London Mayor has eyes on the prize: To be the best big city

Fri, 2013-03-15 16:05 -- Liz Enbysk

To be the best big city is London Mayor Boris Johnson's ambition and he's tapped experts to develop a Smart London vision that puts technological innovation at the heart of making the capital a better place to live, work and invest.

The 16-member board includes entrepreneurs, academics, business leaders and tech experts, among others. In a statement, the Greater London Authority said the Smart London board will "look at how the capital can best use technology and data to ensure it remains one of the world’s most efficient and livable cities."

In other related developments in London:

  • London will be home to a new £150 million smart cities development hub, a technology-focused initiative backed by the city's Technology Strategy Board. According to a report in ITPro, "the London-based Catapult center is expected to work closely with the team in Glasgow to encourage UK businesses to create products and services that could aid the development of smart cities in the future.
  • Mayor Johnson also recently announced The Mayor's Low Carbon Prize, a competition open to students at further and higher education institutes in London.  Cash prizes will be awarded to help develop the best ideas for reducing carbon emissions from London's buildings, transport and energy infrastructure. The initiative forms part of the Mayor's commitment to achieve a 60% reduction in carbon emissions by 2025.