Users could  download the Simplicity application and receive updates, city news, information about municipal services, emergency alerts, and more direct to their smartphones.

The Simplicity app is described as a “city in your phone” where residents and visitors can access critical city updates, emergency alerts, outages, road closures, city events, and more. The app is currently used by more than 100 cities, including New York City, Miami, the San Francisco Bay Area and Chicago suburbs. Cleveland Denver, and other major US cities are launching the app in the upcoming months.

SmartOslo Accelerator

An accelerator created to establish a dialogue between Oslo and the startup community. SmartOslo Accelerator invites a broad range of technologies capable of solving smart city challenges, some examples are sensors, IoT, big data, advanced analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain, beacons, and virtual/augmented reality.


GAP gardens

The GAP gardens website has over 1 million plant photos, covering the widest spectrum of styles and offering something for every season. Not only does it provide a solution for individual photo searches, but if someone has a specific need or does not have time to browse, they can forward their photo request to the website staff with a short description and they will find the best one for them. 

Exploring Smart Cities Activity Book for Kids

A new book for children co-written by a former city Chief Information Officer (CIO) (Jonathan Reichental) aims to inspire the next generation of active citizens and civic leaders. Reichental, who was formerly the CIO for the City of Palo Alto before going on to teach and write the Smart Cities for Dummies book, said he hadn’t previously considered writing for children but when Brett Hoffstadt, the co-author of the book got in touch, “it immediately made sense.”

Digital Debrecen Google Maps project

The aim of the project is to fill the digital map of the city of Debrecen with the location data of various shops, organisations and tourist destinations (point of interest - POI). To achieve this goal, EDC Debrecen involved high school students, who were able to complete their mandatory community service hours through this project. The students, in groups of 2x6, accompanied by supervisors, spent 3 weeks travelling around the Great Boulevard (Nagykörút) of Debrecen, taking photos of each POI and uploading them and the necessary information to a database.


Szabihíd is a non-profit cultural event, an occasion for the pedestrian use of the Liberty Bridge. Its aim is to bring people closer to urban spaces, to their city and to the river that runs through it, and uncover the opportunities lying in our public spaces.

Empire Stores

This mixed-use development reimagines a vacant, 19th century warehouse on the DUMBO waterfront as a contemporary creative workplace and community hub. The conversion of this 42 000 m2 complex provides Brooklyn’s burgeoning Tech Triangle with much-needed office space, and brings retail, dining, public space, and exhibition galleries to the neighborhood.

Vacant NL - Dutch Atlas of Vacancy

Vacant NL was a Dutch project for the 2010 Venice Biennale, showcasing the potential of 10,000 publicly owned empty buildings.

The RAAAF was asked by the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) to present the potential of landscape architecture in the form of an installation that reflected the social problems. The Rietveld pavilion, which had been vacant for years, was the perfect choice of location, with a blue cityscape of styrofoam buildings inside.