On 12 March I announced the eight successful tech start-ups in this round of my Civic Innovation Challenge, in the areas of countering violent extremism online, democratising planning and tackling the impact of freight delivery on London’s road network. The winners were selected from more 125 entrants. Two of the winners, for the democratising planning and countering violent extremism online challenges, have been awarded a contract worth £40,000 and will access crucial support from City Hall and the Metropolitan Police Service to deliver a pilot and validate their solutions. A further six companies have been selected to work with Transport for London to tackle road congestion caused by freight deliveries, with each winning £20,000 to test and trial their ideas.
Planning for next year’s Civic Innovation Challenge is already underway, with the aim of scaling the programme and involving Londoners in the process.