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London

London has become a public transportation dream over the last year with the introduction of its Crossrail project. By 2018, 10 new train lines will connect 30 existing stations with brand-new tunnels. At $20 billion, it's the largest construction project in Europe.

2thinknow finds London has more startups and programmers than almost any other city in the world. By some estimates, there may be more IT jobs in London than all of California.

Some estimates say there will be 11,000 new tech jobs added within the next decade.



Source: World Economic Forum, Business Insider, 2thinknow || PlanetWeb



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??? | Seoul

Seoul has been called the city of the future, and rightfully so. Innovation is practically baked into its design, as its metro system may even have New York's subway beat.

According to 2thinknow, Seoul files more patents than just about any city in the world. It has developed technology that is already ubiquitous — such as the LTE beamed to our smartphones — as well as tech still in its infancy, like virtual stores where you scan pictures of items to be delivered later.




Source: World Economic Forum, Business Insider, 2thinknow || PlanetWeb



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??? | Taipei

According to 2thinknow's analysis, Taipei is the far-and-away leader when it comes to industrial design. This has been the case for years — the city much prefers to delve into hardware rather than software. Some of the largest PC companies call the city home, including Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, and Acer.

According to 2thinknow, the city also scores highly in its number of venture capitalists.



Source: World Economic Forum, Business Insider, 2thinknow || PlanetWeb



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??? | Singapore

Aside from being a giant, rain-absorbing sponge, Singapore boasts an extremely high number of programmers and venture capitalists. The city-state is constantly introducing new infrastructure and high-tech high-rises, including one with an entire forest in the atrium.

It has partnered with MIT to build smarter transportation that relies less on private carsand more on public trains and light rail.



Source: World Economic Forum, Business Insider, 2thinknow || PlanetWeb



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Toronto

Rife with startups and innovative infrastructure, stemming from places like the Cisco Innovation Center, Toronto is home to 30% of Canada's IT firms, the majority of which have fewer than 50 employees. That means there's a crop of young companies poised to make an impact in the next decade.

Overall, the city's firms account for approximately $52 billion in yearly revenue.



Source: World Economic Forum, Business Insider, 2thinknow || PlanetWeb



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??? | Tokyo

The largest city in the world doesn't achieve that feat without impressive levels of infrastructure — transportation in particular. Tokyo's subway system, for example, is used by 2.3 billion people every year.

Tokyo excels in venture capital investments, and is home to a dizzying number of tech giants, many of which are already preparing for the 2020 Olympic Games.



Source: World Economic Forum, Business Insider, 2thinknow || PlanetWeb



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Stocklolm

With missions to go cash-free and oil-freewithin the next five years, Stockholm is fully embracing the digital and environmental revolutions.

The city also has the most billion-dollar startups in Europe and the world's second-fastest-growing market for venture capital investments. It's no wonder that programmers are flocking to the Swedish capital.



Source: World Economic Forum, Business Insider, 2thinknow || PlanetWeb



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Vancouver

In 2014, the CBC called Vancouver "Silicon Valley North" in recognition of its strong start-up culture.

There are more than 600 digital media companies that generate more than $2 billion in revenue. Tech-focused universities and low corporate tax rates, meanwhile, make the city attractive for both up-and-coming engineers as well as established executives.



Source: World Economic Forum, Business Insider, 2thinknow || PlanetWeb



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Amsterdam

Amsterdam's combination of financial technology, energy efficiency, and startup culture make it a powerhouse in Europe, despite being much smaller than its neighbors. (It has only a third of Berlin's population, for example.)

In April, lawmakers announced they wanted to ban gas and diesel cars by 2025 in favor of electric vehicles — perhaps the city's most visible sign of its look toward the future.



Source: World Economic Forum, Business Insider, 2thinknow || PlanetWeb



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?? | Beijing

Though it may lack the startup culture of other high-tech cities, Beijing is renowned for its city-wide use of smartphones and the number of patents filed per capita. It venture capital scene has also grown rapidly over the past several years.

