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Zinc Selected For World's Most Exciting Smart City Project
- Jan 2015 -

We’re delighted to have been selected to collaborate on ‘Cognicity Challenge’, a unique project that will define and build the ‘City of the Future’ in London. 

As described by Cognicity: “Cognicity is the city of the future, realised today. This pioneering project set up by Canary Wharf Group aims to identify and accelerate the development of smart city technology products and services to create one of the world’s leading smart city areas within one of the world's greatest capital cities. Cognicity will collect, analyse, and harness solutions generated via its programmes to inform the creation of “the integrated city of the future” and Canary Wharf Group’s development pipeline.” 

It’s a truly fascinating project that brings together major corporations like Intel and some of the best startups around, covering a range of fields from ‘Integrated Transport’ to ‘Connected Homes’. The micro city will be built from the ground up, integrating new technologies to create new products & services that improve the lives of urban dwellers and workers. 

Over a period of 6 months, a total of thirty-six startups will spend 12 weeks each in Europe’s largest ‘Fintech’ Accelerator Level 39’ (now expanding into other areas of technology like Smart Cities), and the programme will be orchestrated by their partner, Innovations. There will be a total of six tracks of work with six startups in each track. The first two tracks ‘Integrated Transport’ and ‘Sustainable Buildings’ launch on January 26th. Zinc has been selected as a ‘Product Development’ partner. 

We will be mentoring the startups, conducting workshops, and collaborating wherever necessary on design & innovation requirements. Our human centered approach to bringing experiences to life across both the physical & digital worlds will help bring world class design to these new products & services. As part of the collaboration, we will take up membership at ClubLounge39, the private club in Level39 for the tech community, where we look forward to meeting the movers and shakers of the startup tech world! We are really excited to be part of this truly pioneering project.

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