• Ten North American centres feature in the SCI, and the US dominates the top of the rankings, with US cities taking five of the top ten places globally - New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston.
• Along with ranking second overall, New York also ranks second in each of the three dimensions which make up the SCI.
• Five of the top ten places in the ranking are taken by US centres.Asia/Pacific
• Three of the 13 Asia/Pacific centres in the index - Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo - feature in the world top ten.
• The majority of Asia/Pacific centres scored lower for innovation support, including regulation, than their overall ranking in the SCI.
• Chinese centres such as Shenzhen, which have strong technology ecosystems, do not feature as highly in the index as we might have expected. This may be because those commenting on Chinese centres know more Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai better than other centres.Western Europe
• Twenty centres in Western Europe feature in the index, with London and Zurich in the global top ten.
• The majority of Western European centres score higher for innovation support, including regulation, than their overall rank. This suggests that systems of public support for, and regulation of innovation and technology are a strength in the region.
• Stockholm scores significantly higher than its overall rating in creative intensity, while Oxford and Cambridge in the UK score significantly higher for delivery capability.Other Regions
• Only five of the centres in SCI 1 are from other regions of the world - Middle East & Africa, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and Latin America & The Caribbean.
• Of these centres, Dubai is rated highest, ranked at 34th in the world.
Full details of SCI 1 can be found at www.smartcentresindex.net.
Professor Michael Mainelli, Executive Chairman of Z/Yen said:
“Innovation and technology go hand in hand in driving the economy, manufacturing, trade, and finance. It is vital to a commercial and financial centre’s success that systems of regulation, business support, and the development of city ecosystems are geared to harness the talents of those working to create new products in new ways. The commercial centres of the future that make most impact will excel in innovation through attracting talent and creating jobs and wealth. This index provides the basis to track cities’ progress in the economy of the future.”