Shaping the Future: takeaways from City Futurescapes at LSBU Croydon

This year's City Futurescapes event took place in Croydon, bringing together tech organisations to discuss opportunities in the borough and beyond.

City Futurescapes is an event series which is part of #LSBUDigital, an initiative of London South Bank University Business School. It aims to connect the innovation ecosystem and provide a platform for technology startups, venture professionals, local authorities, government, and academia to explore opportunities in research and innovation together.

This year’s City Futurescapes event, held in late September 2021, featured organisations such as Geovation, the startup accelerator of HM Ordnance Survey, the South London Partnership, LSBU researchers in the areas of smart cities and cognitive technologies, and many tech startups in the areas of geospatial data, blockchain, and AI for smart city applications.

Opama Khan, Head of Digital Services, Access and Reach at Croydon Council, gave a keynote address. Opama spoke about the remarkable progress that Croydon has made in becoming a leading destination for tech innovation and digital transformation. She talked about Croydon’s attractiveness for tech startups (ranking among the top 10 locations in the UK), and some of Croydon Council’s outreach initiatives to strengthen digital infrastructure and digital literacy.

Opama also provided a sneak peek at some truly groundbreaking innovations that are currently being rolled out in Croydon in partnership with private sector companies. These include bus stations with intelligent displays, and advanced an Internet of Things system for tracking footfall and demographic dynamics.

You can watch Opama’s speech here:

Exciting opportunities abound as Croydon is stepping up to becoming a leading centre for tech and innovation in London and the UK, with LSBU now in the borough, and with several large projects and initiatives on the horizon.

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