I am the CITO of the Future Cities Catapult.Our mission is to advance urban innovation, to grow UK companies, to make cities better. We bring together businesses, universities, city leaders and citizens so that they can solve the problems that cities face.
Our home base is the Urban Innovation Centre in Clerkenwell, in the middle of London, which provides world-class facilities and expertise to support the development of new products and services, as well as opportunities to collaborate with others, test ideas and develop business models.
We help innovators turn ingenious ideas into working prototypes that can be tested in real urban settings. Then, once they’re proven, we help spread them to cities across the world to improve quality of life, strengthen economies and protect the environment.
The Cities Lab, which I lead, specialises in urban strategies, connected cities and urban data science. We can provide impartial advice about the most effective products and services – both off-the-shelf and bespoke – to help cities make the most effective use of their investments. We’re about making innovation happen in cities.
I am also the former president (May 2013 – September 2015) of the European Network of Living Labs, the leading international network of living labs, user-driven open innovation platforms in real-life environments.
Lastly, I am the vice chair of OASC – Open & Agile Smart Cities network.
OASC is a smart city network promoting hands-on action to establish an single global smart city market. In the first operational year in 2015 over 80 cities had joined OASC.