URENIO Watch: Intelligent cities – smart cities – innovation ecosystems

WEF White Paper: Internet for All

WEF11According to WEF’s White Paper Internet for All – A Framework for Accelerating Internet Access and Adoption, there are four essential categories imposing barriers to the greater use of Internet: infrastructure; affordability; skills, awareness and cultural acceptance; and local adoption and use. Defining the strengths and weaknesses for each region regarding these dimensions can be very useful for pointing out and proposing policies for technological improvement. Continue reading…

Opportunity Now: Europe’s Mission to Innovate

EU_mission_to_innovate_smAccording to Robert Madelin, Senior Adviser for Innovation to the President of the European Commission, Europe has always been a world-leading inventor. Europe retain the core skills and deep science culture that have made this possible. In this century too, Europe can contribute a great share of the world’s new tools: in genomics and biotech, in data and materials, in energy and nutrition, in propulsion and cognition, in health and well-being, both physical and mental. Continue reading…

The Global Information Technology Report 2016

WEF1The Global Information Technology Report 2016 is a report produced by the World Economic Forum aiming to present some key messages regarding the proper measurement and the effective and smart use of ICTs for achieving global economic growth and societal inclusion. According to this report the leading countries in terms of generating economic impact from investments in ICT are Finland, Switzerland and Sweden. Continue reading…

Report: Smart Specialisation at City Level

infocus1URBACT, the European Programme focused on cities, presents in this report the results of the IN Focus transnational exercise. This act constitutes a pioneering initiative, trying to explore the urban agenda on economic development in terms of smart specialisation. Continue reading…

Smart city applications are best managed in the cloud

Cloud-article-Philips-LightingMachina Research has published a new study recommending that future smart city services should be managed in the cloud. Commissioned by Philips Lighting, the whitepaper, titled “Future-proofing IT for Smart City services”, highlights how hybrid cloud offers the most cost-effective infrastructure and the importance of future-proofing the IT used to implement Smart City services. Continue reading…

Geographies of Innovation

geographies of innovationGeographies of Innovation, created by the 300.000 km/s firm, visualizes and explores the location of innovation initiatives, companies and research hubs in Barcelona, how they cluster in urban space and which sector of activity they belong to. Continue reading…

Urban Startup Neighborhood

Startup-US-2016_Rise-of-the-Urban-Startup-Neighborhood-1The report, titled Rise of the Urban Startup Neighborhood, published by Martin Prosperity Institute, uses granular data from Thomson Reuters to look at micro-clusters of venture capital investment across America’s neighborhoods and five leading high-tech industries: software, biotechnology, media and entertainment, medical devices and equipment, and information technology services. Continue reading…

City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge 2016

ha_ed_city-on-a-cloudThrough the City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge, Amazon recognizes local and regional governments as hubs of innovation in three categories: Best Practices, Partners in Innovation, and Dream Big. The winners will receive Amazon Web Services (AWS) promotional credits to start or continue their projects. Continue reading…

Gartner’s 10 Strategic Technologies For Government, 2016

Smart machines conceptTo enable government transformation initiatives, Gartner has identified the top 10 strategic technologies in 2016 and provides recommendations to CIOs and IT leaders regarding adoption and benefits. Continue reading…

CITIE – The Northern Powehouse region

citie2City Initiatives for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CITIE) provides city policymakers with a resource to help them develop the policy initiatives that catalyse innovation and entrepreneurship in cities. Continue reading…