The second Smart City Expo & World Congress (SCE & WC) will be held between 13 and 15 November 2012 at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona. In its first year, the event brought together over 6,000 participants from 51 countries, 118 speakers and 290 international companies, becoming one of the main world cities on smart and sustainable urban development.
The new, myTaxi, intelligent application has the potential to make life easier for commuters and transform the local taxi markets. MyTaxi won a €25,000 prize and two years of mentoring in CODE_n12 competition at the Cebit trade show in Hannover. MyTaxi works by connecting people who are looking for a taxi with available drivers. Users can see where available taxis are on the map,
Manchester City Council has revealed a 10 point plan to ensure it is one of the world’s foremost digital cities by 2020 – promoting economic growth and ensuring residents have the skills to benefit. The plan will drive the Council’s digital priorities and move the city forward rapidly as an example of best practice.
Yesterday the New York City Council voted unanimously to approve a landmark piece of legislation that would require its 50 plus agencies to publish their quantitive data sets through an online portal in a machine-readable format, enabling public and private sector access to better manipulate and interpret the city’s information.
An interesting report titled “Information Marketplaces: The new economics of cities” has been published by “The Climate Group”, Accenture, Arup and the University of Nottingham. In the executive summary of this report is quite clear that there is a value created by smart thinking in the cities. According to the executing summary of the report:
Welcome to Google X, the secret lab, where 100 beyond-your-imagination ideas are working their way towards realization; in the imaginary world of Google X, robots go to work instead of you, refrigerators order groceries, your car drives to your destination