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Archive for May 2011

QR codes on building permits in New York

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by Adrien Geneste | 05.31.11

The New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on February 22nd the launch of a program incorporating QR codes, short for quick response, on all building permits issued by the city.

The taxibus system of Victoriaville, Québec

The taxibus system of Victoriaville, Québec

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by Elsa Sidawy | 05.27.11

In October 2000, the Quebecois city of Victoriaville established a taxibus system, offering individualized public transport that corresponds to each user’s real needs. More flexible than classic transport route development, this initiative has won over many other municipalities.

Vincent Faudé

Vincent Faudé

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Project leader | RATP


With Heliotrop, concentrated solar power has a bright future

With Heliotrop, concentrated solar power has a bright future

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Cleantech Republic | 05.26.11 | Quick Read

Is the conventional photovoltaic doomed? Faced with an industry beset by French regulations and all kinds of moratoria, new technologies are emerging, following the example of solar concentrators, lead in France by the young start-up Heliotrop.

Financing between private individuals comes to France

Financing between private individuals comes to France

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by Elsa Sidawy | 05.24.11

The web has the priceless virtue of having helped democratize monetary exchange between individuals. Small lenders can now invest in projects that might have limited appeal to traditional banking institutions but speak to their hearts and heads. The intermediation platform Friendsclear developed using this crowd funding principle, is geared mostly to entrepreneurs, micro-businesses, and even individuals in career transition.

ChargeMap system that helps locate charging stations for electric vehicles

ChargeMap system that helps locate charging stations for electric vehicles

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by Elsa Sidawy | 05.24.11

The startup Saabre launched on May 9th the first community supported charging station locator for electric vehicles in France.

In Strasbourg, art comes to the aid of the city

In Strasbourg, art comes to the aid of the city

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by Adrien Geneste | 05.23.11

The Strasbourg association Creative Democracy (Démocratie Créative) was created in 2008 to promote in the streets artists that did not have the opportunity to exhibit in galleries. Today, the project is re-imagining the city and designing participatory and experimental ways that allow people to reconnect with their environment.

Frans-Anton Vermast

Frans-Anton Vermast

Innovator

Strategy Advisor Low Carbon Urban policies | Amsterdam Smart City program


In Ireland, Carpooling is getting dynamic

In Ireland, Carpooling is getting dynamic

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Cleantech Republic | 05.20.11 | Quick Read

To lesson the number of cars on the road, there was carpooling. In Ireland, the start-up Avego has launched with great fanfare Avego Driver, an application that links drivers and passengers in real time, thus inventing dynamic carpooling.

An innovative cane that stands alone and apart

An innovative cane that stands alone and apart

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by Adrien Geneste | 05.19.11

Among people 65 years and older, more than one in three are victims of at least one fall every year, which sometimes results in a debilitating loss of mobility. A team of French and Dutch designers creating elegant and non-stigmatizing objects has launched an innovative self-supporting cane called “Tango.”

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Agenda Innov'in The City

May 9 to 11
Energy Cities annual meeting, Guimarães, Portugal.

May 12
International Workshop on Open Data, Nantes, France.

May 12
Stockholm Summit on Service Innovation in Cities, Stockholm, Suède.