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Economic Development

Building An Innovation District – Why Do Lifestyle Businesses Matter?

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Building a Smart City with an Innovation District Requires Lifestyle Businesses Too If you are a smart city interested in investing in economic development by developing an innovation district, should you care about lifestyle businesses? As a smart city consulting firm focused on economic development, we hear this innovation district…

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Why Does A Smart City Need Smart Intersections?

By | Economic Development, Emerging Technology, Innovation District, Public Safety, Smart City, Think Big Partners, Transportation and Mobility | No Comments

Today’s modern smart city. Its streets are bustling with lots of people, traffic and other activities, which sometimes can be dangerous. But when you look at the safety statistics on intersections…intersections are especially dangerous. Why? Because it is where it is possible for two or more vehicles to attempt to…

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Smart City as a Platform for Modern Economic Development

Smart City as a Platform for Modern Economic Development

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Today’s modern city faces many challenges. For most cities, these challenges often lead to smart city discussions that are focused on infrastructure modernization, operational cost savings, revenue creation or enhanced citizen engagement. But the most advanced cities are recognizing that one of the biggest challenges – economic development – is…

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Citizen Engagement Workshops Help Build Smarter Smart Cities in Toronto

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Written by Herb Sih, Managing Partner   Recently, Think Big Partners had the opportunity to help the City of Toronto work on its smart city plan by facilitating several citizen engagement workshops. These workshops, held simultaneously through the support of Cisco via Cisco Telepresence, allowed Toronto city officials to broadcast one…

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Herb Sih presenting Civic Innovation and the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem at Gigabit City Summit

Civic Innovation and the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

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In pursuit of sparking their entrepreneurship ecosystems, cities are getting smarter at empowering local civic entrepreneurs to solve municipal challenges while catalyzing new local industries. Earlier this week, Think Big managing Partner Herb Sih took the stage for a special local edition of Gigabit City Summit​ to discuss how strong…

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The Kansas City Living Lab, where innovation meets possibility.

By | Economic Development, Internet of Things, News, Public-Private Partnerships, Smart City, Think Big Partners | 3 Comments

Every night, as millions of citizens all across the world sleep, there’s a technology revolution quietly taking place. This revolution is making cities smarter, more efficient and more livable than ever before. Welcome to Kansas City – where we are building one of the world’s smartest connected cities. And where…

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The Smart, Connected City and Community-based Darwinism

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I am amazed at the anticipated speed and size of the proliferation of the internet of things.  The world currently has over 13 billion connected devices, which is both an unfathomable number and a huge business opportunity.  But by 2020, connected devices are anticipated to reach over 50 billion.  These…

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