Mayor: London to become “global test-bed”
Written by: Philip Mason | Published:

Eight London-based tech firms have received financial backing from Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, in relation to their work around social and environmental issues

The money - £15,000 to each company – was awarded as part of the Mayor’s Civic Innovation Challenge. It will be used to help “jointly test and refine ideas, with a group of public and private sector partners.”

Winners included the Pearl Support Network, who are partnering with Our Healthier South East London to develop software to help those suffering with dementia, as well as ‘walking discovery’ app Go Jauntly. The latter company will be working with Transport for London.

Speaking of the initiative, Sadiq Khan, said: “Many of London’s advances in the application of data and smart technologies are recognised around the world and I want London to become a global test-bed for civic innovation.

“I’m delighted to be able to match the winners of the Civic Innovation Challenge with established public bodies and private companies, and I am confident they will go on to deliver exciting solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing Londoners every day.”

The Civic Innovation Challenge was launched in June of this year as part of the Mayor’s Smarter London Together roadmap.


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