2012 is shaping up to be the “Year of the Civic Startup” according to Mark Headd. In GovFresh.com he proposes five ways that governments can take to help encourage and foster the growth of civic startups.
With the launch of its new comparative widget, SeeClickFix announced a new way to rank the responsiveness and activity of local municipalities across the globe. SeeClickFix hopes to encourage greater civic engagement, promote accountability from both governments and residents, and expand the channels available for disseminating public information.
Postscapes.com announced the winners of the 2011 Internet of Things Awards. Over 100 projects and 16,000 votes were submitted to this year’s awards in the following 9 categories: Consumer Product, DIY Project, Networked Art, Design Fiction, Self Tracking Product, Open Source Project, Technical Development, Enterprise Implementation and Environmental Implementation
Bloomberg BusinessWeek published a series of articles about how data analytics is helping urban areas improve the quality of life by cutting crime, pollution and waste.
Schneider Electric and its recently acquired Telvent have collaborated to develop and introduce an integrated suite of solutions to improve the efficiency and sustainability of urban infrastructures, leading to more livable cities.