Eindhoven

Good Gym: Moving towards healthier living

People are increasingly making connections between the built environment and the impacts that it has on our health, both physically and mentally. While public health has been less of a focus of concern for cities in the past, more urban areas today are taking notice of the important linkages between health and the quality of the urban environment. Around the world, city officials are beginning to incorporate public health experts and entrepreneurs into discussions of how to take action to promote healthy urban populations. In fact, 3 of the 21 cities participating in the 2012 LLGA put forth challenges that center around health and physical activity issues. Clearly the state of health in cities is gaining greater recognition as a key urban concern, one that is as worthy of attention as other major urban problems such as transportation, energy, and the economy. And like any urban issue, health problems do not occur in isolation. Providing solutions to promote healthy populations in cities can benefit other aspects of city life, and vice versa.

With many cities facing public health challenges such as air quality, poor nutrition, and lack of physical activity, there are plentiful opportunities to develop solutions that would enable cities to promote rather than compromise good health. An article posted earlier this week discussed the potential that public spaces have to encourage physical activity. By creating installations that engage passers-by and inspire movement and play, cities can influence the activity levels of their citizens.

Another idea to encourage mobility and active living comes from the nominees' list for Eindhoven, The Netherlands, in this year's LLGA. Dubbed the "Good Gym", this project couples exercise with social assistance for the elderly. Runners and walkers can use the Good Gym to find a list of errand runs needed nearby, such as picking up groceries or making a delivery, that benefit elderly people within the community who are unable to make these trips themselves.

By connecting those who want to exercise with those with limited mobility, the Good Gym harnesses the social good potential of physical activity. Elderly people of the community benefit from reduced cost of care and greater social interaction with runners, while runners are connected to an inexpensive way to simultaneously exercise and volunteer their time to those who need it.

~ Allison Bullock

Recap: Eindhoven Summit on Service Innovation in Cities

On November 24th we held our Eindhoven Summit on Service Innovation in Cities, collaborating with the City of Eindhoven, Brainport Development (the regional development & innovation foundation), and the Smart Homes Foundation. At this Summit, we focused three areas of technology and development in cities that connect the priorities of transformation in Eindhoven with major global technology and societal priorities. Service innovation in cities are enabled not only by the availability of new technologies, but new tendencies in public policy, public private partnerships, and a more participatory understanding of service delivery.

Mary-Ann Schreurs, Eindhoven's Deputy Mayor, highlighted in her welcome address the fundamental transformation taking place. Who is driving our city? It is the citizens. Increasingly empowered, citizens are becoming more and more active stakeholders empowered by technologies and a new service paradigm. This, she said, is not just a political statement, but a fundamental transformation of the way government works.

Following this perspective, Living Labs Global shared how this transformation changes our markets. How come that blind citizens in Minneapolis present the White Cane Award to a more accessible street light when at the same time Boris, a blind citizen of Stockholm, experiences a complete transformation of his live through e-Adept the navigation solution allowing him to move freely and independently through the city. This case reminds us just how intransparent markets remain, not just to public decision-makers, but also citizens who should be demanding best services. Our mission for the coming years, therefore, is to make Citymart.com the central tool to provide this intelligence real-time to connect cities and solution providers.

 

Following this 16 entrepreneurs presented 1-minute elevator pitches that ranged from Callock's urban system to lock and release shared bicycles and other items in the city, T-Huis design centres that engage teenagers, and the Continua Alliance promoting standards in e-Health. As in our previous Summits, these Elevator Pitches reminded all of the entrepreneurial energy that is readily available to change our cities.

Sensors + LED + Design = Smart Urban Lighting?

Our first Parallel Session, chaired by Elke den Ouden of the Interactive Light Institute and TU/e looked into how available sensor and LED lighting technologies can come together into smart urban lighting systems. Lorna Goulden of Philips Design shared the groundbreaking work under-way in Eindhoven's STRIJP-S district; and Josep Maria Serra of Santa & Cole presenting the Living Labs Global Award 2011 winning integrated solution for urban infrastructures. Ellen de Vries, a globally renowned lighting designer leading Het Lux Lab shared how they overcome barriers in exploiting the full potential of urban lighting and was followed by Jan Reitsma responsible of the Sensor City Assen programme.

e-Health and Smart Living Solutions transforming health systems in cities.

In our second Parallel Session, Peter Portheine the director for health at Brainport Development moderated the discussion of how e-health and smart living solutions can help cities rebuild their social and healthcare services for an ageing, more independent future society. Netown shared their Baby Bot / A+ Healthcare Solution that won the Living Labs Global Award 2011 and turns new homes in Taiwan into connectors to the health care system. Rama Gheerawo shared the work undertaking by the Helen Hamlyn Centre on service design in healthcare, and in particular the experience of the city of pregnant women. Ruud Hoosemans presented the work undertaken at the Jeroen Bosch Hospital where user-needs trigger new development processes.

How do you make the elderly and chronically ill more physically active? This is the mission of the BOZ Foundation and results and new solutions were shared with the delegates. And finally, Thijs Honig shared the impressive work of the Housing First Project which connects the homeless to health and social care to unfold their possibilities.

