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How a Human-Centered Soundscape Is Making London a Smarter City

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 08.31.2015 | Impact
Melissa Jun Rowley

To help humanize the development of their project, the Cities Unlocked team commissioned the Helen Hamlyn Centre at the Royal College of Art to shadow eight people with sight loss as they planned and undertook walking journeys.

How Albuquerque's Civic IT Innovation Is Catalyzing Change

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 08.05.2015 | Technology
Lisa Abeyta

How do you implement twenty years' worth of innovative technology in record time? Start with a Mayor that has the innovative vision and drive to upgrade years' worth of obsolete, archaic business systems and processes while simultaneously creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem that spurs community economic development.

Embracing the Internet of Things Means Managing Privacy Risks With Care

Alexander Howard | Posted 07.06.2015 | Technology
Alexander Howard

The public needs to understand the risks and benefits of putting connected sensors into our gadgets, appliances, homes, cars and cities and connecting them to external networks.

Proudly Small: The Frugal City

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 08.31.2015 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

Forget the smart cities full of technologies and monitoring: let's live in frugal cities.

The Internet of Everything Empowers Cities as Never Before

John M. Eger | Posted 06.29.2015 | Technology
John M. Eger

Let's be frank. The strength of America's economy and as well as our political prowess in the world are inextricably linked. Cities -- not the Federal government -- are best positioned to renew and reinvent America for the new, global, knowledge-based economy.

Choosing a Mayor May Be More Important Than Choosing a President

John M. Eger | Posted 06.26.2015 | Technology
John M. Eger

Let's be frank. The strength of America's economy and as well as our political prowess in the world are inextricably linked. Cities -- not the Federal government -- are best positioned to renew and reinvent America for the new, global, knowledge-based economy.

Dr. Orujyan Encourages Young Entrepreneurs to Leverage Technology and Use the 'Internet of Things' to Innovate

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business
Ashley Jude Collie

Dr. Orujyan, who I count as a personal friend and a mutual source of inspiration, is an American immigrant success story that's still being told.

Your Smart Home: Google's Brillo Pad

John Bates | Posted 06.02.2015 | Technology
John Bates

Beyond the home, as the smart city evolves, we'll have street lamps that only come on when someone is there, traffic systems that dynamically reroute based on what's happening on the roads, buildings that optimize themselves to the number of people and weather conditions - so much is possible.

Smart Phones are Equalizing Who Can Access Knowledge

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Lisa Abeyta

The smart phone is the great equalizer of knowledge access. Never before has so much information been accessible to so many for so little cost.

Can Smart Cities Stop Hackers?

Adam Levin | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology
Adam Levin

A monster storm is on a collision course with New York City and an evacuation is under way. The streets are clogged, and then it happens. Every traffic light turns red.

How Urban Tech Is Disrupting Government Procurement Policies

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 06.27.2015 | Technology
Lisa Abeyta

I spent the past few days with our COO at the Smart City Startups Festival in Miami, Florida, interacting with some of today's most visionary, innovative urban tech startup founders who are disrupting almost every facet of the urban landscape.

Building Happier Cities With the Internet of Everything

Wim Elfrink | Posted 06.15.2015 | Technology
Wim Elfrink

IoE can deliver both economic value and an improved quality of life. The Internet of Everything can't create happiness by itself, but it certainly can play a large role in enabling it.

10 Smartest Cities: Leading on Innovation

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 06.07.2015 | Business
Tom Vander Ark

Based on obvious best practices and hunches about emerging trends, we identified seven keys to improving education and employability.

Cities Need To Get Smarter -- And India's On It

Singularity University | Anitha Vadavatha And Anish Mohammed | Posted 03.23.2015 | World

The world is urbanizing -- and fast. Why are cities so popular? They’re where the opportunities are. In 2014, the world’s 300 largest cities ac...

Petting Robots and Connecting Citizens at SXSW

David Tereshchuk | Posted 05.18.2015 | Technology
David Tereshchuk

The annual shindig that is South By Southwest is never unenjoyable for a media-hound. How could it be -- with its abundant, tripartite combination of a Film division, an entire Internet universe (or more officially the 'Interactive' division) and the all-pervasive backdrop of a Music festival?

How Data Can Make Our Cities Safer and Smarter

Daniel Arrigg Koh | Posted 03.25.2015 | Technology
Daniel Arrigg Koh

This new model of governing has statistically proven to be a success in Boston. With fewer resources available for more programs, government must be smarter about how it functions.

Common High Expectations: A Conversation With Mayor Kevin Johnson

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 02.01.2015 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

TVA: Since being elected mayor of Sacramento in 2008, your mission has been to make Sacramento "a city that works for everyone." What does that mean in practice?

Cities Tackle Broadband Imperative

John M. Eger | Posted 01.07.2015 | Technology
John M. Eger

Broadband today is as important as waterways, railways and highways were in an earlier era. Having broadband is a necessity. It is something every man and woman and child depends on to succeed in the new economy.

Cities That Work for Everyone

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 12.21.2014 | Business
Tom Vander Ark

Cities, some would argue, are the world's greatest inventions, bringing productivity and opportunity to billions. But for many, cities are a hellhole of poverty and violence offering no visible way out.

Reinventing Our Downtowns

John M. Eger | Posted 12.15.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

What we do in our schools is becoming a major topic for discussion. What we do in our communities, where most people and our kids spend the majority of their time, is just as important.

Can Parking Help Save Paradise?

John Friedman | Posted 11.08.2014 | Green
John Friedman

Today's parking facilities are no longer the antithesis of environmental responsibility. In fact, the International Parking Institute (IPI) and its affiliate, the Green Parking Council, are working to not only turn them into spaces that contribute to the environment, but also the aesthetic of the world.

Affairs of the Art: The Reinvention of Detroit

John M. Eger | Posted 10.31.2014 | Detroit
John M. Eger

This discussion of the value of the city's collection of some 60,000 pieces of art symbolizes what is happening as the city reinvents itself for the new economy, the creative and innovative economy.

Affairs of the Art: The Reinvention of Detroit

John M. Eger | Posted 10.30.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

Last week, Reuters reported that a company called Art Capital expressed its willingness to loan the city $4 billion if it uses its artwork as collateral. In fact, the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection may be worth even more.

Exchange Tourism Initiates a Dialogue on Smart Cities

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 09.16.2014 | Technology
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Yet, the push towards urbanization often ignores the social and cultural benefits that rural environments still offer -- and at a lower cost with more sustainable ways to operate.

What The City of the Future Looks Like Today

Wim Elfrink | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Wim Elfrink

This year really heralds the fourth evolution of the Internet: the Internet of Everything (IoE). The Internet first gave us basic connectivity and then a networked economy and immersive experiences, but today, IoE promises to be more disruptive, pervasive and vital to our lives than the Internet itself.