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Upcoming Summit on Service Innovation in Cities

amiando header 3 R7 2011-7-26Living Labs’ staff recently attended Oracle’s OpenWorld conference in San Francisco.  We wrote about five main takeaways:

  1. Politicians are talking the talk but not walking the walk – requests for technologies’ sustainability services are not backed up with funding opportunities
  2. Cities need to embrace the idea of piloting, evaluation, learning, and buying (we have seen this strategy succeed in the private sector, particularly among technology companies, and in select cities)
  3. Cities can more effectively advocate for innovative solutions if a coalition of citizens understand the benefits of change
  4. Technology offers the opportunity not only to cut costs but also to add value
  5. Cities need to adopt the philosophy that service cuts are not the only way to deal with recessionary budget issues

One of the ways in which Living Labs Global is promoting these ideas is through our Summit on Service Innovation in Cities, to be held November 23 – 24, 2011.  At the Summit, cities, companies, and experts will come together to address the need for the diffusion of innovations into cities along three main themes: smart urban lighting; e-health and smart living; and wellbeing and the role of business innovation, new financing, and social entrepreneurship.

Make sure to keep an eye on our blog in the meantime as we will be dedicating several posts to these themes.

-Terra Curtis

 

Upcoming Summit on Service Innovation in Cities

amiando header 3 R7 2011-7-26Living Labs’ staff recently attended Oracle’s OpenWorld conference in San Francisco.  We wrote about five main takeaways:

  1. Politicians are talking the talk but not walking the walk – requests for technologies’ sustainability services are not backed up with funding opportunities
  2. Cities need to embrace the idea of piloting, evaluation, learning, and buying (we have seen this strategy succeed in the private sector, particularly among technology companies, and in select cities)
  3. Cities can more effectively advocate for innovative solutions if a coalition of citizens understand the benefits of change
  4. Technology offers the opportunity not only to cut costs but also to add value
  5. Cities need to adopt the philosophy that service cuts are not the only way to deal with recessionary budget issues

One of the ways in which Living Labs Global is promoting these ideas is through our Summit on Service Innovation in Cities, to be held November 23 – 24, 2011.  At the Summit, cities, companies, and experts will come together to address the need for the diffusion of innovations into cities along three main themes: smart urban lighting; e-health and smart living; and wellbeing and the role of business innovation, new financing, and social entrepreneurship.

Make sure to keep an eye on our blog in the meantime as we will be dedicating several posts to these themes.

-Terra Curtis

 

245 Entries for Living Labs Global Award 2011

Today we have closed submissions for the Living Labs Global Award 2011. Companies, research centres and NGOs from 127 cities in 29 countries submitted their Showcases to the Award.International juries, chaired by the partner cities of Barcelona, Cape Town, Eindhoven, Lagos, San Francisco, Sant Cugat, Taipei and Stockholm will start their work in the coming days and we will announce the shortlists on March 21st. Enjoy browsing the map of where innovations came from!

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View Map of Living Labs Global Award 2011 Entries in a full screen map

We partner with Yasmo Live to offer a radically new networking experience

Yasmo Live announced today that it has entered a partnership with Living Labs Global, a pioneering initiative, led by European Cities, with the objective to promote innovation in services and mobility in cities. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWykRwGow1k&w=425&h=350]

Yasmo Live will be offering its on-site networking services to maximise the delegates’ networking opportunities before, during and after the ‘Summit on Service Innovation in Cities’, November 24-25 in Copenhagen, where Yasmo Live will be offering its on-site networking services to maximise the delegates’ networking opportunities before, during and after the event.

Yasmo Live will allow users to search through picture-based profiles of fellow attendees directly on their phones, to identify contacts of interest instantly and to arrange on-the-spot meetings.

Sascha Haselmayer, General Director at Living Labs Global commented: ‘Mobility is a paradigm shift in which the user, as a citizen, professional or visitor, is expecting public and private services to be tailored to his needs, delivered on demand, anywhere. Yasmo Live fits perfectly with our mission to materialise the shift that new technologies are bringing and we are proud to be the early adopters of such an innovative networking tool at our conferences.’

