The founders of transport app specialist, Citymapper, never expected to run buses. However, having built an app using open data to allow people to move around London...
Before asking whether it is possible to map innovation within a geographic area, there’s the question of why you’d want to. Certainly the Welsh Government saw enough potential benefits to kick off a pilot project with UK ‘innovation foundation’, Nesta. The results have recently been published, with an array of visual [...]
The mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), Andrew Street, has launched an ‘Urban Challenge’ initiative aimed at start-up companies with solutions for homelessness, wellbeing, youth unemployment and digital citizenship challenges. The intention is to select one company in each category for a three-month funded pilot with the WMCA, [...]
Credit: Silje Bareksten and Nadia Frantzen “Dugnad” is a Norwegian word that roughly translated means gathering people in a community to build something that will benefit everyone. As Denmark has “hygge”, so dugnad wouldn’t be a bad word to describe Norwegian society, says Silje Bareksten, head of smart city [...]
The idea of vertical gardening, aka Living Walls, has been around for some years but is now emerging as clear niche that has some interesting potential. It might be a way to counter local poor air quality, it can reduce summer air temperatures and noise pollution, it can aid biodiversity and [...]
After attending multiple smart city-type events, it is interesting to sit back and take stock of the common themes but also what’s missing.