Posts con el tag ‘Open Governments’

CIC’s Deputy Director Mila Gascó at the Hawaii International Conference on Information Systems

Mila Gascó, Deputy Director at the Center for Innovation in Cities, was one of the symposium leaders at the Hawaii International Conference on Information Systems.

The conference, held the 5-8th of January, brought together researchers from all over the world to exchange scientific ideas on Information Systems.

One of the most important symposiums and the one that attracted most participants was the one leaded by Mila Gascó, ESADE professor and Deputy Director at the Center for Innovation in Cities.

As the 8thth e-Government Symposium of the Conference, the symposium debated on the challenges of open innovation in the public sector, the differences between co-creation (open innovation) and co-production (open services), their different types and its implications, factors and incentives for citizens.

Titled “Innovating together: Co-production and co-creation of public services”, the day-long meeting offered presentations of Greta Nasi and Maria Cucciniello, professors at Bocconi University in Milan (Italy) and of Russell Castagnaro, president at

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ESADE professors and entrepreneurs at the Smart City Expo 2014

Esteve Almirall moderating the Innovation Cities conference at the Smart City Expo

The Smart City Expo 2014 has been one of the main meeting points for professionals and academics interested in more efficient, engaging, human and environmentally-friendly cities. And so, ESADE has been there too.

The Center for Innovation in Cities has been the most active academic player, with its director, Esteve Almirall, and its co-director, Mila Gascó, moderating two workshops.

The first one, moderated yesterday by Esteve Almirall, exposed different approaches to transform cities through innovations, from Dubai to Toronto with examples of Peterborough at the UK, Tel Aviv at Israel and Milano, which is preparing a Smart City Expo the next year.

Today, Mila Gascó, CIC’s co-director, moderated a roundtable with 12 experts and officers related to governance, which have explained their approach and experience on applying innovation and technology to improve the city government.

Furthermore, ESADE presence at the Smart City Expo was wider. In fact, one of the main attractions at the expo was DEA-Drones, the start-up created by ESADE ex-students and a professor offering solutions in emergencies through drones equipped with cameras.

Barcelona’s mayor, Xavier Trias, assisted at one of the demonstrations made by the DEA-Drones team and congratulated them, as did the hundreds of people passing by.

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Citisense 2014: A conference to innovate in cities around the world

The Citisense 2014 Conference celebrated on Sunday 16th at ESADE and monday 17th at Fira de Barcelona became the meeting point of the most influential policy makers in Open Innovation and Smart Cities around the world.

Lead by the Center for Innovation in Cities (CIC) at ESADE and the World Bank, the conferences on Sunday were TED-style talks and Pecha-Kucha presentations with speakers like the CIC’s director, Esteve Almirall, among many others.

Monday’s session, held at Fira de Barcelona instead of ESADE as Sunday, also included eight roundtables with specialists from the public and private sector. The topics were Mobility, Open Cities, Sustaining Innovation or Violence and Crime, among many others.

At the roundtable about Open Cities, Rudi Borrmann, Director of Innovation and Open Government at the City Council of Buenos Aires, Sokwoo Rhee, Associate Director at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Juanjo Hierro, CTO, IoT Industry and Smart Cities Unit at Telefónica I+D and Eduard Gil, City Manager at City of Gavá, debated on how to create an environment to foster innovation in cities through open technology, open data and replicable, scalable and deployable solutions.

Citisense 2014 has been followed by the Smart City Expo, the main event on Smart Cities in Barcelona. Esteve Almirall, director of the Center for Innovation in Cities, will be moderating a roundtable onInnovation Cities wednesday 19th at 15:30.

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World Bank officials meeting at ESADE to learn from Open Innovation projects

Officials from the World Bank and many public decision makers around the world have gathered at ESADE to share and learn from projects involving Open Innovation in the Public Sector.

The approach of the workshop is to engage the participants in hands-on, participatory and real-life case study analysis involving also prototyping and testing of concepts, business models and service designs following Living Labs methodologies.

The main themes that are being addressed are Smart City Models, regarding its different
views depending on various cultures and areas of the world, Civic Engagement as a must for any Smart City initiative, Innovation Ecosystems to mobilize the full potential of
the civic society and Open Data, Big Data, Open Code and Open Hardware.

Participants, ICT directors, Innovation directors, open data platform coordinators,etc. come from places like Medellin, Buenos Aires, Washington, México, Uganda and Ghana, among others.

The Training Program will be held until the 14th of November at ESADE and it will include visits to centers like the Citilab at Cornellà or the Ateneus de Fabricació. The Center for Innovation in Cities at ESADE, lead by professor Esteve Almirall, has hosted the event.


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