Areti Kampyli, CEO of Yasmo Live, said: ‘We are thrilled to be partnering with Living Labs Global, whose objective is to make service innovation happen, as together we can create a springboard for technologies like Yasmo Live to improve our day-to-day lives.’

About Yasmo Live

Yasmo Live, www.yasmolive.com, is a real-time mobile conferencing tool that allows event attendees to see their fellow participants' profiles on their mobile’s screen at conferences supporting its service. Yasmo Live bridges delegates’ digital and real presence, using their mobile phones to enable them to search and display people's profiles that are physically nearby. It serves as the 'missing link' or 'mutual friend' event attendees wished they had, to help them meet the right people. The company is headquartered in London.

Now out: Spanish Edition of our Handbook on Service Innovation in Cities

Living Labs Global is pleased to invite you to the launch of the book “Tu Dividendo de 256.516 Millones”, the updated and Spanish language edition of our handbook “Connected Cities: Your 256 Billion Euro Dividend” be published by the University of Barcelona. The book features a new epilogue by Professor Xavier Torrens, placing the book as a critical contribution in the current debate on local and urban innovation policy.

We will present the book on the occasion of INTA's 34th World Urban Development Congress, in Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain) during the Welcome Reception on Sunday, October 24, 2010, from 19:00-21:00 and the first plenary session on Wednesday, October 27th.

The book is now available to order from the University of Barcelona webstore or can be bought in one of the University of Barcelona’s bookshops.

Future of Biking: Copenhagen Calls for Innovations

Copenhagen has one of the world’s most ambitious local climate policies, striving to become a zero-emission community by the year 2025. To achieve this commitment, the city already has put several measures and lines of investment into motion, actively collaborating with companies and technology experts. Together with Living Labs Global, the City of Copenhagen invites innovators, researchers and companies to present innovative mobility solutions that help to achieve the goal of integrating Bicycles fully into a new intelligent and integrated transport system for the city. Already today, more than 55% of residents in Copenhagen use the bicycle daily, creating opportunities for new applications of IT in entertainment and safety, but also to address the several barriers that continue to exist between the excellent public transport system and bicycle uses.

Call for Pilots: The future of biking in Copenhagen.

As a result, Copenhagen is inviting companies and organisations from around the world to present their solutions for a pilot this autumn (deadline 31st of August) to evaluate impact of new systems, policies, technologies or planning tools to achieve the goal of an attractive and fully integrated inter-modal transport system, incorporating the large percentage of bicycle usage.

Solutions can address, but do not need to be limited to, the following challenges:

  • Can bike paths be smarter and indicate dangers such as frost, indicate congestion or incorporate sensors to monitor activities and respond to usage needs and link to traffic light systems offering green waves for cyclists?
  • Can technology in bicycles such as health sensors, location information, theft protection, entertainment and fitness monitors be applied for entertainment, wellbeing, security and other purposes?
  • Can mobile services link bicycles and riders to social networks, provide news and updates, to pre-book bikes or reserve parking, to plan routes and other activities?
  • Can we integrate bicycle rides to get to destinations with other modes of public transport to give more inter-modal options for commuters?
  • Can we improve bicycle parking around key intersections and meeting points?
  • Can the health and well-being impact of bicycles be maximised and monitored in the city?
  • How can we improve security and safety in relation to bicycles?
  • Can we invent intelligent or smarter clothing to deal with different weather conditions and at the same time integrate into daily activities?
  • Can bicycles replace "service vehicles" for craftsmen in the inner city?
  • What can Copenhagen do for bicycle tourism?

Submitting your solution for a Pilot is simple:

  • Submit or update your Showcase at www.livinglabs-global.com/showcase for free to publish a short description of your solution. Submission Deadline: August 31st 2010.
  • Choose "Apply for a pilot of my Showcase in Copenhagen in autumn 2010".
  • Answer a short application form for evaluation.
  • The City of Copenhagen and Living Labs Global will announce results by September 15th 2010. You will receive a short report on the evaluation results.
  • If successful, you will enter discussions with the City of Copenhagen on implementation of the pilot immediately after selection. Pilots should be running at the latest on November 15th 2010 and run for around 1-6 months.

