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Most Admired Knowledge City Awards (MAKCi)

The Most Admired Knowledge City Awards, better known as MAKCi Awards (pronounced maxi) was established as a Teleos-MAKE Awards and a World Capital Institute joint initiative in 2007. The process seeks to identify and recognize the progress achieved by urban communities around the world that are implementing knowledge-based development (KBD) strategies under the identity of Knowledge-Cities.

The cornerstone of the MAKCi exercise is a consultation with a Panel of Experts, which is established on an annual basis by invitation only. It is integrated by researchers and practitioners with credentials in Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management and Knowledge-based Urban Development practice.
 
 
 
The MAKCi exercise integrates the Capitals System criteria drawn from leading research translated into 5 Sections and 20 questions in a MAKCi Nomination Form. Its purpose is to facilitate discussions and consultation and to build consensus amongst the Panel of Experts, in order to establish the relative future development capacities of world-wide urban communities. The MAKCi Framework is currently being reformulated under new theoretical and methodological bases. The purpose is to reflect the priority of City Preparedness for the Climate Crisis as well as to achieve a better balance between conceptual soundness and practical application.


 
 
 

MAKCi currently under renewal process to reflect Climate Crisis.

MAKCi Categories


So far, there have been four categories under which cities have been assessed for their progress towards knowledge-based cities and communities. These categories are being reviewed as part of a new, upcoming framework.
 

01

Knowledge Metropolis (KM)

Over three million (3 M) inhabitants or more living in the urban community. A national capital or major international economic or cultural center, acting as an international hub for political, economic or cultural activities.


02

Knowledge City Region (KCR)

From about half a million (0.5 M) inhabitants to less than three million (3 M) living in the urban community. A regional capital or an economic or cultural hub, acting as a regional epicenter for political, economic or cultural activities.


03

Emerging Knowledge City (EKC)

From about half a million (0.5 M) inhabitants to less than three million (3 M) living in the urban community. A regional capital or an economic or cultural hub, acting as a regional epicenter for political, economic or cultural activities.


04

Knowledge Clustered Region (KCR)

From about half a million (0.5 M) inhabitants to less than three million (3 M) inhabitants living in the urban community. A regional capital or key economic or cultural center, that is geographically scattered (Group of Islands or Peninsulas) but has the capital to act as a regional center for political, economic or cultural activities.


 
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MAKCi Process and Methodology

MAKCi Round 1: Nominations

The first round of participation requires invited experts to nominate as many cities as they consider have the merits to be included as candidates and to provide reasons for each nomination. It is based on the MAKCi Framework© and the MAKCi Nomination Form® as the tools to standardize the key elements of each nomination. Nomination information is made available on a discussion platform to allow the exchange of views on candidate cities on a permanent basis.

MAKCi Round 1: Selection of Finalists

During stage 2 of the MAKCi process, and based on previous discussion on the MAKCi platform, the Panel of Experts choose amongst the nominated cities their Knowledge finalists for each of the four categories and send their votes on an automated survey platform for the final counts.

MAKCi Round 1: Selection of Winners

During the final stage of the MAKCi process, participants choose from the finalists their three highest scored applicants in each category and send their votes by the MAKCi automated survey which counts for the final voting results. The Expert Panel members are encouraged to cast their vote over the eight specific criteria stated in the MAKCi Framework, which is based on an assessment of a city’s capital base (both tangible and intangible) and its capacity to recombine it in innovative ways.

The key instruments used in the assessment exercise are the MAKCi Framework and the MAKCi Nomination Form, submitted by those taking part. The Expert Panel draws on these to determine which cities or communities are demonstrating leading knowledge-based developments and come to a consensus regarding those most strongly demonstrating good practice and leading thinking and therefore most worthy of the appropriate category award.

 
Photo by Jack Redgate

MAKCi Winners

The Most Admired Knowledge City Awards
2019

KM – MAKCi Winner: Barcelona
EKC – MAKCi Winner: Bento Gonçalves
KCR – MAKCi Winner: Vancouver
EKCR – MAKCi Winner: Puerto Rico

2018

KM – MAKCi Winner: Singapore
KCR – MAKCi Winner: Canary Islands
EKC – MAKCi Winner: Vancouver


2017

KM – MAKCi Winner: Boston, Barcelona
KCR – MAKCi Winner: Austin
EKC – MAKCi Winner: Arequipa

2016

KM – MAKCi Winner: Melbourne
KCR – MAKCi Winner: Dublin


2015

KM – MAKCi Winner: Montreal
KCR – MAKCi Winner: Vienna

2014

KM – MAKCi Winner: Seoul
KCR – MAKCi Winner: Ottawa


2013

KM – MAKCi Winner: Melbourne
KCR – MAKCi Winner: Copenhagen

2012

KM – MAKCi Winner: Singapore
KCR – MAKCi Winner: Austin


2011

KM – MAKCi Winner: Singapore
KCR – MAKCi Winner: Austin

2010

KM – MAKCi Winner: Melbourne
KCR – MAKCi Winner: Ottawa


2009

KM – MAKCi Winner: Barcelona
KCR – MAKCi Winner: Manchester

2008

1st MAKCi Winner: Singapore
2nd MAKCi Winner: Bangalore
3rd MAKCi Winner: Montreal, Manchester


2007

1st MAKCi Winner: Singapore
2nd MAKCi Winner: Boston
3rd MAKCi Winner: Barcelona