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Innovation Clusters

Smart Kalasatama: A co-created district to experiment smart urban living

jlvae1biUnder the slogan “One more hour a day”, the city of Helsinki has initiated the development of a district, Kalasatama, that aims to manage time more efficiently. Considering time as one of city residents’ most precious resource, the vision of Smart Kalasatama, created together with local residents and other stakeholders, is for everyone to gain an extra hour of free time every day. Continue reading…

Innovation clusters: Understanding life cycles

innovation-clusters-understanding-life-cycles-1-638Innovation clusters: Understanding life cycles is a report published by The Economist Intelligence Unit. It focuses on the life cycles of five innovation clusters and the possible factors that determine their success. The report is based on desk research and expert interviews, referring to five case studies sited at Silicon Roundabout (UK), Bangalore (India), Boulder (United States), Singapore, and Estonia. Continue reading…

Research Driven Clusters: e-Training Platform

InnoSeeINNOSEE, a Leonardo Da Vinci project produced an e-learning platform for training on Research Driven Clusters (RDC) which is accessible from the project website. RDCs training is required in all the stages of cluster development, emergence, set-up, growth, sustainability, and adaptation.

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InnoSee and Open Innovation

The InnoSee project aims to development of key competences of research-driven clusters (RDC) and e-learning modules for RDC managers training. Partners include IPS (Institute for Postgraduate Studies at the UNWE, coordinator), ITPIO (Institute Continue reading…

How to Make a Region Innovative

To foster economic growth, innovation clusters need to draw on the power of an interrelated “quad” of sectors: public, private, civil, and academic, according to an article published in the latest issue of strategy+business magazine by Ernest J. Wilson III. Continue reading…

East London Tech City Map

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. Continue reading…

Centers, Cities, Clusters Report

The report, “Centers, Cities, Clusters: Encouraging Innovation Through Sustainable Urban Design,” published by American Planning Association, focuses on sustainable economic development through case studies from Barcelona, Boston and Curitiba highlighting innovative strategies for economic development in urban cores. Continue reading…

Agglomerative Forces and Cluster Shapes

Technology Sourcing from Silicon ValleyHBS professor William R. Kerr and doctoral candidate Scott Duke Kominers develop a theoretical model for analyzing the forces that drive agglomeration, or industrial clustering. The model highlights how agglomerative forces lead to localized, individual connections among firms, while interaction costs generate a defined distance over which attraction forces operate. Continue reading…

Clustering and City Competitiveness

cluster_smallIn a time when Europe must be restructured economically after the recession, clustering presents an ideal way to ensure local economic development and the EU’s future competitiveness, based on integrated, robust foundations that raise productivity and the implementation of innovation, according to “Clustering and City Competitiveness – an introduction” guide. Continue reading…

USA Innovation Clusters

US Innovation ClustersThe report “The Geography of Innovation: The Federal Government and the Growth of Regional Innovation Clusters” by Jonathan Sallet, Ed Paisley and Justin R. Masterman focus on the importance of President Barack Obama’s call for a new federal effort to support regional innovation clusters.

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