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20 global cities join forces to improve living standards of 100 million citizens

Date
03 November 2011
20 global cities join forces to improve living standards of 100 million citizens

LONDON: Twenty global cities, including Barcelona, Cape Town, Lagos, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and San Francisco, have joined forces with Living Labs Global, Oracle, CityMart.com and The Climate Group to find innovative solutions that will improve the living standards of more than 100 million citizens, by launching the Living Labs Global Award.

To win the Award, international technology and service solution providers will compete for twenty winning spots that will allow them to pilot their solutions in these cities, putting their effectiveness to the test.  

Babatunde Fashola, Governor of Lagos State says: “For any modern City, Lagos being no exception, the requirement to leverage innovation is no longer an option, but a necessity and this I believe is the objective of our partnership with the Living Labs Global Award”.

“Oracle is proud of the collaboration with Living Labs Global and cities around the world to improve citizen services through innovation and technology achievement,” said Juan Rada, Senior Vice President Public Sector and Education Global Business Unit, Oracle Corporation. "Oracle is pleased to be the corporate sponsor of the Living Labs Global Award 2012 showcasing technology innovation in the Public Sector.”

Living Labs Global, the non-profit association which promotes new technologies and services in cities, will be working with Barcelona, Birmingham, Caceres, Cape Town, Coventry, Derry~Londonderry, Eindhoven, Fukuoka, Glasgow, Guadelajara, Hamburg, Lagos, Lavasa, Kristiansand, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Sant Cugat, Santiago de Chile and Terrassa, to select the providers and solutions that will best tackle key urban challenges, such as social inclusion, intelligent transport, urban service automation, urban lighting, open data systems, smart living, and healthcare.

Sascha Haselmayer, General Director, Living Labs Global said: “We are delighted to be partnering with such an important group of world cities. It is their vision, their leadership, their understanding of current and future challenges and their belief in the power of innovation that is making the Living Labs Global Award not only possible – but a blueprint for the future of cities everywhere”.

Daniel Hoornweg, Lead Urban Specialist, Cities and Climate Change, The World Bank says “The Living Labs Global Award is particularly useful in that it looks for transformative solutions from all cities around the world. The twenty participating cities have adopted a common standard and process to learn from each other, evaluate, and pilot solutions. This award again shows how cities are best able to learn from each other.”

The Awards’ last editions attracted 562 entries from 41 countries, with winners including a smart real-time peer-to-peer parking system in Stockholm and an open data citizen participation platform in San Francisco.

Oracle Corporation has been named as the lead corporate partner for the Living Labs Global Award 2012 with CityMart.com providing the technical and social networking infrastructure through its urban technology marketplace. International NGO, The Climate Group, and The World Bank are strategic partners, incorporating the Living Labs Global Award into their flagship Clean Revolution campaign.

Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group says: “We are delighted to be partnering with Living Labs Global and this impressive array of global cities. We live in an increasingly urban world. The cities’ investment in smart technologies and clean energy, their commitment to use innovation as the best way to both confront urban challenges and improve the living standards of their citizens are crucial in driving the Clean Revolution forward and ensure a cleaner, smarter, better world for all”. 

Thomas Ebling, CTO, CityMart.com says: “Living Labs Global Award is an important global process that will contribute to our vision of revolutionising the way local governments invest in and regulate new technologies and services in cities. Its clear process, documented results and accountability are an important milestone and opens the window to large and small solution providers from around the world.”

Twenty Award categories will be presented, with each category ensuring the commitment of a city to pilot the winning showcase, with full institutional support to evaluate the impact the solution can have on reaching the community’s objectives.

Mischa Dohler, CTO, Worldsensing and Winner of a Living Labs Global Award in the 2011 edition says: “Winning the Living Labs Global Award in May 2011 gave us a pilot trial of our cutting-edge smart parking solution in Sant Cugat. Usually very difficult to achieve, a town hall has actually committed within less than a month to testing and evaluating an innovative technology solution to ease the daily headache of finding a vacant parking space, improve the efficiency, carbon footprint and revenue for the city. For us, as a start-up, this was a major break-through.”

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