At Clinton Global Initiative meeting, Living Labs announce plan to implement high impact technologies in 30 cities
- 25 September 2012
NEW YORK CITY: At the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting on September 24, Living Labs Global, a partner of The Climate Group, announced its commitment to implement high impact urban and social technologies in 30 cities around the world.
Living Labs Global is a not-for-profit association geared towards innovation and knowledge-sharing in urban environments. Its goal is to open markets to innovators and supply intelligence for cities, so local governments invest less public money to greater societal effect. This is a key issue given current economic austerity and budget cuts.
Kirsten Jack, Acting Head of Smart Technologies, The Climate Group said: “We’re proud to once again be partnering with Living Labs Global Awards 2013 as it becomes a Clinton Climate Initiative Commitment. The Commitment to Action presented as part of the CGI Annual Meeting, is underwritten by global cities such as Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; San Francisco, California; Barcelona, Spain; Lagos, Nigeria; and Lavasa, India, with more than a thousand solution providers committed to co-investing in implementing the most promising solutions.
“Over the past 3 years the LLG Awards have connected cities with innovative technologies that will promote a Clean Revolution, ensuring that disruptive solutions to address challenges affecting more than 285 million people have been piloted and implemented. We are looking forward in the next 12 months to working with Living Labs to further promote disruptive solutions to climate change, and to engaging with cities through our Agile City programme, developing an innovative solutions pre-procurement standard.”
“Living Labs Global is transforming how cities share their innovations and experiences to improve the lives of citizens worldwide. To date, we have impacted millions of lives through various projects spanning smart parking, homecare technologies, waste management solutions, movie industry innovations, and urban navigation for the visually impaired,” said Sascha Haselmayer, co-founder of Living Labs Global. “These innovations are not only impacting citizens and communities, but also local government spending and knowledge-sharing. Our one-of-a-kind program will improve accountability among city governments and help ensure that citizens are receiving the best possible services from their governments.”