Manor, Texas: City As Innovation Incubator
Manor, Texas has launched an initiative in collaboration with Stanford University's Peace Dot project that positions the entire city of 6500 residents as a real-world incubator for innovation and change.
Back in October of 2009, Manor, Texas launched an initiative in collaboration with Stanford University’s Peace Dot project that positioned the entire city of 6500 residents as an open innovation platform. Called Manor Labs, the program seeks to turn the town into a real-world incubator for change, exploring the ways that emerging technologies can bring efficiencies to city agencies and raise overall quality of life for the residents. The idea is to eliminate the barriers associated with taking new processes from the concept stage and scaling them up to work within the framework existing institutions. The theory being that there is no virtual model that can replace the results gleaned from testing out feasibility in an actual setting.