Posts tagged with 'innovation'
As drones become cheaper and more technologically advanced, some cities, like Jakarta, are using drones to improve road and traffic safety in congested areas. (Photo: basibanget / Flickr)
Friday Fun: How Drones Are Mapping Cities and Improving Road Safety
A few days ago (July 28-30), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) met in California to discuss the future of personal and commercial drone use. NASA’s eagerness to deliberate on drones comes as a response to rising drone use ...
It’s difficult for residents and business owners to know how their homes perform compared to similar homes, let alone have access to information detailing how location, such as a waterfront, affects energy efficiency. (Photo: Mr Thinktank / Flickr)
Buildings: Our Biggest (and Most Underutilized) Asset for Improving How Cities Perform
Urban residents around the world have different daily routines, but they share something in common that often goes unappreciated. Let’s take the example of how a city dweller in China spends an average day: 8 hours of work activities 30 ...
Mobile apps for cyclists can have a range of uses--from allowing users to locate bike share stations to providing information in case of injury. Photo by davebloggs007/Flickr.
Friday Fun: A Wave of New Smartphone Apps Makes Cycling Undeniably Easy
With the growing number of smart phone users and urban cyclists, the rise of mobile apps for bikers should come as no surprise. These innovations can be used in myriad ways—from navigating maps to submitting pictures of local potholes in ...
Tackling pressing urban challenges requires engaging innovative youth for long-term sustainability. Photo by Ed Yourdon/Flickr.
Why Cities Need Youth Innovation for a Low Carbon Future
Given our increasingly complex and dynamic world, cities need to be continuously innovating in order to solve pressing social and environmental problems. Many cities worldwide are growing rapidly, and by 2050 it is estimated that 70 per cent of the world’s ...
By drawing on the expertise and insights of the public, hackathons, like #Climathon, can be a tool for generating action and innovative solutions at a local level. Photo by kris krüg/Flickr.
Friday Fun: Hacking Our Way to Global Climate Action with #Climathon
Yesterday was an incredibly significant day for climate change action. Not only did the highly anticipated release of Pope Francis’ Climate Change Encyclical, which calls for people worldwide—regardless of religious affiliation—to make more sustainable lifestyle and consumption choices,  inspire action ...
Google created Sidewalk Labs to solve urban challenges with technology. Photo by Roman Kruglov/Flickr
Google creates company to improve cities
If Google was to solve urban problems as it solve digital ones, would the world be safer? Get ready because this is precisely the ambition of the Internet giant, which just announced a new company that will work at the ...
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