Living Labs Global and CityMart.com are creating mechanisms for spreading innovation into cities, improving governance and radically altering the way cities deliver much-needed services. The concept promotes cities as tools for new applications of technology, creating a network of innovators and accountable decision-makers, as well as a professional networking and online market intelligence tool.
Understanding risk-averse local politics, Living Labs Global presents a city’s needs to be evaluated by an unbiased, international community, subsequently allowing governments to test free new programs on a pilot basis. Utilizing ‘Showcase’, an online platform where innovators can promote their solution in a global, tagged database, and through its award program, innovations from green housing to automation of urban services have all been channeled into implementation.
As a next phase, Sascha has launched CityMart.com, an online initiative designed to grow impact through professional networking and market intelligence. The site aims to have 500 subscribing cities and 5,000 subscribing companies (social and otherwise) as part of the network by 2013.