CNNMoney’s “Most Innovative Cities” list and the stories that accompany it are just a snapshot into what’s happening in America’s urban environments. In surveying experts, we heard about more than 50 U.S. cities — and the mayors behind them — that are championing creative solutions.
SUSTAINIA100 is an annual guide to 100 innovative sustainability solutions from around the world. The guide identifies readily available projects, initiatives and technologies at the forefront of sustainable innovation. SUSTAINIA100 gives investors, business leaders, policy makers and consumers insights into promising solutions within their respective fields. These vetted projects and technologies span from Western innovation hubs to emerging economies.
The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) announced the launch of the 2014 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, which is now open to cities worldwide.
The 2013–2014 Mayors Challenge is an ideas competition for European cities—a chance to win funding for a bold new solution to a major urban challenge. It exists to bring powerful new ideas to life—not only to help your own city, but to encourage others to adopt creative approaches as well. Applications have been submitted and 21 cities presented their ideas in the Ideas Camp.
European ICT Poles of Excellence (EIPE) are geographical agglomerations of best performing Information and Communication Technologies production, R&D and innovation activities, located in the European Union, that exert a central role in global international networks. The EIPE Atlas presents the results of the empirical mapping of ICT activity in Europe and the ranking of the top European NUTS 3 regions based on their performance in EIPE Composite Indicator (EIPE CI), together with the ranks for the individual 42 indicators which contributed to the building of the EIPE composite indicators.
In a new policy brief produced by the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), a research team led by Institute Director Edward Glaeser reviews the current state of technology entrepreneurship in greater Boston. “The technology sector remains in remarkable flux,” the authors write.
Barcelona, Espoo, Grenoble, Groningen, Malaga and Paris are the six cities shortlisted for the first European Capital of Innovation award, or iCapital. The award will go to the city building the best “innovation ecosystem” – connecting citizens, public organisations, academia, and business – with a view to helping the city scale up its efforts in this field.