Monday 20 April 2015 – Media Release

Cognicity Challenge tailors third group of smart city tech accelerator to new phase at Canary Wharf

Twelve companies have been selected as finalists for the third cohort of the Cognicity Challenge, competing in the Connected Home and Virtual Design & Construction streams of Canary Wharf Group’ s smart city accelerator challenge. The finalists will benefit from a twelve-week programme located within ‘High Growth Space:24’, the expansion space of Level39’s tech company incubator, in Canary Wharf’s iconic One Canada Square.

This cohort has been specifically chosen to address the future development of the Canary Wharf estate – including the new phase, previously known as Wood Wharf – which will include residential properties for the first time. The first phase of this development will be completed by 2020 and innovative Virtual Design & Construction technology will help inform the design and development of this stage in Canary Wharf’s progress towards becoming a truly smart and integrated city. Innovators in the Connected Home stream will help create differentiators for the residential buildings on the estate, creating the next generation of live-work development at Canary Wharf.

During the twelve-week programme, each of the finalist companies will gain access to world-leading specialists including an expert group of Canary Wharf executives, benefit from an intensive accelerator curriculum, and make invaluable contacts both within Canary Wharf Group and other major industry players, including Intel* and Innovate UK, in order to fast-track the development and deployment of their smart city innovations. At the end of the accelerator programme the finalists will deliver a business plan and pitch to Canary Wharf Group executives and expert judges, with the winners of each stream receiving £50,000 and the chance to pilot their technologies on the estate.

Eric Van der Kleij, Head of Level39 and Managing Director of ENTIQ, said: “The Cognicity Challenge offers these innovative companies a unique opportunity to accelerate the development of their future city technologies and pilot them within the Canary Wharf estate, helping take smart, sustainable cities from concept to reality whilst offering Canary Wharf Group a procurement methodology and pipeline that de-risks the uptake of innovation, both in the existing buildings and the new phase of the estate.”

The Cognicity Challenge is the first phase in Canary Wharf Group’s smart city initiative, which builds on the Group’s legacy of innovation. Sir George Iacobescu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Canary Wharf Group, explained: “Canary Wharf has already made an enormous contribution towards securing London’s position at the centre of the business world. The Cognicity initiative is helping us write the next chapter of this story, by not only focusing on retrofitting the existing built environment but also imagining and implementing future commercial and residential space using innovative technologies. In so doing we will help London retain its position as a leading global city.”

The finalists selected for the Connected Home accelerator stream are:

  • Block Dox: a system that puts a wealth of services at residential tenants’ fingertips. From their app residents can perform everyday tasks, like contacting reception and arranging repairs.
  • Canary Control: a cloud-based heating control system that combines multiple sources of data to manage internal temperatures intelligently.
  • Current Table: a company that combines form and function by integrating solar panel technology into a really smart piece of furniture.
  • Domcontrols: a platform that allows the user to monitor and control devices remotely by connecting separate electronic devices throughout the home.
  • Heat Genius: a system that controls temperatures through zoning technology. The system learns occupancy patterns and adjusts temperatures accordingly.
  • Puckily: an innovative system allows users to control Internet of Things devices around the home from a single interface.

The finalists for the Virtual Design & Construction accelerator stream are:

  • 3D Repo: technology that connects various stakeholders in construction projects by providing an open-source collaborative platform.
  • BaseStone: a system that allows workers to remotely share data from a construction site in real time.
  • CyberCity 3D, Inc.: a geospatial-modeling innovator that specialises in the production of smart 3D building models.
  • iBISM: technology that integrates different communication protocols in the BMS sector to create a more connected planning process.
  • Intelle Innovations: a platform that produces real-time, editable virtual environments, which can be displayed on a variety of devices to support and inform the planning process.
  • Simudyne: a virtual decision-making platform for developers that can act as a sandbox during the planning process.

The Cognicity Challenge was launched on 21 October 2014 and comprises six accelerator streams. The winners of the first two streams were announced on 16 April 2015, when the solar energy company Polysolar and the smart logistics company Voyage Control won £50,000 each and the opportunity to pilot their technologies at Canary Wharf.


For more information please contact:
Gaia Arzilli, Cognicity
T: 0777 2892 688

Sian Disson, FTI Consulting / Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 3727 1747


About Canary Wharf Group
Canary Wharf Group is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies. It is focused on the design, construction, leasing and management of grade A office space and high-quality retail, residential and leisure facilities in central London. Over the past two decades, Canary Wharf Group has regenerated derelict wharves into one of the world’s premier business and shopping districts, constructing over 16.4m sq ft of office space. These buildings are now occupied by over 105,000 people. The company has an exciting development pipeline of over 11m sq ft of office, residential and retail space which is one of the largest of any London based developer.

Canary Wharf Group’s tenants include some of the world’s leading business organisations from the media, legal, accounting, financial services, IT, energy and transport sectors. The Group has also developed and successfully let over 300 shops, bars, cafes and restaurants to many of Britain’s leading brands. In March 2013, the Group launched its Level39 initiative to attract fintech and smart cities startups to Canary Wharf. Level39 is now home to over 160 startup companies in 80,000 sq ft across three floors at One Canada Square.

The Group’s world-class, year-round arts and events programme offers over 100 diverse and culturally inspiring events performed throughout the Estate. Winner of the 2010 Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards, Canary Wharf Group showcases over 65 pieces of permanent art throughout the Estate, designed and created by more than 50 artists and craftsmen. A regular exhibition programme in the Lobby of One Canada Square and Jubilee Park further adds to the Estate’s comprehensive cultural and creative offering.

In addition to development on the Canary Wharf Estate, the Group is involved with projects across London. The Pan Peninsula and Drapers Gardens developments have been successfully completed and the 20 Fenchurch Street (Walkie Talkie) development in the City of London was completed in late 2014 and is already nearly fully let. The Group is also in a joint venture to redevelop the Shell Centre on London’s South Bank.

About Cognicity
Cognicity is the city of the future, realised today. This pioneering project identifies and accelerates the development of smart city technologies, transforming Canary Wharf into a smarter, more aware city.

This is achieved through the Cognicity Challenge, which is divided into six streams of six companies each. Partners and sponsors provide guidance to the selected companies for 12 weeks and the winners will receive a £50,000 cash prize. The winners will also have the opportunity to pilot their solutions in the ongoing development of Canary Wharf.

The full list of streams is:

  • Cognicity Challenge: Sustainable Buildings
  • Cognicity Challenge: Integrated Transportation
  • Cognicity Challenge: Integrated Resource Management
  • Cognicity Challenge: Automated Building Management
  • Cognicity Challenge: Connected Home
  • Cognicity Challenge: Virtual Design & Construction

The Cognicity Challenge is a Canary Wharf Group initiative and is run by innovation experts ENTIQ (formerly Pivotal Innovations).

The Cognicity Challenge has been designed and delivered by ENTIQ, an emerging leader in innovation delivery, new venture development and ecosystem creation, and the pioneer of an authentic, impactful innovation model.

Founded in 2013 by seasoned entrepreneurs Claire Cockerton and Eric Van der Kleij, ENTIQ, under our former Pivotal Innovations brand, has established a bold reputation for delivering innovation for corporate enterprises, property developers, government, academics and startup innovators. ENTIQ has successfully delivered genuine, tangible innovations for clients such as Dassault Systèmes, EY, Number 10 and Canary Wharf Group. We have also led the design and development of world-leading innovation ecosystems including Innovate Finance and Cognicity, and our founders helped lead the creation and development of Level39, Europe’s largest technology accelerator space.

About Intel
Intel designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices and the applications of the Internet of Things.

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