URENIO Watch: Intelligent cities – smart cities – innovation ecosystems

The Rise of Global Startup Cities

Rise-of-the-Global-Startup-CityA new report from the Martin Prosperity Institute used detailed data from Thomson Reuters to chart the world’s leading centers for venture capital investment. These data provide granular information on venture capital investment globally as well as the geographic location of venture investments. Worldwide venture capital investment amounted to $42 billion dollars in 2012 and is spread across more than 150 cities and met­ro regions. Continue reading…

Accenture Technology Vision 2016

Accenture Technology Vision 2016Accenture’s Technology Vision report pinpoints the emerging IT developments that will have the greatest impact on companies, government agencies, and other organizations in the next three to five years. The 2016 version investigates five trends behind a ‘people-first’ approach: Intelligent automation, liquid workforces, the platform economy, predictable disruption and digital trust. Continue reading…

Apps Challenge Playbook

NewCoverJan222016_1The “Apps Challenge Playbook: A Step by Step Guide to Planning & Running Your Own Apps Challenge”, created by the City of Palo Alto, documents the process of a multi-month community apps competition. It is a valuable resource for the communities, which run app challenges in order to benefit from the solutions that citizens build for their towns and cities. Continue reading…

CIO of the City of Palo Alto on Smart Cities and Digital Transformation

Jonathan ReichentalPalo Alto’s Chief Information Officer, Jonathan Reichental discusses smart cities, digital transformation, leadership, and innovation in local government. Continue reading…

P[art]icipatory Urbanisms

bg_05P[art]icipatory Urbanisms is a compilation of interviews with urban practitioners and a critical anthology of peer-reviewed articles, examining the triangulation of urban participation, aesthetics, and politics. Continue reading…

How to prepare the different types of cities for the future

jan16-18-city-typesJohn D. Macomber, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, argues that private entrepreneurs and civic entrepreneurs need to match smart cities projects to specific circumstances. He proposes to break cities into four segments across two distinctions: legacy vs. new cities, and developed vs. emerging economies. The opportunities to innovate will differ greatly by segment. Continue reading…

OpenGrid, a New Portal for Exploring Civic Data

OpenGrid_LogoChicago is a leader in using open data to better serve its residents. OpenGrid is the next step in making open data accessible to Chicagoans, and it is part of the city’s ongoing commitment to transparency and innovation in city government. Continue reading…

Future City Glasgow

Future City GlasgowFrom a state-of-the-art city operations centre to the creation of an innovative city data hub, Glasgow is putting people at the heart of its future. Over the last 18 months, Glasgow has been developing a series of initiatives to showcase the exciting potential offered by smart city technology. Continue reading…

Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators

Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global InnovatorsThe 5th annual Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators showcasing the world’s 100 most innovative organizations by analyzing patent and citation data across four main criteria: volume, success, globalization and influence. Top 100’s commitment to innovation and dedication to ongoing R&D are drivers of economic success, not only for them but also for the countries in which they reside Continue reading…

The Hackable City: A Research Manifesto and Design Toolkit

hackable cityThis book, published by Mobile City Foundation as part of its Hackable Research project, aims to offer a closer look at the implications of ‘hackable city making’ in the form of a Hackable City Research Manifesto and a ‘hackable city toolkit’. This toolkit could give designers, policy makers and citizens a number of ideas to approach projects that they might be working on, providing also a number of strategies to include in their projects. Continue reading…