Twenty-three tech startups have been selected to join the Mayor of London’s Civic Innovation Challenge for 2019/2020, to develop innovative solutions to key challenges facing London.
Over 125 applications have been whittled down to a shortlist of twenty-three companies, who will work directly with Challenge Partners from the Metropolitan Police Service, the Greater London Authority and Transport for London to develop the proposal they submitted in response to three challenges:
> Countering violent extremism online
> Democratising planning
> More efficient freight in London
Companies will benefit from a five-week curriculum delivered by experts from Social Tech Trust and partners including Greater London Authority and Microsoft, to access knowledge, expertise and insights of our networks. They also get the opportunity to validate their solutions and a route to market.
The companies invited onto the programme to tackle the challenge of ‘Democratising Planning’ are:
3D Repo LTD – Bringing down the barriers to collaboration for construction professionals.
Agile Datum – Specialising in delivering cost effective AI solutions for the public and private sector that transform your organisations and give you the competitive edge.
Bulbshare – Helping the world’s leading organisations stay ahead of the game through customer collaboration.
CycleStreets Ltd – A social enterprise, working to get more people cycling through the provision of journey planning and tools for advocacy.
Emu Analytics Limited – Creating better services, places & communities by understanding location data.
Hello Lamp Post – A communication platform that brings citizens into urban decision making. It encourages people to strike up playful, text-based conversations with street objects using their mobile phones.
LandHawk Software Services Limited – Helping land finders and property developers identify land that positively impacts our environment and enhance the communities that we live, work and play in.
Open Systems Lab – A non-profit R&D lab working on open digital innovation for industry and society, currently working to transform architecture, construction and cities.
Skyscape Technologies -Unlocking urban rooftop space to contribute to a sustainable future.
Titan Reality – Indream (the Proptech brand of Titan Reality) develops immersive spaces, technologies and infrastructures enabling businesses, property developers and organizations to design and deliver immersive customer experiences.
The Future Fox – A digital platform helping planners collaborate with communities on ambitious urban planning schemes.
Tranquil City – Exploring our relationship with tranquillity in the urban environment to promote health, wellbeing and balance.
ZEG.ai – Helping clients create 3D in the fastest way possible.
The companies invited onto the programme to tackle the challenge of ‘Countering Violent Extremism Online’ are:
Cubica Technology – Building state of the art algorithms, real-time software, and highly specialised turn-key systems for analysing and exploiting digital media content to detect criminal behaviour, protect assets and help save lives.
Data Language -Data Language experts in data driven product innovation and mission-critical AI platforms.
Faculty Science – Developed and tested a new AI algorithm designed to detect and flag terrorist propaganda video content to stop it ever being uploaded and spread on the internet.
Groundswell Project – Initiates and assists local communities to promote harmony and challenge hate.
Krzana – An AI engine that provides access to on-the-ground reports, images and videos, local and international news and blogs, public discussion, and content shared across social media.
Logically – A social enterprise specialising in the use of artificial intelligence to improve how we consume and interact with information online.
LocalHalo – A smart messenger for chatting with neighbours powered by alerts.
Prodikta Technologies – Using the latest technologies to interpret global crime data, combined with advanced analytics and user collaboration.
Raven Science – An intelligent software using machine learning to find, classify, and analyse extremist videos.
Renato Software – Senso. cloud is an AI driven cloud based platform for online user threat detection.
The finalists for the TfL challenge will be announced soon.
In February, up to 10 companies will be further shortlisted to compete for a £40,000 contract to deliver a pilot project together with their Challenge Partner.
Later in the year, three companies – one per challenge – will be awarded the £40,000 contract to test their idea further.
The second round of the Mayor of London’s Civic Innovation Challenge was launched by the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, in November 2019 at a reception, hosted by partners, Microsoft, at their Flagship Store on Oxford Circus.
Find out more about the programme at tech.london/challenges