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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
cooperative city
Smart cities need smart citizens. A growing movement of initiatives and startups, harnessing social media and using top-notch technology, aims to give city residents a voice at City HallTechnology entrepreneurs don’t normally have much patience for government bureaucracy. Nor do the venture capitalists who fund them. The layers of decision-makers, politically driven procurement and unpredictable budgets have all been...
business
The creative industries need to be ever-fresh. Michael Conrad of the Berlin School of Creative Leadership talks about what it takes to create like a bossHe knew there was plenty of talent out there, but the young Michael Conrad was having a hard time hiring creatives for his ad agency in the 1980s. Again and again, he would see...
Zotter Chocolate
The Austrian chocolate maker Zotter puts social responsibility before maximum return and demonstrates that short-term profits and sustainable long-term growth are not mutually exclusiveAnyone who has visited its chocolate factory in Bergl, east of Graz, can attest to Zotter’s eccentricity, social philosophy and humor. There’s the introductory film at the “Choco-Shop Theater,” tastings of raw-cocoa and chocolate confections, the...
black-market crime
How does Austria deal with Europe’s estimated €1 trillion shadow economy of black-market crime, petty tax evasion and corporate profit shifting?In Vienna, a tax fraud sting begins with an innocuous questionnaire, printed in German, English and several Slavic languages. In this polyglot city, bordering the former communist east, finance investigators approach waiters at lunchtime, construction workers in the afternoon, or bordello...
Robotics for Children
Viennese startup Robo Technologies turns children, or anyone, into robotics engineersImagine your child playing with blocks, snapping them together like Legos into different shapes and configurations. Then she grabs an iPad, and after a few simple swipes, bam! Her creation begins moving on its own. She has just programmed a robot.All she needs is Robo Wunderkind – a product...
virtual reality film architecture design
Astonishing spoiled moviegoers is no small task. Marrying virtual reality with architecture, a Viennese company is dazzling audiencesBy Susanne Gottlieb & Dardis McNameeIt is rare in film that a prop achieves the stature of player – Rosebud in Citizen Kane, perhaps, or the Maltese Falcon, or maybe the chess pieces in the Thomas Crown Affair, or the clay pot...
online banking erste bank
We asked board member Thomas Schaufler about designing Erste Bank’s online banking platform GeorgeIn Austria, banking has not always moved with the times. From the persistence of the transfer slip (Erlagschein) to the popularity of the savings account, progress has been conservative in terms of innovation. So who better to design a burgeoning new way to do banking than...
It took four years for the EU’s twenty-eight member states to pass the new law on data protection. Now companies are bracing themselves for high stakes and citizens hoping for more control.If you don’t have the data, you don’t have the oil.” The voice-over resounded, in a North Carolina accent, through the speakers of the Filmcasino. It was the Austrian...
Arriving in Austria as a refugee, Ali Mahlodji lived in 13 apartments before he was 10 years old, dropped out of school at 18 and worked over 40 jobs before founding Whatchado, a platform that helps people find their calling. Here’s how he found his.Back in 2009, 27-year-old Ali Mahlodji could be seen on any given workday in a...
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