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AcceliCITY offers paid pilot projects for smart city startups

By Thomas Mueller on Apr 25, 2019 12:01:36 AM

bee smart city partner Leading Cities is now accepting applications for its second edition of the AcceliCITY smart city startup accelerator. Last year’s inaugural edition of the contest worked with 27 semi-finalists selected from more than 550 applications from over 40 countries.

“The goal of the AcceliCITY program is to facilitate sustainable growth, resiliency and quality-of-life improvements for cities around the world by addressing the critical needs of Smart City startups,” says Michael Lake, President and CEO of Leading Cities. “These startups are developing the innovative solutions to municipal challenges in the 21st century.”.

AcceliCITY offers the chance for startups to secure what they need most - paid projects to build their portfolio and validate their solutions. This edition will focus on the challenges of smart water and smart mobility through pioneering partnerships with the cities of New Bedford, Massachusetts and Mount Pearl, Canada. In addition, all applicants will compete to be selected for fast-tracking to the Urban Resilience Challenge. Those selected will automatically advance to the semi-finalist stage and compete for a 1st Place prize of $75,000 and 2nd Place prize of $25,000.

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Smart City Solutions Smart Government Smart Mobility Smart City Startup Smart City Startup Ecosystem bee smart city Smart Cities Startup Solutions Startup Accelerator Startup Competition Competition Accelerator Leading Cities Smart Water Pilot Projects
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Cities in Motion: The Unintended Consequences of New Technology

By Mike Barlow and Cornelia Levy-Bencheton on Apr 8, 2019 3:57:22 PM

If the science fiction writers of the 1950s had been right, most of us today would travel around in flying cars and pneumatic trains. We would commute to work on high-speed moving sidewalks and zip across town in horizontal elevators. For short hops, we would wear personal jet packs or anti-gravity belts. Well, here we are in the early 21st century and we’re still waiting for buses, stuck in traffic jams and trying to walk across busy streets without being hit by a cab. Transportation has changed, but not in the ways predicted by science fiction. Many of the most important changes have been invisible.

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Smart Mobility Technology Singapore Smart City Technology Urban Mobility Transportation New York City Congestion Smart City Projects London Texas Cities in Motion Ride-Sharing Coordinated Adaptive Traffic System Split Cycle Offset Optimisation Technique Mobility Revolution Transportation Projects Milan Congestion Pricing Stockholm
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How Crowdsourcing and Incentives Improve Public Safety

By Jon Glasco on Mar 10, 2019 10:44:35 PM

When it comes to public safety, smart city leaders recognize the importance of engaging with citizens and encouraging them to report safety problems. In this article, we present a perspective on public safety — and focus on Vizsafe, a U.S. startup firm which discovered opportunities to incentivize citizens and improve safety by creating a platform which connects the power of crowdsourcing and smartphone technologies with a blockchain-based rewards system.

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Crowdsourcing Public Safety Citizen Participation Blockchain Municipal Government Innovative Public Services Innovative Technologies Smart City Platform Vizsafe indoor mapping Incentives
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Smart Education for Smart Cities: Visual, Collaborative & Interactive

By Jon Glasco on Feb 27, 2019 1:52:54 PM

Smart education is a key ingredient in smart city development. Strengths in basic education, advanced training and certification, universities and community colleges, e-learning infrastructure, lifelong learning and innovation in education technologies are all part of what defines a smart city. "For the citizens of a smart city to thrive, we must first place education at its center," according to Dr. I-Chang Tsai, Vice President and Director General of Digital Education, Institute for Information Industry in Taiwan. Smart cities recognize the need for "education programs producing graduates with modern knowledge, practical skills and collaborative attitudes."

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Smart People Smart Education Education Technology Classroom Technology Smart Education Solution ViewSonic myViewBoard Interactive Learning Classroom Media Interactive Whiteboard Immersive Learning Digital Classroom Teacher-Student Collaboration Interactive Touch Display ViewBoard Touchscreen Display Digital Education
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Smart Cities Are Influenced by the Past, Even as They Look Ahead to the Future

By Mike Barlow and Cornelia Levy-Bencheton on Feb 7, 2019 12:00:46 AM

When we think of smart cities, we tend to think in futuristic terms. We often use the language and iconography of futurism to express our visions of what a smart city should look like. But we should also look to the past for lessons and examples of how previous generations handled the challenges of planning and developing urban spaces.

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Smart Citizens Smart City Innovation Smart People Urban Planning Urban Innovation Future Cities Traffic Management Smart Cities, Smart Future Digital Technologies Smart City Initiatives New York City Complete Streets Vision Zero
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How Universities Add Value in Smart City Innovation

By Jon Glasco on Feb 4, 2019 1:00:00 AM

Urban innovators with smart city aspirations rely on university knowledge and resources when addressing complex issues. Through access to research and thought leadership on urban challenges, smart cities benefit from partnerships with universities.

The Changing Face of Urban Innovation

When contemplating the need for urban improvement, cities once looked for efficiency gains, cost savings, and incremental, low-risk innovation to enhance local government operations. Today, urban residents demand much more from city leaders. Wicked urban problems such as homelessness, lack of affordable housing, pollution, congestion, inequality, social and digital exclusion, and environmental threats require bold thinking and a new paradigm in public sector innovation - made possible through collaboration with universities. 

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Smart City Solutions Smart City Development Innovation Smart City Smart City Innovation Smart Cities Urban Innovation University Collaboration partnership Urban Challenges Smart Solutions Smart City Ecosystem University Smart University Research Project University Knowledge Research University Partnership Thought Leadership
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Smart Mobility: Challenges and Solutions in Smart Cities

By Jon Glasco on Feb 1, 2019 12:09:48 AM

Urban mobility is described as the lifeblood of modern cities, a critical economic factor, and a facilitator of smart, sustainable development. Planning a smart city that delivers effective and equitable urban mobility solutions is one of the most pressing problems for cities throughout the world. In this article — the first in a planned series — we provide a perspective on urban mobility challenges and examples of smart urban mobility solutions.

