Tech Londoners: people solving city challenges

The Mayor of London is calling on Londoners to help solve some of the city’s most pressing issues by using digital technology. To do this he set up Tech Londoners.

The programme brings Londoners and innovators together. The aim is to co-create, test and develop digital fixes for some of London's greatest challenges.   

The programme helps City Hall try out different ways of working with Londoners and entrepreneurs. That way these solutions will best meet demand.

The first challenge: managing Londoners' care

The first challenge for Tech Londoners was to help people living with chronic disease. Together with our partners Citymart, we invited groups of Londoners along to test new products and services so people can better manage their care. We also helped technology entrepreneurs to develop their ideas.

We’ve been told by health and social care providers that people who live with several chronic conditions need new approaches to their care. As London’s population ages, more and more people face losing their independence due to multiple chronic diseases. 

By this we mean issues to do with nutrition, from diabetes and obesity to heart disease.  We also mean mental health issues from depression and dementia to generalised anxiety disorder.

Digital tools can help. For example, they can make it easier for people to access information and support networks. However, if the tools developed don’t meet the needs of real Londoners, people won’t use them.

Tech Londoners can help us make something better. For one month, we brought local community and interest groups together with entrepreneurs to design the future of ‘smart’ care in London.  

Want to know more?

Visit the programme website at citymart.com to get to know more about the Tech Londoners programme.

  • submissions for participation closed on 11:59pm, Thursday 17 March 2016. The programme ran until event where the entrepreneurs, project partners, and Londoners shared their experiences of being on the Tech Londoners programme on 31 May 2016. An agenda, along with presentations from Tech Londoners' partners and entrepreneurs, are attached below.
  • by going to citymart.com you are leaving the GLA’s website. Any information you provide will be to Citymart and not the GLA. Citymart is not a UK company and is subject to Spanish and American data protection legislation.