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LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future 2014: Seven Cities, Seven Challenges, 1000+ Solutions

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Innovative finalists from 15 different countries answer the LLGA 2014 call for solutions

London, Glasgow, Malmö, Sant Cugat, Lagos, San Luis Potosí, Moscow: these are seven of the forward-thinking cities participating in Citymart’s 2014 LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future programme. Through this revolutionary initiative, these 7 cities have taken the bold step of publishing their challenges on an open platform to be seen by solution providers worldwide. The latter have answered the cities’ call by submitting viable solutions to the cities’ challenge areas, which include:

Street commerce enhancement • Off-grid power • Peak electricity demand • Traffic noise management • Food poverty alleviation • Citizen engagement for co-creation • Neighbourhood revitalization through collaborative consumption

Now, the results are in: over 185 companies and organizations from around the globe have submitted high-impact, implementation-ready solutions to these cities’ pressing social and urban challenges. Winners will be invited to partner with these visionary cities, with the ultimate goal of helping them to improve the lives of their combined 27 million citizens.

January 2014 marks the 5th edition of Citymart’s LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future programme, through which cities around the world are publishing challenges on a rolling basis throughout the year. This on-going open competition presents endless opportunities for innovators worldwide to scale up and export their solutions to cities that venture to share their challenges. So far, seven cities have publicly and transparently posted their urban and social challenges, joining the ranks of over 80 veteran LLGA cities that have trusted Citymart’s tried and tested open innovation process since its 2009 inception.

Citymart's LLGA  5-step process for open innovation. Connecting cities with solution providers through LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future forges a joint commitment to spread proven innovations in a more cost-effective and sustainable way, but also a unique effort in helping build smarter, more resilient urban communities.

Levelling the playing field for SMEs

The 40 finalist organisations are incredibly diverse in location, size and scope, from the Social Life in London, UK, which reconnects placemaking with people, to Nag1 ApS, a noise-absorbing guardrails company based in the Denmark, or Ikuna, a Chilean handicrafts start-up. In addition to boosted visibility and access to global markets, LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future unlocks unprecedented opportunities for SMEs to achieve recognition and consideration in local government pre-procurement processes, which would traditionally preclude them due to insufficient track records.

And the finalists are…

Over a 3-month period, Citymart researchers identified 1137 providers that can offer verified and feasible solutions for the seven LLGA challenges. A total of 151 solutions entered a first round of evaluation after being assessed by a panel of expert jurors chosen by each city.

Of these, 40 nominated companies entered the second and final round of the programme, in which they have the opportunity to showcase their products and services in depth to each city’s jury, which will choose one winner per challenge.

To see the finalists for each LLGA city challenge, click below: • GlasgowLagosLondonMalmöMoscowSan Luis PotosiSant Cugat

Cities Summit | Solutions Worth Sharing

From 23-25 June 2014, the 40 finalists will join key leaders from over 25 Citymart partner cities, past LLGA winners and urban innovation experts at an exclusive Summit hosted by the Mayor of London. During the Cities Summit, LLGA finalists will have the chance to pitch their solution in front of 200 attendees at London City Hall. Winners will be announced together with upcoming challenges and exciting new Citymart initiatives and partnerships.

Watch this space for more Summit news, and congratulations to all LLGA 2014 nominees!

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Cities sharing solutions - who is trading?

Inspired by articles by The Economist and Paul Romer and Brandon Fuller, we at Citymart.com have for the first time visualized the city-to-city trade of solutions through 82 challenges run through our programs. Destination cities are those seeking solutions through challenges, whilst origin cities are the home of the companies or organizations providing the winning solution. Solutions by companies originating in Paris fared the best, followed by successes of solutions originating in Barcelona, Stockholm, San Francisco and New York City. If rated by countries, the US leads the table as a provider of winning solutions, followed by Spain, the UK and France.

What data are you interested in? Let's see if we can share it.

Cities sharing solutions through Citymart.com (2010-13)

23 Solutions to Change the Future of Cities

22 global cities, including London, Barcelona, Paris, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Lagos and Fukuoka have announced the 23 innovative solutions they selected to solve their most pressing urban and social challenges. In a unique global effort, these 22 forward-thinking cities opened their challenges to innovators worldwide via the LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future Programme. Out of 2,500 candidates, a total of 456 solutions competed for the opportunity to implement their solution in real-life, responding to challenges in areas such as as social exclusion, energy management, urban dereliction, tourism, ageing and health. Each of the 23 winning solutions announced during the LLGA | Cities Summit in San Francisco have committed to co-invest in the participating cities to help improve the lives of 121 million citizens.  Image

In the first LLGA | Cities Summit held in a North American City, public leaders from 22 global cities revealed the innovative solutions that best meet strategic challenges in a variety of fields like Making outside Seating Areas More Sustainable in Paris; a Storm Response Coordinating Tool for San Francisco; a Transformational lighting System in post-earthquake Christchurch (New Zealand); Digital Tools For Better Healthier Ageing in Mexico City; Sustainable Urban Mobility in Maringá (Brasil); and Regenerating Neighbourhoods Using Vacant Spaces in Barcelona. The coming 12 months will see the cities and solution providers join forces to implement the innovations that will help improve the quality of lives of citizens and shape the future of their cities.

On 14 May 2013, leaders of the 22 partner cities and the 120 nominated solution providers came together at the LLGA | Cities Summit in San Francisco to deepen their partnerships, announce the 23 most promising solutions, debate their challenges, and kick-start implementation.  

San Francisco Mayor, Ed Lee, says “San Francisco is excited to be the first city in the United States to host the LLGA | Cities Summit. San Francisco, as the Innovation Capital of the World, will facilitate a vigorous exchange of ideas and help develop innovative solutions to common urban challenges including transportation, the environment and healthcare that will build a better world.”

