The Smart London Plan in brief
Engaging our citizens
Londoners generate the data that helps the city manage its transport, social, economic and environmental systems. Digital technology presents opportunities for the capital to use this data to function better, and for Londoners to help shape and be a part of these solutions.
We said we would put Londoners at the core of the Mayor’s work through tackling digital skills gaps, increasing digital engagement in our city and co-designing solutions.
We have increased Londoners’ digital engagement through hosting hackathons such as Climathon to involve Londoners in solving the city’s growth challenges, investing in free public Wifi installations in over 80 public buildings, and piloting a co-design programme Tech Londoners to enable Londoners to help shape future tech solutions.
We are also investing in Londoners’ digital skills - from securing £5m to deliver a Digital Skills Programme called ‘Digital Talent’ to creating ‘Speed Volunteering’, an online marketplace for flexible volunteering and working.
Enabling good growth
The population of London is predicted to increase from over 10 million in 2036 and London is showing the world how data and technology solutions can support a city’s growth. This means that developers both inside and outside government can use the data to make new software and platforms to help the city work better.
We said that London would combine emerging technologies, its creativity and the vast amount of data generated daily to make London a leading ‘smart city’. We are doing this through new collaborations between Londoners, government, industry and academia. We have built our own data products to show others what’s possible.
One of these is the first London Infrastructure Map (IMA LDN) that combines planned and estimated development activity with infrastructure providers’ investment decisions. We have researched and promoted London’s self-sufficiency in energy, and experimented with new ways of using technology to reduce the number of light freight journeys made across London.
We have worked with Kiwi Power and Tempus Energy to allow citizens to play their part in avoiding the generation ‘crunch’, growth in peak electricity demand and help keep their energy bills down. We have also worked to make waste data available online – helping to inform waste infrastructure investment opportunities, supporting the development of the circular economy, and creating jobs across London.
Working with Business
The number of digital technology businesses in London increased by over 12,000 between 2010 and 2015. Latest estimates suggest they number around 40,000 – www.techmap.london. Venture capital investment into Britain’s technology sector has reached a record high with London-based companies securing around 62% of the $3.6bn raised by UK firms in 2015. London is clearly a place where businesses can go to ‘scale-up’ their ideas.
We have supported business growth through catalysing innovation, and led the way through demonstration projects across London’s growth areas, including the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where we are trialling the delivery of smart homes.
We have engaged London’s technology entrepreneurs to help City Hall solve city challenges, which we commenced with the Smart London Innovation Challenge programme earlier this year, and partnered with the private sector to create Tech.london, an online peer to peer resource and guide for the start-up community.
We have published London’s first Connectivity Rating Scheme to rate and promote the connectivity levels of commercial buildings and incentivise investment. We have supported business growth and taken 105 technology SMEs on trade missions with our inward investment arm London and Partners and UK Trade and Investment in Mexico, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand.