Technology trendsetters: up-and-coming start-up cities
Silicon Wadi is the Middle East’s answer to Silicon Valley, with its specialist field of cybersecurity driving the fintech scene to new heights. It is also making strides in biotech, life sciences and is emerging as a leader in driverless car technology. Large car manufacturers, including Honda and Ford, are setting up bases in the city, hoping to attract talent and partnerships.
Tel Aviv also has a strong Smart City strategy, using innovative “DigiTel” initiatives to engage more directly with its citizens – this helped it win the World Smart City Award in 2014. It is now pushing forward with technology-enhanced irrigation systems and investment in internet of things infrastructure on a municipality level.
Auckland is emerging as the front-runner for the Pacific’s leading tech hub, combining cutting-edge innovation with a hard-to-match quality of life. Its relatively easy access to the Australian east coast and burgeoning population – due to expand by 43% to 2.2m by 2020 – also act in the city’s favour. With a recently announced plan to foster a new tech hub in the North and a progressive partnership with…