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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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Showcase Award coverage by German National TV 3sat

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

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

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

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

Showcase Award coverage by German National TV 3sat

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

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

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

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

Living Labs Global Showcase Award Ceremony

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

Interactive Experiential Shop – An Innovative Smart Vending Machine

If there is a smart vending machine that allows you to interact with the machine and obtain a sample of the product you are interested in without having to ask a sales clerk for help or fill out a form on the seller’s website and wait for the sample to arrive, would you be interested in finding out more about it if you see it in one of the major sales outlets? Foreseeing Innovative New Digiservices (FIND) of IDEAS participated in the “2009 Project to Develop Software for Service-Oriented Machines Built on an Open Platform” sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and developed the “Interactive Experiential Shop”, a smart vending machine based on the concept of “affinity, word-of-mouth marketing”. The machine combines smart vending machinery, preference analysis and personalized recommendation techniques to allow businesses to give away samples to the target groups in return for their feedback in order to fine-tune their marketing strategies. FIND launched Livex – a prototype of its interactive experiential shop – in September 2009 at the Taipei International Invention Show & Technomart. Visitors were tempted to experience Livex at first hand thanks to its “New Product Experiential Service” and “Exhibition Hall Instant Survey” applications.

By You Pei-hua, He Ling-wei

More Garbage Collection

Here's an addendum to the previous trash post, take a look at this paper co-authored by Hai-Lang Yang of Iowa State University and Robert Innes of the University of Arizona in the Journal of Environmental and Resource Economics in 2007----In an accessible manner, the paper gets at three of the policies that have driven Taiwan's aggressive waste management program, namely, unit-pricing in Taipei, mandatory recycling in Kaohsiung, and a federally mandated plastic bag chare.  Although the paper is slightly outdated, it gives a worthwhile overview of the collective impact of policy initiatives and their impacts on behavior as indicated by the following metrics:  total waste, total recycling, and the recycling of four specific materials, all measured by weight per capita.

Taipei MRT Parties with the Elderly

For the city of Taipei, it's not enough that their subway system has been ranked  No 1 for reliability, safety and quality for four straight years (2004 to 2007)  by the Nova/CoMET International Railway Benchmarking Group [In practice this means the subway arrives every two to four minutes.] No, Taipei wants its commuters to feel appreciated.  Last weekend they threw a free concert gala for the elderly, emphasizing the importance of everyday MRT etiquette.   That is, being courteous of commuters as well as women and children, not consuming food or liquids and abstaining from other nasty habits.

We should all be so lucky to live in such a conscientious city.

As a final note: the City of Taipei celebrates their city's subway accomplishment each year by inviting riders to send in poems about their mobile experience for the annual Bus and MRT poetry contest.

has been ranked No 1 for reliability for four straight years (2004 to 2007), according to the Nova/CoMET International Railway Benchmarking Group (of which Singapore’s SMRT Corp is also part).

Conference Season: Takeaways from Conferences, Congresses and Seminars in Asia

For the last month, Living Labs Global has turned to conferences as an opportunity to engage new audiences, learn about the diversity of urban challenges and identify worthwhile solutions.  Here is my top-five conference take-away of at times provocative and challenging statements.We joined the gathering of CIOs from cities around the world at the soon-to-be-inaugurated World E-Government’s World Cities Conference in Seoul , INTA’s 33rd World Congress in Taiwan on Innovation in Urban Development (Kaohsiung and Taipei respectively) and the Institute for Information Industry’s 2009 International Seminar on ICT Utilisation for Regional Revitalisation just 10 days ago. Living Labs Global partnered with both INTA and the Institute for Information Industry to develop the concepts for these events and conduct lectures, workshops and visioning seminars on urban service development.

Each of these conferences  had some truly provocative moments. Here is a loose top-five conference takeaway; I will elaborate in later posts:

1. Larry Barth, Professor of Architecture at the Architecture Association and a research collaborator of Living Labs Global in London, commented on the value of the Olympics from an urbanist’s perspective:

‘The Athens Olympics were successful as a land clearing strategy.’

---INTA33 Congress on Urban Development, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, October 2009

2. ‘In developed countries, as much as 33% of the population is functionally illiterate.’

---Domnique Laousse on making cities accessible through meaningful mobility, INTA33  Congress on Urban Development, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, October 2009

3. Ki-Joune Li of Pusan National University talked excitedly about the disconnect between the ubiquity of outdoor GIS and immature indoor GIS.  With funding from the Korean Land Spatialization Group (KLSG), Li and colleagues launched the Indoor Spatial Awareness Project (ISA).  This ambitious project aims to extablish new theories, data models and database management systems for indoor spatial data and subsequent application development.

---Among CIOS from 40 cities around the world at the World Cities CIO Forum, Seoul, South Korea, September 2009

4.  Motoo Kusakabe from the Open City Foundations emphasized the need for innovation in social inclusion iniatives, stretching the scope of public policy to marginalized community; Kusakabe emphasized the social fragmentation of people and their experiences on a neighbourhood to neighbourhood basis, noting that there is no systematic solution.  With Kusakabe’s leadership and a team of 50 programmers, the Open City Foundation has launched several pilot programs in Liverpool, Tokyo and Melbourne which aim to track the well-being and the degree of social exclusion of the population.

---INTA33 Congress on Urban Development, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

5.  'As planners, we must manage change.'

---Michel Sudarskis, Secretary General of INTA, discussing urban and rural innovation and regeneration at the 2009 International Seminar on ICT Utilisation for Regional Revitalisation , Taipei, Taiwan, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Living Labs Global: Your Market for Mobility.

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

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

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

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