Boston's first annual Innovation and the City conference was held on January 9-10, 2014 at District Hall in the city's Innovation District. The colloquium convened scholars, policy makers, and practitioners to explore the opportunities and drawbacks associated with innovation-based urban economic development. Speakers included Bruce Katz (Brookings Institution), Paul Parkhill (Spaceworks NYC), and Dan Kinkead (Detroit Future City).
From Detroit to Mexico City to Rotterdam, cities around the world have embraced the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship to transform their economies. These efforts seek to create and attract businesses and jobs and more fundamentally, to carve a role for their cities in an increasingly competitive global economy.
They often share a narrative and an urban development toolkit that includes forms of spatial organization (such as shared working spaces, micro-housing, and innovation districts), business formation (such as entrepreneurship competitions, start-ups, risk capital), and talent development (such as STEM, coding, and entrepreneurship education).
Innovation and the City will help practitioners evaluate and deploy these strategies with an integrative and critical perspective that is both context-aware and informed by the latest thinking and practical experience.