Urban Development

Citymart teams with Barcelona City Council to break the public procurement mould

Citymart and Barcelona City Council have partnered to launch a trailblazing public procurement initiative. BCN|Open Challenge turns urban challenges into opportunities by opening them up to local and international innovators, with the aim of promoting economic growth while transforming public services to improve the lives of Barcelona’s citizens.

For the first time, companies – especially SMEs & start-ups – are directly linked into the public procurement process. Barcelona City Council has further committed to acquire and support the winning solutions with a comprehensive development package to ensure their fruitful implementation.

Barcelona City Council in partnership with Citymart launches BCN|Open Challenge, an international call for innovative businesses and entrepreneurs to propose pioneering solutions to six challenges carefully designed to address key issues that affect the citizens of Barcelona in their daily lives.

Companies have until 16 June 2014 to present solutions to the six challenges. Finalists will be announced in late July, while the winning proposals for each challenge will be contracted by the end of the year.

Rather than prescriptively defining the solutions they are looking for, Barcelona publishes six urban and social challenges they are facing and asks for new solutions. Companies with new technologies and innovative approaches stand to gain from this simultaneously inclusive and disruptive model.

Backed by a 1M EUR innovation fund, BCN|Open Challenge will welcome the winning companies with a comprehensive business development package including dedicated landing space as well as financial and human resource training.

Using public procurement as a vehicle to stimulate development and attract new talent, BCN|Open Challenge offers a model that will catalyze innovation and accelerate business growth and job creation in the city. In line with the Barcelona Growth initiative, which designs the economic strategy of the city, this programme enables Barcelona City Council to strengthen its position as a leading global city for innovation and entrepreneurship.

The six challenges are:

1. Reducing bicycle thefts in the city 2. Empowering support systems to reduce social isolation 3. Monitoring pedestrian flows in the city 4. Tools for digitisation of museum and archive collections 5. Automatic detection and alerts of damaged road surfaces 6. Empowering local retail through technology

BCN|Open Challenge

“Citymart is proud to partner with Barcelona to pave the way towards a more open, entrepreneurial and innovative city government” remarks Citymart CEO Sascha Haselmayer. “This is a unique and bold step to improve the lives of citizens, and an unprecedented commitment to support the global innovation community.”

The Deputy Mayor for Economy, Business and Employment, Sonia Recasens, highlighted this pioneering initiative as one that will “accelerate efficiency and transparency in public procurement so that it becomes a powerful tool to strengthen the Barcelona brand, attract investment to the city and establish synergies with local companies.”

BCN|Open Challenge sets a new standard for accountability and transparency within Barcelona’s regulatory and procurement decisions. Through this programme, Haselmayer says, “Barcelona is positioning itself as a leading global city for innovation and entrepreneurship by opening up and inviting entrepreneurs to transform the city.”

For Recasens, the benefits for the city of Barcelona are similarly apparent: “The proposals arising from this international call will enable us to build a more innovative, competitive and global Barcelona at the hand of local and international companies. It will also encourage foreign investment projects that will undoubtedly strengthen the role of the city as an economic and knowledge hub.”

Together, Citymart and the Barcelona City Council are proving that even in times of austerity and budget cuts, it is indeed possible to shift the public procurement landscape to enable business-led innovation to transform the lives of citizens in a more direct and transparent way.

To learn more about BCN|Open Challenge, visit bcnopenchallenge.org.

About Citymart Citymart supports cities in transforming their communities by strengthening their innovation capacity and sharing inspiring solutions & methods to address urban and social challenges. The company provides tools and methods adopted by 52 cities to-date – such as London, Paris, Barcelona, Boston, Fukuoka, Cape Town and Mexico City – to leverage entrepreneurship and markets early-on in the public procurement and regulation processes. As a result, cities invest less public resources to greater societal effect, and create more sustainable, resilient and responsive communities.

Over the last 5 years SMEs from around the world have won 98% of the Calls published on Citymart.com. By opening procurement and finding new approaches, cities stand to save between 5-10% of operating budgets, according to a study by McKinsey Global Research. More competition reduces costs, creates local jobs and increases entrepreneurship. The role of Citymart is to bring such city-innovator partnerships into being.

For more information, visit citymart.com, follow us @CitymartTeam or on facebook.com/Citymartcom

About Barcelona Growth Barcelona Growth is an initiative led by the City Council of Barcelona that brings together public and private representatives from various fields to guarantee the conditions for economic growth. It was born after the City Council called the main economic agents of the city together and invited them to work jointly on researching specific measures to restart the local economy. Barcelona Growth is at the centre of a package of policies and measures aimed at promoting the economic development of the city of Barcelona over the next few years. With this programme, the City Council aims to be practical, work in a network, alongside the actors and in a fast way, taking into account the situation, with the clear aim of achieving growth and acting as a motor for the country.

To find about more about Barcelona Growth, visit http://w42.bcn.cat/barcelonabusiness/en/.

21 world cities reveal the winning solutions to improve lives of 110 million citizens

Twenty-one cities from Asia, Africa, Europe, North and Latin America have announced the winners of the Living Labs Global Award 2012 (LLGA 2012) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Award presented major urban challenges faced by cities such as Barcelona, San Francisco, Cape Town, Mexico City, Birmingham, Rio de Janeiro or Lagos, to which 555 companies from 50 countries responded by presenting their innovative solutions. Cities spend EUR 3.5 Trillion annually in public procurement, and technologies promise major efficiency, accessibility and service quality gains.

During the first world meeting in Latin America on the smart use of technologies and services, public leaders from 21 global cities have revealed the winning innovative solutions that best meet strategic challenges like Affordable Housing Units for Lagos (Nigeria), Data to Help Fight Obesity in Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Changing Private Car Use in Lavasa (India), Wireless Control of Urban Systems in San Francisco (USA), a Knowledge Square to enhance digital inclusion in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Participation in Service Design and Delivery in Sant Cugat (Spain), Digital Public Transport in Mexico City (Mexico) and Engaging Visitors Experience in Barcelona (Spain). Winning solutions of the LLGA 2012 will now be piloted in the 21 participating cities over the next 12 months, to evaluate their impact to meet the pressing challenges.

 The winning solutions are:

 City of Barcelona (Spain): Contactless tags to bridge real and physical worlds, by Connecthings

City of Birmingham (UK): Composting on-site in Green Communities, by Susteco AB

City of Cáceres (Spain): Sustainable Cities. Motion is Energy, by OTEM2000 - Green Solutions & Management S.L.

City of Cape Town (South Africa):  Cape GeniUS!, by SCY

City of Coventry (UK): HLG SYSTEM, by GLASS COVER Europe S.L.

City of Derry~Londonderry (UK): Contactless tags to bridge real and physical worlds, by Connecthings

City of Eindhoven (The Netherlands): The App that gets teenagers moving, by GGD Brabant-Zuidoost

City of Fukuoka (Japan): Smart PathFinder, by Where 2 Get It, Inc.

City of Glasgow (UK): SmartCity Málaga, by Endesa

City of Guadalajara (Mexico): Guadalajara: Keeping Road Surfaces in Top Condition, by Falcon Road Maintenance Equipment

City of Hamburg (Germany): Contactless tags to bridge real and physical worlds, by Connecthings

City of Kristiansand (Norway): City Direct, by Innovation Center Iceland

City of Lagos (Nigeria): Lagos state Housing Solution, by TEMPOHOUSING NIGERIA LIMITED

City of Lavasa (India): SKYBUS, by Skybus

Mexico City (Mexico): Modern Urban Transport Information, by Clever Devices

City of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil): Contactless tags to bridge real and physical worlds, by Connecthings

Rome - Lazio Region (Italy): Get on board and play with bUS, by Placemaking srl

City of San Francisco (USA): From Street Lighting Management to Advanced Smart City Services, by Paradox Engineering

City of Sant Cugat (Spain): MindMixer, by MindMixer.com

City of Santiago de Chile (Chile): SFpark - A New way of managing parking, by San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

City of Terrassa (Spain): CityWalking, by UPC BarcelonaTech

In a unique global effort, 555 technology solutions from about 50 countries submitted to the Living Labs Global Award 2012 in February, while 109 were shortlisted in March. Winners have been selected after an international two-round jury process involving 147 jurors, under the auspices of Living Labs Global, a non-profit association based in Copenhagen and Barcelona working with 50 cities and 1,000 companies around the world to promote service innovation in cities. The Living Labs Global Award is a unique global process providing full accountability in the evaluation through independent experts. The LLGA 2012 was promoted by 21 global cities in partnership with Living Labs Global, Citymart.com, Oracle and The Climate Group.

The LLGA 2012 Ceremony of 2 May was attended by 200 participants from 22 countries in Rio de Janeiro as part of the Rio Summit on Service Innovation in Cities.