Social Entrepreneurship, Business Innovation and the prevention of disease and social incidents

In our third parallel session, moderated by Open City Foundation president Motoo Kusakabe, we looked at social entrepreneurship and business innovation as a way to prevent disease and social incidents in cities. In particular the role of methods for identifying challenges and measuring the impact of solutions became a critical focus point of the lively interactions. Unless we can measure problems and impact of solutions, we are unable to invest and deploy wisely and, importantly, maybe also wind down some of the existing services that may no longer deliver value.

The first experience shared in this session was Marjon Meijs of the City of Eindhoven's Social Innovation Living Lab. It raised the rapid changes faced by the city and new approaches that require organisational change to deliver new solutions. Yalp!, the Dutch Lappset subsidiary shared its new playground concepts that incorporate new technologies to reach not just children but teenagers and adults to stimulate physical activity.

Dr Karen K Lee of New York City's Department of Health shared the strategies and design regulations deployed in New York transforming lifestyles. Results were impressive: a 3,000% increase in staircase use just by placing a simple sign saying "Take the stairs, burn calories" but also the emphasis of deploying more drinking water fountains to combat unhealthy soda consumption or supporting neighborhood supermarkets and healthy food options. All this serves as a model for 14 US cities today.

Chloe Feinberg of Ashoka Changemakers provided insights into how social entrepreneurs find alternatives to glovernment financing to scale up their solutions that may transform cities and societies in areas government doesn't or cannot deliver.

10 Visioning Workshops

Following the parallel sessions, 10 Visioning Workshops were held bringing together city and business leaders to invent new solutions. Cluster.eu published a wonderful article on their sustainable tourism workshop.

Here the results:

Henk Kok: Development of a Business models for an (e)Bike City Plan and an (e)Bike commute plan

Manel Balcells: The role of cities in promoting health

Josep Maria Vidal-Ribas: Smart Urban Lighting Systems – Who Should Lead the Project?

Molly Webb: Creating a new generation of "Prosumers"

Hans Robertus: How to integrate Design Thinking into the relevant touch points of a city

Martin Dunlea: Smart Grids and real-time urban data transforming city services

Jakob Rasmussen: CityMart

Marcia Caines & Federico De Giuli: Sustainable Tourism

Hans Schneider: Energy Community

 

Recap: Eindhoven Summit on Service Innovation in Cities

On November 24th we held our Eindhoven Summit on Service Innovation in Cities, collaborating with the City of Eindhoven, Brainport Development (the regional development & innovation foundation), and the Smart Homes Foundation. At this Summit, we focused three areas of technology and development in cities that connect the priorities of transformation in Eindhoven with major global technology and societal priorities. Service innovation in cities are enabled not only by the availability of new technologies, but new tendencies in public policy, public private partnerships, and a more participatory understanding of service delivery.

Mary-Ann Schreurs, Eindhoven's Deputy Mayor, highlighted in her welcome address the fundamental transformation taking place. Who is driving our city? It is the citizens. Increasingly empowered, citizens are becoming more and more active stakeholders empowered by technologies and a new service paradigm. This, she said, is not just a political statement, but a fundamental transformation of the way government works.

Following this perspective, Living Labs Global shared how this transformation changes our markets. How come that blind citizens in Minneapolis present the White Cane Award to a more accessible street light when at the same time Boris, a blind citizen of Stockholm, experiences a complete transformation of his live through e-Adept the navigation solution allowing him to move freely and independently through the city. This case reminds us just how intransparent markets remain, not just to public decision-makers, but also citizens who should be demanding best services. Our mission for the coming years, therefore, is to make Citymart.com the central tool to provide this intelligence real-time to connect cities and solution providers.

 

Following this 16 entrepreneurs presented 1-minute elevator pitches that ranged from Callock's urban system to lock and release shared bicycles and other items in the city, T-Huis design centres that engage teenagers, and the Continua Alliance promoting standards in e-Health. As in our previous Summits, these Elevator Pitches reminded all of the entrepreneurial energy that is readily available to change our cities.

Sensors + LED + Design = Smart Urban Lighting?

Our first Parallel Session, chaired by Elke den Ouden of the Interactive Light Institute and TU/e looked into how available sensor and LED lighting technologies can come together into smart urban lighting systems. Lorna Goulden of Philips Design shared the groundbreaking work under-way in Eindhoven's STRIJP-S district; and Josep Maria Serra of Santa & Cole presenting the Living Labs Global Award 2011 winning integrated solution for urban infrastructures. Ellen de Vries, a globally renowned lighting designer leading Het Lux Lab shared how they overcome barriers in exploiting the full potential of urban lighting and was followed by Jan Reitsma responsible of the Sensor City Assen programme.

e-Health and Smart Living Solutions transforming health systems in cities.

In our second Parallel Session, Peter Portheine the director for health at Brainport Development moderated the discussion of how e-health and smart living solutions can help cities rebuild their social and healthcare services for an ageing, more independent future society. Netown shared their Baby Bot / A+ Healthcare Solution that won the Living Labs Global Award 2011 and turns new homes in Taiwan into connectors to the health care system. Rama Gheerawo shared the work undertaking by the Helen Hamlyn Centre on service design in healthcare, and in particular the experience of the city of pregnant women. Ruud Hoosemans presented the work undertaken at the Jeroen Bosch Hospital where user-needs trigger new development processes.

