Leading cities of the global innovation economy, across the emerging world.
|GLOBAL RANK||CITY||STATE||COUNTRY||REGION||2010 GRADE|
|1||Abu Dhabi||United Arab Emirates||EMERGING||2 HUB|
|2||Dubai||United Arab Emirates||EMERGING||3 NODE|
|3||Cape Town||South Africa||EMERGING||3 NODE|
|4||Jeddah||Saudi Arabia||EMERGING||3 NODE|
|7||Riyadh||Saudi Arabia||EMERGING||4 INFLUENCER|
|8||Kuwait City||Kuwait||EMERGING||4 INFLUENCER|
|11||Johannesburg||South Africa||EMERGING||4 INFLUENCER|
|Dar es Salaam||Tanzania||EMERGING||—|
Key to index.
All cities are graded into award categories based on their index score. In descending order of importance to the innovation economy:
NEXUS: Critical nexus for innovation across economic and social segments
HUB: Dominance or influence on key economic and social segments given current trends
NODE: Broad performance across many segments, some imbalances
INFLUENCER: Competitive in some segments, imbalanced
UPSTART: Potential steps towards future performance in a few segments (new in 2010)
Regions are defined as follows:
AMERICAS: North and South America
EUROPE: The U.N. defined Europe with European union, Western Russia, Israel and Turkish cities
ASIA: Asia and Oceania (Australia/NZ)
EMERGING: Mid-East, Africa and Caucasus states
In regional indexes, the top cities classified are ranked.
Order current detailed City Benchmarking Data for each city to measure and compare.
Read the analyst city report to understand how to build urban innovation economies.
Methodology in brief:
The Index is the most comprehensive city ranking and scoring. Each city was selected from 1,540 cities based on basic factors of health, wealth, population, geography. The selected 289 cities had data extracted the city benchmarking data program on 162 indicators. Each of the benchmarking data were scored by analysts using a vast variety of web and print sources. Where data was unavailable, national or state estimates were used.
Data was then trend weighted against 21 global trends (from a summary of key trend thinkers from Oxford, Harvard and elsewhere.) And the final index had a zeitgeist (market confidence) factor added, and was competitively graded into 5 bands with the top 100 cities ranked.
The 4 regional indexes for Americas, Europe, Asia and Emerging are derived from the global index.
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About 2thinknow Innovation Cities™ Program:
Based in Melbourne Australia, 2thinknow are a small innovation agency that have since 2006 designed revolutionary models to measure and deliver innovation to cities, business and other clients globally. 2thinknow delivery focus is the Innovation Cities Program to provide powerful tools for creating an innovation economy. This includes the city benchmarking data, recently launched local innovation forum events, analyst reports such as the flagship Innovation Cities™ Analysis Report. 2thinknow work with select clients through consulting, reports and workshops.
2thinknow have published the Innovation Cities Indexes city rankings free online since 2007, when they started with 22 cities from a data-set of 95 cities.