Day One Wrap-Up of London:Data City at Smart Smart City Expo World Congress

Nov 16, 2016 ·

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The Mayor of London’s Stand had its first outing at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. The Deputy Mayor for Business, Rajesh Agrawal opened the congress, telling delegates that #LondonIsOpen for smart cities companies. We had two of our delegation present at conference sessions on governance and walkable cities. City Hall help a panel to open the stand with the Deputy Mayor and the boroughs of Camden and Greenwich. Our stand partners and companies from the Mayor’s International Business Programme presented on governance and societal challenges. Finally, London and Partners held a networking event with digital leaders and companies from Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, Barcelona, and Berlin.

The Deputy Mayor for Business, Rajesh Agrawal, opened the congress – Cities for Citizens, Citizens changing Cities alongside the Deputy Mayor of Barcelona, Geraldo Pisarello. He told the congress that #LondonIsOpen for closer collaboration with the tech sector and Londoners to drive this next generation of city services. This is because citizens, businesses, and visitors expect world-class digital services from us. We are supporting innovative tech solutions which enable Londoners to access and use public services and information more easily and efficiently - cities for citizens. And we support smart solutions that enable Londoners to lead using digital services - citizens changing cities. He ended by giving thanks to our partners and the Mayor’s International Business Programme, and invited everyone to come to the Mayor’s stand.

The 55-strong delegation also contains experts that presented at the main conference during the morning before the opening of the Mayor’s stand. Priya Prakesh of Design for Social Change (D4SC), a Mayor’s International Business Programme participant, was on a panel for promoting walking and cycling. D4SC develops technologies that put the power of real-time, collaborative intelligence gathering in the hands of members of the community, and allows them to start the conversation. Andrew Collinge, the Assistant Director for Intelligence and Analysis at City Hall, was on a panel for proactive city data governance. He is currently running a pilot office for data analytics for London and is responsible for the Smart London Board, the mayor’s advisory panel on technology and smart cities policy.

In the early afternoon, Rajesh Agrawal welcomed attendees to the expo, our partners, and the Mayor’s International Business Programme to the Mayor of London’s stand. He opened the stand, London: Data City with remarks on how London’s innovators create the smart technologies to meet the real-world challenges we face. He then joined a panel on how we use smart technologies and data to improve governance and increase access for Londoners to public services and information with Councillor Theo Blackwell, London Borough of Camden, and Councillor Denise Hyland, Leader of the Council, Royal Borough of Greenwich, chaired by Simon Giles, Global Lead for Intelligent Cities at Accenture. Most of the overflowing audience had to stand outside our lounge in the surrounding areas to watch the panel!

After the panel, we had presentations from the Mayor’s partners Blockdox, Spacehive, the London Borough of Camden, and Mastodon C.

Blockdox is a building management performance system that is in development in London. They presented their story of getting access to early-stage funding. They also gave tips to many of the companies present on how to start working with public sector funding and programmes.

Spacehive is a Mayor’s Partner and will present their work setting up the Mayor’s Crowdfunding Platform. Over two rounds in 2015, the Mayor pledged, as one of the crowd’, £600,000 between 37 projects to make a real difference to local communities across London. In round two alone, over 2,000 Londoners backed 15 of the projects with over £350,000 of pledges during their crowdfunding campaigns.

The London Borough of Camden is a London borough on the forefront of digital service delivery in London. Through open IT and data analytics, technology be a component in over 85% of its initiatives and Camden is already seen as leading the way in the UK. There is innovation on the Internet of Things in local government where Camden is harnessing the power of the Internet of Things do services completely differently.

Mastodon C are big data and data science specialists. Their open source data platform is building applications for the Energy Saving Trust and the Witan urban modelling applications at the Greater London Authority. Their team is committed to unlock the power of data for a better future.

There will be three companies from the Mayor’s International Business Programme that focus their business on building smart citizens.

Design For Social Change is an urban experience design studio applying data, guerilla research and next generation technologies prototyping everyday services, platforms and cultures for people, places and businesses that impact their futures positively.

Space Syntax forecasts the impacts of planning, transport, economic and design decisions on people and property for all scales of development.

GeoUniq is a geolocation enabler that collects mobile user’s anonymised location data, aggregate and analyse it for the benefit of city planners and local businesses alike.

Invotra is a fast-growing intranet software company that delivers an enterprise digital workplace to 45% of UK Government.

The Mayor of London's promotional agency, London and Partners, hosted the ‘City2City’ event at the Smart City Plaza with Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, and Amsterdam. These five major cities in Europe shared information about how their cities promote their startup ecosystems. Finally, the 30 companies present from the cities were given a challenge to explain their business in one sentence. It was clearly a challenge that all were happy to meet, like all of the delegation from the Mayor of London’s first ever stand at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona!

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