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European Mobility Week

The European Mobility Week campaign, which took place from 16-22 September 2019, targets urban authorities and stakeholders. The aim of the campaign is for authorities to learn from cities and towns about the most recent urban developments and reduce car-use and transport emissions. more

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The Wellbeing Cities Award

The non-profit organization NewCities creates well-founded content about new trends in urban development worldwide. As an exchange platform, they aim to connect the most important stakeholders of the urban ecosystem, such as academic institutions, governments, civil society organizations and locals. They have also initiated the CityWellbeing Award – an award handed to cities which are global more

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Our Top 10 Labs

We recently had a look at other labs in Europe and beyond and have made some very interesting discoveries. As we mainly focussed our research on mobility-related labs, the following list of our Top 10 labs is concerned with similar topics as we are. However, there are also some labs that follow an open approach with their publications and inspire their readers and followers to lead a more more

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Patron of an Open Society

Mark Shuttleworth is an African Entrepreneur, who is particularly interested to improve the world's social, economic and political landscape in using communication technology. His Foundation offers scholarships to individuals to implement their innovative ideas for social change. Openness is the key requirement more

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Everything Solar-Powered – And Accessible​

Let the sun shine down on … the Solarkiosk. Sustainable energy provision is regarded as one of the key cornerstones for the future growth of especially rural communities in developing countries. Just think about services like healthcare, sanitation or education - all rely on energy supply to run the equipment. While there is some form of access for metropolitan areas like Cape Town or Dakar more

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Using the Mobile Phone as a Purse

Viewing the fact that societies can solve almost everything through mobile phones and the internet, we wonder what happens to places where the Internet is scarce or almost impossible. We can say that countries, like Kenya, know how to avoid that absence very well. more

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Digital First – The Swedish Climate Dashboard

Sweden's ambition to become fossil fuel free by 2045 is a great example of climate leadership. With plans of installing a public dashboard to track the transition across all sectors the Swedish society is also up for the challenge. The Swedish technology company MapLauncher is prototyping the Climate Dashboard, that hopefully helps to keep on track in terms of halving emissions, not only in more

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BBCs Data Offensive

Big Data, small Data, transparent or exclusive. Data is everywhere. It is the currency by which the biggest companies in the world run. Well, in fact, it is the currency by which the world operates from IT to municipal. But there is an imbalance between the creators of data and the ones making a profit from it. And this is why topics of data sovereignty and data literacy are on the rise - more

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La Fabrique Mobilités: Open Source and Mobility Made in France

Gabriel Plassat, founder of FabMob, is part of our exciting first expert round on Open Source Mobility. With the FabMob initiative he is working to create a number of open platforms, engaging partners in a growing network – he would say ecosystem – of mobility. We are thrilled to have him at the Open Source Lab to share his experiences. more

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Drones Ahoi! Save the environment!?

Welcome to the fantastic wonderland of drones, this time with fins instead of wings or wheels. I do quite an amount of research on city strategies for dealing with environmental challenges. As stated before the Smart City Concept is the technological answer for most authorities these days. Rotterdam is no exception, actually it is the opposite.  more

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TIER is Here: E-Scooter Sharing for Berlin

While German politicians are still discussing whether they want to allow the small electric scooters at all, the Berlin-based start-up TIER Mobility wants to establish this new form of micro-mobility anyhow. Following pioneering US companies like Bird, they are eager to bring the shareable e-scooter to European sidewalks. more

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Buildings Taking a Cleansing Breath

What humans inhale trees exhale, I once heard someone say. Almost every creature on the planet inherently knows how to breathe, that is simply put, turning Oxygen oxygen into Carbon carbon Dioxidedioxide. But what is true for us is different for plants. They need CO2 and turn it into Oxygenoxygen. Being no biologist, but that sounds like trees have fantastic skills that we are in need of. more

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When the city owns itself!?

It might sound a little far-fetched, but as technological developments have proven many times before, the future is actually right around the corner. Technologies like Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence are at the brink of turning around the world as we know it. Now, German Researchers have created a non-human legal entity that is able to act as an economic unit by itself. more

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Baby, Can You Drive Yourself?

I will state the obvious after doing conducting some research on the future of mobility: Autonomous vehicles are on everyone's agenda - amongst among the conservative and visionary futurists alike. But promising projects on the topic are a rarity. That is why the so-called playful research project by the amazing Space10 is one worth checking out. Space10 is a living-lab based in Copenhagen more

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Beyond Smart Cities: Ecocitybuilders

I found Smart Cities to be the hottest topic in modern discussions about the development of cities. Many research institutions predict that by 2050 more than 70% of the world's population will live in urban areas. That turning out to be true or not has little influence on the impact that cities have on the environment today. They are concentrated areas not only of people and buildings but more

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