Smart Seeds is taking place in London for the first time in 2017!

Good luck to all participants tackling London’s complex infrastructure challenges!

Participating Organisations

Commonwealth Bank of Australia | Costain | Engineers Australia | Galliford Try | GHD | Inframation Group | Instant | London & Partners | Movement Strategies | Taylor Woodrow/BAM Nuttall | Transport for London | Transport Systems Catapult

Supporting Organisations

Digital Catapult

Judging Panel

George Clark – Head of Engineering, Transport for London
Catherine Knivett – Principal Policy Officer for Digital Skills, Greater London Authority
Mark Westwood – Director, Transport Systems Catapult


Reskilling London

Challenge Authors: Engineers Australia UK Chapter

With the emergence of Artificial Intelligence, Smart Infrastructure, Robotization and Autonomous Vehicles and other machines, traditional working roles – taxi and delivery drivers as an example – are likely to disappear.

What innovative idea can address the considerable unemployment that may result from the introduction of autonomous cars throughout London?

London’s loneliness in the digital age

Challenge Authors: Movement Strategies

Loneliness is a growing problem, not only in London, but across the UK and worldwide. It can affect anyone at any stage of their life.

What innovative idea can incorporate divergent technology to reduce the loneliness and associated negative health impacts experienced by many Londoners?

London’s housing crisis

Challenge Authors: Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Home ownership for everyday Londoners has become an impossible aspiration, consigning current and future generations to a lifetime of renting or leaving London. Action is needed to address affordability throughout various life stages to ensure London remains a vibrant and diverse global capital.

What innovative idea can contribute to improving widespread affordable housing in London?

Moving and improving London’s air quality

Challenge Authors: GHD

Air pollution is a global concern for two key reasons:

  1. It is a major contributor to the top 15 causes of death worldwide
  2. It is a major contributor to global warming and has many other adverse environmental impacts

London is the most congested city, and the UK road network is the third most congested in Europe, indicating a high dependence on private and commercial road transport vehicles. Road transport is a leading emitter of primary and secondary sources of air pollution.

What innovative idea can improve London’s air quality and reduce air pollution caused by road transport?

Spreading the wealth of London’s tourism economy

Challenge Authors: London & Partners

London welcomes 30 million+ visitors a year, most enjoying what Zone 1 has to offer, causing significant congestion to roads, walkways and public transport facilities within the area.

London has significantly more sights to offer tourists than those which can be found within Zone 1.

With Crossrail, Crossrail2, the Northern Line extension and multiple other public transport projects being invested in around London, what innovative idea can make a wider variety of London’s places of interest more accessible to visitors and spread the pressure on the transport system?

Workshop photos

Pitching & Influencing Change Workshop

Photography by Matt Goodfellow