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).
BABLE at AHK's Business...
BABLE was proud to take part in the implementation of a Romanian-German economic collaboration project with the theme ' Energy Infrastructure in Cities '. The initiative of the Romanian-German economic collaboration project and its financing come from the Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy in Germany within the “ Energy Solutions made in Germany ” program.The project is addressed to Romanian and German companies interested in developing bilateral business in the field of urban infrastructure and aims to promote locally German systems and products in this field. During the delegation, AHK Romania organised an online symposium attended by German and Romanian experts who offered participants an overview of methods of efficiency and modernisation of urban infrastructure. In order to promote German companies, their representatives held online meetings with potential Romanian employees. The article (in Romanian) can be read here ! Big thanks to the participants, including: @Ileana Bănucu , @Szabolcs Szilveszter , @Alexandru Petrovici , @Paul Gribincea , @Dan Nichiforel
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/
'Virtual energy advisor...
In case you missed it, every month we choose a Use Case of the Month to feature! Congratulations to @Gonzalo Cabezas from Barcelona for taking the crown this month! Read the Use Case , see all the Use Cases and innovative projects from Barcelona , and find out more about the GrowSmarter Project! Want to upload your own Use Case for a chance to be featured? Make sure you have a company, city or project page and then upload your Use Case using the upload button in the bottom right corner! Let us know if you need any assistance!
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.
In view to the REMOURBAN's end in December 2019 we are releasing press releases , insights and other communication materials on REMOURBAN technical solutions for Smart Cities. In the coming months we will upload a series of documents containing valuable information on technologies in the fields of energy efficiency, mobility and ICT. At this link you can find the information packages published so far. Check them if you're interested and help us spread the word!
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.
Online event series :...
As part of EU Industry Week 2021 , Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) is presenting a series of events on the topics of smart cities, digital transformation and AI. The series includes a Smart City Germany-expert session about the energy, mobility and e-health sectors, which is taking place this Wednesday, 3 March 2021. During this session, @Peter Portheine , Co-founder Eindhoven International Project Office (EIPO), CEO of Brainport Smart District, The Netherlands, will be sharing his knowledge and experience on innovation eco-systems and explain their role as engines for smart economy in a smart city. Frank Speer, HUB-Manager International, Business Metropole Ruhr GmbH, will also provide insight into City Tech Ruhr, Germany’s largest international Smart City Startup Challenge. The experts from GTAI will be talking about Germany’s digital health market, different aspects of the energy sector and trends for future mobility, connected drive and the automotive industry. Event: 3 March 2021 / 11:00 - 12:30 CET Please register here
BABLE opens an office in...
BABLE SMART CITIES UK LIMITED is officially open for business! Over the last four years, we have had the pleasure of working in the UK in a variety of capacities. Today, we officially announce the opening of our new office in the great city of London! To celebrate and to give you more insight into a few of the inspiring projects that are happening in London, we have compiled four Use Cases from London that you may find interesting. (Thanks to @Carine Hawkins and @Moritz Latour for sharing these with us). Do you have a Use Case from the UK that you would like to showcase? Get in touch or easily upload one yourself (upload button in the bottom right corner if you are signed in). We are beyond thrilled to be expanding and building upon and driving the Smart City movement happening in the UK. Not only will we be at the heart of UK innovation, but also close to other innovative projects around the UK, such as those happening in Manchester ( @Martine Tommis , @Sophie Sheil ) and Aberdeen ( @Amye Ferguson ). To find more information about our opening, you can view our newsletter , fresh off the press. Not logged in? Sign up or log in to our free and open platform to gain full access to our Use Cases and to connect with others within the movement and community.
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! ]
Smartlamppost would like to thank CM Figueira (in the person of its Mayor, and Engº José Gil Andrade), UVE (in the person of its President Henrique Sanchez) for the success of ENVE 2021, and to all our partners (SONERES, Iluminação Pública, S.A., MAGNUM CAP, Bosch Mobility Solutions, TNE , Wingsys - Interactive Technology, Wavecom, ChargeSurfing, CISEC - Soluções Técnicas de Engenharia e Serviços SA, ABC, Schneider Electric, HUBER+SUHNER, Accelleran...) because without them Smartlamppost would not be the reference, or the technological hub it is today. All of them helped Smartlamppost to establish itself more and more as the base infrastructure for the cities.
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.
Nottingham ready to beat...
