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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.


"What tools can we use to optimise the city?" Lisbon Seminar Overview

While the challenges faced by cities become increasingly complex to resolve, they also have fewer and fewer resources with which to do so. This apparent paradox can however become an additional source of motivation and innovation. Optimising the use of local natural resources (water, energy and space), making optimum use of existing infrastructures (buildings, roads and networks) and extracting maximum value from constantly diminishing financial resources: these are the big challenges now faced by our cities



Optimising the City using Data: feedback from North American cities

La Fabrique de la Cité continues its study of the impact of data management on urban transformation. Five Chief Data Officers responded to La Fabrique de la Cité’s invitation to present current development projects in Boston, New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. We get to grips with how these cities are using data to become more efficient, invent new urban services and, as a result, provide greater transparency for their citizens.


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.

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04/20/2015 BloombergBusiness
China's Hydrogen-Powered Future Starts in Trams, Not Cars
Sifang, a subsidiary of China South Rail Corporation, just rolled out a new hydrogen-powered tram, in Qiangdao, Shandong Province. Zero-emission, it is the first of its kind in the world.
04/15/2015 Route Fifty
Pittsburgh’s Innovation Chief Pushes a Big Municipal ‘Cultural Shift’
“It’s about the people, it’s about systems, it’s about mindset,” she says. Pittsburgh’s chief innovation and performance officer, Debra Lam, and her team have carved out an ambitious new role for themselves within the government of Pennsylvania’s second-largest city. They are currently involved in about 90 projects, she said, which are wide-ranging in type and scope.
‘Climate positive’ data center to be built in Sweden
Swedish venture EcoDataCenter has started building what it calls the world’s first climate positive data center, expected to produce a negative carbon dioxide footprint over the course of the year.
Gartner Says Smart Cities Will Use 1.1 Billion Connected Things in 2015
Increasing urbanization is putting unprecedented pressure on city mayors to constantly balance the challenge of resource constraints against environmental sustainability concerns. Gartner, Inc. estimates that 1.1 billion connected things will be used by smart cities in 2015, rising to 9.7 billion by 2020.
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.