The winning solutions are:

Barcelona (Spain): Turning empty Space into an opportunity by 3Space

Boston (USA): Underground Technologies Elevation Units by Quality Water Products

Christchurch (NZ): Philips Lighting Control systems- a solution for the new Christchurch by Philips Eindhoven (The Netherlands): Contactless tags to bridge real and virtual worlds by Connecthings

Fukuoka (Japan): Guidebook by Guidebook

L'Hospitalet (Spain): NANA (Novel Assessment of Nutrition and Ageing) by NANA

Lagos (Nigeria): Wireless Lagos:Free & Far Reaching by OTG Playa Entity LLC

Lavasa (India) LabourNet: Enabling Livelihoods by LabourNet

London (UK) 1: Realtime Energy Opportunity System (REOS) by Brighter Planet Technology Services

London (UK) 2: Delivering Scalable Energy Efficiency in Global Cities by First Fuel

Maringá (Brazil): Modern Urban Transport Information by Clever Devices

Mexico City (Mexico): Butler, improving elderly wellbeing by Universidad Jaume I de Castellón

Oulu (Finland): Augmented Museum Tour by metaio

Paris (France): Urban Parasol by Urban Parasol

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil): Online Emergency Triage Training Platform by Virtualwaregroup

Rosario (Argentina): Sustain-A-Raisers! by Global Awareness Local Action

San Francisco (USA): ClickSoftware Field Service Optimization by ClickSoftware

Sant Cugat (Spain): estonoesunsolar by pdimonte

Sheffield (UK) 1: Econotherm - Waste heat to District Heating by Econotherm

Sheffield (UK) 2: Borehole Thermal Energy Storage by - REHAU

Tacoma (USA):  OPOS:  One Planet Operating System for Cities by BioRegional

Terrassa (Spain) : CityMakers by The Good Life For All

York (UK): Sunday Streets and Play Streets For All by Livable City

The LLGA winners reflect the many approaches available to solve cities’ problems ranging from the technological to the social.  For example, on the technological side, OTG Playa answers Lagos’ need to bring digital connectivity in bandwidth-challenged environments. OTG Playa proposes to deploy a network of boxes, which will broadcast a wireless internet cloud that is open and free to anyone in the area. This solution shows how civic technology businesses can help solve some of the most urgent global needs even in areas with limited urban services and infrastructures. On the other hand, 3Space, winner for Barcelona, is an innovative charity which unlocks the potential of empty commercial property by making it available for temporary community use. This responds, in a non-technological way, to the widely experienced problem in many cities of urban decay and dereliction.

Sascha Haselmayer, CEO of Citymart.com says  “LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future has transformed the way cities and the innovation community collaborate. With the announcement of 23 winning solutions, selected out of more than 2,500 candidates, companies and organizations from around the world have shown their enthusiasm and ability to collaborate with cities in solving the most pressing urban and social challenges today.”

The participation of cities and solution providers in LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future is a joint commitment to spread proven innovations in a more cost-effective and sustainable way, helping build more resilient and smarter communities. 557,000 local governments spend $4.5 trillion each year to deliver the services that shape the quality of life of the majority of the world’s population.

The LLGA initiative helps cities discover innovative, yet ready solutions to meet their problems and matches their commitment to act with the willingness of businesses and organisations to share early risks. Past editions of LLGA have proven that this process can deliver solutions to citizens at least 3 times faster and at 80% lower costs by leveraging smart solutions and avoiding re-invention.

Xavier Trias, Mayor of Barcelona, says “LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future is a great opportunity to identify and share solutions to the global challenges that cities are facing. Every city is a world in itself, and we are living in an urban world, this is why it is so important to identify those common problems which require shared solutions. Barcelona has participated in all LLGA editions, and shares the vision of this transparent process with leading technology companies, social entrepreneurs, and international research centers. Furthermore, LLGA is a great opportunity for Catalan companies to join in and participate in this global process”

Next to the 22 Partner Cities, LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future is supported by a global group of strategic partners including the City of San Francisco, Oracle, The Climate Group, and the UN Global Compact Cities Programme.

About Citymart.com / LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future

Citymart.com is a global marketplace for cities based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and Barcelona (Spain), working with more than 80 cities and 1,200 companies, NGOs and research centers in

Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Its mission is to accelerate the sharing of solutions for cities by matching social and urban challenges early-on with ready solutions around the world.  In the past four years Citymart.com has published 70 Calls for Solutions.

Citymart.com and its one-of a kind program LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future, has been recognized by leading global organizations such as the Clinton Global Initiative, the UN Global Compact Cities Programme and Ashoka Innovators for the Public for its transformative impact on improving decision-making, transparency and accountability in cities around the world.

Social media: twitter.com/LLGACities & twitter.com/CitymartTeam and facebook.com/citymartcom

For information about LLGA visit www.llga.org  and www.citymart.com 

About Oracle

Oracle’s City Platform solutions leverage the company’s best-in-class portfolio of products to address complex business processes relevant to the public sector, helping speed time to market, reduce costs and gain a competitive edge.

For more information about Oracle, visit www.oracle.com 

About The Climate Group

The Climate Group is an independent, not-for-profit organization, which brings together a global coalition of the world’s most powerful governments, brands and public figures across Asia, Europe and North America. Since 2004, they’ve been working with governments, business leaders and the world’s most influential individuals to push for the policies, technologies and investment we need to make the Clean Revolution commercially viable. Together, we have the power to create a smarter, better, more prosperous future for all.

For more information about The Climate Group visit www.theclimategroup.org

 About the UN Global Compact Cities Programme

The UN Global Compact Cities Programme was initiated by former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan in 2003. It is a discrete component of the Global Compact, based in Melbourne and New York. The UN Global Compact Cities Programme provides an innovative framework for cities to develop and implement sustainable solutions to urban challenges of a long-term and often intractable nature. It was developed in response to the need to rethink sustainability approaches and to enable meaningful engagement of cities across all their activities—economic, ecological, political and cultural. By utilizing a common methodology, ‘Circles of Sustainability’, UN Global Compact Cities Programme combines the knowledge, experience and resources inherent within municipalities, business and civil society to bring together the strengths of each.