As Theresa May signs into law a commitment to bring the UK’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, one city in the UK is on its way to achieving this goal 22 years sooner As one of her final acts as Prime Minister, Theresa May , announced that she will be signing into law a pledge to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 . This would make Britain the first member of the G7 to make such a commitment official. The announcement was largely applauded by environmental groups but there was also criticism of how the target will be met and whether it is in fact feasible. However, one city in the UK is making strides to be net zero all on their own 22 years earlier. Nottingham , located 200 km north of London, has been on the forefront of reducing carbon emissions since 2000 when it signed the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change . Since then they have been ahead of schedule in meeting the 2020 targets set out in the Kyoto protocol back in 2005 and they have already surpassed their own 2020 Energy Strategy targets of a 26% reduction in carbon emissions having reduced emissions by 39%. Now, spurred on in part by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2018 report , Nottingham City Council has pledged to be net zero by 2028 . To meet such lofty goals the city has invested in one of the UK’s largest electric bus fleets , expanded their tram network, runs many services on renewable sources, improved cycling facilities and installed solar panels on over 4500 domestic properties. An interesting feature of Nottingham’s strategy though has been retaining control of key assets, such as heat networks and transport systems , along with a desire to build in-house ability. “There has been a policy of trying to push things forward and retain municipal control,” says Jonathan Ward, Principal Energy Policy Officer with Nottingham City Council. By taking this approach, the city has been able to provide energy and heat to its citizens in a responsible and affordable way through initiatives like the creation of Robin Hood Energy . This not-for-profit company is owned by city council and aims to distribute low cost energy and address fuel poverty . As of 2018, 100% of the electricity they provide is renewable. The council also owns a heat network that supplies heat to business and residents along with smart meter functions. Ward explains that in council, “there’s been an ethos of making sure these measures are a just transition as well.” This, “just transition” is another key feature of Nottingham’s climate change strategy. “It shouldn’t be a message of less,” believes Ward, “rather how do we do things differently and improve other things at the same time.” To this aim they are involved in several building refurbishment projects aimed directly at improving citizens quality of life, many of which are funded in part by the European project Remourban . As part of this venture, the council was able to roll out the ultra low-energy home pilot program based on the sustainable Energiesprong concept. This method can retrofit and refurbish flats using prefabricated components in a few days with a 30-year warranty. Once completed these homes are energy efficient, net zero residences that use renewable energy created from the structure. The Nottingham Energiesprong scheme entails renovations to 150 homes and is focused on some of the older houses which are currently difficult to heat and will lift these residents out of fuel poverty. Despite all these initiatives and success stories, there is only some much local authorities can do to address this global problem, and so Nottingham welcomes the commitment made at the national level . “Cities have been setting ambitious targets for some time,” says Ward, “but it is great when you got the international and national targets driving things.” He believes the 2050 target is beneficial because it will provide a country wide framework for everyone to plan and work around. By raising the national minimum requirements and adding stronger weights to sustainability, considerations alongside economic and housing targets local planners should be able to do more. The pledge will also help address things outside of local control, such as the countries energy grid, the evolution of industry and the electrification of transport. By Bradley van Paridon
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SMART CITY SOLUTIONS in Stuttgart, 17.-19. September 2019 Inspiration für die intelligente Stadtentwicklung, Digitalisierung und Ressortübergreifendes Arbeiten mit Daten, strategisch, Bürger-orientiert. Konferenzprogramm Link SMART CITY SOLUTIONS DIALOG , Frühbuchertickets nutzen: Ticketshop ! ------- Nutzen Sie die Chance für den Austausch mit Städtevertretern, Startups und Anbietern! Expo, conference, meetups - SMART CITY SOLUTIONS is part of worldwide leading show for geodata & surveying, the INTERGEO Early Bird Tickets here ----- Use the possibility to speak with city representatives, startup companies and solution providers.
Call for Speakers open!...
INTERGEO / SMART CITY SOLUTIONS Berlin/Germany 13-15 October, 2020. Link Call for Speakers for SMART CITY SOLUTIONS STAGE, INTERAERIAL SOLUTIONS STAGE and MEET UPs. We are looking for smart city cases regarding: # BIM and # DigitalTwin for City Development, # SensorData and # UrbanDataManagement Strategies, # Resilience and Security Concepts for # PublicSpace Altogether 3 STAGES for Smart City, UAV and Geoinnovation/BIM plus INTERGEO CONFERENCE and FOCUS SESSIONS. A lot of Hashtag # inspiration , Hashtag # networking for +20,000 participants and +700 exhibitors. EXPO, CONFERENCE, MEET UPs, START UP Sessions: SAVE THE DATE and become a speaker, participant or exhibititor!