Search is on for smart innovation for London

The Institute for Sustainability and London’s Mayor are challenging small businesses and entrepreneurs to come up with new forms of technology to help the capital’s big regeneration projects cope with the demands of London’s growing population.

The competition will give winners the chance to pitch their innovations to organisations involved in top London developments, including Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The regeneration areas are members of the Smart London Districts Network, created by the Smart London Board with the aim of supporting the Mayor’s vision for smart city innovation.

Winning innovations should be capable of operating at a district scale and may be software, hardware or a combination of the two. The winners will be invited to pitch their innovations to Smart London Districts Network members later in the year, and shortlisted small businesses or start-ups may qualify for further support through network partner EIT ICT Labs.

Examples of potential innovations the network hopes to see include:

  • Creative apps and smart technology to engage people with the local area and each other
  • Cutting edge platforms and apps that will help facilities management services to engage with local people
  • Apps and data sharing devices to help businesses engage with and incentivise their customers.

The chief executive of the Institute for Sustainability and Smart London Board member Ian Short said: “We are working directly with organisations delivering large-scale redevelopment projects, to bring forward innovative smart technology which directly meets their needs and will help make their districts more economically, environmentally and socially sustainable.”

Individuals, sole traders, small businesses, and research and academic institutes, and public sector bodies and large companies are eligible to enter the competition. Deadline for submissions is 12 June 2015.

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