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 “Today we have witnessed a major commitment towards meeting some of the world’s pressing urban challenges, with the goal of improving the lives of more than 50% of the world’s population by using clean technologies, smart services and better accessibility. The winners will now have the opportunity to implement their solutions in real-life, and work together with stakeholders in the 21 partner cities to prove their impact,” said Sascha Haselmayer, Co-Founder of Living Labs Global.

 The Living Labs Global Award 2012 has been an important event for the City of Rio de Janeiro, which will soon host the Football World Cup and the Olympic Games. We thrive upon knowledge and innovation and this Summit exchanges experience and cutting-edge solutions. It has been a very successful event. Through the Living Labs Global Award 2012 we received 109 solutions that will help us to develop our Knowledge Square, which is being implemented in 6 areas of the city and aims to enhance digital inclusion across Rio de Janeiro,” said Franklin Coelho, Secretary of Science and Technology of the City of Rio de Janeiro, host city and partner of the LLGA 2012.

The cities will be considered at the cutting edge of innovation and progress, as contactless technologies and associated mobile services are about to revolutionize mobile usages. They will also enjoy a new two-channel interactive communication tool, visible and accessible to everyone which is particularly important for an emerging global city. Connecthings will be glad to benefit from such prestigious international references and to demonstrate that its solutions are flexible and adaptable to cities’ diverse challenges,” said Damaris Homo, Business Development Manager at Connecthings, winner of four LLGA 2012, including the categories of Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona.

With initiatives like the Living Labs Global Award 2012 we are transforming Barcelona into a platform for innovation. We would like to see successful projects in the city being replicated in others, such as Rio de Janeiro or Paris, to name a few. The city of Rio as the host of the next Football World Cup and the Olympic Games must also think about their legacy and how the infrastructure will bring benefits to its citizens in the future, said Josep M. Piqué, Strategic Sectors Director, 22@ Barcelona, partner city of the LLGA 2012.

“Over 50% of the world population lives in cities and only by having them on our side will we win the battle against pollution and build a better world. We have to disseminate the Clean Revolution to city leaders, said Molly Webb, Head of Smart Technologies, The Climate Group, partner of the LLGA 2012.

On the second day of the meeting, May 3, during the Rio Summit on Service Innovation in Cities, 200 delegates from 22 countries, including public leaders from 30 international cities and pioneering entrepreneurs driving social and technological innovation are engaging in matchmaking activities to foster partnerships and dialogues on the investment priorities of participating cities: Urban Systems & Services, Health & Wellbeing, Open Government & Accessibility, Clean and Green Cities, Tourism & Mobility.

On May 4, delegates join LLGA 2012 local immersion programme to experience some of the ground-breaking projects, such as the Change through Digital Inclusion (CDI) programme in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, now adopted by 717 communities in 14 countries.

About Citymart.com

Citymart.coml is a non-profit association based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and Barcelona (Spain), working with 50 cities and 1,000 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.

Previous LLGA winners

Some of the winners of LLGA since 2010 include SOCRATA, whose solution has been implemented by San Francisco to power the city’s new cloud-based Open Data site, URBIOTICA’s intelligent waste management sensors for recycling containers and WORRLDSENSING’s cutting-edge urban smart parking solution.

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, urban systems and services, open government, health and wellbeing and other key areas of urban life.

More information on www.llga.org

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Keeping Road Surfaces in top condition - Guadalajara wants your solutions!

Guadalajara (Mexico) is investing to secure the sustainability and longevity of its road surfaces and invites companies worldwide to submit their solutions before 17th February to the Living Labs Global Award 2012.

Submissions are free of charge and the winner of the Guadalajara category will be invited to pilot its solutions in this city with full support from local stakeholders to evaluate the solution before a full-scale roll-out.

In last year’s edition, Urbiotica, for example managed to see a pilot implementation of its Smart Waste Sensors in Barcelona after winning the Living Labs Global Award 2010.

Guadalajara is seeking new solutions to improve management and financing of materials and labor to keep the streets and avenues of the city in best possible conditions for the circulation of over 1.5 million private, public and commercial vehicles. The city also aims to create a collaborative environment between suppliers, citizens and government to make the pavement challenge part of the culture of the city as well as of the day-to-day lives of its citizens (more information here).

How to submit:

Entries can be submitted online until 17th February.

International juries will evaluate the entries and provide a shortlist of the top 100 showcases on 5th March. Winners will be announced on 2nd May 2012 at the Award Ceremony during the networking Rio Summit on Service Innovation in Cities, for which all participants are invited.

