Sadiq Khan backs London’s tech start-ups to tackle environmental issues

Winning projects include reducing air pollution and unnecessary car journeys

By Priyanka Shrestha

Tech companies in London have been provided funding to develop solutions to tackle some of the capital’s most pressing environmental and social problems.

The eight winners of Mayor Sadiq Khan’s Civic Innovation Challenge (CIC) have been granted £15,000 each to jointly test and refine their ideas with a group of public and private sector partners.

Winning projects include reducing air pollution and unnecessary car journeys – Connected Kerb is developing smart charging points, allowing electric vehicle (EV) users to freely and cheaply charge their cars and Go Jauntly is a community-based app, whose mission is to make walking attractive.

The Challenge was launched in June as part of the mayor’s Smarter London Together roadmap, which sets out how he aims to realise his ambition for the capital to become the world’s leading smart city.

Mr 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.

“The fact that our city’s tech community is home to some of the most creative businesses anywhere in the world is something of which we can be really proud. We want London to be the world’s smartest city and these dynamic companies have a crucial role to play.”