For more information about The UN Global Compact Cities Programme visit www.citiesprogramme.com

120 innovators commit to solving the urban and social challenges in 22 global cities

120 global companies and organizations have pledged their commitment to implementing their high impact solutions to challenges such as social exclusion, energy management, urban dereliction, mobility and health. In a unique global effort 22 forward-thinking cities including London, Barcelona, Paris, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Lagos and Fukuoka opened a competition for innovators to win the opportunity to implement their solutions in a real environment. After a selection process covering 2,535 candidates, 120 providers were invited to present their commitment to partner with cities and help improve the lives of 121 million citizens. Nominees from LLGA2012 at the LLGA | Cities Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In November 2012 the fourth edition of LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future programme was launched by Citymart.com in partnership with Oracle, the UN Global Compact Cities Programme and The Climate Group. In this one-of-a-kind initiative 22 cities publicly published their most pressing urban and social challenges in areas such as social inclusion, health & well-being, economic development, urban management, mobility, lighting, energy and sustainable lifestyles. Over a 3-month period, Citymart.com researchers identified 2,535 solutions that responded to those challenges. A total of 456 solutions entered a first round of evaluation with the help of 159 expert jurors chosen by the cities. The full list of nominees can be seen here.

Entering the second and final round in the program, 120 companies and organisations of different sizes, such as The Good Life for All, a social enterprise from Brighton (UK), Virtualwaregroup an SME based in Bilbao, Mobcoders, a Danish start-up or Philips, have committed to presenting proposals to invest in the participating cities to demonstrate the viability and impact of their technologies and solutions in real life.

Sascha Haselmayer, CEO of Citymart.com says  “LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future has transformed the way cities and the innovation community collaborate. With the announcement of 120 commitments to partner with cities, companies and organizations around the world have shown their enthusiasm and ability to collaborate with cities in solving the most pressing urban and social challenges today.”

The participation of cities and solution providers in LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future represents a joint commitment to spread proven innovations in a more cost-effective and sustainable way, helping build more resilient and smarter communities.  557,000 local governments spend $4.5 trillion each year to deliver the services that shape the quality of life of the majority of the world’s population. The LLGA initiative helps cities discover innovative, yet ready solutions to meet their problems and matches their commitment to act with the willingness of businesses and organisations to share initial risks. Past editions of LLGA have proven that this process can deliver solutions to citizens at least 3 times faster and at 80% lower costs by leveraging smart solutions and avoiding re-invention.

 Xavier Trias, Mayor of Barcelona, says “LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future is a great opportunity to identify and share solutions to the global challenges that cities are facing. Every city is a world in itself, and we are living in an urban world, this is why it is so important to identify those common problems which require shared solutions. Barcelona has participated in all LLGA editions, and shares the vision of this transparent process with leading technology companies, social entrepreneurs, and international research centers. Furthermore, LLGA is a great opportunity for Catalan companies to join in and participate in this global process”

 On 14-16 May 2013, leaders of the 22 partner cities and the 120 nominated solution providers will come together at the LLGA | Cities Summit in San Francisco to deepen their partnerships, announce the 22 most promising solutions, debate their challenges, and kick-start implementation.

San Francisco Mayor, Ed Lee, says “San Francisco is excited to be the first city in the United States to host the LLGA | Cities Summit.  San Francisco, as the Innovation Capital of the World, will facilitate a vigorous exchange of ideas and help develop innovative solutions to common urban challenges including transportation, the environment and healthcare that will build a better world.”

Congratulations to all LLGA2013 nominees!

About Citymart.com / LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future

Citymart.com is a global marketplace for cities based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and Barcelona (Spain), working with more than 80 cities and 1,200 companies, NGOs and research centers in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Its mission is to accelerate the sharing of solutions for cities by matching social and urban challenges early-on with ready solutions around the world.  In the past four years Citymart.com has published 70 Calls for Solutions.

Citymart.com and its one-of a kind program LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future, has been recognized by leading global organizations such as the Clinton Global Initiative, the UN Global Compact Cities Programme and Ashoka Innovators for the Public for its transformative impact on improving decision-making, transparency and accountability in cities around the world.

Social media: twitter.com/LLGACities & twitter.com/CitymartTeam and facebook.com/citymartcom

For information about LLGA visit www.llga.org  and www.citymart.com

About Oracle

Oracle’s City Platform solutions leverage the company’s best-in-class portfolio of products to address complex business processes relevant to the public sector, helping speed time to market, reduce costs and gain a competitive edge.

For more information about Oracle, visit www.oracle.com

 About The Climate Group

The Climate Group is an independent, not-for-profit organization, which brings together a global coalition of the world’s most powerful governments, brands and public figures across Asia, Europe and North America. Since 2004, they’ve been working with governments, business leaders and the world’s most influential individuals to push for the policies, technologies and investment we need to make the Clean Revolution commercially viable. Together, we have the power to create a smarter, better, more prosperous future for all.

For more information about The Climate Group visit www.theclimategroup.org

About the UN Global Compact Cities Programme

The UN Global Compact Cities Programme was initiated by former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan in 2003. It is a discrete component of the Global Compact, based in Melbourne and New York. The UN Global Compact Cities Programme provides an innovative framework for cities to develop and implement sustainable solutions to urban challenges of a long-term and often intractable nature. It was developed in response to the need to rethink sustainability approaches and to enable meaningful engagement of cities across all their activities—economic, ecological, political and cultural. By utilizing a common methodology, ‘Circles of Sustainability’, UN Global Compact Cities Programme combines the knowledge, experience and resources inherent within municipalities, business and civil society to bring together the strengths of each.