Our Handbook on Innovation in Services and Mobility in Cities - "Connected Cities: Your 256 Billion Euro Dividend" - now out!

We are pleased to announce that our new Handbook on Service Innovation in Cities is now out, published by the DesignLondon at the Royal College of Art. The result of a collaborative effort involving more than 20 contributors, the book presents rich original data and serves as a resource for professionals from both public and private sectors, as well as entrepreneurs, engaged in the complex yet potentially profitable market for service innovations in cities.

You can flick through and order the book now at Amazon (UK), Amazon (US).

Mobility is not a technology, but a paradigm shift. The user, as citizen, professional, or visitor is in a state of mobility represented by the ubiquity of mobile phones in our society. Why this book asks, have highly appreciated services like mobile parking, tourism services, or solutions for the visually impaired not taken off despite the astronomical investments into digital infrastructures in the past decade? Why, have these infrastructures not had the productivity impact that the internet had on our economies, when more than 60% of the world population have access to them?

256 Billion Euro is the sum of opportunity presented in this book, following real business cases and examples of mobility and service innovations in cities. Drawing on the rich insights of Living Labs Global, the book illustrates what defines the market for mobility, neglected by many for its complexity. It logically structures the market opportunities, frustrations and successes, and actors that make or break success into a coherent call for action to fundamentally change how we deliver services in cities.
This book reveals important insights for public leaders, local politicians, service professionals in public and private organisations, entrepreneurs, technology experts, consultants and researchers interested in promoting innovation and excellence in cities today.

Showcase Award coverage by German National TV 3sat

3sat neues, a programme covering new technologies on German national television attended the Living Labs Global Showcase Award Ceremony, covering the event and airing interviews with Lluis Recoder, Mayor of Sant Cugat, Sascha Haselmayer, General Director Living Labs Global, and Josep Miquel Pique, CEO of 22@ Barcelona. The coverage celebrated the efforts by Living Labs Global to find innovative solutions to societal problems based on a range of technologies and Showcased the Taxi2 mobile solution, presented for the first time to the public at the event; Urbiotica's solutions for a digital urban operating system of wireless sensors and management; and the intelligent streetlighting systems in 22@ Barcelona.

Here the link to the coverage of the Living Labs Global Showcase Award (German)

Here the link to the coverage of 22@ Barcelona and Urbiotica (German)

3sat neues - full programme - Mobile World Congress and Living Labs Global Showcase Award

Showcase Award coverage by German National TV 3sat

3sat neues, a programme covering new technologies on German national television attended the Living Labs Global Showcase Award Ceremony, covering the event and airing interviews with Lluis Recoder, Mayor of Sant Cugat, Sascha Haselmayer, General Director Living Labs Global, and Josep Miquel Pique, CEO of 22@ Barcelona. The coverage celebrated the efforts by Living Labs Global to find innovative solutions to societal problems based on a range of technologies and Showcased the Taxi2 mobile solution, presented for the first time to the public at the event; Urbiotica's solutions for a digital urban operating system of wireless sensors and management; and the intelligent streetlighting systems in 22@ Barcelona.

Here the link to the coverage of the Living Labs Global Showcase Award (German)

Here the link to the coverage of 22@ Barcelona and Urbiotica (German)

3sat neues - full programme - Mobile World Congress and Living Labs Global Showcase Award