How do you make the elderly and chronically ill more physically active? This is the mission of the BOZ Foundation and results and new solutions were shared with the delegates. And finally, Thijs Honig shared the impressive work of the Housing First Project which connects the homeless to health and social care to unfold their possibilities.

Social Entrepreneurship, Business Innovation and the prevention of disease and social incidents

In our third parallel session, moderated by Open City Foundation president Motoo Kusakabe, we looked at social entrepreneurship and business innovation as a way to prevent disease and social incidents in cities. In particular the role of methods for identifying challenges and measuring the impact of solutions became a critical focus point of the lively interactions. Unless we can measure problems and impact of solutions, we are unable to invest and deploy wisely and, importantly, maybe also wind down some of the existing services that may no longer deliver value.

The first experience shared in this session was Marjon Meijs of the City of Eindhoven's Social Innovation Living Lab. It raised the rapid changes faced by the city and new approaches that require organisational change to deliver new solutions. Yalp!, the Dutch Lappset subsidiary shared its new playground concepts that incorporate new technologies to reach not just children but teenagers and adults to stimulate physical activity.

Dr Karen K Lee of New York City's Department of Health shared the strategies and design regulations deployed in New York transforming lifestyles. Results were impressive: a 3,000% increase in staircase use just by placing a simple sign saying "Take the stairs, burn calories" but also the emphasis of deploying more drinking water fountains to combat unhealthy soda consumption or supporting neighborhood supermarkets and healthy food options. All this serves as a model for 14 US cities today.

Chloe Feinberg of Ashoka Changemakers provided insights into how social entrepreneurs find alternatives to glovernment financing to scale up their solutions that may transform cities and societies in areas government doesn't or cannot deliver.

10 Visioning Workshops

Following the parallel sessions, 10 Visioning Workshops were held bringing together city and business leaders to invent new solutions. Cluster.eu published a wonderful article on their sustainable tourism workshop.

Here the results:

Henk Kok: Development of a Business models for an (e)Bike City Plan and an (e)Bike commute plan

Manel Balcells: The role of cities in promoting health

Josep Maria Vidal-Ribas: Smart Urban Lighting Systems – Who Should Lead the Project?

Molly Webb: Creating a new generation of "Prosumers"

Hans Robertus: How to integrate Design Thinking into the relevant touch points of a city

Martin Dunlea: Smart Grids and real-time urban data transforming city services

Jakob Rasmussen: CityMart

Marcia Caines & Federico De Giuli: Sustainable Tourism

Hans Schneider: Energy Community

 

Living Labs Global cities sign to share technologies and policies in Tainan

At The Global Smart City Summit in Tainan this week, our partner cities Tainan, Eindhoven and Lavasa together with the cities of Dubuque (US), Kortrijk (BE) and Helsingborg (SE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on Smart City developments and knowledge exchange in the coming years.

Tainan's Mayor Ching-te Lai concluded yesterday's lively exchange with about 250 participants at which six cities shared their visions, projects at which the issues of citizen participation, environmental sustainability, inter-governmental collaboration and new procurement practices were central issues.

One clear statement resonated across all cities: That Smart Cities are not a technology product, but the intelligent application of government policies, public-private-partnerships and a clear focus on and inclusion of citizens. Hence, the participating mayors declared their intention to 're-conquer' the smart city concept from what has become a one-sided technology perspective.

Health Help

Two more partner cities, Terrassa, Spain and Eindhoven, The Netherlands, are looking for solutions to create a healthy living environment. Eindhoven notes that good health is a primary determinant of happiness; Terrassa takes a more practical view by recognizing the need to promote prevention in public health. But regardless of the reason, both cities want to help their citizens maintain healthier lifestyles. MIYO is a web-based tool for developing health-related materials to remind and inform patients of the need to obtain colorectal cancer screening. Its unique approach uses health behavior theory, which suggests that messages that include images and messaging that are tailored to the individual produce higher rates of healthy actions. MIYO was developed by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri with funding from the Centers for Disease Control.

While cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States (as of 2007), deaths resulting from accidental injuries (like from automobile accidents) rank highly as well. Students competing in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, which challenged students to “imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems,” developed an app to help reduce traffic accidents. Team Hermes, the developers, wanted to address head-on the 1.2 million traffic deaths per year.  Their “boy racer” app makes a game out of driving – one that encourages young male drivers to pay more attention to their driving rather than less. The game rewards points for good driving, which is determined by g-forces, revs, speed, and throttle position, and places these drivers in direct competition with others similar to them. Winners get more than points – insurance companies are willing to provide lower premiums to drivers who score well in the game.

Both solutions are low cost methods through which public health agencies can promote healthy living environments and behavior in their cities.

-          Terra Curtis

Health Help

Two more partner cities, Terrassa, Spain and Eindhoven, The Netherlands, are looking for solutions to create a healthy living environment. Eindhoven notes that good health is a primary determinant of happiness; Terrassa takes a more practical view by recognizing the need to promote prevention in public health. But regardless of the reason, both cities want to help their citizens maintain healthier lifestyles. MIYO is a web-based tool for developing health-related materials to remind and inform patients of the need to obtain colorectal cancer screening. Its unique approach uses health behavior theory, which suggests that messages that include images and messaging that are tailored to the individual produce higher rates of healthy actions. MIYO was developed by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri with funding from the Centers for Disease Control.

While cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States (as of 2007), deaths resulting from accidental injuries (like from automobile accidents) rank highly as well. Students competing in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, which challenged students to “imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems,” developed an app to help reduce traffic accidents. Team Hermes, the developers, wanted to address head-on the 1.2 million traffic deaths per year.  Their “boy racer” app makes a game out of driving – one that encourages young male drivers to pay more attention to their driving rather than less. The game rewards points for good driving, which is determined by g-forces, revs, speed, and throttle position, and places these drivers in direct competition with others similar to them. Winners get more than points – insurance companies are willing to provide lower premiums to drivers who score well in the game.

Both solutions are low cost methods through which public health agencies can promote healthy living environments and behavior in their cities.

-          Terra Curtis

Twenty Global Cities Launch Technology Award to improve the living standards of 100 Million Citizens

Twenty global cities, including Barcelona, Cape Town, Lagos, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and San Francisco, in four continents, join forces with Living Labs Global, Oracle, CityMart.com and The Climate Group in an effort to find innovative solutions that will improve the living standards of more than 100m citizens by launching the Living Labs Global Award.  International technology and service solution service providers will compete for twenty winning spots that will allow them to pilot their solutions in these cities and put their effectiveness to the test.  

Babatunde Fashola, Governor State of Lagos says: “For any modern City, Lagos being no exception, the requirement to leverage innovation is no longer an option, but a necessity and this I believe is the objective of our partnership with the 'Living Labs Global Award”.

“Oracle is proud of the collaboration with Living Labs Global and cities around the world to improve citizen services through innovation and technology achievement,” said Juan Rada, Senior Vice President, Public Sector.  "Oracle is pleased to be the corporate sponsor of the Living Labs Global Award 2012 showcasing technology innovation in the Public Sector.”

Living Labs Global (www.livinglabs-global.com), the non-profit association which promotes new technologies and services in cities will be working with Barcelona, Birmingham, Caceres, Cape Town, Coventry, Derry~Londonderry, Eindhoven, Fukuoka, Glasgow, Guadelajara, Hamburg, Lagos, Lavasa, Kristiansand, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Sant Cugat, Santiago de Chile and Terrassa to select the providers and the solutions that will best tackle key urban challenges such as social inclusion, intelligent transport, urban service automation, urban lighting, open data systems, smart living, and healthcare.

Councillor Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, said “We think the Living Labs Global Award scheme is a real opportunity to help find an innovative solution, fully utilising emerging technologies to efficiently and effectively process food waste, resulting in a sustainable energy source for the benefit of Birmingham businesses and residents.”

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission General Manager Ed Harrington says: "San Francisco is proudly participating in this innovative program to find the best and brightest ideas that will make our city infrastructure more efficient and resilient."

Daniel Hoornweg, Lead Urban Specialist, Cities and Climate Change at the World Bank says “The Living Labs Global Award is particularly useful in that it looks for transformative solutions from all cities around the world. The twenty participating cities have adopted a common standard and process to learn from each other, evaluate, and pilot solutions. This award again shows how cities are best able to learn from each other.”

Sascha Haselmayer, General Director of Living Labs Global said: “We are delighted to be partnering with such an important group of world cities. It is their vision, their leadership, their understanding of current and future challenges and their belief in the power of innovation that is making the Living Labs Global Award not only possible – but a blueprint for the future of cities everywhere”.

The Awards’ last editions attracted 562 entries from 41 countries with winners including, among others, a smart real-time peer-to-peer parking system in Stockholm and an open data citizen participation platform in San Francisco. Oracle Corporation has been named as the lead corporate partner for the Living Labs Global Award 2012 with CityMart.com providing the technical and social networking infrastructure through its urban technology marketplace. International NGO, The Climate Group, and The World Bank are strategic partners, incorporating the Living Labs Global Award into their flagship “Clean Revolution” campaign.

Mark Kenber, CEO of The Climate Group says: “We are delighted to be partnering with Living Labs Global and this impressive array of global cities. We live in an increasingly urban world. The cities’ investment in smart technologies and clean energy, their commitment to use innovation as the best way to both confront urban challenges and improve the living standards of their citizens are crucial in driving the Clean Revolution forward and ensure a cleaner, smarter, better world for all”.

Thomas Ebling, CTO of CityMart.com says: “Living Labs Global Award is an important global process that will contribute to our vision of revolutionising the way local governments invest in and regulate new technologies and services in cities. Its clear process, documented results and accountability are an important milestone and opens the window to large and small solution providers from around the world.”

Twenty Award Categories are being presented and entries are going to be reviewed by international experts against criteria such as climate and community impact, innovation, market relevance and ease of implementation. The Award Categories were defined together with decision-makers in cities around the world. Behind each Category lies the commitment of a city to pilot the winning showcase, with full institutional support to evaluate the impact the solution can have on reaching the community’s objectives.

Submissions to qualify for the Living Labs Global Award can be submitted until the 17th of February 2012. A shortlist of the top 5 Showcases will be presented by each partner city on March 5th 2012. The final Award winners will be announced at the Award Ceremony May 2nd 2012 in Rio de Janeiro on the eve of the Rio Summit on Service Innovation in Cities.