For more information about The UN Global Compact Cities Programme visit www.citiesprogramme.com

A First Step Towards A New Era of Trust in Public Procurement: Validated Project References

Today we are extremely excited about a small box appearing in the Connecthings Showcase: Connecthings Validated Project Reference

For Citymart.com and our many partners, this is an important step towards building a global infrastructure that allows high-impact solutions for cities to scale quickly. Why? Because it delivers unprecedented transparency and accountability.

This summer, we carried out a survey of 54 global cities under the Agile Cities initiative which showed that 87% of cities do not trust the information supplied by providers. Too often, cities reported, companies submit project references that over-state achievements or give no credit to project partners.

66% of cities, consequently, reported that they rely on informal contacts into the business community and often patchy follow-up on project references through calls to former customers. This is often not documented, and can lead to an overrepresentation of local companies winning contracts.

Yet, companies like Connecthings have proven they have technologies worthy of scaling globally. As winners of 4 LLGA|Cities Pilot the Future Awards in 2012, Connecthings was selected to pilot their solution in Rio, Derry~Londonderry, Hamburg and Barcelona.

The team at Citymart.com searched for providers that could certify project references to address this trust issue. Nothing could be found. So we looked at ways to build trust online, inspired by the practices used by journalists in the Arab spring to triangulate facts using Twitter and other sources.

The result is our Project Validation service, which allows companies to describe projects involving the product/service featured in their Citymart.com Showcase and invite stakeholders (such as customers, users, partners and experts) to validate the basic project facts.

Why basic facts?

Trust starts with the basics. Did the project really happen, or is it under discussion? Was it a full implementation or a pilot? Who was involved? When did it happen?

These are binary facts - either true or false. Our validation model works by establishing these facts and requiring three independent stakeholders (who have declared commercial independence from the project) to confirm such facts.

Project View of Connecthings

What can trust deliver?

Cities are always going to carry out due-diligence when awarding a contract worth millions. Yet, our primary aim with this new Project Validation service is to help cities manage the perceived risks associated with contracting small providers and using new approaches to solve their challenges.

If cities cannot trust project references, they have no way of evaluating what is state-of-the art in the market. How can you believe that a technology is mature if you cannot trust its past implementations? The same is true when cities attempt to establish the viability of new and different approaches, which is an issue that most companies consider the most significant barrier to market-entry. Whether your solution tags urban spaces, prevents breast cancer by making use of the sensory skills of blind women, or involves citizens in logistical tasks - cities rely on getting an accurate picture of project implementation history.

Trust in an unconsolidated marketplace.

We have often written about the challenge of a marketplace with 557,000 local governments dealing with complex technological, service and regulatory decisions. Our vision was to create a trust-building Project Validation service that was scalable in such a marketplace because, unlike other markets, cities are never going to merge and consolidate. This means that there is limited room for the specialized decision-making found in other industries. Hence, our eyes turned to sourcing validations though project stakeholders as the only viable method for validating basic project facts.

And this is just the start. Validated references are not just useful in the context of Citymart.com, but in all business activities (tenders, pre-qualifications, RFIs and corporate alliance building) in which increased trust can get you more attention from cities and create better business opportunities.

Citymart.com partners with UN Global Compact Cities Programme

Today Citymart.com, the global marketplace for cities connecting more than 50 global cities with more than 1,000 providers of solutions to improve lives announces a landmark partnership with the UN Global Compact Cities Programme. As part of the agreement, Citymart.com has implemented the Cities Programme's 4 dimensions of sustainability used by cities such as Melbourne or São Paulo to carry out their sustainability assessments.

The UN Global Compact Cities Programme is dedicated to the promotion and adoption of the Global Compact’s ten principles by cities, and provides a framework for translating the principles into day-to-day urban governance and management.

Citymart.com will be the first global marketplace and solution resource to adopt the 4 dimensions of impact reporting in partnership with UN Global Compact Cities Programme:

- Impact on Ecology - Impact on Economy - Impact on Culture - Impact on Politics

 

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Already today, this model has been implemented in the Citymart.com Showcase as well as in the evaluation model used by the experts appointed in the jury process of LLGA|Cities Pilot the Future, underwritten by 21 global cities such as Barcelona, London, Paris, Mexico City, Lavasa, Lagos and Cape Town.

Citymart.com thereby provides solution providers guidance in reporting the impact of technologies and other innovations in line with the objectives identified in the UN Global Compact process.

City Walking: winner for the city of Terrassa in the Living Labs Global Award 2012

The City Walking project has won the Living Labs Global Award 2012 for the category of Terrassa. The City Council has awarded the two teachers from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) Jaume Figueras and Toni Guasch, responsible for the initiative, a certificate of recognition for having achieved this award.

City Walking promotes sport as a way to prevent cardiovascular diseases. The device, designed by UPC Barcelonatech, suggests city routes to users via de use of webpage and a Smartphone.  Every suggested route will be different and will allow the user to get to know the heritage and cultural activities of their city and will also offer rewards such as discounts at various local shops. An important feature is that the device can allow doctors to monitor patients’ physical activity.

The Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Innovation, Carmen Labòria, highlighted that that the project was chosen to provide the best solution in the field of community health. Labòria believes that, in addition, the Living Labs Global Award 2012 will help increase the international projection of Terrassa: "One of the main objectives of our mandate is to project the city internationally, and to strengthen businesses and the industry associated with innovation and knowledge. So I think that the two strategic priorities of our mandate were covered by taking part in the Living Labs Global Award 2012. We are committed to participate as a city. We took part in 2012 and now we are considering our participation in the 2013 edition, if we are selected”

The council, the Health Consortium, the University Hospital Mútua and UPC have signed an agreement to develop a pilot in the city. Work on the implementation of the project will take place over a 6 months period. Potential participants in the pilot will be sought among patients from two health centres, the Mútua and the Consortium.  Routes, activities and incentives will be prepared in advanced and in the following 6 months the results will be evaluated to see how the health of people who have participated in the walks has improved.

