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Mayor’s Civic Innovation Challenge highlights role of tech to improve the lives of Londoners

Mayor’s Civic Innovation Challenge highlights role of tech to improve the lives of Londoners

Applications open now – http://civicinnovation.london

Sport Tech Hub and London Sport announced as Supporting Partners

Announced today by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, the new Civic Innovation Challenge is an initiative that matches start-ups and SMEs with leading corporates and public organisations to solve some of the city’s biggest challenges. Aimed at addressing three significant challenges – climate change, inequality, and ageing population – the Mayor’s Civic Innovation Challenge is about using tech to improve life for Londoners, grow the economy, and give tech start-ups the opportunities to test innovation directly with their market; applications are open now at http://civicinnovation.london

Sport Tech Hub and London Sport are delighted to be acting as a Supporting Partner to this new flagship innovation programme for London, and working to support two challenges set by Hackney Council and Ealing Council. The challenges focus on how technology can use sport to tackle social isolation and get people active – backed by the London Boroughs of Hackney and Ealing – and form part of the Mayor’s ambition to make London the most active and socially integrated city in the world.

We believe that technology and innovation have a fundamental role to play in helping Londoners to live happier, healthier and better-connected lives through physical activity and sport. The Mayor’s Civic Innovation Challenge represents an exciting opportunity for tech innovators to address the real challenges that face London now and in the future.

More information on the two sport-related challenges, the broader aims of the Mayor’s Civic Innovation Challenge, and information on how to apply can be found at http://civicinnovation.london

Interested start-ups and SMEs have until 23.59 on Sunday 8 July to apply, ahead of shortlisting that will take place in September 2018.

Alex Zurita, London Sport’s Specialist Advisor on Technology for Participation, said:

We are genuinely excited to be supporting the first year of the Mayor’s Civic Innovation Challenge. London Sport and Sport Tech Hub have long championed the role of technology in supporting London and the lives of Londoners through physical activity and sport, and the Mayor’s ambition to address real challenges that face London every day through supporting tech innovation is a step forward to London’s role as a global tech centre.

With London Tech Week showcasing the incredible diversity of innovation that floods through London, our own Sport Tech Hub incubator currently recruiting for its second cohort of start-ups, and now the Civic Innovation Challenge, this is an exciting time for innovators, start-up and SMEs working across the capital.

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