ODI CEO joins Mayor’s "Smart London" board

Gavin Starks has joined a line-up of experts including leading academics, businesses and entrepreneurs to develop a ‘Smart London’ vision that puts technological innovation at the heart of making the capital a better place to live, work and invest.

It forms part of Boris Johnson’s ambition for London to be the best big city in the world by helping businesses to harness technology and develop cutting edge ideas and products.

The board was formally launched on Friday by the Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise, Kit Malthouse who will be responsible for implementing its work across the Greater London Authority.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:

“London has been at the forefront of technological wizardry for generations, but in a rapidly changing world we will need to work harder than ever to stay ahead of the game. We must harness the huge potential that new technology offers us and by drawing on the expertise of some of the brightest minds around we can make our great city an even smarter one too.

I’m delighted to welcome on board a fantastic line up of experts to help spur the kind of innovation and entrepreneurship that will secure London’s future as the best big city on earth.”

Joining Gavin Starks on the Board are experts including Joanna Shields, CEO, Tech City Investment Organisation and Mike Butcher, Editor of TechCrunch Europe, and co-founder of Tech-Hub London.

Accepting his appointment, Gavin Starks said:

“Open data is part of the fuel for smart cities. Whether energy or transport, health or education, financial or supply-chain data, everyone should be able to derive benefits from robust information. The Smart London Board is highly relevant to the ODI’s vision and mission, and will create and shape market opportunities for small businesses, and shorten the time it takes for innovative products and services to get to market. ODI is catalysing open data culture to create economic, social, and environmental value not just for Londoners but on a national and international scale.”

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