Innovate UK’s £140,000 smart city competition

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Innovate UK’s IC tomorrow programme is well underway. The contest, which ‘seeks to encourage digital innovation that improves cities at a human scale’ opened for applications earlier this month.

Targeted at digital start-ups and SMEs seeking funding, the contest has four different categories – each with a prize of up to £35k.

The four smart-cities awards are:

  • Enhanced travel data with Transport for London
  • Effective journey management with Centro
  • City-scale communication with Clear Channel Outdoor
  • Citizen init to city design with Atkins

Not only will winners scoop the prize-funding, but they’ll also get the chance to work with a relevant commercial partner. The Future Cities Catapult has agreed to grant entry onto its SME programme – as well as access to data, experts, and exhibition space. Peterborough City Council will provide guidance on how tech solutions can be applied in modern cities.

“As the number of people choosing to live in cities around the world continues to rise, it is vital that we think about the future” says Matt Sansam, lead technologist – as well as digital economy and programme manager – for IC tomorrow. “Innovative digital technology has the power to provide solutions to ensure that our cities are effective and efficient for the users.”

Application deadline is 12 noon, Tuesday 24th November 2015. Winners will be announced in January.

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