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Partnership for Urban Innovation: Global Conference, 17-18 June 2010

Partnership for Urban Innovation: Global Conference
During World Expo, Shanghai 17-18 June 2010

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Introducing Connected Urban Development

Connected Urban Development (CUD) demonstrates how to reduce carbon emissions by introducing fundamental improvements in the efficiency of urban infrastructure through information and communications technology (ICT). CUD was born from Cisco's commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative to participate in helping reduce carbon emissions. The founding CUD cities are: San Francisco, Amsterdam, and Seoul. In 2008 four new cities joined the program - Birmingham, Hamburg, Lisbon, and Madrid.

In the next phase of the program's evolution, The SMART 2020: Cities and Regions initiative begins a new phase for CUD and opening new avenues for collaboration in promoting smart urban environments globally. The initiative - under the governance and secretariat of The Climate Group as an independent NGO - aims to bring together cities, business partners and NGOs into a global industry platform approach for IT in the sustainable city.

Recent Events

Partnership for Urban Innovation Global Conference 2010

­Please mark your calendar for the Partnership for Urban Innovation: Global Conference 2010 in Shanghai, China, June 17, 2010. In conjunction with Shanghai Expo 2010, the conference brings together leading global innovators from cities, business, academia, and urban planning and builds from the successful Connected Urban Development conferences in San Francisco and Amsterdam in 2008 and Seoul in 2009. The conference aims to address the scope and ambitions toward applying technology to making sustainable, economic, and socially attractive 21st–century cities and how this is advancing through a growing alliance of multisector partners. ­

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Featured Whitepaper

Cities In Action for Climate Change

Metropolis and Cisco publication providing an overview of what some of the most insightful cities have been doing over the last few years to address climate change with concrete solutions. These span Metropolis member cities, those in the Connected Urban Development program, and other proactive and innovative cities across the world.

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Featured Multimedia

Program Overview

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An overview of the Connected Urban Development program, with quotes from keynote speakers at the global conferences in San Francisco and Amsterdam.

Link to further information about Connected Urban Development

Connected Urban Development Visions from MIT's Mobile Experience Lab

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As part of the Connected Urban Development program, MIT is applying its unique and world leading technology perspectives to enhance the CUD cities agendas towards connected and sustainable cities.

Link to MIT proof of concept multimedia content

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