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Driving Applied Research in the Context of Smart Cities – Zdunska Wola’s City Council Representatives visiting SCIL

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On September 27th, we had the pleasure to receive seven representatives from Zdunska Wola’s City Council at CLSBE. Zdunska Wola is a small industrial city in Poland built in the XIX century. Famous for their beers and textile industry, they are now on the path to implement digital technologies to develop the city. They

Using green product innovation to let your customers behave more sustainably

What makes customers use green products in a truly sustainable way? Green product innovation aims to design products that deliver environmental benefits to customers, such as CO2 emission reductions, improved recyclability of products, and energy savings. However, would higher adoption of green products automatically lead to the realization of a product’s environmental benefits? This

SCIL’s Carbon Footprint Challenge as Finalist in Innovation Competition

On July 15, Henriette Närger and René Bohnsack presented the Carbon Footprint Challenge as finalists of the 'Innovationspreis der Landeshauptstadt München'.  The Carbon Footprint Challenge is a gamified survey application to motivate and teach users how to improve their carbon footprint, developed by our very own master student Mariana Nunes. With the contest, the city

Looking back at GRONEN2020

That was GRONEN2020: Some Facts & Figures 113 participants, 52 synchronous paper presentations, 58 hours live-stream, and 8 virtual bars and socials - that was GRONEN2020!! A quick calculation shows that we saved about 65 t of CO2 (580 kg of CO2 x 113 participants), 678 hours of travel, and almost 130.000

Student Challenge: What does Sustainability in the Digital Age Mean to You?

Are you passionate about sustainability, the role of digital technologies for making our cities smarter, or keen on debating new trends in the circular and shared economy? As part of the GRONEN Conference 2020, the leading European academic conference on management and sustainability, the Smart City Innovation Lab hosts an exciting student challenge. We want

Tips and Tricks for Hosting Great Virtual Academic Conferences

In our last article, we compiled seven tips and tricks to give online presentations. Currently, the Smart City Innovation Lab is in the process of organising the GRONEN conference, which will be fully virtual. What started as a pilot project – virtual conferencing to decrease environmental impacts and foster inclusiveness – became now the format of the whole event. There are

All Things Virtual! 7 Tips for Online Presentations

In the light of COVID-19, companies and academic institutions face the challenge of keeping daily business, teaching and research events going. We at the Smart City Innovation Lab believe, the conversation must go on! Thanks to the world of the Internet, it is possible to connect people from everywhere in the world. While work places

Accelerating Disruption: How to Design Value Propositions for Sustainable Technologies

New-to-the-world sustainable technologies often suffer from slow adoption in the market. Think, for instance, about electric cars which are often said to disrupt the market, yet they are (still) only adopted at a slow pace. One reason is that customers fail to appreciate the added value sustainable innovations create compared to existing alternatives. Management scholars

How to internationalize? Rolling out your electricity business model

In a recent post, we introduced the Business Model Replication Tool that supports you in screening different markets to internationalize your energy business model. Once you have identified one or several markets where you seek to internationalize the challenge remains on how to actually roll-out your energy business model and conquer the market. Where

Presenting AI-Powered Business Models at the 2020 CBRE Portugal Outlook

Last week, Dr. René Bohnsack was invited to talk about new business models in smart cities at the yearly CBRE Portugal Outlook event. He presented the research of the Smart City Innovation Lab, including the first AI-powered business model analysis concept. This imitation learning algorithm that is able to recognize a business model from an