Cognicity Hub: A new home for smart city startups

Cognicity Hub

It can be incredibly hard for startups to find their feet, so the Digital Catapult and IoTUK were delighted to hear about the launch of Cognicity Hub; an exciting new space in London’s One Canada Square, dedicated specifically for startups working in the smart city sector.

Located on One Canada Square’s Level 39, Europe’s largest technology accelerator for finance, retail, cyber security and future cities technology companies, the Cognicity Hub is a new work environment for SMEs, corporates and innovators to create smart city solutions.

It follows the success of the Cognicity Challenge, a 12 week initiative that helped find and develop smart city technologies. It’s perfect timing for a city whose population grows by one full tube train every three days!

Membership opportunities

Smart city startups working at the Cognicity Hub can take advantage of numerous benefits and opportunities. From having access to a broad community of mentors and investors, invitations to monthly member meetups, PR exposure, the chance to participate in smart cities events, all with inspirational views of London, startups working there will be spoilt for choice.

Startups will be able to work alongside members including Tridify, who are working with Virtual Reality technology to create architectural and engineering 3D models, and PaveGen, who are creating flooring to convert wasted kinetic energy from footsteps into renewable electricity. You can find out more information about the startups taking part in the Cognicity Hub in IoTUK’s blog post.

Attending the launch

During last week’s visit, the Digital Catapult was treated to an exclusive tour of the hub, where we learnt about the past, present and potential future of London.

The Docklands area has certainly come a long way in the past 30 years; going from deserted marshland to Europe’s second biggest financial district, holding office space to 115,000 workers.

Learning about the upcoming expansion of Canary Wharf and the arrival of Crossrail, the biggest infrastructure of its kind in Europe, creates huge opportunities for the area to become a truly smart city.

However, there are major obstacles for us to overcome before we achieve this. How can we ensure collaboration and co-operation between citizens, startups and big companies? How can we make sure smart city initiatives are scalable? Last but by no means least, how can we make it easier for citizens to understand and manage their personal data in a smart city? All of these questions arose during the launch night’s Q&A debate.

The Digital Catapult can’t wait to see what develops from the Cognicity Hub and we look forward to collaborating with the startups in future smart cities projects.

For more news on the Cognicity Hub, follow them on Twitter @CognicityCW and @Level39CW. Don’t forget to follow us too @DigiCatapult.

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