Webinar on Smart Cities...
I recently came across an interesting webinar and wanted to share it here: Do you want to speak about smart cities and urban mobility with an expert PhD and entrepreneur ? Then join IMPACT Connected Car (ICCar) Community to discuss with the CEO and Co-Founder of Iomob , Boyd Cohen ! When: Tuesday March 26th at 12PM CET. Where: ICCar Community News Space. Boyd Cohen , Ph.D., is an urban strategist focused on the areas of urban innovation , entrepreneurship , smart cities and urban mobility . He has published 3 books ( Climate Capitalism , 2011; The Emergence of the Urban Entrepreneur , 2016; Post-capitalist Entrepreneurship , 2017). In 2017, he co-founded Iomob , which is a blockchain startup seeking to disrupt the mobility sector by providing an open protocol for decentralized mobility aggregation. Boyd also led the foundation of the Blockchain Cities Alliance , forming a growing coalition of organizations committed to advancing the adoption of blockchain in smart cities . Boyd created the Smart Cities Wheel as a framework for developing and implementing smart city strategies and for benchmarking cities around the globe. It has been translated into Spanish, Swedish, Hebrew and Dutch among other languages. After finishing a three-year stint at Accenture, Boyd obtained his Ph.D. in strategy and entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado (2001).
THE 2019 TRANSFORMATIVE ACTION AWARD HAS JUST BEEN LAUNCHED! The European sustainability award, co-organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the Basque Country, and the City of Aalborg (Denmark) and supported by the European Committee of the Regions and the European Investment Bank, is given to a city, region or civil society organisation , which implements the 15 pathways outlined in the Basque Declaration to bring about the socio-cultural , socio-economic , and technological transformation of their community. The actions taken are local or regional contributions to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. Among the rewards for the winner are: €10.000 to kickstart a Transformative Action in your city, region or municipality Deadline : 31st, July Application : http://www.sustainablecities.eu/transformative-action-award/
Webinar on Participatory...
The European Commission, in partnership with the UN Environment Finance Initiative, is organising a webinar on Participatory Financing for Sustainable Energy on 4 April 2019, from 11.00 to 13.00 Central European Summer Time. This webinar will hear from several presenters: An introduction from EASME, The Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises, European Commission ; Daan Creupelandt , Coordinator at REScoop.eu will share experience from the RESCOOP-MECISE project, working with cooperatives to develop projects for renewable energy and energy efficiency and setting up a financial facilitation service for all European energy cooperatives; Esther Bollendorff , Communications Manager at ENERGIRIS will talk about the easyCOPRO project, which uses an innovative cooperative financing mechanism to accelerate the energy renovation of residential condominiums; Carlo Allevi , Operations Manager with WeAreStarting will present a case study on the use of equity crowdfunding for non-domestic building renovation After these presentations, time will be allowed for questions and answers. The webinar will be conducted in English and will be moderated by Christophe Milin from the Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises. This is part of a series of webinars in the frame of the Sustainable Energy Investment Forums initiative; for further background information on the SEI Forums initiative and to see the agenda and presentations from previous and upcoming events, please visit the Sustainable Energy Investment Forums webpage . Please register before 02 April 2019 , by clicking here .
Competition on innovative...
Dublin and Belfast city council are looking for ways to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of deliveries , reducing the number of goods vehicles in their respective urban centres, which in turn will improve air quality, noise pollution and road safety.
Big Data Visualization for Cologne
A Big Data Management Application, called Urban Cockpit has been implemented in the city of Cologne to provide a fast and easy overview of the data stored in the Urban Data Platform. It includes data from traffic management systems , energy providers and other such companies.
Energy efficient refurbishment of the building - Hotel H10 Catedral
Under the GrowSmarter project, Gas Natural Fenosa has implemented energy refurbishment of three buildings with very different uses , and one of them is a hotel H10 Catedral. The aim is to validate the technical and economic feasibility of executing an energy refurbishment of a tertiary building.
The Venture Builder for...
1st OPEN CALL Open from the 1st February until the 30th April 2019 (18h CEST) Up to €200K equity-free for the best in class innovators Business mentoring, networking, and researcher-in-residence support Venture Builder Programme Potential venture capital investments & more Calling for # developers # researchers # designers and # entrepreneurs . A # venturebuilder and up to €200k # equityfree to develop # humancentric solutions using # decentralized # technologies such as # blockchain # DLT #peertopeer # datagovernance # privacybydesign #citizendatagovernance Teams might be composed of either: minimum 1 and maximum 2 legal persons ( SME , research organisations, foundations) with a multidisciplinary team composed by at least 3 profiles (humanistic/social/technical researcher, technological developer, business development/entrepreneur) or minimum 3 natural persons in a multidisciplinary team (at least an humanistic/social/technical researcher, technological developer and business development/ entrepreneur ). The teams must consist of one legal entities or at least 3 natural persons legally established in an EU member state or in Associated Countries . Projects ( Technology Transfer Experiments ) have to be based in Research components , relevant for the topic of Privacy-by-Design , Distributed Data Governance and consisting in development, test and validation of technical and economic viability of Minimum Viable Product (MVP) or Service . The results of these bottom-up projects should be compliant with Open Licences (i.e. Open Hardware , Open Software and/or Creative Commons ) More info here: https://ledger-open-call.fundingbox.com/
Join the Mayor of...
