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Urban Development

Google’s Fascination with Cities Explained In 3 Maps

By | Jun 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Google just announced a brand new initiative to improve city life, Sidewalk Labs, which will tackle cost of living, transportation, and the environment for urban citizens. While details are scant, it’s worth noting that Google is just the latest influential tech giant to …

Urban Development

Uber to Cities: We Promise 10,000 Jobs

By | Jan 20, 2015 at 7:00 am

Travis Kalanick, the CEO of Uber, spoke on Sunday at the Digital-Life Design Conference (#dld2015) in Germany to share how Uber is partnering with cities all over the world to enable city transformation, including the creation of tens of thousands of jobs. It often feels…

Internet of Things


Free Wifi for the Free Market: Is NYC’s Connectivity Solution Too Good to Be True?

By | Dec 23, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Frank Sinatra called it “the city that never sleeps”. It seems fitting that the inhabitants will enjoy the best-performing city-wide publicly available WiFi on Earth, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Such are the claims proudly made by Mayor Bill de Blasio….



TransitScreen Looks to Keep Up With Fast-Changing Transportation Landscape

By | Dec 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

  The Washington D.C. area has a deceptively large number of transportation options. Metro, bikeshare, and city buses, of course, but what about the D.C. Circulator busline or the Fairfax Connector buses? Is Car2Go actually the best way to get downtown in a hurry?…


Ferguson Youth Tech Program Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

By | Nov 30, 2014 at 8:53 pm

The national attention to the unrest and pain occurring daily in Ferguson, MO and the surrounding St. Louis suburban areas continues to stoke heated conversation about the origins of the issues that caused the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hand of Officer…



Social Bicycles Offers Leaner, Data-Happy Bikeshare Option

By | Nov 19, 2014 at 10:00 am

City bikeshare programs are ballooning across the country with a fairly simple concept – docked bikes that can be rented via credit card at the docking site or through an annual membership plan. Can this model be improved? Social Bicycles (SoBi) certainly thinks so….

Downtown Project

You Can View a City as a Startup

By | Nov 13, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Up until 1954 people thought it was impossible to run a mile in under four minutes. But then somebody broke the mile time, and in less than one year other people were shattering the four-minute mile time as well. What changed? According to Tony…

Urban Development


The Netherlands Builds World’s First Solar-Paneled Road

By | Nov 10, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Collective Evolution today reported on a story out of the Netherlands that two Amsterdam suburbs, Krommenie and Wormerveer, have just been connected via a solar-paneled bike path. It spans a 70 meter stretch, and to date they’re the first country in the world to…



How Wearable Tech Will Transform Walkability of Our Cities

By | Nov 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Apple’s announcement in September regarding the 2015 launch of the Apple Watch has some pundits wondering if the tech giant can do for wearable tech what it did for the MP3 player and smartphone: create a must-have consumer device out of a fledgling, yet…


San Francisco

The Homeless GoPro Project is Prioritizing Social Good Via Technology

By | Oct 23, 2014 at 11:00 am

Kevin Adler and Erika Barraza have adopted a simple mission: repurpose a bit of technology to dispel myths and build understanding around the homeless. It’s what fuels their initiative, The Homeless GoPro Project, and the duo has fused it to the world of technology…



6 Ways to Become Your Own City Planner

By | Oct 10, 2014 at 4:30 pm

The trend is that governments are not only opening up data, but also their urban planning and budgeting processes. Public participation is taking on a whole new look. Local civic advocates are stepping up as collaborators who are well-versed in details once reserved for…


A Book in 5 Minutes: Smart People Should Build Things

By | Sep 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Don’t have time to read? Here’s a quick but comprehensive summary of Andrew Yang’s “Smart People Should Build Things: How to Restore Our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and Create New Jobs in America,” released February 4 by Harper Business. …


African Datacenters: Understanding Challenges in Emerging Infrastructure in Developing Countries  

By | Sep 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Datacenters are built to provide continuous computing operations and network connectivity to high value computing tasks. They are typically used to increase processing power and store large quantities of data and information. They also serve as the backbone of our modern …



Venture House: Affordable Housing in Florida for Talented Startups

By | Jul 16, 2014 at 9:01 am

If you make housing cheap, entrepreneurs will come. The idea is straightforward: take clusters of foreclosure homes in certain neighborhoods, rehab them, and offer them to startups at an affordable price. This is the vision of Venture House, a non-profit in St. Petersburg …