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Bosch & Transport for London

The challenge

London is one of the most recognisable and visited cities on the planet. Whilst it maintains the vision of being a leader in urban innovation, the city presents some big challenges. Principally around urban mobility. Congestion and pollution still plague London and is tipped to get worse, not better. Clearly, something needs to be done to improve the quality of life for Londoners.

The solution

The London Connectory is the first city-inspired innovation space dedicated completely to urban mobility. Through collaboration and co-creation between the members and partners, its goal is to design and accelerate solutions that improve the way we move around the capital – and all cities around the world.

The key ethos is centred firmly around real co-creation collaboration between startups and SMEs, large corporations and governments, to address tomorrow’s transportation challenges today.

The partners

  • Bosch – eager to develop smart mobility solutions for London alongside industry, SMEs and the public sector
  • Nitrous – A facilitator of co-creation projects between the private sector, start-ups and government
  • Transport for London – passionate about engaging industry and startups to solve urban challenges

Launch

On Monday, March 11, Bosch opened its London Connectory, a Shoreditch-based co-innovation space open to partners from the public, private and academic sectors, from start-ups to multinational organisations – with a dedicated goal: to develop smart mobility solutions for London. For this, Bosch has partnered with Nitrous, a platform facilitating projects between the private sector, start-ups and government.

“Moving beyond the basic concept of a flexible office, London Connectory values co-creation and collaboration over co-working. This space has ambitious goals of making mobility more equitable, accessible, sustainable, and safe, thus reshaping cities around the world. It has always been Nitrous’ mission to bring together government bodies with SMEs to ensure better and more effective innovation. London Connectory is the living embodiment of this vision.”

 

George Johnston, Founder and CEO of Nitrous

“London’s longstanding leadership in transport and city-wide open data creates the perfect platform for new collaborations with the tech sector. We want to do even more to utilise data and smart technology to meet the needs of our citizens. To do this we need to be bold and think big, and this involves being willing to try new ways of doing things. I’m confident that Connectory will be an important part of London’s future as a global test-bed for civic innovation, where the best ideas are developed and scaled.”

 

London’s Chief Digital Officer, Theo Blackwell

“As part of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, we are constantly looking for ways to improve London’s transport network and our customers’ experience of it. This collaboration with Bosch will allow us to work with the next generation of innovators and small businesses early on. By working with market-leading innovators, we aim to tackle some of the crucial issues that the city faces, from greener and safer vehicles to encourage more active lifestyles.”

 

Michael Hurwitz, Director of Innovation at Transport for London

“As part of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, we are constantly looking for ways to improve London’s transport network and our customers’ experience of it. This collaboration with Bosch will allow us to work with the next generation of innovators and small businesses early on. By working with market-leading innovators, we aim to tackle some of the crucial issues that the city faces, from greener and safer vehicles to encourage more active lifestyles.”

 

Michael Hurwitz, Director of Innovation at Transport for London

Results

At the London Connectory, all the members are driven by a desire to build, iterate and collaborate on mobility solutions.

The blend of startups, SMEs, established companies and public sector organisations creates a thriving community that that supports and engages businesses of any size.

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