The Mayor of London’s Civic Innovation Challenge offers an opportunity for start-ups to work together with leading corporates and public organisations to tackle some of London’s most pressing problems. This is a challenge for start-ups to develop innovative solutions to reduce inequality , prevent climate change and support London’s ageing population.
Open Call for innovative...
Hello urban innovator! We enclose information regarding the 2nd. edition of the Contest of innovative ideas for urban development #CoinnovemSabadell expecting that it is of your interest. We are looking for citizens , companies, research groups, universities, students, non-profit entities , etc. with ideas, prototypes, products, methodologies or innovative processes for urban development. From Sabadell or from abroad. You can submit your application until Wednesday 31 st October 2018 inclusive . Award: 4,000 Euro and free space during 6 months at municipal centres of incubation. The awards will be delivered in a public event in Sabadell on the 6 th November 2018 at 6 pm , simultaneously with the SmartCAT Challenge final. More information and application form: http://www.sabadell.cat/ca/innovaciosbd/112976-concurs-coinnovemsabadell-2 Topics: Sustainable and smart mobility, Participation and co-creation of public policies with citizens, Circular and collaborative economy, E-administration and digital government, Renewable energies and energy efficiency, Digital divide, Commerce and tourism, Health and sport . Examples: Urban management-related software or hardware; Energy efficiency or renewable energy-related technologies; Urban management-related apps for mobile devices; Digital platforms; Urban open data; "Big data" tools related to urban data; Tools for urban data geopositioning (GIS); Ecologic last-mile logistics; Improvement of urban governance models; Innovative improvements in the public space configuration; Innovative urban furniture; Innovative ideas for recycling or waste recovery; New innovative incentives for eco-responsible behaviours; Innovative training to reduce the digital divide; Digital tools for the collaborative economy; Technological tools to favour shared mobility or intermodality; New technologies to improve the touristic experience in a tourist office; Remote management of dependent persons.
Join the discussion:...
The implementation of new urban solutions and the involvement of a variety of stakeholders can create questions and challenges for those involved in that process. The advantage of belonging to an online Smart City community is that sharing knowledge and experiences can be done easily and quickly. The aim of this posts series is to introduce and open the discussion about current challenges in the Smart City sector, taking advantage of the experienced community that participates in this platform. The topic of this post is: What are the most important aspects to be considered when scaling-up smart city solutions? To start the discussion, we have asked @Nathan Pierce , Head of Smart London Team & Programme Director of Sharing Cities , to share his thoughts: "The most important aspects to considering when scaling up are need, return and quality. Is there sufficient need for the technology and has that need been aggregated city wide? Is there a clear return on investment? Has the technology been packaged in such a way that politicians, finance directors and other key stakeholders can understand the technology and how it will benefit their city." What is your opinion about this? What other issues or questions come to your mind when thinking about scaling-up smart city solutions? Share your insights with the community by commenting below! [Are you facing another kind of challege and would like to gather feedback from the community? Create a post! ]
Morgenstadt Pitch , an event for start-ups improving urban life, is organised by Morgenstadt on September 26th, 2018 at Nordic Edge Expo in Stavanger. The event gives you an opportunity to pitch your startup in front of city leadership, investors, and decision makers from both the public and private sector. The start-ups focusing on the urban sustainability issues will have a unique opportunity for a live, on-stage two round battle to win the pitch competition. The winners will secure a yearlong membership of the Morgenstadt Network, and have an opportunity to advertise their one product through BABLE for an entire year.
The Morgenstadt-Werkstatt is Baden-Württemberg´s largest exchange platform for digital and comunal innovation. In two days, etsablished processes and assumed matters of course are challenged, worked on visions of the future and solutions are generated in co-creative formats. Key issue of this year´s Morgenstadt-Werkstatt is: Digitalization for what? Main Topics, inter alia, are: digitization in data management, data protection, artificial intelligence, blockchain in mobility, intermodal mobility offers, cyber crime & cyber security, digital communication in administrations & participation processes, virtual workspaces, augmented & virtual reality in settlement areas, open data portal& data sourcing. Have a look :) For any questions or need for support: E-Mail Morgenstadt-Werkstatt If you wanna be part of the Morgenstadt-Werkstatt 2018 as an exhibitor, workshop leader or / and as a speaker in our info-talk rounds , let me know!
