Eindhoven’s economy grew faster than those in the four largest Dutch cities – Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht – in 2016.
The national statistics service CBS found that industry contributed heavily to Eindhoven’s growth which it put at 3.6% of GDP. Gross value-added exceeded €13bn for the first time, a 3.5% increase over 2015.Read more
When most people talk about using solar energy to power cars, they mean sourcing electricity from solar panels. But a new Dutch company has something different in mind.
Lightyear plans to launch an electric “family car” powered by onboard solar cells. It’s called the Lightyear One, in reference to an estimate that all of the world’s cars travel a combined one lightyear every year. Lightyear wants more of that mileage to be covered by electric cars. However, the company’s sparse website doesn’t offer many details on the proposed solar car.Read more
The Technical University in Eindhoven, working with construction company BAM, started 3D printing a bicycle bridge this weekend. The bridge is the first of its kind in the world and is printed with pre-stressed and reinforced concrete, according to NOS.
TU Eindhoven professor Theo Salet called the process very exciting and stressful. "Stressful because the work you do is being put into practice for the first time. It must be safe." He said. "A lot has been done to investigate how the material behaves and how it will behave if it forms a real construction. So this step, from the laboratory to something that is used in practice, is very beautiful, but also stressful."Read more
Vietnam’s New City of One Million the Topic of 2017 Revolutionary Community Keynote at ICF’s New York Summit on June 7
|Dr. Viet-Long Nguyen|
(May 30, 2017 – New York City) On June 7 at the ICF Summit, representatives from Binh Duong New City in Vietnam and Eindhoven, The Netherlands, will jointly deliver this year’s Revolutionary Community keynote address. The keynote presentation will be given by Dr. Viet-Long Nguyen, Director IR & Strategy of the Becamex Group, a state-owned agency in Vietnam. The project is an historic attempt by Vietnam to develop its first Intelligent Community. The Binh Duong initiative will literally develop a city for one million citizens that is brand new. The project will rely on ICF’s six core Indicators.Read more
I can still see the roadway at 6:00 AM, lined with people on bicycles and motorbikes, each carrying enormous bags on their shoulders, tethered to a long stick. The bags are filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, all healthy and large. An agricultural land for centuries was waking to another day, and along the roads, people were starting to spread out their goods. Surprisingly, wood-fired, small grills were already cooking sizzling meats and foods. (At 6:00 AM, I thought? Hmmmm. I could still taste the delicious cooked meat and beer from my late-night meal only a few hours before!) Life was springing up, and everywhere there was movement and calm amidst the chaotic bustling. Around this morning glory of human awakening in Asia’s youngest country, something else was being planned for them, although I am sure few were fully aware of what it was or what it was designed to deliver.Read more
HANNOVER, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eindhoven, Netherlands, will be the first city in the world to implement self-driving cars for large-scale commercial use. Steven Nelemans, CEO at Amber, made the announcement this week at the Hannover Messe, in Germany.
Together with several development partners including TomTom, KPN, TNO, NVIDIA, Microsoft, and the local Dutch municipalities of Eindhoven and Helmond, Amber plans to equip electric cars currently used in their business-to-business mobility service with automated driving capabilities. Amber plans to have the self-driving cars on the road in Eindhoven by mid-2018, expanding the service rapidly from there to the rest of the Netherlands and Europe. Companies in the Eindhoven region already using the Amber service will be the first to benefit from this new technology.Read more
The first commercial flying car in the world, by company PAL-V in Raamsdonksveer, will be sold for one day only in the Eindhoven branch of Media Markt on Wednesday, April 26th, the electronics chain announced on Tuesday, Omroep Brabant reports.Read more
The next government needs to invest billions of euros in stimulating the technology industry in Eindhoven, according to an alliance of local companies, universities and councils, news agency ANP reported.
The Brainport Development alliance says €10.5bn is needed to boost the region and that the next government should fund the bulk of this. Representatives are in The Hague on Wednesday to outline their plans to officials, ANP said.Read more
Ideas come from amazing places.
Last week, I attended ICF’s first European event, The Rural Summit, in Eindhoven, Netherlands. It was produced in association with the Huis van de Brabantse Kempen. That is an association of local Dutch governments in the rural region of the Kempen, which sprawls across southern Holland into Belgium.Read more
Intelligent Community Forum Releases Ladders of Opportunity: Growing and Retaining Tomorrow’s Talent
New report focuses on building the workforce for the 21st Century economy
(15 December 2016 – New York City) – The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) today released a new research report, Ladders of Opportunity: Growing and Retaining Tomorrow’s Talent. It details how Intelligent Communities create a system and structure that prepares their children and youth for the high demands and entrepreneurial opportunities of tomorrow’s workforce. The principles of workforce development are illustrated in depth by the strategies and experiences of four Intelligent Communities in North America, Europe and Asia.Read more