Firms scoop prizes in Canary Wharf Group’s celebration of new technologies highlighting the brightest and the best in the

Technology developers BlockDox, Puckily and 3D Repo have been named winners of the Canary Wharf Group’s Cognicity Challenge.

The challenge rewards some of the most forward-thinking ideas produced in Canary Wharf, and the three winners have been recognised for their contributions in fields from technology development to organising everyday tasks.

BlockDox and Puckily tied in first place in the Connected Home stream and will share a £50,000 cash prize.

Puckily’s innovation allows a range of devices around the home to be connected and controlled remotely, while BlockDox has developed an app which enables residents to perform everyday tasks, such as organising repair work and contacting management, more quickly and easily.

By combining their technologies, the two companies believe they can improve people’s ability to manage their homes.

For the Virtual Design and Construction category, winner 3D Repo produced an open source Building Information Modeling platform, which enables better collaboration on construction projects.

Cognicity is a smart city accelerator programme to help develop new technologies.

Canary Wharf Group CEO Sir George Iacobescu said: “We chose to run the Cognicity Challenge to identify companies and technologies which will help ensure Canary Wharf Group’s developments remain among some of the most advanced in the world.

“Collaborating with 36 startups has provided the opportunity to appraise our own processes and understanding of innovation in the smart cities arena, at the same time as helping shape their thinking and products. We are looking forward to the piloting phase and its outcomes.”

ENTIQ CEO Claire Cockerton said: “This is just the beginning of an incredible journey for 3D Repo, Puckily and BlockDox.

“Their solutions will drastically improve the way we plan construction projects and interact with our homes.

“A procurement model like Cognicity is one of the best ways of ensuring lasting, authentic innovation which has the power to transform the urban environment as we know it.”