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February 06, 2017
This year, Meeting of the Minds is moving to the Midwest. Cleveland will serve as host for the organization’s summit on Oct. 23 through 25 at the Global Center for Health Innovation.
January 30, 2017
At the Smart Cities International Sympoisum and Exhibition, Kip Harkness asked a question to the assembled city and thought leaders: "Do we want to be a smart city or a learning city?" By this, he means that cities should avoid a fixed mindset and instead embrace challenges. Formerly at Paypal,... read more
January 26, 2017
With 6.3 billion people expected to live in urban areas by 2050, actionable solutions were the topic of discussion at the Smart Cities International Symposium and Exhibition. The event took place on Jan. 24 and 25 at the University Center in Chicago, where thought leaders exchanged ideas on the... read more
January 13, 2017
Technology is advancing at a rapid rate, affecting the face of everyday city services. Mass transit is no exception, with sharing services and mobility apps disrupting the urban transportation landscape. With even more changes on the horizon, its important to make sure that payment systems keep up... read more
January 09, 2017 |
Cities, no matter what size, all want to use data to inform their day-to-day operations and strategic forecasting. Most megacities have already developed the organizational, technical and analytical foundations to leverage their data while some of the small to medium cities are still working to... read more
December 22, 2016
Michael Lake, President and CEO of Leading Cities, is the only American nominated for the inaugural UK Smart Cities Awards 2017 in the category “Smart City Leader & Promoter.” Michael has been recognized globally as a pioneer in the space of Smart Cities for his leadership in networking cities... read more
December 21, 2016
With 2016 coming to a close, now is as good a time as ever to look to the future. For your consideration, we present ten predictions about the Smart Cities movement for the next three years. These are based on observed urban trends and transitions, so plan accordingly!
December 06, 2016
Data publishing and sharing solutions leader OpenDataSoft is taking strides towards interoperability between data platforms. The company will work with Microsoft CityNext and Current, powered by GE, in order to develop new strategies for smart cities. These partnerships will allow OpenDataSoft to... read more
November 17, 2016
After a closing keynote from David Bollier and a roundtable on data, attendees left the sixth edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress for the last time. Altogether, 16,668 visitors came to Barcelona for this year’s Congress. This year’s Congress focused on empowering citizens and enabling... read more
November 16, 2016
The focus on citizens remained strong on the second day of the Smart City Expo World Congress. Panels on digital social innovation, refugee policy and the sharing economy complemented keynotes on urban connectivity and the circular economy.
November 15, 2016
From sunup until sundown, the Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via center buzzed with the chatter of innovation. The sixth edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress had begun. The first day of the the three-day event was filled with incident. Fitting, as it was the largest World Congress yet. Last year... read more
November 08, 2016
Barcelona is one of the leading Smart Cities in Europe, if not the world. Fittingly, it will host the Smart City Expo World Congress from November 15 through November 17. During this time, it will become the Smart City capital of the world, attracting thought leaders, exhibitors and organizations... read more
November 03, 2016
An annual gathering of thought leaders in urban fields, last week’s Meeting of the Minds annual summit attracted attendees from across the world to Richmond, California. The three-day event ran from Tuesday evening to Thursday night, offering networking events, hands-on workshops and panels... read more
October 21, 2016
Around 35,000 people gathered from Oct. 17 through Oct.2 0 in Quito, Ecuador, to discuss the future of global cities. Habitat III, the third iteration of a UN conference held once every twenty years, called for leaders around the world to adopt a strategy that will ensure successful urban... read more
October 18, 2016
The success and viability of many Smart City programs are contingent on a robust backbone of wireless connectivity.  Luckily, the Wireless Infrastructure Association seeks to ensure that our urban landscapes are ready for innovation. The WIA’s annual HetNet Expo will address the networking needs of... read more
October 13, 2016
Cities have historically been economic and commercial hubs, but the scale of their influence and output is only growing. According to a new report from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, cities make up 42 of the world’s 100 largest economic entities.
October 12, 2016
Applications opened Monday for the Knight Cities Challenge, which invites innovators to submit ideas that will benefit the 26 Knight communities. Winning projects will receive grants from a pool $5 million. While the submitted projects must be targeted toward the 26 communities that the Knight... read more
October 03, 2016
As Smart Cities Week ended, attendees returned from Washington D.C. invigorated by new ideas and strategies. Organized by the Smart Cities Council, Smart Cities Week brought together companies, civil servants and thought leaders to learn how to update and improve urban environments.
September 28, 2016
Smart Cities Week began with a piece of good news. In an expansion of the Smart City Initiative, the White House announced on Sept. 26 that it will invest $80 million in Smart City programs and technologies. This is in addition to the $160 million that the Initiaitve began with last year.
September 22, 2016
In an effort to enable citizens and communities to prepare for the impacts of climate change, the White House has launched a new public-private partnership. The Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP) is a collaboration among governmental, private, and nonprofit organizations that will... read more
September 15, 2016
With half of the world's population living in them, cities are becoming greater and greater targets for shocks and stresses. With the ratio of people living in cities on the rise, urban vulnerabilities will only become more pronounced. As such, the need for city secuity will continue to grow as... read more
September 12, 2016
As tech becomes more and more integral to our cities, STEM education from an early age will be essential. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto knows this, which is why the five of the city’s recreation centers will serve as technology-focused education centers during the week. Called Rec2Tech Pittsburgh,... read more
September 07, 2016
Consider the following. Cities have services and structures that are in dire need of repair. Public-private partnerships have been increasingly touted as a solution to the U.S.’s infrastructure woes. With private enterprise assuming risk and O&M costs, P3s present an excellent opportunity for... read more
August 31, 2016
Following a meeting in New Delhi, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency is moving forward in their efforts to support Smart City development in India. In February, the USTDA signed a grant agreement that would ensure continued support of sustainable, efficient growth in Visakhapatnam (Vizag), India... read more
August 17, 2016
As sustainability and energy-efficiency become greater priorities for smart cities around the world, electric vehicles (EV) will become a greater part of urban infrastructure. According to a new report from Navigant Research, the global e-mobility device revenue is expected to grow from $25.6... read more
August 17, 2016
Accessing tools for intelligent procurement just became easier. Onvia has partnered with the National Procurement Institute in order to help government entities develop and enact more efficient purchasing strategies.
August 15, 2016
Smart and resilient cities don’t just look for innovative technologies – they seek to empower its citizens, especially those from marginalized or poverty-stricken communities. To this end, the Rockefeller Foundation and Unreasonable Institute are partnering to sponsor the Future Cities Accelerator... read more
July 21, 2016
To update their systems, Brazil is turning to the private sector for procurement. Brazil’s Metro Company of the Federal District of Brasilia (Brazil Metrô-DF) is now accepting bid proposals for the provision, assembly and installation of equipment to modernize the Federal District Metro's Line 1... read more
July 21, 2016
As cities become outfitted with new IoT and sensor technology, the need for efficient and clean power for these devices continues to grow. A new report from Navigant Research explores the burgeoning smart energy market and how cities are transitioning toward that model. This infographic highlights... read more
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