Tech Londoners: People Solving City Challenges


What is it about?

The first challenge for Tech Londoners is to help people living with chronic disease. We’ll invite groups of Londoners along to test new products and services so people can better manage their care. We’ll also help technology entrepreneurs to develop their ideas.

We’ve been told by health and social care providers that people who live with several chronic conditions need new approaches to their care. As London’s population ages, more and more people face losing their independence due to multiple chronic diseases. By this we mean issues to do with nutrition, from diabetes and obesity to heart disease. We also mean mental health issues from depression and dementia to generalised anxiety disorder.

Digital tools can help. For example, they can make it easier for people to access information and support networks. However, if the tools developed don’t meet the needs of real Londoners, people won’t use them.

Find out below which local community groups and entrepreneurs are working together to design the future of ‘smart’ care in London. 


After the first month

After the co-design process has concluded and the proof of concept has been developed, entrepreneurs will receive the following support package:

  • Hot desking space at MassChallenge UK for two months, as well as discounted applications to MassChallenge UK's Accelerator programme (Applications open 19 May). 
  • One-to-one mentoring and tailored support from the Digital Catapult.
  • Three months free use of LeanMonitor. This is an online tool that helps turn ideas into businesses. It also helps new businesses raise capital. 
  • A standard Dot London domain name (subject to availability)

Community Groups

London South Bank University (LSBU)

LBSU has a history of working collaboratively and embracing diversity in order to make a difference to people's lives through education, knowledge exchange and practical initiatives. The People's Academy @LSBU celebrates this socially inclusive approach to coproduction for health and social care through delivering and driving innovative ways of learning together. The Health and Wellbeing Institute is part of Research, Enterprise and Innovation (REI). @LSBU gives access to this expert knowledge and research in a broad range of areas spanning the healthcare marketplace.

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Open Age

Open Age works with older Londoners (aged 50-105) to create chances to get together, find work, learn new skills and develop new interests. By doing this, we help people stay healthy in both mind and body to keep living life to the full. We run over 380 weekly, low cost performing & creative arts, languages, learning, socials and physical activities to 1,500+ people a week. 79% of our membership have one or more long-term health condition or disability.

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Tech Entrepreneurs


Steps are money? The Sweatcoin app makes physical activity more rewarding by converting movement into a currency that can be spent on goods, services and experiences. Simply getting people to enjoy moving again!

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St Health

St Health is a consortium of start-ups looking to use web and mobile technologies to enable patients with long-term conditions (diabetes, cardio-vascular disease) to better manage their self-care, through a telecentre-supported operation with access to clinicians to monitor and provide care and treatment on a more timely and effective basis.

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Social Care for Excellence

MyCareMaker is a service for people who want to stay independent and living at home. Designed for individuals and their carers, the tool creates a simple platform for organising care, self-managing daily needs, purchasing a range of support services and using a personal care budget.

You can find out more by getting in touch with Deborah Rozanzky at: drozansky6191(@)

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