Lagos State Government’s officially launches Nollywood Upgrade Project

The Lagos State Government, Nigeria - through the INNOVATE LAGOS project and Nollywood Workshops proudly announce the launch of the Nollywood Upgrade Project (Nollywood UP). Nollywood UP is an initiative to support sustainable growth in the Nigerian Film Industry through training, capacity building and innovation in film financing and distribution. 

Through Nollywood UP, the Nigerian Film Industry will have access to cutting-edge training and compelling film grants. The initiative seeks to pave the way for continued investment and innovation in Nollywood, including the development of community movie cinemas throughout Lagos State. 

Nollywood Workshops is a non-profit organizationbased in Cambridge, MA and Lagos, Nigeria with the mission of empowering independent filmmaking through training, collaboration and innovation. Since 2005, the Nollywood Workshops team has collaborated in Nigeria on a wide range of trainings and film productions, including the award winning feature length documentary, This Is Nollywood. Nollywood Workshops was co-founded by filmmakers Bond Emeruwa, Aimee Corrigan, Robert Caputo and Franco Sacchi. The team is committed to leveraging the power of film in emerging economies.

In 2009, Nollywood surpassed Hollywood, trailing close behind India's Bollywood as the world's second largest producer of feature films. Despite Nollywood’s enormous success on the global scale, piracy threatens to overcome the Nigerian film industry. Estimates suggest that up to 80% of Nollywood’s profits are being lost to piracy.

As a commitment towards supporting and developing innovation in Lagos, in May 2011, the Lagos State Government partnered with Living Labs Global 2011 to explore an innovative solution to digital piracy in Nollywood. After an extensive review of various solutions, Nollywood Workshops was invited to Lagos for consultations with the Lagos State Government, Lagos Innovation Advisory Council and local stakeholders, to develop and present their holistic strategy for the Nollywood Upgrade Project, covering production, financing and distribution. The Nollywood UP initiative is a part of Living Labs Global’s Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative.

“We’re a small team of filmmakers with a big idea about the power of creative industries in emerging economies. Living Labs Global empowered us to share our solution with the Lagos State Government, ultimately creating a bridge between the Nigerian filmmakers and the support they need to thrive.” 

Aimee Corrigan, Director

Nollywood Workshops

"Our intention is to help the Nigerian film industry continue to thrive, despite the challenges of digital piracy. In collaboration with Nollywood Workshops and a diverse team of filmmakers, academics, and local stakeholders, the Nollywood Upgrade Project will ensure that the Nigerian film industry remains a global leader in entertainment."

Moji Rhodes, Deputy Chief of Staff, Lagos State Government and Coordinator, INNOVATE LAGOS project.

“The Nollywood UP approach to fighting piracy is about creating value. It’s a real opportunity to improve the industry and make it more sustainable. The vision of Lagos State Government in sponsoring Nollywood Up is impressive – they see that it’s important to bring this kind of group together to dive in and chart out the future of the Nigerian Film Industry. Nollywood has the opportunity to develop the next generation model for a creative industry.” 

Colin Maclay, Managing Director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Harvard University; Nollywood Up Project Advisor

 “This is the most promising intervention Nollywood has seen to date. Nollywood UP will illustrate how we can “make the pie bigger” through the creation of new commercial strategies and opportunities.” 

Bond Emeruwa, Filmmaker

Director of the Coalition of Nollywood Guilds and Associations, Nigeria (CONGA)

“This work is bringing together a unique partnership of filmmakers, private sector investors, NGOs and government to think through how we could redo the finances of the Nigerian Film Industry and make it more creative, more professional, and reach more of a global market.”

Ethan Zuckerman, Director,

MIT Center for Civic Media

Contact:

Aimee Corrigan

Managing Director

Nollywood Workshops

phone  +1.617.538.3950

email info@nollywoodworkshops.org

www.nollywoodworkshops.org

Citymart.com Commits to Improving Urban and Social Technologies in 30 Cities Around the World at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

Citymart.com, an organisation geared towards innovation and knowledge-sharing in urban environments, today announced its commitment to implement high impact urban and social technologies in 30 cities around the world. The Commitment to Action, announced at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, will help cities directly enhance the quality of life of their citizens by improving the efficiency, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of urban services. Citymart.com works to accelerate the diffusion of proven technologies across cities worldwide by connecting the solutions developed by innovators with the decision makers that procure and regulate technologies in cities. Its goal is to open markets to innovators and supply intelligence for cities so local governments invest less public money to greater societal effect.

“Citymart.com is transforming how cities share their innovations and experiences to improve the lives of citizens worldwide. To date, we have impacted millions of lives through various projects spanning smart parking, homecare technologies, waste management solutions, movie industry innovations, and urban navigation for the visually impaired,” said Sascha Haselmayer, CEO of Citymart.com. “These innovations are not only impacting citizens and communities, but also local government spending and knowledge-sharing. Our one-of-a-kind program will improve accountability among city governments and help ensure that citizens are receiving the best possible services from their governments.”

There are more than 557,000 local governments around the world, and they spend about $4.5 trillion each year to deliver important services to their citizens. Cities often invest in re-inventing technologies already available elsewhere resulting in projects costing 20 times more than needed. Citymart.com helps cities discover innovative solutions to meet their problems and needs through a more transparent marketplace. In the process we help high impact solutions reach citizens at least 3 times faster and help cities save more than 95% on the costs commonly incurred reinventing already existing services and technologies.

Citymart.com is working to improve local governments’ accountability in the global marketplace and helping cities put citizens’ needs at the center of procurement processes. Using a standard process cities, before making final investment decisions, articulate their challenges and needs, are connected with globally available solutions, and engage all stakeholders through real-life pilots in their communities. Since 2009, urban and social innovations have been successfully piloted and implemented in cities in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, addressing major societal challenges affecting more than 285 million people.