Mischa Dohler, CTO of Worldsensing and Winner of a Living Labs Global Award in the 2011 edition says: “Winning the Living Labs Global Award in May 2011 gave us a pilot trial of our cutting-edge smart parking solution in Sant Cugat. Usually very difficult to achieve, a town hall has actually committed within less than a month to testing and evaluating an innovative technology solution to ease the daily headache of finding a vacant parking space, improve the efficiency, carbon footprint and revenue for the city. For us, as a start-up, this was a major break-through.”

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About Living Labs Global

Living Labs Global is a non-profit association based in Copenhagen, Denmark, working with 50 global cities and more than 500 companies and innovation centres to promote innovation in services in cities. In 2011 Living Labs Global was recognized as a major global social innovation initiative by Ashoka. Today, the global market for innovative solutions to healthcare, learning, transport, social inclusion, tourism and other services in cities is obscured by lack of knowledge about international experiences, technologies and new business ideas. Living Labs Global strives to collect and present solutions that make cities more attractive, inclusive, efficient and diverse in our Living Labs Global Showcase. Participation is free of charge, providing recognition, visibility and new project opportunities.  Together, we build Your Market for Mobility.

Endorsements of Living Labs Global can be found here: www.livinglabs-global.com/endorsements.asp. Award Twitter Newsfeed: www.twitter.com/LivingLabsAward

About Citymart.com

CityMart.com is providing the secure online submission, showcasing and evaluation platform for the Award process as part of a vision to revolutionise the way cities procure, invest and regulate services. CityMart.com is a technology start-up offering a professional networking and market exchange platform that provides new scalability to build a rapidly growing community of more than 1,000 solution providers and 250+ cities.

CityMart.com offers social networking, market intelligence, evaluation and market development tools to all professionals working with innovative services in cities.

www.citymart.com

About Oracle

Oracle Corporation is acting as corporate partner to promote global smart city solutions.

Oracle's Solutions for Smart Cities, which are based on our experience with local government customers and best-in-class technology and applications, enable you to do the following:

  • Smart Innovation - Resolve up to 90 percent (or more) of most government service requests through integrated multichannel services, including self-service Web/chat; local single numbers such as 311, 1823, 133, 115; Facebook; Twitter; e-mail, etc.
  • Smart Processes - Analyze and streamline key areas—service delivery, infrastructure expenditures, constituent feedback, and others—to determine which services to prioritize, extend, consolidate, or even discontinue
  • Smart Infrastructure - Modernize IT infrastructure to enable integration and interoperability within a city’s existing siloed legacy IT infrastructure and embedded intelligence into city infrastructure to enhance service delivery.
  • Link:  http://www.oracle.com/us/industries/public-sector/smart-cities.htm

About The Climate Group

The Climate Group delivers expertise in the evaluation and knowledge exchange around climate issues.

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, we’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.

Global cities, business leaders and social entrepreneurs meet in Eindhoven to exchange the latest solutions to society’s problems.

Eindhoven will host 150 international public and business leaders, social entrepreneurs, and investors to tackle some of our society’s major challenges such as climate change, obesity and life with chronic diseases, ageing and the new investment partnerships needed to transform our public services.

Living Labs Global a non-profit association to promote digital service innovation in cities, has partnered with the city of Eindhoven to hold their 15th Summit on Service Innovation in the city, a pioneer in implementing new approaches to becoming a zero emission community, the world’s most interactive urban lighting system, and a healthy city in which citizens have latest technologies at their disposal to maintain a high quality of life even when suffering from chronic diseases.

Representatives of New York City, Barcelona, Stockholm and international non-profit organisations including Ashoka will meet business leaders and social entrepreneurs that are solving some of the world’s most pressing problems. Next to major corporations such as Oracle, Philips, and Suez a rich community of international smaller businesses with cutting-edge solutions for some of society’s major challenges will participate in the extensive debates, networking and visioning workshops.

Highlights of the programme include New York City sharing presenting its Active Design Guidelines connecting health research and architecture to citizens more physically active and healthy; the “What if…” workshop on the creative, social and resource opportunities of new urban lighting technologies being implemented in the Strijp-S district led by Philips Design; Finland’s Lappset demonstrating latest developments in linking smartphones to its interactive playgrounds to promote physical activity for all ages from 0-100; and Ashoka sharing their perspective in supporting 3,500 social entrepreneurs in 60 countries to tackle a wide range of social challenges in cities.

Alderman for Innovation, Culture and Public Space, Mary-Ann Schreurs, says: “To improve the life for everyone, in the new world that is developing today, we are busy creating a Caring Society. With enormous progress in the fields of care, education and sustainability, all connected with economic growth, as a result. And the beauty of it all is that in the end people have more ownership of their own life.”

Sascha Haselmayer, General Director of Living Labs Global said: “New solutions connecting technology, leadership and new business thinking can unleash entirely new approaches to improving the lives of our citizens even at times of economic crisis. We are grateful to work with Eindhoven, to show how local challenges can be turned into global opportunities for new technologies, entrepreneurs and creative solutions.”

