About Martin Whybrow

Smart Communities Media founder, Martin Whybrow, has been a journalist for more than 20 years. He ran his own publishing company, IBS Publishing, which was a leading authority for financial sector IT, before selling this in 2015. He has also written for a wide range of publications, as diverse as national newspapers, The Cricketer, Vegan Life, Kent on Sunday and the Non-League Paper. He has also served as the only Green Party member on Kent County Council. He is fascinated by technical and non-technical advances to improve society and is committed to independent, accurate, readable journalism.

Can you map innovation? Nesta is having a crack at it in Wales

By | 2017-11-17T05:27:43+00:00 Nov 8th, 2017|Society|

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 [...]

West Midlands mayor launches Urban Challenge for tech start-ups

By | 2017-11-17T17:28:09+00:00 Nov 8th, 2017|Society|

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, [...]

Oslo seeks to harness start-up ecosystem.

By | 2017-11-18T11:24:19+00:00 Nov 1st, 2017|Society|

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 [...]