The Commitment to Action presented as part of the CGI Annual Meeting today, is underwritten by global cities such as Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; San Francisco, California; Barcelona, Spain; Lagos, Nigeria; and Lavasa, India. More than a thousand solution providers, including corporate partners such as Oracle Corporation and The Climate Group are committed to co-investing in implementing the most promising solutions. In the past 3 years this process covered 42 cities, 1,519 solutions, and 248 expert jurors supporting the selection process.

In times of economic austerity and budget cuts, Living Labs Global helps cities and technology providers accelerate the adoption of new high impact solutions at a fraction of the cost so that local governments can spend less to achieve more.

About Citymart.com 

Citymart.com is based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and Barcelona (Spain), working with 80 cities and 1,000 companies and research centers in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas with a mission to open the market for service innovation in cities and overcome key technology, organization and trade barriers.

The flagship “LLGA|Cities Pilot the Future” program is an annual process over 8 months in which cities present their challenges and provide guidance to the business and technology community on future investment plans and needs. Follow progress on Twitter @LLGACities and Facebook at facebook.com/Citymartcom.

To view our latest pilot go to llga.org/pilot.php?idPilot=5

 About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEO’s, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, CGI members have made more than 2,100 commitments, which are already improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $69.2 billion.

CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.

 Contact: Rosa Panades, r.panades@livinglabs-global.com, t: +34 633 197 968

10 Steps: Taking an Innovation for a City from Idea to Deployment

After a first round of consultation of experts and city professionals, Agile Cities is launching the first draft of its 10 stage process to take innovative ideas to full implementation in cities.

You can comment on the 10 Steps and the Draft text here.

One of the objectives of the Agile Cities initiative is to provide more reliable communication in the marketplace around innovative solutions that can transform communities.

A key element of this is to begin to establish a process to track the stages which a typical innovation passes through from Idea to Deployment. After an initial consultation process, we have edited a 10 Step Process which is now open for comment in an iterated editorial process.

You can add ideas by going directly to the open text document here or by commenting on this post.

THIS POST WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON AGILECITIES.ORG

LLGA2012: A Journey in Numbers to Improve Millions of Lives

As we are nearing our Award Ceremony on May 2 in Rio de Janeiro, when all eyes will be on the 21 winners that have been selected by 21 global cities - such as Barcelona, San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Kristiansand, Eindhoven, Lagos, Cape Town, Rome and Fukuoka - we take a minute to recall the journey that took us here.

LLGA2012 in Numbers

21 Cities

110 Million Citizens

21 Challenges

3,500 Existing Solutions Found

555 Validated Entries from...

50+ Countries

147 Jurors

109 Shortlisted Solutions

7,500 Evaluations

45,000 Evaluation Data-Points will be published to providers

21 Winners

21 Pilots in next 12 months

Three years ago, we had an idea. What if cities called for solutions to their pressing challenges? Why was there no place where cities, soon home to 70% of the world's population, could share their challenges?

LLGA - the Living Labs Global Award - was born as a simple and quick experiment. In just 3 months we mobilized 12 cities to present their challenges and share an evaluation method to identify the best solutions. The results led to improved waste management in Barcelona, and to Eindhoven adopting a new process to involve citizens in their evaluation methodology,

In November 2011 we launched LLGA2012, in partnership with 21 global cities with 110 Million citizens in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa. Each city presented a challenge to which our wonderful research team of 10 in Barcelona found 3,500 existing solutions around the world.

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After a validation, we received 555 entries from more than 50 countries, which were reviewed by 147 international jurors appointed by the cities to 21 juries evaluate the impact of the solutions for each category. This generated 7,500 evaluations and some 45,000 evaluation data-points providing valuable feedback on May 3 to participating solution providers via the Showcases on Citymart.com.

On March 5th, the cities and their juries presented 109 nominated solutions that entered a second round of evaluation. On May 2, we will present 21 winners - selected by the cities as the most promising solutions to improve the lives of 110 Million citizens.

In the coming 12 months, these winners will implement 21 pilot projects, to show the real impact of their solutions and allow citizens, government agencies, business partners and the partner cities to experience change.

Bitcarrier, winner of a LLGA2011 Award saw their Citysolver solution launched their pilot just 3 months after winning, and signed a contract within another 3 months. Not only did they save $320,000 in acquisition costs and went to market 4x faster than usual - but the citizens of Barcelona spent less time in traffic as a result. Every single day. And that is just one winner...

Stay tuned! #LLGA

30 Measures for the Economic Growth of Barcelona

Jordi Joly, Director of Economy, Business and Employment, presented 30 measures for the economic growth of the city of Barcelona at BCN Creixement Round Table. Joly, who will be representing Barcelona in the Living Labs Global’s Rio Summit on Service Innovation in Cities, explained the financial path that Barcelona will follow in the next few years.

He said: “We want the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona to take a leading role. Barcelona city has to be its main axis”

