Innovation in Community and Community Leadership

Posted by admin On 2024/3/7 2:30:00 (192 reads)
Very exciting news about the great work that UC is doing: 
Founders of a U.S. startup who studied or worked at the University of Cincinnati are 3.3 times more likely to achieve unicorn status than grads from other schools, says a Stanford professor.

Here are the top 5 schools with the highest odds ratio of producing a unicorn:
University of Cincinnati — 3.3 times more likely
University of Utah — 3.2
Yale and Vanderbilt — 2.0
Columbia, BYU, and Stanford — 1.6
The University of California, Berkeley — 1.5.
More info: 
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Posted by admin On 2022/9/23 19:50:00 (739 reads)

Digital Futures Grand Opening

From left, Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval, chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education Randy Gardner, Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, UC President Neville G. Pinto, UC Chief Innovation Officer Ryan Hays and UC Vice President for Research Patrick A. Limbach 

Awesome day for University of Cincinnati, and the Cincinnati Innovation District: the grand opening of the new, state-of-the-art UC Digital Futures building. (read more about it at UC News)

This 189k-sq-ft multidisciplinary research facility will house cutting-edge, collaborative innovation that will propel our city and our state forward, and will help to create high-paying jobs for our residents!

The collaboration between State of Ohio, City of Cincinnati, and University of Cincinnati, to make it all happen, was remarkable! We need more of this!

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Posted by admin On 2022/8/29 18:40:00 (773 reads)

It's exciting to see Cincinnati participating in the Smart City USA Expo in Miami! 

Smart City USA Expo is a leading event for cities, focused on building Smart, Equitable, and Sustainable 21st Century Cities!

Pureval Smart City Expo

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Posted by admin On 2021/1/13 19:40:00 (8939 reads)

Congratulations to Lincoln Heights community for initiating an "Innovation Hub" with the goal to use Innovation to reverse Poverty in Lincoln Heights!

You can see the presentation here 


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Posted by admin On 2017/11/24 11:00:00 (5756 reads)

The next frontier of 3D-Printing is additive manufacturing, and Cincinnati's GE Aviation is leading the way! We need to make Cincinnati a center of expertise in this area and attract businesses from around the world to be part of it!

This GE article does a great job explaining  3D-Printing and additive manufacturing used inside GE, and showcasing the incredible opportunities for the future!  

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Posted by admin On 2017/10/2 3:50:00 (4914 reads)


Join us on Wednesday, October 25th at BB&T Arena for the first Midwest IoT Showcase and Smart Regions Conference!

The Smart Regions Conference will include speakers and featured presentations in the morning, an open IoT Showcase and Expo throughout the day, and Smart City leadership workshops and awards in the afternoon. Oh, did we mention drones? Yeah, professional drone racing and exhibitions, too! Tickets and Sponsorships are available but limited.

For more info, visit the Smart Regions Conference Website 

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Posted by admin On 2017/5/1 4:30:00 (4587 reads)

It is always great to read about accomplishments of Cincinnati's residents, especially when it is mentioned in the national media.

Last week the publication Quarz reported that our own UC Professor, Dr. Tomasz F. Stepinski used NASA data to make an insanely detailed map of US racial diversity. You can zoom in and see detailed information for each neighborhood. 

You can read the article here

To see the map, click here

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  Posted by admin On 2017/2/10 23:00:00 (11745 reads)

Public and private stakeholders from Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana are working together to create the nation's first smart tri-state region.

Helping create a model for regional, smart growth.

Moving the smart city conversation forward, focusing on the four pillars of workable, livable regions: connectivity, mobility, security, and sustainability.

Connecting people, places, things, and information in real-time.

Auditing and improving the mobility of people, goods, and utilities; enabling economic mobility including access to education and job training.

Focusing on security, auditing public safety and cyber-security.

Committing to sustainability, including practices from energy and transportation to manufacturing and agriculture.

Upcoming events

Round-table at Uptech in Covington:

February 22, 2017 (11am-1pm)

Free Tickets Here

Round-table at The Hamilton Mill in Hamilton:

March 15, 2017 (11am-1pm)

Free Tickets Here

Smart Cincy Summit

Tickets & Info

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Posted by admin On 2016/11/17 11:30:00 (4036 reads)

Every year the Digital Cities Survey takes a big-picture view of the state of IT in cities to determine which are moving the needle forward by excelling at using technology. The Center for Digital Government and Government Technology are recognizing 62 cities this year for their use of tech to support priorities and improve operations. 

