From the monthly archives:

April 2014

Crisis at the Brazil 2016 Olympics

April 30, 2014

I’ve been glued to the media over the past few days about the criticism on the preparations for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. An International Olympic Committee vice president has taken the unprecedented steps of criticising the host countries progress as the “worst that  I’ve experienced”. With just over 2 years to go until […]

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3D printer used to build houses in China

April 29, 2014

A construction firm in Shanghai has developed a house that can be mass produced by a giant 3D printer. The company uses a mixture of cement and construction waste to build its houses, which costs below $5000 USD per unit. The walls, structure and base of the houses are entirely a product of 3D printing. […]

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The Definition of an Incubator

April 28, 2014

For several years I have worked with a number of accelerators and incubators all over the world. There are as many definitions to the concept as there is accelerators and incubators in the world. But the other day I saw a good picture in describing one way to look at how they work.

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The New Age of Cities

April 26, 2014

In the Financial Times weekend edition, there was an article on the Comment & Analysis page written by Arif Naqvi, Founder and Group CEO of Abraaj Group, an investor in global growth markets. He opens his article with the statement: “Each passing week provides a million new reasons to rethink the view that countries are […]

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Place Management in Kinda

April 25, 2014

Thursday this week, I gave a speech about place management in Kinda. It is a municipality in Östergötland County, southeast Sweden, with some 10,000 inhabitants. The setting was the local business development week and we met in Kinda Folkets Hus where about 40 people from all sectors of Kinda society had gathered.  The speech was […]

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Virtual Areas of Innovation

April 24, 2014

The life style of today has influenced the fundamental elements of setting up, developing or working with innovation and innovative business activities. The First Generation of innovation environments can be condensed in the phrase “Science Push”. The main idea of starting the trend of innovation environments and science parks was to catapult the science and […]

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Most Innovative Companies 2014

April 23, 2014

Fast Company magazine has published their guide to the Most Innovative Companies 2014. As with most rankings, it is highly subjective, but it is still an interesting list of the leading edge of innovation. Many of these companies are leading the development of disruptive innovations, that move and change entire industries. For example AirBnB are […]

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Europe’s top ICT hubs

April 21, 2014

The European Union has published a report and an interactive atlas which shows where across the EU that digital technologies thrive and examines the factors contributing to this success. The atlas helps to answer such questions as: How is ICT R&D, innovation and economic activity distributed in Europe? Which locations are attracting new investments in […]

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City Innovation Environments

April 20, 2014

Today we live in a world of rapid development. Economic conditions have changed considerably in both the worlds industrialised and the worlds developing nations over the past three decades. The break with previous trends have become so marked that the accepted economic models of economics of scale for achieving success are facing a fundamental crisis. […]

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The Greatest Innovation of All Times

April 19, 2014

Today is Saturday on Easter weekend. The day in-between the days of crucifixion and resurrection, as described in the Christian New Testament. What other day of the year can be more appropriate to tackle the greatest innovation of them all? Yesterday was “Good Friday” and  I have always wondered what is so good about it? […]

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Innovations in Persistent Wide Area Surveillance

April 18, 2014

For decades, police have used aviation to track traffic and perform surveillance over large territories. While most aerial units operate helicopters, some police forces also use airplanes, allowing for higher and quieter surveillance and making it less likely that suspects will become aware they are being watched. A light aircraft also allows for longer flying […]

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Pause for thought: cognitive barriers to innovation

April 17, 2014

“Do not be in a hurry to succeed. What would you have to live for afterwards? Better make the horizon your goal; it will always be ahead of you” William Makepeace Thackeray Being able to look at your idea from a different perspective is a key to a success. Easier said than done though! Let […]

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Public science real frontier

April 16, 2014

Sam Gregson is a physicist at the University of Cambridge and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland. In terms of the public understanding and appreciation of science, its importance, relevance and benefits, he improves these perceptions through active scientific outreach and scientific stand-up comedy. In the TED talk below, Sam takes a look at […]

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Economic Growth and the Fight Against Poverty

April 15, 2014

Many reports tell about the increasing gaps between the 1% wealthiest people in the world and the rest, however there is another side of the coin. Economic growth benefits all people, even if the benefits are distributed unequally, and the current unprecedented growth in emerging economies is eradicating extreme poverty at a fast pace. In […]

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IASP African Division Conference 2014

April 13, 2014

Science and Technology Parks expanding economic frontiers in Africa During two days last week my colleague Jörgen Eriksson and I were invited to the IASP African Division conference in Gaborone, hosted by the Botswana. Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) in association with the Southern Africa Innovation Support programme (SAIS) hosted the conference from the 9th to […]

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Science and Technology Park models for Africa

April 12, 2014

At the IASP African Division conference in Gaborone, Botswana this week, Dr. Neville Comins gave an interesting speech about innovation environments in Africa. Comins knows what he is talking about, being the former National Innovation Advisor of South Africa and having held positions as CEO of The Innovation Hub and Director of the CSIR. Comins […]

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Partnership between Bearing and The Innovation Hub in Pretoria

April 11, 2014

Across Africa, we witness explosive economic growth. Aggregated real GDP increased by 4.9 percent a year since 2000, which is more than twice its pace in the 1980s and 1990s. Telecom, banking, and retail are flourishing. Construction and infra structure development is booming and private sector investment inflows are surging. Developing from a level of […]

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McLean Sibanda speech at the IASP African Division conference

April 10, 2014

At the opening of the IASP African Division conference 2014 today, McLean Sibanda, the CEO of The Innovation Hub in Pretoria, South Africa and President of the IASP African Division gave a clear and interesting speech on the need for innovation and the development of science parks and areas of innovation in Africa. Please find […]

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How low can the interest rates go?

April 8, 2014

As economies expanded interest rates were expected to start rising, but this has not been the case. In the video below, published by Financial Times this morning, Steven Major, head of fixed income research at HSBC, says he expects rates to fall further, except in the Eurozone periphery. How low can interest rates go?

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The role of Iconic Buildings

April 4, 2014

The amazing building on the picture above actually exists. It was completed in 2010 as the headquarter of the Abu Dhabi based property development company Aldar, it is 110 meters tall and with a floor area of 61.900 square meters. It shines like a prism, a lens reflecting light. Buildings define cities, culture and at […]

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