Sustainable Innovation

That fact is irrefutable. Croydon is changing, over £5 billion is being pumped into its regeneration, and the whole town is going through a transformation of the likes it hasn’t seen before.

Connected Space is a technology innovation company firmly rooted in Croydon, and committed to delivering transformational change with the organisations we work with – from start-ups to pivoting mid-size companies to large global corporations. Much like Croydon itself, our next five years will be about growth. But in order for this to be a success, the change will need to be driven by ‘sustainable innovation’.

We live in hugely exciting times for the tech sector. Groundbreaking innovation is around every corner, and advancements are fundamentally disrupting the world around us. From ‘Artificial Intelligence’ to the ‘Internet of Things’ to ‘Blockchain’, these emerging technologies are already being being applied to solve real challenges in real world situations, as well as creating exciting new products/services and business models. Take Artificial Intelligence for example. It’s being put to work within the medical sector, and industrial companies are already benefiting from the implementation of Augmented and Virtual Reality. We’ve all heard of self-driving cars, and one day (probably sooner than we expect in Croydon) we could be moved around our cities in shared autonomous electric vehicles – at the exact time we want, and with a price tailored to our needs.

However, the excitement and possibilities that this myriad of new innovations provide can often be over-hyped, especially within the so called ‘smart cities’ sector. What is actually needed right now is more straightforward and sustainable innovation, with fundamental services that truly serve the needs of citizens, businesses, and communities. With our towns and cities changing so fast, they need to be listened to carefully, and then be part of co-creating meaningful solutions to the problems they face right now, not just the problems they might face one day in a far-away future.

‘Sustainable innovation’ is truly the name of the game.

The last thing that is needed right now is another pizza robot or package delivering drone which, whilst generating some great PR fizz, isn’t the kind of sustainable innovation that’s going to deliver real transformational change that addresses real world problems.

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