URENIO Watch: Intelligent cities – smart cities – innovation ecosystems

IEEE Smart City Challenge

IEEE Smart City ChallengeIEEE has created the Smart City Challenge, a game that encourages people to share their vision for a better world, city by city. The IEEE wants suggestions for how to design smart cities of the future. Suggestions can include ideas for communication, energy, infrastructure, and transportation. Continue reading…

Future Cities: UK Capabilities for Urban Innovation

Future_Cities_UK_Capabilities_for_Urban_InnovationThis report provides an overview of the UK’s capabilities for urban innovation by illustrating examples of activities led by businesses, universities and research institutions, and city governments and other civic organisations. Through case studies the report highlights the exportable products and services that have emerged from the UK’s future cities innovation ecosystem. Continue reading…

The Future of Data-Driven Innovation

The_Future_of_Data-Driven_InnovationThe U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation published the Future of Data-Driven Innovation report. This report explores the tremendous growth in data collection, delving into the implications on business and public policy. Continue reading…

The World’s Smart21 Communities of 2015

smart21-2015The Intelligent Community Forum today named the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2015. The Smart21 Communities of 2015 is comprised of five communities from the United States, four communities from Australia, four communities from Taiwan, three communities from Canada, and one community each from Brazil, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya and New Zealand. Continue reading…

Re-imagining Cities

reimagine_citiesIn cities around the world, digital platforms are bringing together citizens and service providers in innovative ways. In a recent post on Medium Stefaan Verhulst, Co-Founder and Chief of R&D and Julia Root, Adjunct Fellow at the GovLab write about the ways in which we observe cities re-imagining themselves. The authors point to four distinct ways that cities are redefining how they plan, build and invest in their futures. Continue reading…

White Paper: Smart Cities and the Energy Cloud

2014_10_WP-SCEC-14-Navigant-ResearchThis Navigant Research white paper examines the critical issues facing cities and utilities as they develop the energy policies needed in the century of the city. The emerging vision is of smart cities that integrate large and small-scale energy initiatives ranging from improvements in national infrastructure through citywide energy efficiency programs to local energy generation. Continue reading…

Most Innovative Cities 2014

cnn-icCNNMoney’s “Most Innovative Cities” list and the stories that accompany it are just a snapshot into what’s happening in America’s urban environments. In surveying experts, we heard about more than 50 U.S. cities — and the mayors behind them — that are championing creative solutions. Continue reading…

Policies for Community Wealth Building: Leveraging State and Local Resources

PoliciesForCommunityWealthBuildingA new report, published by Democracy Collaborative, is a representative survey of some key emerging best practices in state and local policy-making to support community wealth building—designed to support economic inclusion goals, create quality jobs with family-supporting wages, address generational poverty, stabilize communities and the environment, and address growing wealth inequality. Continue reading…

The Age of Megacities

The_Age_of_Megacities_-_2014-10-15_01.58.03“The Age of Megacities”, an engaging Esri project, maps the growth of ten global megacities by examining the expanding urban footprint of each city over the past 100 years. The Esri team has selected 10 international cities to show the wind-whistling clip of modern development. Continue reading…

Participatory Budgeting Projects Worldwide

PBHeaderShareable news site published 15 projects from around the world that demonstrate the potential of the Participatory Budgeting process. Participatory budgeting, in which people decide together how a portion of a government’s (or organization’s) budget is spent, is a proven way to give decision-making power to the people. It enables citizens to play an active role in shaping their community and creates more transparent governments. Continue reading…