Living Labs Global Showcase Award Ceremony

As the culmination of the four month Living Labs Global Showcase Award process, over 100 representatives from Europe, North America and Asia attended the Showcase Award Ceremony in Sant Cugat des Valles. The three hour event was a unique opportunity for the nine award category cities and the 45 showcase award finalists to learn about other innovative entries and to celebrate their own contribution to the competition. Sascha Haselmayer, the Director of Living Labs Global, opened the ceremony by emphasizing the truly global nature of the competition, highlighting that the 317 entries submitted for the Award came from 28 countries across four continents. Mr. Haselmayer further elaborated that this kind of global collaboration in service development is unprecedented and is a testimony to the need for more transparent marketplaces for digital and mobile technologies and services, increased cooperation between municipalities and more open-minded service acquisition processes; therein, Mr. Haselmayer suggested that this Awards process is just an initial step towards developing and delivering better urban services through more efficient and effective processes. Without a doubt this was a sentiment shared by most everyone in attendance, municipal representatives and entrepreneurs alike. Following this initial opening by Mr. Haselmayer and the city of Sant Cugat, the ceremony proceeded with individual city categories, beginning with Barcelona and ending with Sant Cugat. Of the nine category cities, only the cities of Taipei and Chicago were unable to deliver the Award in person. Instead, these award partners congratulated their winners by telecast from their respective locations. Prior to announcing the winning Showcase for each category, the Living Labs Global team aired unseen footage from the shortlisted category videos; these videos were presented to jurors by entrants to help them to better understand the technology behind each innovation and the possible applications for the technology. Each video montage gave attendees a glimpse of the innovative solutions shortlisted by each city and illuminated the diverse nature of the solutions on offer. All of the winning showcases and the shortlisted showcase videos are currently available to be viewed on the Living Labs Global website. The winning showcases included Autonomous Sensors to Monitor Garbage Capacity in Urban Dumpsters for Barcelona, Energy Saving through Smart Applications for Caceres, Sustainable Food for Chicago, the Local Innovation Plan for Eindhoven, the Central Intelligent Irrigation Controller for Oeiras, the Central Intelligent Irrigation Controller for Oeiras, Sustainable Food and Wikiloc Active Routes for La Selva, Real-time Parking Management in a City for Sant Cugat, Open Green Map for Stockholm, and Wikiloc Active Routes and Taxi2 for Taipei. Once the last award was handed off by Sant Cugat, attendees had the opportunity to network and meet with fellow event participants over an offer of delicious appetizers and drinks. Perhaps the most exciting consequence of an event like this is that it gives cities and companies the opportunity to see what other cities are pursuing in terms of service innovation and their long-term service plan. Whereas the Portuguese city of Oeiras’ category had focused upon improved water management, they walked away inspired by the participatory technologies implemented in the city of Hamburg by the firm German firm TuTech Innovation. Needless to say, it will be exciting to see what the next year holds in terms of pilots and other service acquisitions for Showcase Award Participants and Winners and we look forward to keeping you up to date as success stories unfold.

Sant Cugat del Valles wins European Public Sector Award

Last night the mayor of Sant Cugat, a Strategic Member of Living Labs Global, Lluis Recoder and Vice-Mayor Jordi Joly i Lena were rewarded for the city's effort in the past years to develop a new economic management model for the city. "PACTE" is a strategic agreement between the political and management leadership of the city to use strategic maps and management goals to create a more transparent, efficient and innovative public administration. http://v.wordpress.com/yMAamDpC

The European Public Sector Award, or EPSA, recognised Sant Cugat ahead of national government programmes from Denmark and the UK, as well as the City of Lausanne as the leading European example of "Leadership and Management of Change".

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Sant Cugat is a Category Partner for the Living Labs Global Showcase Award, underlining the city's commitment to excellence in management and continuing innovation in the effort to become a sustainable high technology community.

Read more on Jordi Joly's Blog on Politic and Management.

Nine Global Cities launch joint award for technologies to help millions of citizens and visitors

