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ABOUT THE LAB

We believe that the foundation of any Smart City has to be its citizens and their life-experiences. This is why we have created a robust innovation pathway to help cities across the world address the genuine needs of their communities using cutting-edge technology.

Our Sustainable Development Innovation Lab can tackle complex issues by allowing you to take focussed and practical steps. What sets us apart is our approach to define and then co-produce solutions with communities. The city is our lab! We’ve worked with the private and public sector, as well as voluntary and grassroots organisations. We are also supporting a new breed of ethical entrepreneurs to scale their products and services globally. We can work with you in a number of ways. Have a look at our services or drop us a line!

We build ethical solutions that are co-produced with residents and scaled by governments.

OUR IMPACT

In 2015 we were commissioned by the city of Leeds (UK) to develop a series of Age Friendly Smart City solutions. Themes included social isolation, community safety and public transport. Working closely with older people we have produced affordable services that are now being scaled to 100,000 residents across the city. These solutions use cutting edge-technologies but they aren't intimidating to use.

From problem statement to scalable prototype in six months.

Meet The Team

Our team has a wide range of skills and experience. Between us, we have worked with some leading global organisations. From Google to The Guardian, from the U.S. Library of Congress to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We share a playful and empathetic approach to innovation. This allows is to consistently define radical solutions to complex problems.

  • Abhay Adhikari

    Abhay Adhikari

    Lead Consultant - Strategy

  • Alastair Somerville

    Alastair Somerville

    Usability Expert

  • Shi Blank

    Shi

    Technologist - Mesh Networks

  • Kriss

    Kriss Blank

    Technologist - Gamification

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    Radek Rudnicki

    Technologist - Data and Sonic

  • David Hayward

    David Hayward

    Technologist - Physical Interfaces

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    Rich Daley

    Full Stack Developer

  • Cori Moore

    Cori Moore

    Workshop Facilitator

  • Tim Waters

    Tim Waters

    Technologist - Geospatial

  • Tom Forth

    Tom Forth

    Augmented reality & data analytics

  • Stephen Blackburn

    Stephen Blackburn

    Information governance

  • Angus Taggart

    Angus Taggart

    Hardware

  • Robin Christensen

    Robin Christensen

    Design lead | Copenhagen

  • Bonnie Hvillum

    Bonnie Hvillum

    Design lead | Copenhagen

TAKE PART IN OUR PROJECTS

Wue are running several live-projects on a city scale in Leeds. These projects are evaluating the social impact of the new technologies and online services that have been co-produced with citizens and several public sector organisations.

Some of these can now be shared for implementation in your town, city or neighbourhood. They address themes such as climate change, community safety, transport, waste management and social isolation. If you would like to take part, please get in touch using the form below .

If you are a charity or public sector organisation based in Leeds and want to organise a community trial in your neighbourhood, please drop us a line let's have a chat!

  • Care View developed by the Sustainable Development Lab
  • Great Sense of Home developed by the Sustainable Development Lab
  • Leeds Bins developed by the Sustainable Development Lab
  • Leodis Collection developed by the Sustainable Development Lab

OUR SERVICES

We work with private and public sector organisations . Themes we have covered so far include Waste Management, Social Housing, Energy and Climate Change.

You can commission us in a number of ways. This includes strategic development workshops and usability research programmes. We have run such sessions in the UK, The Netherlands and Sweden.

Any city can run a Sustainable Development Innovation Lab. Our innovation pathway will get you from problem statement to prototype in 6 months. Each cycle results in outcomes that are accessible, affordable and ready to scale.

We enjoy working with teams who are looking for creative and pragmatic solutions! Drop us a line and let's start a conversation.

“The Lab helped us tackle a complex issue and develop innovative solutions that can create positive behaviour change amongst our service users.”

Head of Sustainable Energy and Climate Change in a large public sector organisation

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