Urban Innovation


  • The creators behind a lifelike hologram of Michael Jackson now want to bring the first digital human to healthcare.

  • From Santander to Seoul, urban centers around the world are mapping out ambitious “smart city” blueprints, but Singapore is taking it a step further.

  • Are regulations a boon or bane for bitcoin?

    Speaking to CNBC at the Smart Nation Innovations 2015, David Moskowitz, founder of Coin Republic, discusses the regulatory treatment of bitcoin in countries like Singapore.

  • Google: Mobile is an 'exciting opportunity'

    Caesar Sengupta, VP, Product Management at Google, outlines the company's plans in the mobile arena, especially after the launch of the Android One.

  • The mini robot for average Japanese households

    Speaking to CNBC at the Smart Nation Innovations 2015, Hiroshi Ishiguro, co-founder and CEO of Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories, says his interactive robot is suitable for families with small houses in Japan.

  • A holographic image of Michael Jackson performs onstage during the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on May 18, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Rudy Mazzocchi, managing director of Pulse Evolution, explains the company's decision to create a Michael Jackson hologram performance at last year's Billboard Music Awards.

  • Advances in wireless technology could see cell towers become a thing of the past, according to telecommunications experts.

  • Lake Life

    Wonder what the next generation of urban housing will look like? Think ultra-connected, convenient and sustainable.

  • Is London's taxi market overcrowded?

    Ron Zeghibe, executive chairman and founder of HAILO, discusses whether London's competitive market can accommodate the rise of taxi hailing apps and the city's black-cab drivers.

  • Lost in a city? This transport app will be your savior

    Azmat Yusuf, founder of London-based Citymapper, introduces the urban transport app which provides users with real-time information. He also discusses the company's launch in Singapore.

  • Time for next-generation wireless network?

    Speaking to CNBC at the Founders Forum Smart Nation Singapore conference, Steve Papa, founder of Parallel Wireless, discusses how next-generation wireless technology could become a reality.

  • Becoming a smart city: What makes Singapore different

    Factors like economic stability enable Singapore to plan ahead for problems like an aging population, says Steve Leonard, executive deputy chairman of Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.

  • Allahabad, India

    India's plan to build 100 smart cities has drawn international support, but urban policy experts are pessimistic about the project's plausibility.

  • The NTU-NXP V2X test bed demonstrating how a driver receives information about an upcoming traffic light.

    A world with intelligent transportation isn't too far off as more companies develop technology for cars to communicate with each other.

  • Singapore: What it takes to build a smart city

    Singapore has been seen as a good example of a sustainable smart city, but the use of technology is not without its downsides. CNBC's Pauline Chiou reports.

  • Is India's 'smart cities' project too ambitious?

    While India's plan to get its cities working more efficiently is ambitious, it is a positive news for investors, says Nicholas Holt, Asia Pacific Head of Research at Knight Frank.

  • Is tech the solution to urban problems?

    To solve urbanization issues such as congestion, policymakers in Asia are turning to technology for answers. Martin Soong has more in this first part of CNBC's "Urban Innovation" series.

About Urban Innovation

  • By 2050, almost two-thirds of the world population will live in urban areas with Asia at the forefront of the rapid urbanization. Cities in the region will face tremendous challenges in meeting the needs of their growing populations. CNBC presents a special report on how architecture, innovation and infrastructure are providing solutions to urban problems.