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Pittsburgh Data Talk - Encouraging non-government applications

Films - 04/08/2015

For Debra Lam, Chief of Innovation and Performance for the City of Pittsburgh, data can never be led only by city government, for it is owned by all; and because data is only as important as the application of it, non-government applications are the most powerful.

Boston Data Talk - Driving a stronger sense of public engagement

Films - 04/08/2015

Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Chief Information Officer of the City of Boston, tells how the data-app Citizen's Connect has not only helped the city deploying services more effectively, but also drove a new sense of participation and ownership into its citizens. His conclusion? It's an addictive thing.

New York City Data Talk - Oversight and Transparency

Films - 04/08/2015

Dr. Amen Ra Mashariki, Chief Analytics Officer of the City of New York, on how data identifies and tells the stories of the communities, how it maps business environment and how the civic hacking community helps the city by narrowing down management mistakes.


Towards data-driven cities?

The exponential growth of data presents cities with an opportunity to address the challenges they face, not the least of which doing better with less. Many cities have now embarked upon an open data approach, which constitutes an important step towards democratic transparency and reflects their openness to usage-based innovation.



Open Innovation - It's all about collective intelligence

Digital marathons, the opening of urban spaces dedicated to creativity, new-generation business incubators… We take a closer look at the open innovation initiatives that are transforming cities into creative, collaborative laboratories dedicated to exploring new ways of working and producing services in the digital age.


MIT Mobile Experience Laboratory

La Fabrique de la Cité is conducting a workshop in close collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Mobile Experience Lab on the evolution of lifestyles and its impact on urban transformation. Professor Federico Casalegno is the principal investigator, and he will lead the international observatory that La Fabrique de la Cité and MIT Mobile Experience Lab have decided to launch.

From the web

Why Haven’t Cities Covered Their Buildings in Solar?
The city of Beaverton, OR, is getting a new solar array that will offset energy use at an underground reservoir, saving taxpayers $95,000 per year, with no upfront cost. Ventura County, CA, has a 1-megawatt solar array on its jail facility that’s cash-flow positive. Denver, CO, has 14 megawatts of solar, with power sold to the city on contract and no upfront cost. If cities can cut their energy bills and save energy from day one, what’s standing in the way of a PV pave-over of every public building in America with a suitable roof?
New Gehl Institute Will Bring “People-First Design” to More Cities
The Knight Foundation has announced the launch of the nonprofit Gehl Institute, led by Gehl Architects‘ Jeff Risom. The Institute strives to boost urban livability by increasing public engagement and economic opportunity through the reformation of public space by launching a series of studies investigating the behavioral effects of streets, parks, and plazas on their occupants.
03/31/2015 SustainableCitiesCollective
European Mayors Band Their Cities Together to Fight Climate Change
In view of the upcoming UN climate talks, COP 21, at the end of the year in Paris, representatives of thirty European cities have pledged to reduce by 40% greenhouse gas by 2030 at a meeting on 26 March 2015 at the Paris City Hall. For Mayor A. Hidalgo, large cities are "at the forefront of the fight against climate change".
03/30/2015 City Lab
Where Millennials Are Moving Now
It’s not just the media that’s preoccupied with where millennials are choosing to live. Mayors, economic developers and urban leaders across the country have developed strategies to attract the so-called “young and the restless” to their cities. The urban planner Markus Moos goes as far as to suggest our cities are not only experiencing gentrification, but youthification.


Chicago Data Talk - Proactive Prevention Strategy

Beyond transparency: Brett Goldstein, former Chief Data and Information Officer of the City of Chicago, explains how data can be put together and used to prevent bad events from happening, stopping them before they even emerge.

Los Angeles Data Talk - Making Data Meaningful

For Abhi Nemani, Chief Data Officer of the City of Los Angeles and former Co-Director of Code for America, great Open Data policy means four things: focusing on the user, building civic apps, building a data community, and backing these people up. Put together, they contribute to change citizen's experience.