URENIO Watch: Intelligent cities – smart cities – innovation ecosystems

The steps that can turn a new city into a smart city

banner 20 steps to-build a new cityIn a latest article in “The Guardian” a handy step-by-step DIY guide how to build a city from scratch is presented. In this guide 20 steps are proposed. As it is visualised in the following graph thirteen out of them are affected by different smart cities applications and concepts. Hence if you are planning a new “smart” city you might consider to examine the available smart city tools – applications for each step. Continue reading…

Social Innovation Lab Guide

10_silabguide_final-1This Guide to a Social Innovation Lab, published by a team led by Dr. Frances Westley at the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR), offered as a resource to peers, colleagues, practitioners, leaders from all sectors, and concerned citizens – all who have and/or will participate in change-making processes. Continue reading…

50 Smartest Companies 2015

50.smartestx519_0The MIT Technology Review magazine published its annual list of 50 companies that have truly innovative technologies and a business model that is both practical and ambitious, with the result that they have set the agenda in their fields over the past 12 months. Continue reading…

Report: Innovation That Matters

Innovation-That-MattersThe purpose of the Innovation that Matters report, published by 1776 in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is to share best practices for developing civic startup ecosystems from local communities in order to provide a framework that city leaders can utilize to foster new innovations that improve the lives of local citizens. Continue reading…

Report: Rethinking Smart Cities From The Ground Up

rethinking_smart_cities_from_the_ground_up-coverThis report, published by Nesta, tells the stories of cities around the world – from Beijing to Amsterdam, and from London to Jakarta – that are addressing urban challenges by using digital technologies to engage and enable citizens. Continue reading…

A Smart Cities Overview from British Standards Institution

bsi_8100“PD 8100: Smart cities overview – Guide”, published by the British Standards Institution (BSI), gives guidance on how to adopt and implement smart city products and services in order to facilitate the rapid development of an effective smart city. Continue reading…

Arup Design Book: 50 City Stories Explored

leaf_image_heroThe Design Book: 50 city stories explored brings together projects of all kinds delivered for and with cities around the world. Arup examines the ideas that help make great urban places – through design that is intelligent, beautiful, green, resilient, responsible and future-facing. Continue reading…

EU Digital Agenda Scoreboard 2015

DA_scoreboard2015The Digital Agenda Scoreboard reports on the progress of the European Union on digital issues. It includes an in-depth analysis in fields relevant to EU digital policies. Continue reading…

Citizen-Driven Innovation and Smart Cities

Citizen-driven innovationA guidebook of the World Bank and the European Network of Living Labs (ENOLL) on new citizen centric methodologies for innovation. The Guide explores the concept of Smart Cities and different models of Smart Cities are presented, showing how citizen-centric methods have been used Continue reading…

The Smart City Of Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes SectorIn his latest article Bernard Marr on Forbes tech presents interesting facts about the Smart City of Milton Keynes in UK. According to the author Milton Keynes Council was unsuccessful in the first attempts to acquire funding for a pilot project, it persevered and was eventually awarded an £8 million (EUR 11.2 million) grant from the UK Higher Education Funding Council, which was match-funded by BT (British Telecom), which became a partner on the project, alongside the Open University.
According to the article Milton Keynes Council decided to implement different projects on the following areas: Continue reading…