Think Global Act Local

Solving big problems with local solutions

We are all familiar with the catch-phrase “Think global, act local”. This remarkable TED Talk (found below) is the perfect representation of that, placed in a larger frame that Majora Carter calls “local eco-entrepreneurship”. She argues for smart infrastructure, for healthy local economic systems and for “hometown security”, using the example of three practical visionaries across …

From smart warehouses to smart cities and further

Industrial robots are taking over more and more processes within big companies, accelerating the automation trend. China, the world leader in buying industrial robots since 2013, has just surpassed Japan in the number of total operating robots. Moreover, automation of tasks is not only adopted by manufacturers, but also by online shopping companies. Alibaba is …

Urban Talks – The (r)evolution of ideas

Looking for a way to provide you with a thorough account of the experience we had organizing Connecting Doers with Opportunity in Timișoara, we stumbled upon a personal blog post of our friend, Mihaela Ivan.  Thinking that we could not possibly offer a better description, and realizing that Mihaela managed to convey perfectly the vibe …

Innovative projects at the Timisoara Hackathon

The international event “Connecting Doers with Opportunity” took place in Timișoara, Romania, between the 5th and the 8th of October 2017. It was made up of an International Urban Talks Conference and an Innovation Hackathon focusing on two topics: the future of the community and the future of sustainable production based on the Blockchain technology. …

Clean Energy Paris 100 Percent Renewable

Cities going 100% renewable

We’ve all heard of big companies pledging to go 100% renewable, including the famous RE100, which cumulates over 100 companies at the moment. The trend of not only making this promise, but starting to effectively take action, has reached its next level – cities. The newest hot thing about green cities is precisely this commitment to …

The Urban Innovation Fund and transformative technologies

There has undoubtedly been, in the last few years, an incredible increase in the number of startups, social initiatives and entrepreneurs bringing up new ideas, all in order to solve the most pressing urban challenges of the 21st century. The lack of support however can make it tough for several initiatives to progress or even …

New World City

The New Face of the World – Technology in the Near Future

In a recent interview for Linkedin, Udo Gollub, 17 Minute Languages CEO, astonished the public making some clear and certain predictions about what the next 20 years will bring. He also pointed out that their competitors are no longer other car companies but giants such as Tesla, Google, Apple, Amazon. The world is going to …

singapore pedestrian bridge above cars

Singapore’s plans for a car-lite future

Singapore is already considered one of the greatest cities to work and live in, due to its easy access to high-quality, efficient public transportation. Further efforts now attempt to establish the state as a “car-lite” nation by 2030, making public transport account for 75% of rush hour commutes. Besides boosting the use of public transport, …

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Green City Sacramento

Sacramento is a far more manageable city than Los Angeles and that is why Volkswagen expressed its interest in establishing an electric vehicle carsharing network here, rather than in the sprawling city down south. This initiative is part of the $14.7 billion settlement that Volkswagen has reached with state and federal officials in 2016 after the diesel …

re100 renewable energy cities

RE100 and the complete switch to renewable energy

The Climate Group’s RE100 initiative, representing large firms switching to using 100% renewable energy globally, has stood up to its name, reaching the 100-member milestone. Our world will soon reach 9 billion people and renewable power needs to deliver, now more than ever. Initiatives in this sense are accelerating and businesses all over the globe …