URENIO Watch: Intelligent cities – smart cities – innovation ecosystems

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…

i-teams Report

i-teams_june_2014-1Drawing on an in-depth literature review, over 80 interviews, and surveys, i-teams report tells the stories of 20 teams, units and funds, all are established by government, and all are charged with making innovation happen. The i-teams case studied are based in city, regional and national governments across six continents, and work across the spectrum of innovation – from focusing on incremental improvements to aiming for radical transformations. Continue reading…

EU Public Consultation on Science 2.0

eu_research_consultations_science-2_0The European Commission launched a public consultation on ‘Science 2.0’, in order to gauge the trend towards a more open, data-driven and people-focused way of doing research and innovation. ‘Science 2.0′ is understood as a systemic change in the modus operandi of doing research and organising science. Continue reading…

Video: Beyond the Smart City – Towards a New Paradigm

Beyond the Smart City_ Towards a New ParadigmMathieu Lefevre, Executive Director of the New Cities Foundation, moderated a panel discussion on New Cities Summit 2014, about whether we need a new paradigm to describe the inevitable and growing relationship between technology and our cities, other than “Smart City”. Continue reading…

City as Living Laboratory

callCity as Living Laboratory: Sustainability Made Tangible Through the Arts’ (CaLL) provides a framework for how the arts and sustainability can be linked in innovative ways to create cities that help us redefine how we live our lives, use our resources, how we communicate, educate, work, and collaborate. Continue reading…

ISO City Indicators

city-indicatorsThe International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published a new standard (ISO 37120:2014) in order to help cities to assess their performance and measure progress overtime, with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life and sustainability. The standard’s uniform approach will enable cities to seamlessly compare where they stand in relation to other cities. Continue reading…

EU Connected Communities Initiative

europe_digital_agendaThe European Commission launched “Connected Communities” initiative – an umbrella for several systems designed to connect towns, cities, local broadband partnerships and operators to the advice they need to access finance and develop tailored business models for bringing fast broadband to their community. Continue reading…