Eight new smart city projects in London have been given funding to progress their ideas.
Each winner of the Mayor’s Civic Innovation Challenge (CIC) will get £15,000 to jointly test and refine their ideas with public and private sector partners. They include:
- Go Jauntly – A community-based walking discovery app that uses an augmented reality prototype to encourage people to walk more. It will work with Transport for London (TfL).
- Connected Kerb – Developing smart charge points for charging electric vehicles on city streets in a project with National Grid and Shell.
- VU.CITY – An interactive platform built on game engine technology to help housing developers and local authorities understand the implications of changes in the built environment. It will work with TfL.
- Crossmap – Also working with Tfl, this project uses a web tool to visualise and extract insight from geo-localised data dedicated to the built environment.
- Quids In! – A prototype ‘money email service’ offering advice on benefits, banking, budgeting and maximising income. This project is partnered with Lloyds Banking Group.
- Elemental Software – Using referral making and referral tracking technology to connect people with physical activity and wellness in their local community that suits their ability level, budget, location and availability. It will work with Ealing Council.
- BuddyHub – A friendship club that matches seniors with three Buddies who share their interests, and who live no more than a 30-minute walk or cycle ride away. Supported by Hackney Council, the project will apply technology to expand its service.
- Pearl Support Network – Working to make reminiscence sessions more culturally relevant to people with dementia in the black and minority ethnic community, with software and online services providing access to a series of tools, music, memorabilia and activities. It will work within the Our Healthier South East London Sustainability and Transformation Plan.
Announcing the winning projects, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said that he wants the capital to become a “global test-bed for civic innovation”.