5 Most Innovative Cities in the World
Some are leaders in sustainability, enterprise and ideas and then some just have, like, the most bad-ass buildings in the world. Here are 5 cities who are thinking outside the box and to the future.
The words Silicon Valley are synonymous with innovation. The valley is a nickname for the southern part of San Francisco which is the birthplace of Facebook, Google and many other technology giants. The best talent from around the world are either bred there or pouched straight from universities. Such is the legend and gravitational pull of the area start-ups flock in their droves to rub shoulders and exchange ideas with their peers. Government agencies also want to have their finger on the pulse and many incubators are set up to provide advice to enterprise and innovation at home.
While it doesn’t have the greatest reputation for human rights, there’s no denying that Dubai’s infrastructure and architectural innovation is rapidly progressive. In recent years their full-throttle efforts to attract tourists and business enterprise has paid off making it a popular destination for thousands of tourists every year. Featuring an under-water hotel to man-made islands and some of the tallest skyscrapers around, Dubai is like a middle, super talented child desperate to impress. It’s working. Last year saw Dubai injected billions into their enterprise and innovation with a massive new innovation hub that will span the length of 21 football pitches. Naturally.
As a city, Copenhagen in a cyclist’s dream. A recent innovation called ‘The Green Wave’ means that cyclists can enjoy continuous cycling for long periods. Instead of a chaotic stop-start way of getting to work, Copenhagen’s traffic lights co-ordinate to ensure a smooth ride for cyclists and also motorists. They just have to make sure to catch the beginning of the wave. Gnarly. There’s also an app that citizens can use to highlight dangerous potholes and problems that need the council’s attention. That would most likely crash the Internet here but nice idea all the same.
As one of the first Cities in the World to see in the New Year, its fitting that Sydney should lead the way when it comes to innovation. Their ambitious and green-friendly project Sydney 2030 aims to see green industry driving the economy, globally connected and a central walking and cycling network. A key feature of innovation is openness and as a melting pot of different cultures and religions Sydney is one of the most globally integrated cities. The openness extends to their famous labour and trade freedom making it a desirable place to do business.
The Helsinki government proudly operate under total transparency known as an ‘Open Data’ system. All information on the population, statistics, government agendas and meetings, town planning etc. is all freely available to its citizens and technology innovators. Helsinki recently won the European Commission’s prize for most innovative public administration and is proving useful to digital developers such as the creators of a smart phone app that helps blind people to find their way around the city.