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Top 10 Most Innovative Cities

The plots of science-fiction films began to come true: there are skyscrapers behind the cloud line, vacuum trains that travel hundreds of kilometers per second are being built, and an autopilot is signaling on the road without a driver behind the wheel. Which city has reached the highest innovation indicators and where to go to see the future today?
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Tokyo ranks #1 in World Innovation Cities Index ahead of London and Silicon Valley.

The plots of science-fiction films began to come true: there are skyscrapers behind the cloud line, vacuum trains that travel hundreds of kilometers per second are being built, and an autopilot is signaling on the road without a driver behind the wheel. Which city has reached the highest innovation indicators and where to go to see the future today?

Each year, the 2thinknow innovation data agency creates the ranking of 100 most innovative cities within the Innovation Cities Program. A report that assesses the investment potential, and also makes a forecast of the innovation development of the city in the near future is created within the program.

Places in the ranking are determined with the help of 162 innovation indicators within 3 main factors:

Cultural wealth: art, museums, non-governmental organizations, cultural events, galleries, media, access to information, sport.

Infrastructure for people: logistics, finance, universities, hospitals, railways, shops, start-ups, healthcare, telecommunications.

Markets: scale of markets, geographic data, level of economy (import / export), technologies, geopolitics.

We skim the cream off the list and publish the top 10 most innovative cities.

1. Tokyo, Japan

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Tokyo has always been recognized as a highly developed and innovative city, but it, and indeed the city from Asia, managed to be in top of this list for the first time. The agency notes that the trends have led the city to the Olympus. Its residents have provided these trends in the field of robotics and 3D production. The city is home for SoftBank, Hitachi, Toshiba, Sony Corporation, Mitsubishi. 

2. London, Great Britain

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Despite Brexit and the observed outflow of brain and money capital, the city still remains in the top. Long-term leadership positions will not be lost so easy. Although, London was in the top of the list last year. Barclays, TransferWise, BP, ASOS.com, Monzo were founded in this city.

3. Silicon Valley, California, USA

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No, this city is not the first in the list. West Coast pleases with the second leader. Of course, such giants of the tech industry as Apple, Google (Alphabet), Facebook, HP, Intel, Netflix, Tesla have found their home there.

4. New York, USA

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The city of skyscrapers those are high above the Earth, the city of the most beautiful parades and the most large-scale marathons has fallen down on two positions. A “big apple” sheltered “WeWork”, “Verizon”, “IBM Watson”, and “Citigroup”.

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5. Los Angeles, California, USA

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The west coast has risen on one position this year. The haven of space explorers is also there, because “Snap Inc.”, “SpaceX”, “Riot Games”, “Hulu” are located in the city.

6. Singapore

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This city of the country, which has the same name, achieved “+1” in the progress column. The city has risen on one position. And it is the second city of Asia in the top ten. “DBS Bank”, “Singtel”, “CapitaLand Limited”, “Flex” were founded here. 

7. Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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And although Boston did not slow down the pace of development of its innovative sector and showed good performance in the field of “smart” technologies, the city lost two positions in the list. Other cities were more nimble. “General Electric”, “HubSpot”, “Bain Capital”, “Boston Dynamics” are situated there.

8. Toronto, Canada

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The position of this city is also unchanged. Lights and towers betray the technology and progress potential of this city. “Wealthsimple”, “InterAxon”, “Wattpad”, and “The Stars Group” are situated there.

9. Paris, France

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There are art, fashion, profiteroles and … innovations. Paris has maintained its position in comparison with last year and proudly remained in the same place. “Orange Communications”, “Deezer”, “Thales Group”, “DailyMotion” are situated in this city.

10. Sydney, Australia

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Compared with last year, the Australian cultural capital ranked 4 positions higher. This city is home for “Canva”, “Atlassian”, “Zip Money”, “Nuix” innovative companies.

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