Future Cities Accelerator

Future Cities is a collaboration between our university and various industrial partners to achieve bids under the scope of ‘future cities’. 

Future Cities Catapult - accelerate urban ideas to market, to grow the economy and make cities better - brings together businesses, universities and city leaders so that they can work with each other to solve the problems that cities face, now and in the future.

Why will this make a difference?

City systems are being used at full capacity, but new technologies and processes can be used to help cities function better. There’s a huge opportunity, right now, to develop resilient urban infrastructure that is made real through smart financing and business models – in order to make sure that our cities are healthy and successful.

New developments need to share the load among themselves and use the strengths of one another to provide more efficient, cost-effective services. We need to think about cities as systems that can be joined up to work better together. Imagine a data-driven energy network that helps communities manage electricity consumption to reduce strain on the grid; sensors scattered across the city that tell you which park has the cleanest air for your child to play in; or an app that helps everyone get home from work as fast as possible by measuring congestion on roads, subways and pavements. That’s what we’re aiming for.

But the problems we want to solve are too complex for any single organisation or city to tackle alone. So we’re helping to bring them together.

I’m a potential stakeholder; how do I get involved?

Contact Cheryl Cook, Future Cities Project Administrator. From here, a discussion would be held to make clear any possibilities of involvement in the project.