A Smarter London Together: How technology and data move our city

Yesterday I was delighted to visit Transport for London’s (Tfl) new offices and see some fantastic views of London whilst also hearing from a leading line-up, including techUK’s very own Sue Daley on how technology and data move our city and achieve the Mayor of London’s ambition to become a world leading smart city.

First we heard from Tfl’s Chief Technology, Shashi Verma, who shared how Tfl utilises technology to keep our city moving from the cutting edge digital signalling to a world leading open data policy, and an innovative approach to data science. It was great to hear how Tfl’s open data policy has helped the economy and grow innovative start-ups that can solve problems facing London citizens.

Theo Blackwell, London’s first Chief Digital Officer (CDO) provided further details on the newly launched ‘Smarter London Together’ plan and roadmap. As CDO his role is to promote collaboration and foster partnerships with the tech community and the public sector to solve urban challenges. The plan itself aims to set the foundation for future innovation and city needs. Sue Daley, who was a panelist at the event, said “we stand ready to help, and welcome collaboration, the user and data being at the heart of the plan.”

A great way to end day 2 of London Tech Week was with the above views!

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