Cognicity Challenge tailors third group of smart city tech accelerator to new phase at Canary Wharf

Twelve companies have been selected as finalists for the third cohort of the Cognicity Challenge, competing in the Connected Home and Virtual Design & Construction streams of Canary Wharf Group’s smart city accelerator challenge. The finalists will benefit from a 12-week programme located within ‘High Growth Space: 24’, the expansion space of Level39's tech company incubator, in Canary Wharf’s iconic One Canada Square. 

This cohort has been specifically chosen to address the future development of the Canary Wharf estate, including the new phase, previously known as Wood Wharf, which will include residential properties for the first time. The first phase of this development will be completed by 2020 and innovative Virtual Design & Construction technology will help inform the design and development of this stage in Canary Wharf’s progress towards becoming a truly smart and integrated city. Innovators in the Connected Home stream will help create differentiators for the residential buildings on the estate, creating the next generation of live-work development at Canary Wharf.

During the12-week programme, each of the finalist companies will gain access to world-leading specialists including an expert group of Canary Wharf executives, benefit from an intensive accelerator curriculum, and make invaluable contacts both within Canary Wharf Group and other major industry players, including Intel* and Innovate UK, in order to fast-track the development and deployment of their smart city innovations. At the end of the accelerator programme the finalists will deliver a business plan and pitch to Canary Wharf Group executives and expert judges, with the winners of each stream receiving £50,000 and the chance to pilot their technologies on the estate.

Eric Van der Kleij, Head of Level39 and Managing Director of ENTIQ, said: “The Cognicity Challenge offers these innovative companies a unique opportunity to accelerate the development of their future city technologies and pilot them within the Canary Wharf estate, helping take smart, sustainable cities from concept to reality whilst offering Canary Wharf Group a procurement methodology and pipeline that de-risks the uptake of innovation, both in the existing buildings and the new phase of the estate.”

The Cognicity Challenge is the first phase in Canary Wharf Group's smart city initiative, which builds on the Group’s legacy of innovation. Sir George Iacobescu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Canary Wharf Group, explained: “Canary Wharf has already made an enormous contribution towards securing London’s position at the centre of the business world. The Cognicity initiative is helping us write the next chapter of this story, by not only focusing on retrofitting the existing built environment but also imagining and implementing future commercial and residential space using innovative technologies. In so doing we will help London retain its position as a leading global city.”


The finalists selected for the Connected Home accelerator stream are: 

•Block Dox: a system that puts a wealth of services at residential tenants’ fingertips. From their app, residents can perform everyday tasks, like contacting reception and arranging repairs.

•Canary Control: a cloud-based heating control system that combines multiple sources of data to manage internal temperatures intelligently. 

•Current Table: a company that combines form and function by integrating solar panel technology into a really smart piece of furniture. 

•Domcontrols: a platform that allows the user to monitor and control devices remotely by connecting separate electronic devices throughout the home.

•Heat Genius: a system that controls temperatures through zoning technology. The system learns occupancy patterns and adjusts temperatures accordingly.

•Puckily: an innovative system allows users to control Internet of Things devices around the home from a single interface. 

The finalists for the Virtual Design & Construction accelerator stream are: 

•3D Repo: technology that connects various stakeholders in construction projects by providing an open-source collaborative platform. 

•BaseStone: a system that allows workers to remotely share data from a construction site in real time. 

•CyberCity 3D, Inc.: a geospatial-modeling innovator that specialises in the production of smart 3D building models.

•iBISM: technology that integrates different communication protocols in the BMS sector to create a more connected planning process.  

•Intelle Innovations: a platform that produces real-time, editable virtual environments, which can be displayed on a variety of devices to support and inform the planning process. 

•Simudyne: a virtual decision-making platform for developers that can act as a sandbox during the planning process.

The Cognicity Challenge was launched on 21 October 2014 and comprises six accelerator streams. The winners of the first two streams were announced on 16 April 2015, when the solar energy company Polysolar and the smart logistics company Voyage Control won £50,000 each and the opportunity to pilot their technologies at Canary Wharf. 


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