About Living Labs Global

Living Labs Global is a non-profit association based in Copenhagen (Denmark) working with some 50 global cities and more than 450 companies and innovation centres to promote innovation to transform services in cities. Today, the global market for innovative solutions to healthcare, learning, transport, social inclusion, tourism and other services in cities is obscured by lack of knowledge about international experiences, technologies and new business ideas. Living Labs Global strives to collect and present solutions that make cities more attractive, inclusive, efficient and diverse in the www.citymart.com showcase. Participation is free of charge, providing recognition, visibility and new project opportunities.

Endorsements of Living Labs Global can be found here: www.livinglabs-global.com/endorsements.asp. Twitter Newsfeed: http://www.twitter.com/LivingLabsEvent

 

Global cities, business leaders and social entrepreneurs meet in Eindhoven to exchange the latest solutions to society’s problems.

Eindhoven will host 150 international public and business leaders, social entrepreneurs, and investors to tackle some of our society’s major challenges such as climate change, obesity and life with chronic diseases, ageing and the new investment partnerships needed to transform our public services.

Living Labs Global a non-profit association to promote digital service innovation in cities, has partnered with the city of Eindhoven to hold their 15th Summit on Service Innovation in the city, a pioneer in implementing new approaches to becoming a zero emission community, the world’s most interactive urban lighting system, and a healthy city in which citizens have latest technologies at their disposal to maintain a high quality of life even when suffering from chronic diseases.

Representatives of New York City, Barcelona, Stockholm and international non-profit organisations including Ashoka will meet business leaders and social entrepreneurs that are solving some of the world’s most pressing problems. Next to major corporations such as Oracle, Philips, and Suez a rich community of international smaller businesses with cutting-edge solutions for some of society’s major challenges will participate in the extensive debates, networking and visioning workshops.

Highlights of the programme include New York City sharing presenting its Active Design Guidelines connecting health research and architecture to citizens more physically active and healthy; the “What if…” workshop on the creative, social and resource opportunities of new urban lighting technologies being implemented in the Strijp-S district led by Philips Design; Finland’s Lappset demonstrating latest developments in linking smartphones to its interactive playgrounds to promote physical activity for all ages from 0-100; and Ashoka sharing their perspective in supporting 3,500 social entrepreneurs in 60 countries to tackle a wide range of social challenges in cities.

Alderman for Innovation, Culture and Public Space, Mary-Ann Schreurs, says: “To improve the life for everyone, in the new world that is developing today, we are busy creating a Caring Society. With enormous progress in the fields of care, education and sustainability, all connected with economic growth, as a result. And the beauty of it all is that in the end people have more ownership of their own life.”

Sascha Haselmayer, General Director of Living Labs Global said: “New solutions connecting technology, leadership and new business thinking can unleash entirely new approaches to improving the lives of our citizens even at times of economic crisis. We are grateful to work with Eindhoven, to show how local challenges can be turned into global opportunities for new technologies, entrepreneurs and creative solutions.”

About Living Labs Global

Living Labs Global is a non-profit association based in Copenhagen (Denmark) working with some 50 global cities and more than 450 companies and innovation centres to promote innovation to transform services in cities. Today, the global market for innovative solutions to healthcare, learning, transport, social inclusion, tourism and other services in cities is obscured by lack of knowledge about international experiences, technologies and new business ideas. Living Labs Global strives to collect and present solutions that make cities more attractive, inclusive, efficient and diverse in the www.citymart.com showcase. Participation is free of charge, providing recognition, visibility and new project opportunities.

Endorsements of Living Labs Global can be found here: www.livinglabs-global.com/endorsements.asp. Twitter Newsfeed: http://www.twitter.com/LivingLabsEvent

 

Smart and Sustainable Mobility for the UK and Eindhoven

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQnbh3Vvsys&w=440&h=253] Our congratulations are extended to colleagues at Active eConcept, who have just expanded the implementation of their sustainable mobility solution to Smart Homes in Eindhoven and the Boroughs of Southend-on-Sea in the UK.

Active eConcept, which we feature in our Showcase, develops electric bicycle mobility plans for cities and businesses.  In addition to planning a specialized solution for each of its clients, Active eConcept provides a cost-benefit analysis of all of the plan’s components so the client can see how they will save money by providing more sustainable transportation options. Smart Homes in Eindhoven, an assisted living facility for the  physically- and mentally-handicapped will be using Active eConcept’s solution to provide residents with electronic and smart devices that improve quality of life and prevent residents from unnecessary health risks.

After inviting Active eConcept to the UK to develop ideas for sustainable transportation there, Southend-on-Sea will also begin working with the team over the next 6 months.  The first steps will be to meet with interested companies and local partners who will implement and maintain the solutions locally.

Living Labs Global is always encouraged to see smart and sustainable innovative urban solutions come to fruition.  Congratulations!

