Startup Digest

Smart Cities

January 20, 2017

Dear smart citizens and urban innovators,

Welcome to a new issue of #SmartCitiesDigest and thanks for subscribing!

Every week, we'll be sharing a new collection of resources covering innovations and developments in a wide range of topics like urban planning, e-government, connected things, open data, civic tech and sustainability.

I hope you enjoy the reading - if you do, please spread the love and share!

See you next week, cheers

Smart Cities Startup Digest is curated by:
Joan Torres

Joan Torres - @SmartUrbanite

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Applications Are Now Open for Next Session of Techstars Accelerator Programs

The next session of Techstars global accelerator programs kick off in July 2017: Alexa Accelerator, powered by Techstars, Chicago, IoT, Kansas City, LA, London, Mobility, NYC, Techstars Adelaide, Techstars Retail, in partnership with Target, and Techstars Atlanta, in partnership with Cox Enterprises. Interested in applying or know someone who is? Learn more or apply by April 9th.

Global smart cities market to reach a whopping $3.5 trillion by 2026

Donal Power - ReadWrite

A recently released report by Persistence Market Research determined that the worldwide smart cities market will grow from its current $622 billion, pass the $1 trillion market in 2019 to eventually reach $3.48 trillion by 2026.

How is Open Data being re-used in Europe?

European Data Portal

Throughout Europe, more and more Open Data is available for re-use. A number of studies have raised expectations with regards to the financial benefits of Open Data, however very little is known about how companies transform data into value. With a better understanding of the re-use of Open Data, both data providers and re-users could instigate a virtuous circle to leverage Open Data further. To support the transformation of Open Data into value, the European Data Portal explores the re-use of Open Data.

IoT and smart city trends boost smart waste collection market

Christina Jung - GreenBiz

At the heart of the smart city transformation is IoT technology that connects a range of intelligent sensors and devices to monitor and automate city operations, and this is having a big impact on the way our waste is collected.

Carpooling apps could reduce taxi traffic 75%

Adam Conner-Simons - MIT CSAIL

A new algorithm shows that 3,000 four-passenger cars could serve 98 percent of NYC taxi demand. This suggests that ride-sharing options from Uber and Lyft could play a big role in reducing congestion, and even helping with pollution and energy usage.

The Fab City it’s more than just a city full of fab labs

Benjamin Tincq - OuiShare

The Fab City, a locally self-sufficient and globally connected city, invites us to explore how digital manufacturing could relocate food, energy and industrial production in an urban setting. In an interview, founder of the Fab Lab Barcelona and instigator of the Fab City program, Tomás Díez, tells us more about this project and their visions for the future. 

Twelve things you need to know about driverless cars

James Silver - The Guardian

By 2025 most of today’s drivers are unlikely to even want to own a car. But will we still have gridlock? Will you need to pass a test? We asked the experts.

The vertical farm

Ian Frazier - New Yorker

Growing crops in the city, without soil or natural light is possible. Vertical farming can allow former cropland to go back to nature and reverse the plundering of the earth.

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