MIT glowing plants

These glowing plants could light up city streets in the future

Imagine that instead of streetlamps during the night, you see glowing trees along the busiest promenade in your city. This imagineering of what the future looks like using technology seems like a scene in sci-fi movie but it is actually getting close to reality. Plant lamps instead of desk lamps, treelights instead of streetlights; and …

Hyperloop transport system

Are maglevs and hyperloops the future of intercity travel?

The “hyperloop effect” or the “maglev effect” seems to have taken a number of countries to the forefront of what could be dubbed as a renaissance of a cutting-edge technology in land transport. The idea of a floating train, surfing over an electromagnetic field, hovering over its tracks, zipping up and down may sound like …

blockchain

Will blockchain and virtual currencies shape city governance for the better?

Over the past decade, the term “blockchain” has created a lot of buzz in the digital world and remains a hot topic in the world of finance. As human society becomes progressively more digital, financial transactions become more and more complex; hence, there is a need for a more efficient, faster, and cost effective way …

Sidewalk Lab Toronto

Google to build North America’s largest smart city

It’s official! Google’s Sidewalk Lab and Waterfront Toronto have agreed to carve down the Quayside area in Canada’s largest city as the “test bed” for what many has called the “city of the future.” Some call it a bold experiment. Others are skeptical of allowing algorithm creators to take control of lives of city dwellers. Still …

Privacy in smart city

Tackling the issue of privacy in smart cities

The world is experiencing a two-fold transformation process: a fast-paced urban development revolution and an accelerating smart city evolution. The race to making cities smart is a global trend. The concept of smart city evokes the image of ICT-infused infrastructures that enable the extensive monitoring and steering of city maintenance, urban mobility, air quality, waste …

Introducing Blockchain – Anton Golub at Urban Talks

The Blockchain technology, Anton Golub co-founder of Lykke argues, is the greatest and most fascinating discovery that we will see during our lifetime. The impact of the Internet is nothing compared to how blockchain will change society, considering the fact that the Internet completely changed the way we exchange information. Blockchain, on the other hand, …

Urban Innovation Fund – Investing in the future of cities

An unprecedented global urbanization is expected in the next few decades and it is upon us now, upon all of us, to make cities better and more accessible, to invest in them, to believe in them and to improve their integrating capacities. Undoubtedly, there is a growing number of challenges that urban dwellers have to …

Paris – The European Capital of Innovation in 2017

The European Commission organized its annual “European Capital of Innovation Award” and out of the 32 cities that applied, the winner was announced on 7 November at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal. Due to its unique innovative spirit, usually implemented through projects such as the world’s largest start-up campus, the innovation arc or urban farms, …

Climathon

Pedal: blockchain biking app for a sustainable future

What if you could ride a bike and get paid for it? A team of three people developed an app that could potentially change the way we cycle, specifically working on our motivation: the app measures your cycling distance and rewards you with virtual coins that can be used on the blockchain.  The app called …

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 …