- Terra Curtis

 

Technology Facilitating Vehicle-Miles Traveled Fee in The Netherlands

While elected officials in the US were quibbling over the debt-ceiling and putting off a reauthorization of the federal transportation bill, Dutch officials were piloting an innovative, but contentious, new revenue stream for the transportation sector: a vehicle-miles traveled (or VMT) fee. In the US, transportation improvements (e.g. building bridges, maintaining highways, striping new bicycle lanes, upgrading transit vehicles) historically have been funded almost wholly through the gas tax – a. 18.4 cents per gallon fee leveraged on drivers as they fill up their tank.  This tax has not been raised since President Clinton’s deficit reduction plan passed in 1993Several factors, including inflation and fuel efficiency improvements, have left this funding source inadequate for an ever-expanding and ever-degrading transportation network.  The idea of a fee based purely on how far one drives, as opposed to the proxy that is the gas tax, has been floated around, but its inclusion in a full reauthorization of the federal transportation bill seems unlikely with an election looming and a Republican promise of no new taxes.

In The Netherlands, a 6-month trial charging drivers a fee based on how far, where, and when they travel demonstrated the program’s ability to change drivers’ behavior.  Seventy percent of drivers decided to avoid rush hour traffic and use alternate routes.  The trial may have even underestimated success, though, since participants knew they would be redeemed for the fees.

The experiment and the success were enabled with a wireless connection to the internet and GPS, which enabled the system to “tabulate a charge for each car trip by using a mileage-based formula that also takes account of a car’s fuel efficiency, the time of day and the route.”  At the end of each month, a driver would receive a bill in the mail with a detailed summary of the usage fees, similar to a cell phone bill.

Wave of the future?  Seems like the future will be found sooner in Europe than in the US, unfortunately.

- Terra Curtis

 

Eight Cities Announce Winners to Solve Major Urban Challenges at LLGA2011

The cities of Barcelona, Cape Town, Eindhoven, Lagos, San Francisco, Sant Cugat, Stockholm and Taipei announce the winners of the Living Labs Global Award 2011.

The Award presented the major challenges faced by these cities in the coming years, to which 245 companies from 30 countries responded by presenting their solutions. With rapidly growing populations, budget pressures due to the financial crisis and increasing international competition for investment, talent and tourists cities are looking for innovative approaches to remain competitive. Cities represent a major, yet complex market, spending an annual EUR 3.5 trillion in public procurement alone

The cities of Barcelona, Cape Town, Eindhoven, Lagos, San Francisco, Sant Cugat, Stockholm and Taipei have announced eight winning solutions that were selected by 45 international users out of 245 submissions from 30 countries. Winning solutions will now be piloted in the participating cities, to evaluate their impact to meet the challenges.

In a unique global effort, eight cities joined forces with Living Labs Global to present their pressing challenges to the global business and technology community.

Challenges put forward by cities include the need to provide more efficient and sustainable urban services such as lighting using latest LED technologies; to rethink city services in the light of open data and apps developed by interest groups; to overcome media piracy undermining native film industries through digital distribution systems; or the need to provide financing and support to social entrepreneurs in African cities. The winning solutions are:

City of Barcelona: Citysolver, by Bitcarrier

City of Cape Town:  Venture Capital Cultivator Fund, by PoweredbyVC

City of Eindhoven: Integral Solution for Urban Infrastructures (SIIUR), by bdigital

City of Lagos: Eggup | Sell your films while preventing piracy, by Eggup.com

City of San Francisco: Open Data as a Platform for Citizen Service Delivery, by Socrata Inc.

City of Sant Cugat: Smart Parking for Smart Urban Living, by Worldsensing

City of Stockholm: Spotscout, by Spotscout Inc.

City of Taipei: A+ Care: Smart Autonomous TeleHealth Care Service, by Netown

Winners were announced after an international two-round jury process under auspices of Living Labs Global, a non-profit association based in Copenhagen working with 40 cities and 450 companies around the world to promote service innovation in cities.

The Award Ceremony was attended by 200 participants from 20 countries in Stockholm as part of the Stockholm Summit for Service Innovation in Cities.

The Living Labs Global Award 2011 is a unique global process providing full accountability in the evaluation through independent experts. The Award was carried out in partnership with Oracle Corporation, Farglory and supporting organisations from around the world.

About the Living Labs Global Award

Living Labs Global is a non-profit association based in Copenhagen (Denmark), working with 40 cities and 450 companies and research centres in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas with a mission to open the market for service innovation in cities and overcoming key technology, organisation and trade barriers.

The Living Labs Global Award 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. Solution providers respond by submitting existing technologies as entries for evaluation by an international jury.

Follow results and the upcoming Living Labs Global Award 2012 on Twitter. Facts: More than 557,000 local governments provide services to more than 50% of the world’s population with an annual spending of 3.5 Trillion Euros per year. New technologies can radically improve transport and mobility systems, access to finance, media distribution, social services and other key areas of urban life.

Eight Cities Announce Winners to Solve Major Urban Challenges at LLGA2011

The cities of Barcelona, Cape Town, Eindhoven, Lagos, San Francisco, Sant Cugat, Stockholm and Taipei announce the winners of the Living Labs Global Award 2011.

The Award presented the major challenges faced by these cities in the coming years, to which 245 companies from 30 countries responded by presenting their solutions. With rapidly growing populations, budget pressures due to the financial crisis and increasing international competition for investment, talent and tourists cities are looking for innovative approaches to remain competitive. Cities represent a major, yet complex market, spending an annual EUR 3.5 trillion in public procurement alone

The cities of Barcelona, Cape Town, Eindhoven, Lagos, San Francisco, Sant Cugat, Stockholm and Taipei have announced eight winning solutions that were selected by 45 international users out of 245 submissions from 30 countries. Winning solutions will now be piloted in the participating cities, to evaluate their impact to meet the challenges.