Read more at:

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Posted by admin On 2016/9/26 10:50:42 (3544 reads)

Today, to kick off Smart Cities Week, the Administration is expanding the Smart Cities initiative, with over $80 million in new Federal investments and a doubling of the number of participating cities and communities, exceeding 70 in total. These new investments and collaborations will help cities of all sizes, including in the following key areas:

  • Climate: The Administration is announcing nearly $15 million in new funding and two new coalitions to help cities and communities tackle energy and climate challenges. For example, one Department of Energy (DOE) campaign has already signed up 1,800 buildings representing 49 million square feet with data analytics tools that could reduce their energy footprint by 8 percent or more, on average.

  • Transportation: The Administration is announcing more than $15 million in new grants and planned funding to evolve the future of urban transportation, including National Science Foundation (NSF) funding for researchers in Chattanooga to test, for the first time, how an entire urban network of connected and autonomous vehicles can automatically cooperate to improve travel efficiency and operate safely during severe weather events.

  • Public safety: The Administration is announcing more than $10 million in new grants and planned funding for public safety, resilience, and disaster response. For example, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is funding the development of low-cost flood sensor-based tools in flood-prone areas of Texas, where predictive analytics will give first responders and local officials new capability to issue alerts and warnings, and the ability to respond more rapidly to save lives when a flood strikes.

  • Transforming city services: MetroLab Network is launching a new effort to help cities adopt promising innovations in social programs, like a collaboration between three counties surrounding Seattle and the University of Washington to use predictive analytics to identify precisely when city services succeed in helping homeless individuals transition into permanent housing, offering the promise of a future of personalized intervention.

See more: White House Announcement

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Posted by admin On 2014/1/18 21:00:00 (3335 reads)

The generation that will change the world!

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Posted by admin On 2013/8/7 10:20:00 (2510 reads)

There has been some interesting discussion about the innovation community here in Cincinnati.

Some thoughts on the "Why's" and "What's" started online at

The team at Cintrifuse wanted to continue the conversation live and give everyone an opportunity to join in the discussion. 

The event takes place on: 

Monday, August 12, 2013, 3-5 PM

at Centrifuse (299 E Sixth St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202)

If you would like to join, you can register at:

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Posted by admin On 2013/7/31 1:26:44 (8298 reads)


Barcelona project transforms two hundred hectares of industrial land of Poblenou into an innovative district offering modern spaces for the strategic concentration of intensive knowledge-based activities. This initiative is also a project of urban refurbishment and a new model of city providing a response to the challenges posed by the knowledge-based society.


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Posted by admin On 2013/7/12 10:40:00 (3215 reads)

Any community using technology to improve its economy can participate in the rigorous yearlong awards program 

New York City – July 9, 2013 – The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) announces the opening of nominations for the 2014 Intelligent Community of the Year award. The 2014 awards marks the 16th year the New York-based think tank will name the Intelligent Community of the Year, a community that is a global leader in creating wealth and jobs by seizing the opportunities of information and communications technology (ICT).

The ICF has posted a nomination form at There is also a community self-test to determine if a community could be a contender for an award. Nominations will close on Monday, September 23, 2013.

Communities large and small, urban and rural, in developing and industrialized nations are all invited to apply. Nominations are accepted from local governments, institutions, national government agencies and consular offices. There is no cost to submit a nomination. On average, ICF tracks the progress of 400 communities each year through its own research as well as nominations submitted by communities. 

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Posted by admin On 2012/7/12 21:05:13 (3309 reads)

Nominations are now Open for ICF's 2013 Intelligent Community of the Year Awards
The awards program salutes the accomplishments of communities in developing inclusive prosperity on a foundation of information and communications technology. Communities large and small, urban and rural, in developing and industrialized nations are invited to apply for an international award that does not use population as a factor. Deadline for nominations is September 21, 2012. More

Take the Community Self-Test
Not sure if your community is qualified for the Intelligent Community Awards? Take the 15-question Self-Test to evaluate your chances of joining the Intelligent Communities honored by ICF. More

ICF's Louis Zacharilla Keynotes at Sask 3.0 Summit
At the first Sask 3.0 Summit in Regina, Saskatchewan, ICF's Louis Zacharilla presented a keynote address on The Rise of the Intelligent Commumnity. More

ICF's John Jung on Why a Lack of Passion can be Fatal
During a recent trip to Austin, Texas, ICF's John Jung was struck by the tenacious passion of leadership that propelled the city of Austin from a backwater state capital to a Top7 Intelligent Community. More

ICF's Robert Bell on the Power of Small Places
During the last 90 days, ICF's Robert Bell has traveled so several "small" places and writes that it's not the size and scale of a community that makes it great but the attitude. More

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