The Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation (abbreviated as “Guangzhou Award” hereafter) is awarded to innovative projects and practices in the public sector of cities and regions worldwide. Its objective is to recognize the importance of public sector innovation in promoting the socio-economic environment and sustainability of cities and regions and advancing the livelihood of their citizens. The Guangzhou Award is open to all city and regional governments around the world, including members of UCLG and Metropolis. A project or practice that enters the competition for the Guangzhou Award should meet the following eligibility criteria: i) It should involve original non-profit activity aimed at promoting social undertakings in the city or region. ii) It must be currently running, or have been completed within the past two years. iii) It must provide evidence of substantial impact and/or success achieved.