How to get people to make things for you

By: Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, designswarm We’re a week away from the deadline for the Smart Oxford Challenge and I was asked if this was a hackathon. That expression and the format it has come to represent gives me the heeby-jeebies so I wanted to share why, and what makes the Challenge different. This is coming from … Continue reading “How to get people to make things for you”

How big data is breathing new life into the smart cities concept

By: Jonathan Bright, Oxford Internet Institute One day all our trees will be electric. Image from Smart City Exhibition 2014 by Forum PA (Flickr). “Big data” is a growing area of interest for public policy makers: for example, it was highlighted in UK Chancellor George Osborne’s recent budget speech as a major means of improving … Continue reading “How big data is breathing new life into the smart cities concept”

How do networks shape the spread of disease and gossip?

A new approach to exploring the spread of contagious diseases or the latest celebrity gossip has been tested using London’s street and underground networks. Results from the new approach could help to predict when a contagion will spread through space as a simple wave (as in the Black Death) and when long-range connections, such as air … Continue reading “How do networks shape the spread of disease and gossip?”

Making Oxford a better place

By: Tony Hart, OxLEP By being smarter we can make Oxford more beautiful, greener, safer, fairer, healthier, more resilient and more prosperous. The traffic and transport systems around the county, most notably on A34, A40 and M40, are struggling to cope, and the volume of car traffic into and within Oxford causes major problems. Let’s use technology, … Continue reading “Making Oxford a better place”

New research: low-energy urban mobility in Oxford

By: agile-ox, University of Oxford Interested in the transition to low carbon transport in Oxford, and curious to know how local innovations compare to those in Brighton? Dr Tim Schwanen , the incoming director of the Transport Studies Unit, has conducted a case study examining the nature of low-energy innovation in the everyday mobility of … Continue reading “New research: low-energy urban mobility in Oxford”