In a unique global effort, eight cities joined forces with Living Labs Global to present their pressing challenges to the global business and technology community.

Challenges put forward by cities include the need to provide more efficient and sustainable urban services such as lighting using latest LED technologies; to rethink city services in the light of open data and apps developed by interest groups; to overcome media piracy undermining native film industries through digital distribution systems; or the need to provide financing and support to social entrepreneurs in African cities. The winning solutions are:

City of Barcelona: Citysolver, by Bitcarrier

City of Cape Town:  Venture Capital Cultivator Fund, by PoweredbyVC

City of Eindhoven: Integral Solution for Urban Infrastructures (SIIUR), by bdigital

City of Lagos: Eggup | Sell your films while preventing piracy, by Eggup.com

City of San Francisco: Open Data as a Platform for Citizen Service Delivery, by Socrata Inc.

City of Sant Cugat: Smart Parking for Smart Urban Living, by Worldsensing

City of Stockholm: Spotscout, by Spotscout Inc.

City of Taipei: A+ Care: Smart Autonomous TeleHealth Care Service, by Netown

Winners were announced after an international two-round jury process under auspices of Living Labs Global, a non-profit association based in Copenhagen working with 40 cities and 450 companies around the world to promote service innovation in cities.

The Award Ceremony was attended by 200 participants from 20 countries in Stockholm as part of the Stockholm Summit for Service Innovation in Cities.

The Living Labs Global Award 2011 is a unique global process providing full accountability in the evaluation through independent experts. The Award was carried out in partnership with Oracle Corporation, Farglory and supporting organisations from around the world.

About the Living Labs Global Award

Living Labs Global is a non-profit association based in Copenhagen (Denmark), working with 40 cities and 450 companies and research centres in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas with a mission to open the market for service innovation in cities and overcoming key technology, organisation and trade barriers.

The Living Labs Global Award 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. Solution providers respond by submitting existing technologies as entries for evaluation by an international jury.

Follow results and the upcoming Living Labs Global Award 2012 on Twitter. Facts: More than 557,000 local governments provide services to more than 50% of the world’s population with an annual spending of 3.5 Trillion Euros per year. New technologies can radically improve transport and mobility systems, access to finance, media distribution, social services and other key areas of urban life.

Impressions from our Cities Summit 2011

With 200 attendees from some 19 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas our Stockholm Summit on Service Innovation in Cities together with the Living Labs Global Award Ceremony was by many considered the most successful matchmaking event we organised to-date. Business leaders from large and small enterprises shared their technologies, visions and investment plans to make our cities smarter, more sustainable and accessible; policy makers outlined their challenges and achievements that will define the market for innovative solutions in cities for the years to come; and research centers shared their latest experiments, pilots and achievements. [slickr-flickr search=sets set=72157626713013712]

Visioning workshops brought together groups of cities and entrepreneurs to invent new approaches to major urban challenges such as visual impairment, parking, innovation and investment.

Our festive Living Labs Global Award 2011 Ceremony saw city leaders award the winning solutions that will now be piloted in Barcelona, Cape Town, Eindhoven, Lagos, San Francisco, Sant Cugat, Stockholm and Taipei. Congratulations to the winners!

Thanks to all who made this such a rewarding day, especially the Cities of Stockholm and Barcelona, Kista Science City, Oracle Corporation and Farglory as well as the many collaborators from all parts of the world.!

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

Eight Global Cities Launch Technology Award to Help 40 Million Citizens

Eight global cities from Europe, Asia, Africa and North America join us in a challenge to find innovative solutions to major societal problems by opening competition among international solution-, technology- and service providers. The eight 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. http://www.livinglabs-global.com/flash/awards2011.swf

The participating cities, representing 40 million citizens from Europe, Africa, North America and Asia call for solutions that can solve some of their most pressing challenges:

  • Automation of Urban Services
  • Intelligent Urban Lighting Solutions for Social Interaction & Orientation
  • Venture finance for millions of African entrepreneurs
  • Sustainable Initiative on Intellectual Property Protection
  • Creating the Next Generation of Government
  • Solutions for digitally enabled accessible ecoCities
  • Intelligent Transport Solutions
  • Smart solutions for 10,000 Smart Houses, 16 Green Communities, 1 Eco-City

Oracle Corporation and Asia’s Farglory have been named as corporate partners for the 2011 Living Labs Global Award. Submissions follow the format of the Living Labs Global Showcase and can be submitted for free until the 28th of February 2011. A shortlist of the top 40 Showcases will be presented by the international juries on March 21st 2011. Winners will be announced at the Award Ceremony on May 12th 2011 at the Stockholm Summit on Service Innovation in Cities.

Behind each Category lies the commitment of a city to pilot the winning showcase, with full institutional support to evaluate the impact the solution can have on reaching the community’s objectives.

Connecting cities: a Cluster.eu interview with Sascha Haselmayer

Cluster.eu, a great online and published magazine, gave me some challenging questions about our book "Connected Cities: Your 256 Billion Euro Dividend". Read it here - Connecting cities: an interview with Sascha Haselmayer.

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.