Smart London Innovation Networks
The Smart London Innovation Networks (SLINs) were set up to connect entrepreneurs innovating with smart technology with buyers across London’s future growth areas.
They do this by developing specific, targeted “calls” for innovative products and services, realised through a variety of means including challenge-led competitions, hackathons, and challenge prizes.
These calls are put out to London’s innovative entrepreneurial communities to solve, and provide support to take the innovation to buyers. There was one Network active in infrastructure from March to June 2016; see the competition results below and at the Smart London Innovation Networks website smarterlondon.co.uk.
There are two Networks:
- the Smart London Districts Network – its members redevelop growth districts in London, including Imperial West and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
- the Smart London Infrastructure Network – its members provide London’s infrastructure from water to energy and waste
The network members are committed to sharing their best ideas. They are helping to make London’s infrastructure more robust, new developments more sustainable and improve the lives of Londoners.
BRE, in partnership with the Mayor of London, has been encouraging small businesses and entrepreneurs to develop new forms of technology that could help the capital’s major infrastructure providers gain a shared understanding of the location and state of their underground assets.
Winners of this competition earned the opportunity to pitch their innovations directly to organisations involved in providing key infrastructure across the capital, including UK Power Networks, National Grid and Thames Water.
Infrastructure Network members are looking for smart solutions using digital technology which will allow them to accurately identify the location of their own and others’ underground assets and/or determine their condition. Solutions could be software, hardware or a combination of the two.
- smart technology which links mapping platforms with survey data to provide an accurate shared record of underground assets
- apps which provide an augmented reality view of the assets
- shared platforms that allow access to real time information on asset location and status
Are you a tech start-up, or entrepreneur interested in this challenge? Visit the programme website at smarterlondon.co.uk, to learn more about the challenge.
Submissions closed 11:59pm, Friday 29 April 2016. The pitching event were entrepreneurs presented their solutions to CIty Hall and the owners of London's utlities took place on Tuesday 7 June 2016.
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