Startup Genome examined how cities help growing and sustaining vibrant startup ecosystems through eight major factors: funding, market reach, global connectedness, technical talent, startup experience, resource attraction, corporate involvement, founder ambition and strategy.
Harvard’s Data-Smart City Solutions initiative published a guide that highlights resources to help answer questions that a new Chief Data Officer or other government data leader might have about the best way to move toward a data-driven enterprise.
A new report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) sees the Smart City market growing to US$1.3-1.6tn by 2020E (vs US$1tn today) and highlight six entry points for investors wishing to access the theme: (1) Smart Infrastructure; (2) Smart Buildings; (3) Smart Homes; (4) Smart Safety & Security; (5) Smart Energy; and (6) Smart Mobility. The report ranks Singapore, London, New York, Paris and Tokyo as the world’s smartest cities.
How do cities effectively collect, publish, and use data? A review of cities’ strategies for open data, analytics, and infrastructure identifies best practices for achieving data-smart goals—and highlights the importance of planning ahead.
US cities applying Smart City solutions, such as Seattle and Portland are making progress in finding their own solutions towards the infrastructure challenges they face instead of going through the slow process of waiting for the federal government to provide funds and design policies. This is a case of urban planners thinking globally and acting locally, and cities acting more autonomously and taking steps to provide their own solutions to their own challenges.
The new report of JRC “Innovation and Regional Specialisation in Latin America” analyses how smart specialisation is implemented in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. The study also suggests collaboration between smart specialisation initiatives in these countries, which together represent a population of over 460 million inhabitants, with EU regions.
The Quantified City: Sensing Dynamics in Urban Setting is a paper tries to shed light on the complex dynamics taking place within cities, which are characterized by a rapid urbanization process during the last decade. One of the main characteristics of these underlying dynamics, is the fact that they involve a large number of actors, such as humans, services, and infrastructures, which are observed in different spaces.