 

About the Living Labs Global Award 2012:

Living Labs Global, a non-profit association promoting innovative solutions in cities around the world, is organising the 2012 edition of the Living Labs Global Award in cooperation with the cities of Barcelona, Birmingham, Caceres, Cape Town, Coventry, Derry~Londonderry, Eindhoven, Fukuoka, Glasgow, Guadalajara, Hamburg, Lagos, Lavasa, Kristiansand, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Rome-Lazio, San Francisco, Sant Cugat, Santiago de Chile and Terrassa.

Together with these 21 cities, the Living Labs Global Award 2012 aims to provide a market opportunity to innovative solutions with the aim of helping over 110 million citizens in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.

 

For more information please contact Living Labs Global office in Spain:

Email: media@livinglabs-global.com / Tel.: 0034 93 1855110

www.llga.org Twitter: @LivingLabsAward Facebook: www.facebook.com/llga2012

Do you have a Solution for the Maintenance of Urban Surfaces? Coventry wants to try it!

The city of Coventry (UK) is investing to secure the sustainability and longevity of its urban surfaces in key areas of the city and invites companies worldwide to submit their solutions before 17th February to the Living Labs Global Award 2012.

Submissions are free of charge and the winner of the Coventry category will be invited to pilot its solution in this city with full support from local stakeholders to evaluate the solution before a full-scale roll-out.

In last year’s edition, Worldsensing for example managed to see a pilot implementation of its FastPrk Technology to monitor parking within 6 months of winning the Living Labs Global Award.

Coventry is looking for a sustainable, low maintenance and innovative approach to protecting, cleaning and maintaining two of the sites that are at the heart of the city’s recent public realm improvements.  The city wants to ensure a good quality environment is maintained for future generations (more information here).

 

How to submit:

Entries can be submitted online until 17th February 2012.

International juries will evaluate the entries and provide a shortlist of the top 100 showcases on 5th March. Winners will be announced on 2nd May 2012 at the Award Ceremony during the networking Rio Summit on Service Innovation in Cities, for which all participants are invited.

 

About the Living Labs Global Award 2012:

Living Labs Global, a non-profit association promoting innovative solutions in cities around the world, is organising the 2012 edition of the Living Labs Global Award in cooperation with the cities of Barcelona, Birmingham, Caceres, Cape Town, Coventry, Derry~Londonderry, Eindhoven, Fukuoka, Glasgow, Guadalajara, Hamburg, Lagos, Lavasa, Kristiansand, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Rome-Lazio, San Francisco, Sant Cugat, Santiago de Chile and Terrassa.

Together with these 21 cities, the Living Labs Global Award 2012 aims to provide a market opportunity to innovative solutions with the aim of helping over 110 million citizens in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.

 

For more information please contact Living Labs Global office in Spain:

Email: media@livinglabs-global.com / Tel.: 0034 93 1855110

www.llga.org Twitter: @LivingLabsAward Facebook: www.facebook.com/llga2012

MicroPlace, Micro-loans in South Africa

Returning to the subject of micro-finance, the theme of the Cape Town category in the 2011 Living Labs Global Award, I’d like to mention another organization that is already facilitating micro-loans through their website platform. MicroPlace.org is a broker owned by Ebay and specializes in micro-loans to organizations. As opposed to Kiva, which offers the opportunity to lend directly to individual borrowers, MicroPlace connects lenders with larger groups, which can vary from a collection of entrepeneurs and low-income workers, to community development organizations and geographic-specific lending organizations. Most of the lending opportunities listed at MicroPlace explain that the lender will actually be investing in a security issued by another organization (usually a non-profit specializing in micro-finance, like the Calvert Institution) and that “your investment may be used to backfill funds that have already been disbursed to this project.” The interest and principal, then, is eventually paid back to the lender by the particular non-profit.

The minimum investment at MicroPlace is $20, though the website platform allows you to enter an amount of your choosing. Like Kiva, MicroPlace also offers pictures of the locals in need of funds and involved in the project, and a brief description of the difficulties facing the particular region and the details of the project at hand, so the lender has a sense of where their investment is going.

MicroPlace is mentioned as a good “group” investing option in this article on micro-finance and the credit crunch from The Wall Street Journal. Ashwini Narayanan, MicroPlace’s general manager, is quoted as saying the average loan per user is $1,700, but that some lenders have given as much as $250,000, and can earn between 1% and 3% on their investment per year.

