Innovation Cities™ Asia Index 2011

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Asia Innovation cities City rankingAsian city innovation classifications and rankings 2011 for China, Japan, Australia, NZ, Korea and Asia.

World's largest city classification and global ranking with 66 Asian cities from 331 benchmark cities classified, and top cities ranked in 2011. Based on 2thinknow analysis of cities on 162 city indicators, in what our analysts term the 'global innovation economy'. Annual city scores and ranking since 2007. City indicators data from 2thinknow City Benchmarking Data program.


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1 Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong 15 1 NEXUS
2 Melbourne VIC Australia 17 1 NEXUS
3 Sydney NSW Australia 20 1 NEXUS
4 Tokyo Tokyo Japan 22 1 NEXUS
5 Shanghai Shanghai China 24 1 NEXUS
6 Singapore Singapore 26 1 NEXUS
7 Seoul Korea, South 28 1 NEXUS
8 Kyoto Kyoto Japan 30 1 NEXUS
9 Osaka Osaka Japan 48 2 HUB
10 Beijing Beijing China 53 2 HUB
11 Wellington New Zealand 61 2 HUB
12 Fukuoka Fukoaka Japan 66 2 HUB
13 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 67 2 HUB
14 Auckland New Zealand 70 2 HUB
15 Kobe Hyogo Japan 85 2 HUB
16 Shenzhen Guangdong China 93 2 HUB
17 Taipei Taiwan 100 2 HUB
18 Bangkok Thailand 108 3 NODE
19 Adelaide SA Australia 112 3 NODE
20 Mumbai Maharashtra India 120 3 NODE
Busan Korea, South 3 NODE
Canberra ACT Australia 3 NODE
Incheon Korea, South 3 NODE
Nanjing Jiangsu China 3 NODE
Perth WA Australia 3 NODE
Bangalore Karnataka India 3 NODE
Brisbane QLD Australia 3 NODE
Daegu Korea, South 3 NODE
Geelong VIC Australia 3 NODE
Hiroshima Japan 3 NODE
Nagasaki Nagasaki Japan 3 NODE
Nagoya Aichi Japan 3 NODE
Sapporo Hokkaido Japan 3 NODE
Suzhou Jiangsu China 3 NODE
Tianjin Tianjin China 3 NODE
Ulsan Korea, South 3 NODE
Wuhan Hubei China 3 NODE
Yokohama Kanagawa Japan 3 NODE
Ballarat VIC Australia 3 NODE
Bendigo VIC Australia 3 NODE
Chengdu Sichuan China 3 NODE
Chennai Chennai India 3 NODE
Delhi Delhi India 3 NODE
Dongguan Guangdong China 3 NODE
Gold Coast QLD Australia 3 NODE
Guangzhou Guangdong China 3 NODE
Macau Macau China 3 NODE
Shenyang Liaoning China 3 NODE
Xiamen Fujian China 3 NODE
Christchurch New Zealand 4 INFLUENCER
Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam 4 INFLUENCER
Hobart TAS Australia 4 INFLUENCER
Hyderabad Hyderabad India 4 INFLUENCER
Manila Philippines 4 INFLUENCER
Newcastle NSW Australia 4 INFLUENCER
Qingdao Shandong China 4 INFLUENCER
Queenstown New Zealand 4 INFLUENCER
Wollongong NSW Australia 4 INFLUENCER
Chongqing Chongqing China 4 INFLUENCER
Ahmedabad India 4 INFLUENCER
Colombo Sri Lanka 4 INFLUENCER
Madurai Tamil Nadu India 4 INFLUENCER
Xi'an Shanxi China 4 INFLUENCER
Jakarta Indonesia 5 UPSTART
Dhaka Bangladesh 5 UPSTART
Kolkata West Bengal India 5 UPSTART

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 multiple economic and social innovation segments

HUB: Dominance or influence on key economic and social innovation segments , based on global trends

NODE: Broad performance across many innovation segments, with key imbalances

INFLUENCER: Competitive in some segments, potential or imbalanced

UPSTART: Potential steps towards relative future performance in a few innovation segments

Regions are defined as follows:

AMERICAS: North and South America

EUROPE: The U.N. defined Europe with European union, Western Russia, Israel and major Turkish cities

ASIA: Asia and Oceania (Australia/NZ)

EMERGING: Mid-East, Africa, Turkey and Caucasus states

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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 331 cities had data extracted the city benchmarking data program on 162 indicators. Each of the benchmarking data were scored by analysts using best available qualitative analysis and quantitative statistics (see City Benchmarking Data to purchase city data). Where data was unavailable, national or state estimates were used.

Data was then trend balanced against 21 global trends, by analysts.For the final index had a zeitgeist (analyst confidence) factor added, and score reduced to a 3 factor score for Cultural Assets, Human Infrastructure and Networked Markets. For city Classification, these scores were competitively graded into 5 bands (Nexus, Hub, Node, Influencer, Upstart)

The top 33% of Nexus and Hub ( and selected Node cities of future interest)  final graded scores were ranked by analysts based on trends over 2-5 years. From this global Index, 4 regional indexes for Americas, Europe, Asia and Emerging are also produced.

Please note the full list above is classified (Node, Influencer, Upstart) not ranked except wher a rank is noted. Rankings are just for general information. A node ranking is considered globally competitive. More discussion and questions answered in this FAQ.

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About 2thinknow Innovation Cities™ Program:

Based in Melbourne Australia, 2thinknow are the world's first innovation agency. Established 2006 we have  designed original  models to measure and deliver innovation to cities, business seeking new markets and growth, and NGO/government clients.

2thinknow Innovation Cities Program to provide powerful tools for creating an innovation economy. This includes the city benchmarking data details on cities by segment globally, recently launched local innovation forum events, analyst reports such as the flagship Innovation Cities™ Analysis Report

In 2011, in the Innovation Course, we are teaching our clients new innovation methods and practices. 2thinknow work with other clients through innovation consulting, analyst reports, projects  and innovation services, as well as a number of online resources and groups.

Since 2009, 2thinknow as world's first innovation agency have classified cities for broad-based innovation. 2thinknow have published the Innovation Cities Indexes city rankings free online since 2007, when they started with a very small 22 cities.

This is now 331 cities in the 2011 year, and is the world's largest and most diverse city ranking.

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