USC @ the Business for Smart Cities Expocongress

USC @ the Business for Smart Cities Expocongress

We are looking forward to joining the global Business for Smart Cities event January 29th – 31st in Kiew. A space for decision makers of big global firms to find partners, for city leaders to find solutions to their problems, for start‐ups to find investors, and for investors to find projects and/or companies to invest in. Business for Smart Cities is a global event that annually gathers…

Join the USC Investment Marketplace

Join the USC Investment Marketplace

POSITION YOUR CITY, COMPANY OR STARTUP IN A GLOBAL INVESTMENT MARKETPLACE AND IMPLEMENT SUSTAINABLE PROJECTS. INTERACT WITH THE WORLD'S BEST AND MOST INNOVATIVE SOLUTION PROVIDERS, FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND SMART CITY EXPERTS.   In support of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030, USC is implementing the Investment Marketplace platform provided by Solved – The…

Cities Facing Climate Change

Cities Facing Climate Change

The effects of urbanization and climate change are converging in dangerous ways. Cities are major contributors to climate change: although they cover less than 2 per cent of the earth’s surface, cities consume 78 per cent of the world’s energy and produce more than 60% of all carbon dioxide and significant amounts of other greenhouse gas emissions, mainly through energy generation,…

The way to become a Smart Sustainable City

The way to become a Smart Sustainable City

Why do cities need KPIs? Cities are the hubs of innovation that drive economic development, however, in the nascent period of a city’s growth, urbanization can have adverse effects on the environment and on its citizens. As we move forth on striving to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), cities have been encouraged to use information and communication technologies (ICTs) to…

As cities become more innovative, they also become more unequal

As cities become more innovative, they also become more unequal

There’s a reason Silicon Valley is notoriously unequal—and it’s not just a matter of misconception or misplaced blame. Between 1990 and 2010, the tech industry’s growth directly caused San Francisco and San Jose’s inequality to grow as well, according to the preliminary draft of a study conducted by researchers from Northwestern University and the…

The Business of Running Cities

The Business of Running Cities

Consider an industry that has annual revenues of $1.8 trillion (as of 2011) in the United States alone – and probably multiples of that globally. It serves billions of customers, providing “services” such as education, health, transportation and security.  This “industry” is the business of running cities; i.e. delivering urban services, a space that many…

How much economic growth comes from our cities?

How much economic growth comes from our cities?

Cities are mankind’s most enduring and stable mode of social organization, outlasting all empires and nations over which they have presided. Today cities have become the world’s dominant demographic and economic clusters. As Christopher Chase-Dunn has pointed out, it is not population or territorial size that drives world-city status, but economic weight, proximity to zones of…

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