Also, as a parting note, Grameen Bank founder and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunus--often referred to as the “father of microfinance”--is now facing charges of defamation in his home country of Bangladesh for remarks he made to a journalist in 2007. Nobody really expects the charges to stick, but the investigation points to a larger issue, what some people are calling a “personal grudge” being pursued by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, who’s been on rocky terms with Yunus ever since his brief foray into politics after winning the Nobel prize. Tom Cropper writing in the Guardian has a good wrap up of the situation here, claiming that the personal attacks, “could prove highly damaging not only for Yunus, but also the concept of business as a force for social good, particularly relating to microfinance.” Cropper goes so far as to say that “The future of the entire sector hangs very much in the balance,” pointing to an increased incidence of farmer suicides in India, politicians urging borrowers to default on repayments, and the

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.

Registering Mobile Phones to Cut Crime, Kenya

Kenya has announced plans to register all mobile phone numbers in an attempt to diminish crime.From now on users will have to supply proof of address and identity documents before they can get a phone number, while any numbers unregistered by the end of July will be disconnected. Many individuals support this new law as they believe it will make it generally more difficult for criminals to carry out crimes; this law specifically targets kidnapping gangs that often use unidentified cell phones to carry out their deeds.

Kenyan officials believe that the new legislative move is necessary as cell phones can now be utilized as computers. Explicitly, Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere says of the risks and associated with mobile phones: "It has become a tool of banking, it can be used to steal data, [to] transmit unauthorised information and perpetrates huge frauds."

Notably, the legislation is made less controversial by an comparable program which was adopted by Tanzania in the last year. Moreover, critics of the program note that implementation of such a service in Tanzania may be more difficult as individuals may not have a fixed address to which they can register their phone.

Common Sense Air Sensors

Berkeley, California--Researchers at Intel Research and UC Berkeley have been experimenting with mobile air sensors in California in an effort to map air quality in the bay area. We've written about similar efforts before, namely the effort to map air quality with Sensaris sensors in Copenhagen (check out the live feed on the Copenahagen Layer here.), but I like this project because it's been around for a few years. Therefore, you can actually see the ebb and flow of air quality in metropolitan area as populations grow and transport systems change. Check out the youtube video below, it makes the science behind the sensors particularly accessible. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yco5It4r3c&hl=en_US&fs=1&]

Using Cell Phones as Traffic Sensors

UC Berkeley and Nokia researchers used GPS-enabled cell phones to test a technology that could soon transform the way drivers navigate through traffic. Detractors, of course, are concerned about the privacy issues that arise from using GPS technology in cell phones in a pervasive manner. Check out the video below to learn how GPS in mobile phones could replace stationary sensors to predict and monitor traffic flows through urban centers, minimizing the costs currently associated with sensor infrastructure. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOi5nGCJ1YI&hl=en_US&fs=1&]

New Socialight Platform, New Socialight Business Model

Socialight, the New York based location-based social networking site, launched a new offering for potential users this past week. The Socialight Community Platform lets people, companies, and organizations easily launch apps around location-based content and community. What’s particularly special about this new innovation at Socialight is that it allows customers to access a web tool through which they can manage their communities, design and launch their own applications(complete with maps, pictures, audio, and video) for mobile, web, interactive signage and in-car usage. I visisted Socialight founder, Dan Melinger, last summer while conducting research in NYC and though I was impressed with the original Socialight platform (check out the showcase here), it was obvious that Melinger’s vision for a community-based location based social network was just one of many visions for location-based social networking; all of whom were competing for the same users. If anything, it seemed that the divergent and numerous platforms were having a cannibalizing effect upon their users; that is, if no site can claim to have its finger on the pulse of its residents, then why use any at all? After all, when using a social networking website to learn about my community, I want to get insights and opinions that are valuable not irrelevant. [when I asked Melinger about user numbers, he declined to comment].

It’s for this reason exactly, that Socialight’s newest service is so exciting. Within days of launching the service, they have over100 companies, organizations and indviduals from media, advertsigin firm, universities, political organizations and chambers of commerce on the new Socialight platform. Clearly, they’ve hit upon an untapped demand.

Better Understand the Soundscape around you

Is the world around you literally very noisy? Trains keeping you up at night? Or, is early morning traffic impeding on your sleep? Then, you might be compelled to check out the WideNoise application for the iPhone, an application which allows you to measure the level of noise pollution that engulfs you on a day to day basis. Widenoise has used a sound meter to calibrate the microphone against pink noise---the form of noise similar to the sounds that our ears perceive the best---and then compensates for the limitations of the microphone on the iphone.

To get a sense of the noisy world you live in relative to other Widenoise converts, use the application to map your noise exposure. Checking out the Widenoise map on their website, I can clue myself in to the hum of a sleeping cat outside Milan.

Though Widenoise isn't a necessary addition to your phone capabilities, it may better illuminate your surroundings.

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