The city climbed 15 spots since the 2016 rankings.



Source: World Economic Forum, Business Insider, 2thinknow || PlanetWeb



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?? | Shanghai

The closest Shanghai has to Silicon Valley is the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park. It houses more than 100,000 workers split between thousands of tech companies.

Like most of China's high-tech cities, Shanghai excels in patents and venture capital. That may be because manufacturing has become a top priority in China, and companies are eager to protect (and invest in) their intellectual property.



Source: World Economic Forum, Business Insider, 2thinknow || PlanetWeb



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Montréal

Le Quartier de l’innovation (QI) est un écosystème d’innovation en plein cœur de Montréal qui vise à accroître le potentiel de créativité de la métropole. Il a été lancé en mai 2013 par l’École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) et l’Université McGill, auxquelles se sont jointes l’Université Concordia et l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Depuis, plus de vingt-cinq partenaires corporatifs y ont également ajouté leur force. Le QI mise sur les ressources complémentaires de ses nombreux partenaires en recherche, en formation, en innovation et en entrepreneuriat pour la création de projets concrets qui changent le visage de la métropole. Il est délimité par le boulevard René- Lévesque et le canal de Lachine, du nord au sud, et de la rue McGill à l’avenue Atwater, de l’est à l’ouest. Ses activités sont réparties en quatre volets : formation et recherche, social et culturel, industriel, et urbain.

The Quartier de l’Innovation (QI) is an innovation ecosystem in the heart of Montréal that aims to boost the city’s potential for creativity. QI was launched in May 2013 by the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) and McGill University, which were subsequently joined by Concordia University and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Some 25 corporate partners have since come on board. QI draws on the complementary resources of its numerous partners in research, training, innovation and entrepreneurship to create concrete projects that are changing the face of the city. The QI zone is bounded by René Lévesque Boulevard on the north, the Lachine Canal on the south, McGill Street on the east and Atwater Avenue on the west. QI’s activities focus on four areas: education and research, social and cultural, industrial, and urban.



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????? | Bangalore

No other city in 2thinknow's ranking climbed as far compared to 2016's ranking as Bangalore, which moved from 49th place to 19th.

The change is due to an influx of IT companies and the city's enormous population of programmers. Half of India is under 25, and many are entering the growing tech space, creating a virtuous circle of growth.



Source: World Economic Forum, Business Insider, 2thinknow || PlanetWeb



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???? | Shenzhen

Patents are flying out of Shenzhen, a city in southern China that boasts a population of 11 million.

As part of the country's push toward manufacturing, Shenzhen has grown significantly over the last several years as a hub for factories and robotics. Multiple telecom and electronics giants have found a home base in the city.



Source: World Economic Forum, Business Insider, 2thinknow || PlanetWeb



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Berlin

Not to be outdone, Germany's capital city boasts a strong start-up culture and has some of the highest rates of venture capital investment in Europe.

Berlin is also the locus for much of Europe's automobile industry. It is the only city in the world where all of the major automative brands are represented.



Source: World Economic Forum, Business Insider, 2thinknow || PlanetWeb



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???? | Hong Kong

Rather than excel in one particular category, Hong Kong hits just about every box in terms of its advancement.

The city devotes enormous amount of moneytoward research and development and city-wide innovation, boasting some of the fastest Internet speeds in China. Its high-tech exports total $243 billion, or 51% of the total exported goods.



Source: World Economic Forum, Business Insider, 2thinknow || PlanetWeb



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???? | Copenhagen

What Copenhagen lacks in startup culture and venture capital, it makes up for with innovative urban planning and a strong contingent of industrial designers — factors that 2thinknow praises as signs the city prioritizes smart manufacturing.

By 2025, the city plans to sever its dependence on fossil fuel, due in large part to harnessed wind energy. Its robust bike culture and fleet of architecture firms allow Copenhagen to be a city that's not just green, but beautiful.



Source: World Economic Forum, Business Insider, 2thinknow || PlanetWeb

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