  1. Create an employment market that connects talent with start-ups and other companies with high growth potential on a yearly basis.
  2. Create and implement plans for district and neighbourhood tourism as well as economic routes for each sector.
  3. Encourage public-private management of areas of economic and commercial interest.
  4. Implement an Office dedicated to offering help to Companies and Enterprises.
  5. Creation of a City Bond strategy worth  2 M€.
  6. Organisation of 7 investment forums each year.
  7. Attracting new unstructured private capital and promoting collective financing.
  8. Pay suppliers in 30 days.
  9. Creation of the “Barcelona economic showroom” a physical space that will aim to present the economic potential of Barcelona.
  10. Create a platform for on-line municipal bidding.
  11. Promote the values and the role of the entrepreneur.
  12. Promote Barcelona as a brand on a global scale.
  13. Facilitate the recruitment of 5 new strategic international fairs and congresses.
  14. Network collaboration and crosslanding with major cities worldwide.
  15. Promote strategic international relations.
  16. Metropolitan Growth Acceleration Program.
  17. Strengthen electric mobility in the city though taxis and motorbikes.
  18. Creation of the cluster of higher education in Barcelona.
  19. Turn the capital of mobile phone technology into the economic engine of different sectors.
  20. Implement an area of entrepreneurs in Barcelona in the same fashion as the “Zona Franca”.
  21. Create an international public tender worth 5 M€. Attract private funds willing to co-invest in strategic business projects.
  22. Formalize the incorporation of English in the field of economic development.
  23. Launch the program “reempresa” in Barcelona.
  24. Promoted the mentoring of 100 companies by entrepreneurs and managers of advanced age with accumulated experience.
  25. Expansion of Barcelona Globally. “Barcelona Growth" made up of professionals from Barcelona abroad.
  26. On-line guide with information and support for the procedures and settling of international talent and companies in Barcelona.
  27. Commission to boost employment policies in Barcelona.
  28. Organization of 3 entrepreneurship programs in strategic sectors.
  29. Promotion of Social Innovation.
  30. Creating the Platform “Barcelona Connecta”

The Barcelona Creixement Round Table is the management and monitoring body of the Barcelona Creixement programme, which is pushing forward the joint work of the main economic agents of the city by stimulating the economic growth of the Catalan capital and the Metropolitan Area.

Negotiation 2.0

Kelly Crew wordpress Negotiation can either be distributive or integrative. In distributive negotiation, parties are seen as adversaries and outcomes result in one clear winner and one clear loser. Integrative negotiation is a different approach; parties are seen as collaborative problem solvers who rely on mutual interests to move forward and set agreements. Outcomes with integrative negotiation are win-win: both parties walk away with something they wouldn’t have achieved on their own without negotiating.

The whole idea of integrative negotiation was pioneered by a group at Harvard University in the late 1970s/early 1980s and documented in their “negotiation bible,” Getting to Yes. But even with the concepts’ 30-year history, it seems many negotiations are still hard-fought battles using dirty tricks or force. In some cases, a lack of focus on the interests at stake, rather than parties’ established positions, causes simple disputes to be brought all the way to court just to find a resolution – a costly process that is inefficient for all.

Could web 2.0 technologies be used to foster more integrative negotiation? A quick search on “negotiation 2.0” reveals that some work has already been done on this topic, but the field is still open. The University-Industry Demonstration Project created TurboNegotiator, a software tool to enhance university-industry negotiation. It quickly identifies common interests and areas that need compromise. This virtual 3rd party can facilitate a quick and efficient process.

Chapter 8 of the recent book Negotiating the Business Environment brings negotiation into the Twitter age. The book as a whole is focused on the specific business bureaucracies, markets, and networks that affect negotiations. Chapter 8 focuses in on social networks; what are the ways in which they can be used to overcome the resource scarcity, time scarcity, geographical separation, and the inability to maintain an ongoing dialog barriers to negotiation?

These technologies have a lot of potential to facilitate productive conversations between Towns, constituents, and land developers as well. This is an area we hope to see explored more in the future; tools like Mind Mixer and Engaging Plans may also be well on the way.

-          Terra Curtis

Venture Tenure

Remember our post about universities as incubators? A new non-profit is leveraging the products of those incubators, namely their graduates, for the purpose of job creation and creative activity in cities that struggle to attract new talent. Venture for America finds 50 Fellows, each of which a recent graduate with unusually high motivation and experience, and inserts them into smaller start ups in cities like Detroit, New Orleans, or Providence, Rhode Island. The program is meant to increase these cities’ access to talent in an effort to create new jobs and spur renewed economic activity in some of America’s most down-and-out cities.

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Fellows don’t necessarily have experience in entrepreneurship, but each of them already appears entrepreneurial. The question is whether these young graduates can maintain their bright-eyed visions and idealistic energy for two years in cities where few others like them live and with a salary half of what they could be making elsewhere ($32-38K per year).

Venture for America’s goal is to create 100,000 new jobs by 2025. It’s a tall order for 50 Fellows, but if the program is successful, there will be others to take on the task, and increasingly friendly economic environments in their cities of focus. Keep an eye on this one.

-          Terra Curtis

Could it be easier to live without a car than with?

If you’re living car-free, you probably already know the answer to that question. If you live in one of the select cities where development is dense, urban spaces are interesting and inviting, and streets are places rather than empty spaces, then your answer is almost certainly a resounding ‘yes.’

Quebec City

A friend passed along this series of posts about “traditional cities” versus “hypertrophic cities,” and the implications each have for a car-free (and, he argues, a generally pleasant) lifestyle. He further classifies hypertrophic cities into 19th and 20th Century versions – 19th Century hypertrophic cities grew as a result of the Industrial Revolution, when technology advanced quickly but travel speeds were not at all near what we have today. Twentieth Century hypertrophic cities grew at an alarmingly fast rate, with the provision of interstate highways, fast and comfortable cars, cheap fuel, and a vision of The Future City that prioritized the machine elements of a city rather than human ones. Traditional cities (like Venice, Tallin, older parts of Kyoto) have a couple key characteristics; the most revealing according to Nathan Lewis are narrow streets. These have two effects: they make driving difficult and they make walking appealing. Today, in our 20th Century hypertrophic cities, we are trying to grapple with the discrepancy between these inviting places and the hostile environments created through prioritizing non-human elements.

Perhaps the metric of success we should use is whether or not it becomes easier, after retrofitting and changing future growth scenarios, to live in our cities without a car than with. Do citizens have more access to jobs, to amenities, to health care, to activities by walking, biking, or taking mass transit than by driving? Several strategies are being used to achieve this (e.g. limiting parking, pricing driving in downtowns). Do you think our cities are retrofit-able? In what other ways can we conceive of these “narrow streets?”

