URENIO Watch: Intelligent cities – smart cities – innovation ecosystems

Open Data and Visualisation Apps

Singapore appsSingapore’s Infocomm Development Authority announced the competition Data in the City: Visualisation Challenge, which is based on open government datasets with the objective to create visualisations Continue reading…

2014 Inventors | Innovators Under 35

tr35.inventorsx392_0The MIT Technology Review released its list of 35 Innovators Under 35, an annual lineup that highlights up-and-coming young professionals who are inventing the devices and technologies that will redefine how we live and work. The MIT Technology Review’s editors pared the roughly 500 nominees to 80 finalists and outside judges rated the originality and impact, or potential impact, of their work; those scores guided the editors as they crafted the list. Continue reading…

SUSTAINIA100: A Guide to 100 Innovative Solutions

3rd_sustainia100_2014SUSTAINIA100 is an annual guide to 100 innovative sustainability solutions from around the world. The guide identifies readily available projects, initiatives and technologies at the forefront of sustainable innovation. SUSTAINIA100 gives investors, business leaders, policy makers and consumers insights into promising solutions within their respective fields. These vetted projects and technologies span from Western innovation hubs to emerging economies. Continue reading…

Smart systems, automation and employment: two opposing views

Smart systems living“Human Needs not Apply” is a video by CGP Grey that predicts automation and smart systems will make human work obsolete. It was presented on Youtube on 13 August 2014 and within 10 days received almost 2 million views. This view is in line with the Economist estimation that almost half of jobs Continue reading…

Six megatrends that will shape the future of cities

six-city-megatrendsThe coming decades will see the next wave of mass migration to cities, especially in Asia and Africa, according to Prof. Razeen Sally, visiting associate professor at National University of Singapore. The World Economic Forum City Competitiveness Report identifies six megatrends that are likely to determine how well cities do in the future and in one of his latest articles Prof. Razeen Sally presents briefly the following six megatrends: Continue reading…

The Age of Intelligent Cities

The Age of Intelligent Cities - Komninos

Published on August 12th 2014, “The Age of Intelligent Cities: Smart Environments and Innovation-for-All Strategies” by Nicos Komninos concludes a trilogy that began with Intelligent Cities: Innovation, Knowledge Systems and digital spaces (Routledge 2002) and Intelligent Cities and Globalisation of Innovation Networks (Routledge 2008). Continue reading…

The 2014 100 Resilient Cities Challenge

kowloon - large - Calvin YC - flickr - resizeThe Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) announced the launch of the 2014 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, which is now open to cities worldwide. Continue reading…

Video: The Social Impact of Open Data

logoThe Center for Data Innovation and the Sunlight Foundation organized a panel discussion highlighting the impact of open data across education, health care, international development, and other fields. Continue reading…

EU Sixth Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion

ec_europa_eu_regional_policy_sources_docoffic_official_reporEnergy efficiency, employment and SMEs are core focus of EU 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy says new Commission report. The European Commission’s 6th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion published today shows that EU Cohesion Policy is delivering on the growth goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy by creating jobs and reducing disparities across Europe. Continue reading…

IFTF 20 Combinatorial Forecasts

IFTF_TheTechHorizon_20CombinatorialForecasts-coverInstitute’s for the Future (IFTF) Technology Horizons program presented its new 2014 map, 20 Combinatorial Forecasts, which explores the future of technology at the intersections of different fields. This map is designed to help you anticipate the future of combinatorial innovations emerging at the intersection of distinct territories. Use this map to visualize the whole range of innovations and see the bigger picture—a more interconnected technology landscape. Continue reading…