New programme: Smarter Cities

Smarter Cities: London social media usage. Image courtesy of Eric Fischer (
Smarter Cities: London social media usage. Image courtesy of Eric Fischer (CC BY 2.0)

Smart Cities are a hot topic, seemingly offering huge scope for innovation to help solve intractable urban problems. But the concept can be hard to pin down, let alone integrate into the complex work already carried out by London’s local authorities and built environment sector.

At the moment, getting started with Smart Cities projects can seem overwhelming. The hyperbole surrounding new technologies – combined with a lack of evidence on costs and outcomes – can make practitioners sceptical and unwilling to take the first step into the unknown.

But there are good reasons to engage with new technologies and the possibilities they present. Smart Cities can help engage citizens and businesses, cut costs, reduce pollution, provide more accurate data for monitoring or decision-making and develop new capabilities.

Starting in autumn 2017, Future of London’s Smarter Cities programme will help London’s regeneration and built environment professionals navigate the hype to take practical steps towards setting up and managing projects which respond to their short-, medium- and long-term priorities. Recognising that a ‘blank slate’ approach is impossible, Smarter Cities will navigate the messy process of implementing change in the real world.

Through a series of workshops and seminars, Future of London will gather best practice and feedback, and develop guides to encouraging Smart interventions and innovation in housing, infrastructure, town centres and delivery. At the same time, the programme will provide an up-to-date picture of Smart Cities adoption in London and help Smart Cities businesses understand how engage effectively with local authorities to develop products that will work for them.

For more information on how to get involved in this programme or for sponsorship inquiries, please contact