Over the past few years there has been a significant amount of energy and technical expertise focused on identifying and solving urban problems within the technology community. According to Jennifer Pahlka, Founder & Executive Director of Code for America, nearly 550 people applied for one of their 26 fellowships to help cities create web-based solutions to civic problems. With hundreds of civic-minded web developers interested in improving cities, there is a growing sense of the untapped potential to use technology to drive civic change. On Thursday, January 19, Living Cities hosted its firstTrends in Focus forum to better understand how technology can increase the capacity for civic engagement, collective problem-solving and improved service delivery in cities for the benefit of low-income people.
Every year, the TED Conference in California brings together the most prominent thinkers, innovators and newsmakers to share their big ideas. This year Takeaway host John Hockenberry took the stage. But he also recorded some behind-the-scenes interviews with some of TED’s biggest names.
As expected, the New York City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve a landmark piece of legislation that would require its 50 plus agencies to publish their quantitative data sets through an online portal in a machine-readable format, enabling public and private sector access to better manipulate and interpret the city’s information. The bill as passed was crafted with the cooperation of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration and it’s expected that the mayor will sign the legislation into law. GO
This year’s TED Prize is going to the concept of “The City 2.0,” the vision of a city of the future, that includes a new online platform to crowdsource ideas for improving the 21st century city. To that end, TED plans to distribute the usual $100,000 prize money as ten grants of $10,000 to local projects, all of which will be announced at the TED Global conference in June. According to Fast Company’s Co.Exist, TED will announce the details of the grant awarding process in the coming months, GO