-          Terra Curtis 

New York City crowd-sources bike share station location

London bike share New York City has always been seen as a trend-setter. This time they’re jumping on the backs of two big trends: bike sharing and crowd sourcing. New York City Department of Transportation has collaborated with OpenPlans, a non-profit focus on open government and transportation, to develop software that collects public input for bike sharing stations.

The software, to be called CivicWorks, is behind NYCDOT’s bike share suggestion engine. It is an open source tool that eventually will allow any group to open their own suggestion engine for the placement of anything on a map – street trees, parks, bike parking, new development. It takes a standard, “analog” public participation interaction exercise (involving Legos and printed maps) and brings it into the 21st Century.

At first glance, the crowd-collected data on NYC’s map seems to be rather useless. How much information can you gather about preferences if there is no variation in them? The whole city seems to be covered in dots. But as Neil Freeman of NYCDOT explained, there actually is a fair amount of variation in the data.

Each dot represents a location where one person requested a station, but also embedded in the dot are several votes from other community members. This variation enabled the DOT to produce “heat maps” of station location preferences, highlighting the need to focus first in Manhattan’s southern core, but also a desire to expand into further reaches of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.

The data have also been used to perform “proximity tests,” where planners compare the hottest locations with practical measures like the width of the sidewalk or ownership of the land where it would be placed.

The information collected through this online platform will be augmented with feedback collected at many in-person public meetings across the City throughout the year in order to determine the placement of the City’s first bike share stations.

-          Terra Curtis

Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting 2012: Three big ideas from three big names in transportation

So this one time, Gabe Klein (Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation), Janette Sadik-Khan (Commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation), and Ed Reiskin (Director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency) all walked into a bar…well, not quite a bar, but they did walk in together. Last week, the Transportation Research Board, a research body within the National Academies, held its annual meeting in Washington, DC. These three transportation visionaries spoke about Mobility Strategies for the 21st Century in one of hundreds of conference sessions throughout the week. Most of their presentations were focused on what each had already achieved in their city. San Francisco has smart parking meters, which allow for frequently-adjusted parking prices. Chicago had its first separated bike lane within Klein’s first 30 days in office. New York has blossomed with bike lanes and public seating areas in a mission to reclaim urban spaces for people rather than cars.

Urban Omnibus: NYC pedestrian plaza

The forward-thinking comments came mostly at the end, during a Q&A session. John Robert Smith, of Reconnecting America, hosted the session and posed the question to the panelists, “What one piece of advice would you offer the transportation professionals in the audience about how to achieve change?” Their answers highlight the need for public-private partnerships in the coming years.

Gabe Klein. If you have to have a boss, get a good one, and don’t be afraid to lose your job.

Ed Reiskin. Act short, think long. Communication and marketing are key.

Janette Sadik-Khan. Have a vision and show results.

Each of these comments reflects their individual backgrounds. Klein and Sadik-Khan are most recently from the private sector. Klein worked in several private ventures including ZipCar and Sadik-Khan had been a Senior Vice President of Parsons Brinckerhoff. The spirit in their comments is one of control – control to choose your boss and to put your vision into action. Reiskin, whose career has focused on the public sector, seems to be more political and strategic. He undoubtedly sees the need to leverage others’ power (e.g. politicians, the general public) through communication, marketing, and a baby-steps approach (act short, think long) to achieve his vision.

- Terra Curtis

LLGA2011 Winner: Report on Worldsensing Smart Parking Pilot

5.12pm 12 May 2011 it has become official – Worldsensing has won the Stockholm Living Labs Global Award 2011 in the category of urban mobility. The winning prize was nothing less than a pilot trial of our cutting-edge smart parking solution in one of Barcelona’s largest satellite cities Sant Cugat.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uesLdfMr33E]

Usually very difficult to achieve, a city hall has actually committed to testing an innovative technology solution for easing the daily headache of finding a vacant parking space and thus easing the daily routine of their citizens.

Discussions with the city hall about their needs and our possibilities started a little less than a month after the prize announcement, i.e. at the speed of light considering the public administration’s usual understanding of time. Of surprise to us was the advanced state of the Smart City initiatives in San Cugat. It seems that the city hall has been making important steps towards a sustainable city by introducing a separate smart city department which essentially handles smart city technologies the same way as an IT department handles computer technologies.

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A specific street in Sant Cugat has since been assigned to us, where we are about to install our smart parking product referred to as FastPrk. The tailor-made product targets the outdoors parking market, be it privately owned (such as shopping malls) or public (such as townhalls). It addresses the obvious headache for the citizens of Sant Cugat of losing a lot of time, money and health by finding a parking spot quickly. The product is composed of sensors, which are installed in each parking spot and which communicate wirelessly with an Internet-enabled gateway to inform about the absence/presence of a car. The information of available parking spots is made available to the citizen of Sant Cugat via a smart phone application and/or via panels along the street, something still to be discussed. The closed loop platform, i.e. sensors offering real-time information, addresses all headaches encountered at either end of the parking market. In addition, it facilitates the introduction of dynamic pricing; reservation of places; the coupling of the obtained data streams into a more general and powerful smart city operating system; among many other opportunities.

Installations commenced at the end of October 2011. We hope to significantly improve the lives of the citizens of Sant Cugat in their commutes downtown.

Living Labs Global is a fantastic team to deal with! They are clearly a market shaker in the emerging market of smart cities. Worldsensing has had the pleasure in applying for the Stockholm smart city finals through a fairly simple and straightforward procedure and, after a pitch in front of an eager audience, won the finals in the respective category. A lot of work, however, had clearly been done in the background by the Living Labs Global team – be it for the organization of the event(s), getting together qualified people, make them review the applications and ideas, etc, etc. A notable development is also the platform developed by Living Labs Global which allows city halls around the globe to consult on existing technologies and prior experience of fellow cities. Congratulations and good luck with the 2012 edition!

- Mischa Dohler, CTO Worldsensing