Eindhoven Mayor Rob van Gijzel Publishes "A City Creating the Future"
In A City Creating the Future, Rob van Gijzel, Mayor of Eindhoven, takes the reader on a journey into the future. He demonstrates the inadequacy of current social, political and economic systems to deal with the problems of that future. These are huge challenges, the Grand Challenges.
Food, energy, climate, mobility, water and health care are global problems which desperately need solutions. The old system of the vertical world, with its cumbersome institutions, sluggish government, unwieldy decision-making, ideological conflicts and top-down approach has been shown to fall short, unable to provide answers. The reason for this is that change, and technological change, is going faster that the prevailing constitution's capacity to deal with it.Read more
Minister 'blown away' by Ipswich innovation hub
IPSWICH has been named the state's leader in innovation and technology.
The city's commitment to fostering new start-ups through the Firestation 101 innovation hub has also put us in the box seat to win a significant amount of funding.Read more
Dragging Montreal's Taxi Industry Into the 21st Century
A company with an all-electric fleet of cabs and 40 percent of all medallions in the city is a beacon of light for Montreal’s taxi business.
Like many cities, Montreal has been trying to drag the city’s taxi industry, at times kicking and screaming, into the 21st century. Many of the new municipal and provincial taxi rules made in the past two years—a business-casual dress code, accepting card payments, security cameras and background checks—have been met with drivers’ resistance, even as Uber creeps onto their turf.Read more
Eindhoven University students storm the world on electric motorbikes
With the help of Cohda Wireless, 23 students from a university in the Netherlands aims to travel 26,000 kilometres in 80 days.
10 days ago the team of students from Eindhoven University of Technology set off with two electric motorbikes fully equipped with vehicle communication technology from Cohda.Read more
Columbus's Franklinton neighborhood working to bring new businesses to neighborhood
In 2014, Atlantic Magazine dubbed Franklinton "the most downtrodden neighborhood in Columbus."
New developments including artist space and specialty bars and restaurants are attracting people to a neighborhood people once forgot about.Read more
'Cities: Skylines' Being Used By Stockholm City Planners
Paradox Interactive, a publisher and developer of deep, complex strategy games, is preparing to assist city planners from Stockholm to design and build a new city district using their best-selling city-building game, Cities: Skylines. Norra Djurgårdstaden, one of Europe’s largest urban development projects focusing on long-term sustainability, will be a new city district within Stockholm which will add 12,000 new residences and 35,000 workspaces, providing much-needed growth to a city that has suffered a shortage of accommodations for its increasing population. During a workshop on September 3rd and 4th, the game Cities: Skylines will be used by real-world city planners to explore possible methods for this district to become sustainable, and versatile enough to support the needs of its residents.Read more
New Taipei mayor vows to promote city-to-city exchanges with China
Taipei, Aug. 24 (CNA) New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) said Wednesday that he will strive to promote city-to-city exchanges across the Taiwan Strait because such exchanges will help boost development on both sides.
Chu made the comment after hosting a luncheon in honor of Sha Hailin (沙海林), director of the Chinese Communist Party's Shanghai Municipal Committee United Front Work Department, who was visiting Taiwan at the head of the Shanghai delegation to this year's Taipei-Shanghai Forum.Read more
Taoyuan Named as Site for Asian Silicon Valley Project
Taiwan sets its sights on becoming a global hub of tech entrepreneurship and Internet of Things research and development.
The Asian Silicon Valley initiative, one of five major industrial development plans outlined by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), aims to transform Taiwan into a research and development (R&D) hub for the Internet of Things (IoT) sector as well as a global center of tech entrepreneurship. The project, which will be carried out primarily in the northern city of Taoyuan, will include a raft of measures to boost domestic innovation and international collaboration on cutting-edge technologies and applications.Read more
Chunghwa cloud launch might boost data industry
Chunghwa Telecom Co (CHT, 中華電信), the nation’s biggest telecom operator, yesterday launched its new cloud computing data center in a bid to accelerate the nation’s digital economy and industry transformation.
“We aim to elevate Taiwan to one of the leading data hubs in Asia and attract international businesses, such as over-the-top content providers, as well as boosting the nation’s financial technology development,” chairman Rick Tsai (蔡力行) said at the facility’s opening ceremony in New Taipei City’s Banciao District (板橋).Read more
Why Montreal was the perfect place for my start-up
To what degree does culture shape commerce? Does our national identity define us in the marketplace? Many people think so, to the degree that the typical Canadian entrepreneur is often typecast as being more timid and less prone to take risks than his or her counterpart in the United States. Although there are many elements of truth, this generalization begins to fall apart when we consider the depth, breadth and diversity of what it means to be Canadian. In other words, when it comes to business, a one-size-fits-all “Canadian approach” simply doesn’t exist.Read more