Data Driven Futures

London boroughs call for tech ideas

Written by Peter Walker

The London Office of Technology and Innovation (LOTI) has called for ideas for future projects.

The collaborative vehicle to strengthen London boroughs’ ability to innovate, build common capability and to scale-up digital innovation across public services, went live in June, backed by 15 founding boroughs.

LOTI’s work is delivered through seven workstreams: digital leadership, collective knowledge, sharing and reusing, better partnerships, embedding standards, data collaboration, and shared experiments.

In a blog, its director Eddie Copeland explained that applicants will be judged by criteria including relevance to the workstreams, clear benefit to London’s public sector and residents, compatibility with ethical standards and the achievability of tangible results within a year.

The process is open until 6 September, but LOTI has begun work on its first three projects: improving information governance for sharing data between London boroughs; improving Wi-Fi provision in the boroughs’ buildings through the GovRoam and GovWifi services; and creating at least 100 digital apprenticeships in the capital by September next year.