North American Smart City Incubators and Accelerators You Need To Know

To succeed in life, one first needs to survive. Survival is all about being able to “beat the rest.” The same aspect applies to any business enterprise. Startups in particular need to be the best if they are to make steps towards fulfilling their objectives. This is evidenced by the startup competitions that were around before accelerators and incubators came along. They have helped a number of startups with funding and other resources such as training, working space and mentorships. These programs also help link startups to investors, often for a specific equity stake. It is vital for startups to distinguish between accelerators and incubators. The Difference Between Incubators And

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10 TED Talks That Outline The Smart City of The Future

According to the United Nations, over the next twenty years, nearly forty percent of the planet’s population—around three billion people—will move into cities and urban areas. Thus, by 2050, 66% of the entire world’s population then, will live in urban areas (you should read this thrilling UN report). Where will they go? How will they live? Will we be able to maintain modern standards of living and ensure health and wellbeing for all? And where can you turn to today for reliable smart city education resources? Answering these questions is one of the biggest challenges of our time. You can already peek into Europe’s most relevant Smart City university level

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Visible Light Communication: A Chance For A Smarter Future?

Have you heard of LiFi, the Visual Light Communication technology that uses the light spectrum to transmit information? If not, it is high time to get acquainted with this promising new smart city technology! Early February 2018 a congress will be held near the Louvre in Paris, France, bringing together relevant players involved in this emerging technology. We talked to Maxime Dubois, Projekt Manager of The Global LiFi Congress about its potential for Smart Cities. About the Global LiFi Congress Dear Maxime, thank you for taking the time to share some insights about the Global LiFi Congress. Can you quickly introduce yourself? What do you do and how did you

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Startup Profile Leapcraft: How To Improve Air Quality in Smart Cities

Smart Cities are all about data. But not just data focusing on crowds or traffic but also data on environmental factors. The Danish Smart City startup Leapcraft is dedicated to measuring the quality of air and noise levels and its impact on health and quality of life. We had a chat about air quality sensors (among other things) with Anne Cecilie Duus Kühnel, Operations Manager at Leapcraft, in the latest contribution to our Smart City startups series. About Leapcraft Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? I represent Leapcraft ApS. We focus on building digital platforms and solutions based on big data and smart sensory technology

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Top 8 Online Courses To Kickstart Your Smart City Career

From Seol, South Korea to Barcelona, Spain and New York City, USA, the great cities of the world are undergoing a technological upgrade. We sourced the available Smart City online courses to find the best ones to prepare you for a successful smart city career. Cities are quickly following our phones’ example by becoming “smart”, and a huge demand has opened for professionals in the Smart City industry. The time is ripe for a career change revolving around Smart Cities, and whether you’re looking to data science or software engineering as your way in, we’ve got a handful of perfect courses to prepare you for your new field. Online Courses for

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Industry Focus: Connected Cars and Fleet Management

As the Internet of Things slowly assimilates into all facets of our lives, we are noticing incremental changes in how people and businesses operate. Connected cars are an excellent example of how this new technology is revolutionizing a highly established market. However, a particular segment of the auto industry is taking this technology to the next level and truly transforming their businesses for the better: fleet management. Managing a large fleet of vehicles has traditionally been a job fraught with challenges, and the Internet of Things is making great headway in alleviating them. And while it may herald a loss of jobs for some professions, there is huge potential for

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Industry Focus: Connected Cars

The integration of the internet into all aspects of our lives has had a profound impact on how we go about our daily activities and is the major driving force behind smart cities of the future. It is leading to safer, more efficient and sustainable new technologies along with upgrades for existing systems. Transportation is a major part of the smart revolution, with autonomous cars grabbing a lot of attention as the future of transportation. While the dream of completely autonomous cars is some way into the future, connected cars are an important step along the path to autonomy with connected cars sharing a lot of technology with their autonomous counterparts.

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10 of the Best Smart City Incubators And Accelerators

Several incubators and accelerators have been established to aid startups to gain traction and become successful, especially in new industries such as those related to smart cities. 1. Kickstart Accelerator One of Europe’s multi-corporate accelerators, KICKSTART ACCELERATOR accepts applications from startups around the globe. It’s based in Zurich, with some of the other verticals in Basel. Startups from any of the following industries are welcome to send applications: Smart Cities, Food, FinTech, EdTech, Healthcare and Robotics & Smart Systems. In addition, they have a specific list of requirements and a selection criterion that any startup needs to fulfil before they can be considered to join the accelerator. Selection for instance

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Industry Focus: Construction and Renovation

Smart buildings are an integral part of the smart city vision. Considering the amount of time we spend indoors, smart buildings also have the potential to impact on our lives and on our planet. While smart home devices such as smart locks and smart light switches are becoming increasingly commonplace, a more expansive view of this revolution shows a complete revamp of how our modern buildings will be constructed and maintained in the near future. Moreover, given the huge construction and renovation market and dearth of professionals well versed in smart sustainable design, the time is ripe to build up a skillset and obtain appropriate qualifications to make the most

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Industry Focus: Device Controllers

The world is transitioning into a place in which everything is alive, that is, a world where inanimate and abstract objects can have individual identities, memory, processing capabilities, and the ability to communicate and sense, monitor, and control their own behaviours. Device controllers are one example of such life-changing gadgets. For that reason, more job seekers are oriented towards this field, with the understanding that these smart devices represent the future. What are Device Controllers? People who own a smart home, or smart home devices, no longer have to struggle with multiple controllers. A home device controller is essential for remote access and control of the home automation devices from

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