Smart Cities are implementing new solutions offered by technologies, whose evolution is turning them into new fields of practice. One such new field is telematics, which incorporates telecommunications, vehicle and transport technologies, road safety, engineering, and computer science.
Buildx, a collaborative platform focused on building sustainable homes; Feelif, a multimedia tool that allows visually-impaired people to feel shapes on a touch screen; and SAGA, a peer-to-peer learning platform that gives students the opportunity to learn from industry experts – have been announced as the winners of the 2017 European Social Innovation Competition, ‘Equality Rebooted’, at an awards ceremony in Brussels. Selected from nearly 800 applicants from more than 40 countries, each project will receive a €50,000 prize from the European Commission.
The Barcelona Startup Ecosystem Report, published from Startup Genome, analyzes the city’s ecosystem evolution, its strengths and assets, and what actions can be taken to really accelerate growth. The case of Barcelona holds significant lessons for cities and regions around the world as the city’s startup ecosystem has been gaining momentum over the last several years.
It has been a while since Henry Chesbrough coined the term Open Innovation and formulated it’s definition: “combining internal and external ideas as well as internal and external paths to market to advance the development of new technologies.” (Chesbrough, 2003). In the course of time, the terminology surrounding Open Innovation has evolved alongside developments in management literature and practises. Open Innovation as a paradigm on itself is on its quest to touch base. Rather than taking a (technical) process-oriented approach, Open Innovation is now also about Open Business Models
The Intelligent Community Forum named the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2018. Selection of this group of cities and counties begins the eight-month process through which ICF will name of them as its 2018 Intelligent Community of the Year. More than semi-finalists for an international award, the Smart21 represent the best models of economic, social and cultural development in the digital age, in the judgment of ICF and its team of independent analysts.
Huawei presented its 2017 UK Smart Cities Index, aiming to provide an assessment of the current state of smart city development in the UK through a detailed comparison of the 20 leading smart cities. The evaluation highlights their strategies, key projects, and overall readiness to develop smart city visions. The study also highlights lessons to be learnt from early adopters and areas where cities, the national government, and other stakeholders need to act to accelerate smart city development in the UK.
The fact is smart home products are just the beginning of what will become a much larger connected network within society. Now, various cities around the world are taking that connectivity to the next level. They’re addressing some long-standing development issues by examining the potential of smart cities. In fact, estimates are that more than $41 trillion will be invested in Internet of