9 cities from Europe, Asia and the United States join forces with Living Labs Global in a challenge to find the innovative solutions to major societal problems by opening competition among international solution-, technology- and service providers.
The 9 winners of the Living Labs Global Showcase Award will be invited to pilot their solutions in these cities, proving the effectiveness of new solutions and offering a first step for innovative providers to enter new markets.
Today, we announce the launch of the Living Labs Global Showcase Award in partnership with global cities such as Chicago, Taipei and Barcelona as well as smaller cities such as Eindhoven, Sant Cugat and Caceres. This award is open for companies and organizations that have developed digital solutions that add high value to users in cities around the world.
Living Labs Global has partnered with global cities, representing around 12 million citizens from Europe, the US and Asia to call for solutions that can solve some of their most pressing challenges. Challenges include social inclusion, digital tourism, water management, urban service automation, citizen participation, healthcare and mobility. Submissions follow the format of the Living Labs Global Showcase, which already today presents more than 230 international service innovations. Submissions to qualify for the Living Labs Global Showcase Award can be submitted until the 1st of December 2009.
9 Categories for the Award are being presented in partnership with communities that seek to identify the best solutions to meet their strategic challenges. Showcases will be reviewed against all categories, and a shortlist of the top 5 Showcases will be presented by the juries on December 15th 2009. The final Award winners will be announced at the Award Ceremony on February 14th 2009, the eve of the Mobile World Congress.
Instead of cash-prizes, Award Winners will be invited by the partner cities to pilot their solution in a real-life environment with full institutional support and evaluation by the cities, offering a first step into key international markets.

Chicago, Taipei and Barcelona, Stockholm, Eindhoven, Sant Cugat, Caceres and La Selva join forces with Living Labs Global in a challenge to find the innovative solutions to major societal problems by opening competition among international solution-, technology- and service providers.

The 9 winners of the Living Labs Global Showcase Award will be invited to pilot their solutions in these cities, proving the effectiveness of new solutions and offering a first step for innovative providers to enter new markets. This award is open for companies and organizations that have developed digital solutions that add high value to users in cities around the world.

Living Labs Global has partnered with these cities, representing around 12 million citizens from Europe, the US and Asia to call for solutions that can solve some of their most pressing challenges. Challenges include social inclusion, digital tourism, water management, urban service automation, citizen participation, healthcare and mobility. Submissions follow the format of the Living Labs Global Showcase, which already today presents more than 230 international service innovations. Submissions to qualify for the Living Labs Global Showcase Award can be submitted until the 1st of December 2009.

9 Categories for the Award are being presented in partnership with communities that seek to identify the best solutions to meet their strategic challenges. Showcases will be reviewed against all categories, and a shortlist of the top 5 Showcases will be presented by the juries on December 15th 2009. The final Award winners will be announced at the Award Ceremony on February 14th 2010, the eve of the Mobile World Congress.

Instead of cash-prizes, Award Winners will be invited by the partner cities to pilot their solution in a real-life environment with full institutional support and evaluation by the cities, offering a first step into key international markets.

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Living Labs Global: Your Market for Mobility.

Since June 2008, Living Labs Global has become a non-profit membership association building on the success of Living Labs Europe. This evolution reflects the outcomes of our consultations with European members and partners, including the EU Commission Europe-INNOVA programme, since the beginning of the year, as well as the geographic growth of our initiative. New members have joined from Asia, and it is expected that we can announce activities in the Americas and the broader Mediterranean Region in the coming months. Further, the new organisation reflects our mission to build a "Marketplace for Mobility". Previous posts discussed Living Labs as Lead Markets, barriers to innovation and creativity. We are moved by the discovery of so many innovative mobile applications - more than 230 have been presented in our Research on Mobility - yet few of these become available everywhere. In fact, the mobility market today is dysfunctional for a large number of reasons. We cannot change all of this everywhere, so we are inviting those cities, regions, companies, agencies and organisations committed to providing better, more innovative service to mobile citizens, businesses and visitors to join us.

Without a functioning market, our discussions on user-centric innovation and service designs often lead to frustration rather than success, as many conditions hinder export or commercialisation. Living Labs Global remains committed to putting the user at the centre, with 6,711,888,616 innovators around, we believe that we can actively create the global market for mobility, rather than wait. Understanding users helps us identify the local problems that are in fact global opportunities.

Together, we will build this marketplace, enabling innovators to become successful. We will continue to map mobility, to showcase the best services and applications and benchmark leading global regions and markets. Our Matchmaking Summits will become part of a regular activity, starting in January 2009 in Hamburg, to be followed by Summits in Zurich and Taipei. And, our goal remains to make it all happen through Highlight Projects that break new grounds by piloting and pre-commercialising solutions in our marketplace.

Find out more, by reviewing our updated www.livinglabs-global.com website.