (OCI) was developed by the Public Sector Digest (PSD) in partnership with the Open Data Exchange (ODX) as an appraisal framework to gauge the level of openness in cities across North America. The Open Cities Index is Canada’s first benchmarking study for municipal open data initiatives and serves as a tool for public sector organizations to measure the maturity of their open data programs. Several municipalities from the United States participated in 2019, and Coral Gables received the top performing U.S. rank recognition.

Digital Cities Award

City of Coral Gables won first place nationally in the Digital Cities 2018 awards, in the category of Up to 75K population. This is an annual recognition of city performance and innovation in "using technology to align with city goals; promote citizen inclusion in important government processes and share government data with the public; proactively address citizen expectations; and boost cybersecurity and increase efficiency." Thank you to the Center for Digital Government and e-Republic/Govtech for this recognition! Our information technology team is happy and highly motivated to continue moving forward working together with City leaders, all departments and our partners, improving citizen services and advancing smart city technologies and innovation. More: Award Site  -  News Post

NIST Global City Teams Challenge

The National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) included the Coral Gables smart city initiatives into the NIST’s Global City Teams Challenge “Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge” (GCTC). The Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) program is a collaborative platform for the development of smart cities and communities, led by National Institute of Standards and Technology, a bureau of U.S. Department of Commerce, in partnership with other U.S. federal agencies including U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), National Science Foundation, International Trade Administration, and National Telecommunications and Information Administration. It enables local governments, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, technologists, and corporations from all over the world to form project teams, or “action clusters,” and “SuperClusters,” to work on groundbreaking Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) applications within the city and community environment.

More: Visit the City’s GCTC page at NIST, and the complete list of action cluster projects.

35 Champion Cities 

Coral Gables was selected as one of 35 finalist champion cities in Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge nationwide competition, and won a prototype funding award. Our City partnered with University of Miami researchers to build a smart energy micro-grids prototype, funded by this award. This idea prioritizes power distribution during emergencies to ensure public safety operations in Coral Gables can continue after a hurricane. The Bloomberg Challenge’s goal was to encourage city leaders to uncover bold, inventive ideas that confront the toughest problems cities currently face.  News Post 1 / News Post 2 / Article

World Standard Day Smart City Contest Prize

In celebration of World Standards Day, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Standards Association held a contest exploring the 2017 theme of “standards make cities smarter.” Contestants submitted videos exploring how standards are helping to create the smart city of today and tomorrow. Each winner’s video included references to Smart Cities standards and how they address a problem. Entries were judged on their relevance to Smart Cities, creativity, originality, and quality of production. The City of Coral Gables winning submission was about how the City developed a robust network and system infrastructure based on engineering standards and best practices that enables residents and first responders to stay connected even when Mother Nature strikes at her hardest. The IEEE, originated in 1884, is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.

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Meet the Chief Innovation Officer

Raimundo Rofulfo has led the IT department of Coral Gables to success across the last few years, find our more about our director here.

Meet the Chief Innovation Officer