This is an article about the new trend of municipal Chief Innovation Officers, citizen engagement, civic hackers, hackathons, open data on the municipal level. Yet, only two US cities have Municipal Chief Innovation Officers: San Francisco and Philadelphia.
The London Tech City Map, developed by Trampoline Systems and Playgen, analyses the technological ecosystem in East London by aggregating social network feeds for up to 10,000 people. The prototype includes 80 businesses and already generates analysis on the relative influence of each one and link them by the similarity of their interests.
The San Jose Mercury News has an excellent article describing the 8 major sub-valleys of Silicon Valley that are focal points for specific industries or activities: Ventureland, Social Mediaville, Biotechboro, the Incubator, Startup Central, Sprawl City, Factory Town and Software City. Each valley is described by place, what makes it special, notable names, notable number, and interesting facts.
Innovation ecosystems constitute one of the three fundamental elements of intelligent cities. Connecting the functional and physical characteristics of cities with broadband networks and e-services, innovation ecosystems nourish the spatial intelligence of cities. The paper by Deborah J. Jackson, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, describes a model
Strategy+Business magazine published the article “Hotbeds of Innovation,” by veteran journalist William J. Holstein, showing how strategic partnerships between large and small companies can jumpstart R&D.
White House announces Startup America to foster innovative, high-growth firms in US. The initiative is a coordinated public/private effort that brings together an alliance of innovative entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations, and other leaders, who work in concert with a wide-range of federal agencies to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of American entrepreneurs.
The foresight report by Anthony Townsend (Institute for the Future), Alex Soojung-Kim Pang (Institute for the Future), and Rick Weddle (Research Triangle Foundation) challenges the model of self-contained research parks and incubators that dominated