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 …

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, …