Sant Cugat

Small cities can be smart cities too

Megacities and large metropolitan areas around the world tend to get all of the credit for being leaders in innovation and technological change. Over the past several weeks, I have mainly focused my posts on these so-called "first-order" cities -- places that are recognizable to most of the world's population by city name alone. London. Rio de Janeiro. Barcelona. Shanghai. These are places that require no introduction and have rightly been recognized for their forward-thinking enterprise. But many other smaller places have been participating in the movement towards becoming smarter, more sustainable, and better connected cities. Some of them are involved in this year's Living Labs Global Awards. LLG's own Sascha Haselmayer discusses the role that these small, smart cities can play in his article, "Technology and Participation Pay Dividends in Smaller Cities," posted yesterday on EngagingCities.

When I think of these places getting involved in public service improvements and tech development, the first limitation that comes to mind is the bottom line. Smaller cities simply don't have the budget to compete directly with their larger counterparts. But they do have the resources to collaborate with them, and this is where small cities have the potential to be highly influential.

Sant Cugat, a city of 80,000 located outside of Barcelona, provides an excellent example of how smaller hubs of innovation can collaborate with and support the work of a nearby major city and its surrounding region. Sant Cugat rose out of its financial troubles of the early 2000s and began to reinvent itself as a place of good public management, community engagement, and local innovation. Its Local Innovation Plan won a Living Labs Global Award in 2009 and presents an inspiring way to involve citizens in discussions of city planning and development. Sant Cugat has also collaborated with Barcelona to develop technologies and ideas to create more sustainable and resilient cities.

You can read more here about Sant Cugat and how small cities can help to promote and develop urban solutions.

~ Allison Bullock

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.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGMm5PLePFw]

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

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.”

www.twitter.com/livinglabsaward

www.facebook.com/LLGA2012

www.llga.org

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.

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!

http://batchgeo.com/map/bb63209e1306a6d3ff112f81f3be8b67

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.

Lanzamiento del libro "Tu Dividendo de 256.516 Millones"

Living Labs Global se complace en invitarle a la presentación del libro "Tu Dividendo de 256.516 Millones", la edición en español y actualización de nuestro libro “Connected Cities: Your 256 Billion Euro Dividend” publicado por la Universidad de Barcelona. El libro cuenta con un nuevo epílogo realizado por el profesor Xavier Torrens, en el que posiciona el libro como una contribución fundamental en el actual debate sobre la política de la innovación local y urbana.

Los autores presentarán el libro con motivo del INTA34 Congreso Mundial de Desarrollo Urbano, en Donostia-San Sebastián (España) durante la recepción de bienvenida del domingo, el próximo 24 de octubre, de 19:00-21:00 horas y en la primera sesión plenaria del miércoles, 27 de octubre. El libro ya está disponible y se puede adquirir a través de la página web de la Universidad de Barcelona o en las librerías de la Universidad de Barcelona.

Sobre este libro:

Este libro es un manual sobre innovación de servicios en ciudades dirigido al sector público y a directivos empresariales en el ámbito de servicios de innovación, especialmente para profesionales de pequeña y mediana empresa que desarrollan servicios de innovación y soluciones para ciudades.

Movilidad no es una tecnología sino un cambio de paradigma. El usuario, tanto de ciudadano, como de profesional o visitante, se encuentra en un estado de movilidad representado por la ubiquidad de los teléfonos móviles en nuestra sociedad.

¿Porque, este libro se pregunta, no han tenido éxito servicios  altamente apreciados como la gestión del aparcamiento a través de tu móvil, servicios turísticos o soluciones para la deficiencia visual, incluso a pesar de las inversiones astronómicas en infraestructuras digitales que se han hecho durante la última década? ¿Porque, no han alcanzado estas infraestructuras un impacto de productividad como el que tuvo internet en nuestras economías, cuando más del 60% de los ciudadanos del mundo tenían acceso a ellas?

256.516 millones de Euros es la suma de la oportunidad presentada en este libro, siguiendo casos de negocio reales y ejemplos de movilidad de servicios de innovación en ciudades. Dibujando desde el conocimiento y las experiencias de Living Labs Global, el libro ilustra lo que define el mercado para movilidad, abandonado por muchos por su propia complejidad. El libro estructura, de una manera lógica, las oportunidades del mercado, frustraciones y éxitos, y actores, en una llamada para la acción de cambiar fundamentalmente el modo en que prestamos los servicios en las ciudades.

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.

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: Deemed Most Transparent Municipality in Spain

Yesterday, the Sant Cugat del Valles, a strategic member of Living Labs Global and a Showcase Award Partner, was awarded a prize for transparent public management in by Transparency International Spain. The mayor of Sant Cugat, Lluis Recoder, received the award yesterday in Madrid; he commented that this award is the result of years of hard work and a commitment to good public management.

The city’s commitment to transparency is couched in its commitment to develop a new economic management model for the city. Among other outreach efforts, the public administration runs a survey of citizens’ perceptions of public services every 6 months. Here is an article about the award written in Catalan.

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".

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umeC-87lrPM&w=400&h=245]

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.

Stay updated by following our Twitter.