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Smart City Solutions Smart Mobility Smart Parking Intelligent Mobility Urban Mobility Traffic Management Public Transport Mobility Solutions Moovel TimesUpp Parquery eCooltra PSIRoads Mobility as a Service Micromobility Traffic Congestion Transport Poverty Reduction
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BCN – NYC Affordable Housing Challenge: Call for Applications Ends

By Thomas Mueller on Jan 26, 2019 12:17:41 PM

At Smart City Expo World Congress, Barcelona City Council and the City of New York have issued a call for innovative technologies and tools to help make housing more affordable. This call now draws to an end: the extended deadline for submitting proposals is February 10, 2019. Take the last chance to apply!

Why an affordable housing challenge?

In cities around the world, affordable housing represents one of the biggest challenges that undermines social inclusion, equality, health and well-being, as well as sustainability.

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Barcelona Affordable Housing Smart Building Solutions Real Estate Construction Virtual Reality Challenge Smart City Expo World Congress Housing New York City Families Building Information Modeling Offsite Prefabrication 3D Printing Planning Innovative Technologies Gentrification Segregation Public Housing Affordable Apartments Alternative Building Materials
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From BIM to CIM: Why Building and City Information Modelling are Essential to Smart Cities

By Lily Maxwell on Nov 29, 2018 10:54:52 PM

Cities are both a key enabler of productivity and economic development, and essential to the social and political wellbeing of individuals and society, as the place that most people now call ‘home’.

However, there are many problems in cities that are inhibiting economic growth and social and environmental justice and equality. Traffic congestion is a huge problem worldwide and costs national economies billions of pounds each year. In the UK alone, traffic cost the economy £31bn in 2016. Poor housing conditions, leading to greater need for healthcare services, also put a huge strain not only on people’s lives but also on local and national healthcare systems. Growing populations and changing demographics - for example, an increasingly youthful population in many African cities, and an increasingly ageing population in much of Europe - is already beginning to put a lot of strain on public services and the built environment. The global housing crisis is just one expression of this.

The smart city concept is one reaction to the growing challenges that urban centers face - from environmental degradation, to increasing economic inequalities, to growing populations that overstrain and exhaust social and physical infrastructure - as it aims to improve the operational, service and energy efficiency of cities and render them better places to live for all.

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Smart Building Smart Cities Urban Planning Real Estate Construction Building Information Modelling City Information Modelling City Infrastructure Building Construction 3D Model Urban Design Solutions
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Three AcceliCITY Smart City Startups Gain Global Exposure

By Thomas Mueller on Oct 30, 2018 1:27:44 AM

Earlier this year, bee smart city partner Leading Cities, a global network for Smart City growth and collaboration, has launched a global Smart City startup accelerator program that provides potential capital from a network of investors as well as the tools and knowledge of how to do business with cities. In this year’s edition 27 semi-finalists have been selected from more than 550 applications from over 40 countries. From this global pack of urban innovators, three startups emerged as AcceliCITY winners - one for each track of the AcceliCITY program (clean energy, city visualization and general tracks).

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Smart City Solutions Smart City Startup bee smart city Air Quality Urban Innovation Startup Accelerator Leading Cities AcceliCITY Virtual Reality Smart City Expo World Congress Air Pollution Partnership Program Solu PurCity Sweden VR Waste Collection Visualization
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The Long Road to Urban Mobility Safety

By Jon Glasco on Aug 21, 2018 10:46:45 AM

The world of urban mobility is changing fast, and cities are grappling with the impact on safety. Growth in urban populations, combined with more cars, trucks and public transport vehicles (e.g. increasing last mile delivery) sharing crowded streets with vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists), makes the task of providing safe mobility a complex challenge. The task is further complicated by unsafe driving behavior, demand for multimode transport options, the need for bicycle-friendly streets and the uncertain future of autonomous vehicles.

Road fatalities are increasing in many cities and comprised 37 percent of European road fatalities in 2017. Taking steps to improve the safety of urban mobility fosters quality of life and yields opportunities to deliver transport sustainability. This article provides a perspective on policies and innovation regarding urban mobility safety solutions for smart cities.

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Smart Mobility Smart Lighting Internet of Things (IoT) Intelligent Mobility Safety Transport Options Pedestrian Safety Mobility Data Safety Solutions Urban Mobility Mobility Autonomous Vehicles Bicycle-Friendly Safe Mobility Road Safety Intersections
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Building Smarter: Smart Technologies for Design and Construction

By Lily Maxwell on Aug 7, 2018 1:11:04 AM

Smart city strategy, now moving into its ‘fourth generation’, is today increasingly focused on collaboratively determining community’s needs before implementing infrastructural and/or technological changes. With community empowerment at the forefront of smart city development, what ‘smartness’ means when it comes to building must be defined with (rather than for) the community in order to produce buildings that genuinely enable a higher quality of life and engender more sustainable lifestyles.

The smart city is also as much centered around stimulating cooperation as sustainability: this means capitalizing on the most innovative ‘smart’ technologies and processes to ensure that new infrastructure is built not only in the most collaborative, but also the most resource-efficient way too.

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Smart City Smart Building Smart Cities Urban Planning Real Estate Construction Smart Planning BIM Building Information Modelling City Information Modelling Virtual Reality Digital Tools CIM Artificial Intelligence Autonomous Robots
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