The report ‘Smart Cities: A Gateway to Digital Life’, published by Booz Allen Hamilton, calls for the standardization of a ‘smartness’ barometer against which services and initiatives launched by the government and private sector can be measured and evaluated.
Archive for 2015
Libellium CEO Alicia Asin Perez highlights the dynamic changes occurring resulting from connected infrastructure, the resilience of new sensors, and the new trend in smart cities. From a practical, hardware-based point of view, she shares how far her copmany have come in cities from Hoboken to Gerona, from Malaga to Melbourne, from Salamanca to Sydney, and particularly in Europe.
Open Knowledge International has published the Global Open Data Index 2015, showing that countries outside of Europe, the US & Canada have made some impressive gains in releasing key data. However, progress remains slow for most governments, who are still not providing key information in an accessible formats to be used, without restriction, by their citizens, civil societies, journalists and businesses.
A Symposium on Smart City KPIs, organised by the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Joint Programme for Smart Cities (JPSC) at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2015 in Barcelona on 19 November, provided a global perspective of the state of the art in smart city technologies.
“Data for Community-Driven Solutions” is a series of articles, published in Stanford Social Innovation Review magazine, which highlights specific interventions that can help drive a more networked, inclusive, and open society. The articles focus on data for impact and present some of the opportunities and challenges posed by new technologies. They also offer theories and models for better using data to achieve positive social outcomes.
Startup Playbook, written by Sam Altman, the President of Y Combinator (YC), contains the most generalizable parts of the advice that company gives to YC and YC Fellowship companies. The guide is meant for people new to the world of startups.
Civic Graph is an open source data and visualization project initiated by Microsoft’s Technology & Civic Innovation team, aiming to provide insights into the burgeoning civic tech community — who it consists of, what their respective focus areas are, and how they connect to one another.