London asks app developers to come up with smart ways to solve city issues

Andy Boxall

In App Development

October 20, 2015

smart city challenge

If you’ve got an app that could solve some of London’s problems, you could be in with a chance of winning up to £750,000 of investment, and £100,000 of business acceleration support, thanks to Venturespring and Tech London.

That’s the basis of the Smart City Challenge, a competition launched recently to help developers and startups push their ideas for solving big city issues. It’s being sponsored by IBM’s Bluemix cloud development platform, thus developers must use it to build their apps.

App developers must come up with ways to help solve city issues in the Smart City Challenge

smart city theme

There are four themes for startups to concentrate on: Transport, city planning, housing, and smart streets. Developers must register their interest at first, and will receive more details on each theme once they’ve done so. The competition is open to individuals and teams with up to five members, and a free Bluemix account must be opened to be eligible.

You can find out more about the Smart City Challenge here, and the competition closes on December 15.