Cities Coalition for...
The Cities Coalition for Digital Rights is an international alliance formed in 2018 by the Barcelona, Amsterdam and New York city councils to protect and promote people’s digital rights on a global level. The coalition creates policies, tools and resources to help move forward along these lines, in keeping with the Declaration of Human Rights and the principles of the internet, established within the framework of the UN Internet Governance Forum, and in coordination with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN Human Rights), United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and EUROCITIES. Further information can be found at citiesfordigitalrights.org , along with the declaration signed by these three cities, based on five main principles: Equal and universal access to the internet, computer literacy. Privacy, data protection and security. Transparency, accountability, and non-discrimination in data, content, and algorithms. Participatory democracy, diversity, and inclusion. Open and ethical digital service standards.
Morgenstadt Pitch at the...
Morgenstadt Pitch , an event for start-ups improving urban life, is organised by Morgenstadt on September 26th, 2018 at Nordic Edge Expo in Stavanger. The event gives you an opportunity to pitch your startup in front of city leadership, investors, and decision makers from both the public and private sector. The start-ups focusing on the urban sustainability issues will have a unique opportunity for a live, on-stage two round battle to win the pitch competition. The winners will secure a yearlong membership of the Morgenstadt Network, and have an opportunity to advertise their one product through BABLE for an entire year. Are you a startup helping to improve urban life in any of the following areas: transportation, buildings, communication, ICT networks, water, mobile applications, emergency services, environment, data analytics, security, energy, resilience, and more; do you want to create visibility and awareness about your products and services - then apply now for Morgenstadt Pitch! Register under the following link by filling out the provided form. The information gathered through the form will be used to pre-select 10 to 12 start-ups based on the impact of the product/service, innovativeness and feasibility of the business idea. The selected start-ups will have the opportunity to have 5 minute long pitch at The Nordic Edge. The panel of expert Jury from public and private sector will choose the top 3 finalists, allowing the rest to get valuable feedback on their business idea and future opportunities. The winner will be selected in the second round among the finalists, who will present in front of the bigger audience.
The way we, as Humans, have developed our Lifestyle, is having a negative impact on our Earths’ warming up: Currently, we find ourselves at a rate of about 0.17 °C per decade. Additionally the effort on reducing the carbon budget to limit an increase of 1.5°C, established in the Paris Agreement, still requires major actions. The Morgenstadt Innovation Network organizes three times per year conferences seeking to discuss and transform city challenges in innovative solutions shaping the Urban future of our cities . The first Morgenstadt Conference of the year will take place in Leipzig on the 4 th and 5 th of April on CO 2 Neutral Smart Cities . The main goal of this Conference is to define an action- and roadmap- to find solutions on how to decrease our CO 2 emissions in the sectors of Energy, Mobility, Data and Buildings. Research Institutions, companies and cities will come together to deepen their knowledge in those areas and to expand their own scope of action in order to meet the current challenges that cities are facing. This is especially important because, according to the Global Climate Action Summit 2018, annual emissions related to existing buildings were about 9 Gt CO 2e in 2016, 40% from non-residential buildings and 60% of those coming from residential, meaning that each one of us has a say in reducing CO 2 emissions. Here you can find the full program, and the Agenda of the Conference , and by clicking in this link, you can get registered to the event . Registrations will be open until the 24 th of March 2019 .
What is new on BABLE?
For the last months, we have been working intensively on improving our platform and the services we provide to our community. Today, we are happy to announce the relaunch of our platform, which is now better oriented to facilitate and simplify the work of cities and companies working towards a better urban life. What is new? YOUR PERSONAL DASHBOARD It is like a command centre, one place where you can manage and track all your activities. From your dashboard, you will be able to have quick access to all your assets (like Use Cases, Products or Posts), can check new notifications, edit your profile, and manage your subscriptions. Test it now TOOLBOX Focused on making it easier for the users to find the information they are looking for, we created the Toolbox which includes the Solution and Use Case Finder. Both tools will help you navigate through Solutions and Use Cases. You just need to go to your Dashboard, and answer some questions related to the solution or use case you are looking for and all matching results will be displayed. Try them here PROJECTS Improving liveability and services in a city is not the task of only one person or organization, but rather a cooperation among different stakeholders. Through Pages , you will be able to present your current projects, promote your partners and local ecosystem, and search for further partnerships. Are your working on a smart city project? Create a page now . MESSENGER Now you are able to contact all our smart city community members through our platform just by one click. Are you looking for information about a specific smart product from a company? Do you want to contact your colleagues from another city to ask them about a project? Use the messenger function! EXPLORE, SPOT, CONNECT The main characteristics of these pages remain the same, we made just a few changes. For example, now it is easier to navigate through these pages thanks to an improved user experience. QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? If you have specific comments or questions about the new version of the platform or the new services we are offering, please do not hesitate to contact us .