December 20, 2014
28 Cities Join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network
Photo: Graz, Austria - UNESCO City of Design. A balloon flying in the city. Photo Credit: ciscommunity.
Photo: Bradford, England - UNESCO City of Film. Photo Credit: Vassilena Valchanova.
Photo: Bologna, Italy - UNESCO City of Music. A concert in progress. Photo Credit: Revol Web/Carlotta Piccinini.
Photo: Curitiba, Brazil - UNESCO City of Design. Oscar Niemeyer Museum. Photo Credit: whl.travel.
Photo: Lyon, France - UNESCO City of Media Arts. The banks of the Rhone - Back home. Photo Credit: Dominique Chanut.
UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, designated 28 cities from 19 countries, as new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
Launched in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The network aims to foster international cooperation between cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion and enhanced influence of culture in the world.
The following cities are new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network:
- Bilbao (Spain) - Design
- Busan (Republic of Korea) - Film
- Curitiba (Brazil) - Design
- Dakar (Senegal) - Media Arts
- Dundee (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) - Design
- Dunedin (New Zealand) - Literature
- Florianopolis (Brazil) - Gastronomy
- Galway (Ireland) - Film
- Granada (Spain) - Literature
- Gwangju (Republic of Korea) - Media Arts
- Hamamatsu (Japan) - Music
- Hanover (Germany) - Music
- Heidelberg (Germany) - Literature
- Helsinki (Finland) - Design
- Jacmel (Haiti) - Crafts & Folk Arts
- Jingdezhen (China) - Crafts & Folk Arts
- Linz (Austria) - Media Arts
- Mannheim (Germany) - Music
- Nassau (Bahamas) - Crafts & Folk Arts
- Pekalongan (Indonesia) - Crafts & Folk Arts
- Prague (Czech Republic) - Literature
- Shunde (China) - Gastronomy
- Sofia (Bulgaria) - Film
- Suzhou (China) - Crafts & Folk Arts
- Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel) - Media Arts
- Tsuruoka (Japan) - Gastronomy
- Turin (Italy) - Design
- York (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) - Media Arts
“The UNESCO Creative Cities Network is a tremendous tool for cooperation, it reflects our commitment to support an amazing creative and innovative potential to broaden the avenues of sustainable development,” said UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova.
By joining the Network, cities commit to collaborate and develop partnerships with a view to promoting creativity and cultural industries, to share best practices, to strengthen participation in cultural life, and to integrate culture in economic and social development plans.
The Network covers seven thematic areas: Craft and Folk Arts, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music. It aims to promote international cooperation and encourage the sharing of experiences and resources in order to promote local development through culture and creativity.
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December 7, 2014
Washington DC National Press Club to Host Experts Address on Advances, Value and Benefits of Data Innovation
Photo: IBM Debuts Analytics for Everyone. At an event at the Westin Hotel in New York City, IBM Big Data and Analytics Vice president Inhi Cho Suh demonstrates Watson Analytics, a new cloud service that is powered by IBM’s Watson cognitive computing technology. Watson Analytics allows non-technical professionals in marketing, sales, finance and human resources roles to make more informed business decisions by analyzing huge volumes of data using familiar business terms instead of technical jargon. (Jon Simon/Feature Photo Service for IBM).
Infographic: Cities Made Smart with Data. Palava, India’s next major planned city will incorporate IBM’s smarter cities technology using advanced analytics and data driven systems to integrate information from all city operations. Strategically located at the junction of Navi Mumbai and Dombivali, Palava City is envisioned to become the largest ever private completely planned development in urban India and one of the top 50 places to live in the world by 2020. (Credit: IBM).
• The Newsmakers Committee of The National Press Club, Washington DC, will host government and industry software experts to address data advances and innovation at a Newsmaker forum in the Club’s Zenger Room at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 10th in the National Press Building, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
The group will hold an expert discussion about how data really works, the promise of continued innovation and the need to foster a policy environment that ensures society captures the maximum possible benefit. Innovative new software, vast computing power and connected devices have taken us to a new era of data innovation, changing the way the world identifies and solves problems. The benefits of this innovation extend to nearly every aspect of business, the economy and modern society, but the increasing abundance of data also has raised questions for many people, and it has fed misperceptions.
Newsmaker speakers at this event will include Victoria Espinel, former Bush Administration Intellectual Property Czar; Bruce Andrews, Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Commerce; John Nesi, VP Market Development at Rockwell Automation; and Dr. Jane Snowdon, Chief Innovation Officer at IBM.
This newsmakers event is open to credentialed media and press club members, free of charge. No advance registration is required.
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