Innovation Cities™ Emerging Index 2011

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Emerging innovation cities: Africa, Mid-East, UAE, CaucasusMid-East, Africa and Emerging city innovation classifications and rankings, 2011.

World's largest city classification and global ranking with 33 Emerging 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 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates 59 2 HUB
2 Dubai United Arab Emirates 91 2 HUB
3 Cape Town South Africa 111 3 NODE
4 Ankara Turkey 3 NODE
5 Jeddah Saudi Arabia 3 NODE
6 Beirut Lebanon 4 INFLUENCER
Cairo Egypt 4 INFLUENCER
Durban South Africa 4 INFLUENCER
Izmir Turkey 4 INFLUENCER
Alexandria Egypt 4 INFLUENCER
Casablanca Morocco 4 INFLUENCER
Kiev Ukraine 4 INFLUENCER
Kuwait City Kuwait 4 INFLUENCER
Rostov-na-Donu Russia 4 INFLUENCER
Nizhny Novgorod Russia 4 INFLUENCER
Riyadh Saudi Arabia 4 INFLUENCER
Algiers Algeria 5 UPSTART
Johannesburg South Africa 5 UPSTART
Minsk Belarus 5 UPSTART
Karachi Pakistan 5 UPSTART
Manama Bahrain 5 UPSTART
Addis Ababa Ethiopia --
Dakar Senegal --
Lahore Pakistan --
Port Louis Mauritius --
Dar es Salaam Tanzania --
Nairobi Kenya --

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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