Author Archives: Kate Dungate

10 days to go until free Smart Cities course begins

Are you curious to find out what a smart city is, and how citizens can play their part? It’s still not late to register for this six week course on FutureLearn. We’re pleased to announce that over 4,000 people have already signed up to The Open University’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). From 28 September learners will […]

Top prizes up for grabs in exclusive MK energy trial

Could you win a UHD TV by changing your energy habits? Are you prepared to re-think the way in which you use electricity and gas? Samsung is running an energy trial exclusively for Milton Keynes residents and only 90 households will be selected to take part. These people will have the chance to win a […]

Urban Data School mentioned in Policy Briefing

The Education element of MK:Smart was flagged as a positive case study in a report providing recommendations on how the UK can ensure it is competitive in the domain of data analytics.   The briefing from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Nesta) suggested that data analytics could be embedded in other academic subjects. […]

Visit from Chinese local government

Today the MK:Smart team were joined by visitors from Jinjiang Municipal People’s Government at The Open University. They were keen to form a relationship with members of Milton Keynes Council, including Council Leader, Peter Marland. Mr Marland welcomed our guests who included Mr Xu Hongcheng, Executive Vice Mayor of Jinjiang. Leader of the MK:Smart Data workstream, Mathieu […]

Huawei join MK:Smart

This leading global information and communications technology solutions provider have become an Associate Partner of MK:Smart. Through its co-laboratory at Adastral Park in Suffolk, Huawei will enable members of the MK:Smart consortium, including Milton Keynes Council, BT and The Open University to review, test and analyse datahub architecture, helping to develop innovative solutions that will […]

The second project advice workshop for MK: Smart and Our MK

Anna-Klis Davies from Community Action: MK reported on this event which introduced MK residents to the Citizen Ideas Competition The Citizen Innovation team at MK:Smart held it’s second project advice workshop on Wednesday 29th of July at Community Action: MK office in Acorn House. The workshop was designed for MK Citizens who have submitted their ideas and projects […]

Tech Mahindra join MK:Smart

This global IT firm has become a part of our Smart City project. We are pleased to announce that Tech Mahindra have joined MK:Smart this July as an Associate Partner. This specialist, in digital transformation, consulting and business re-engineering solutions will bring its global expertise to MK:Smart and help  in the creation  of a social media monitoring platform for Milton […]

MK:Smart holds its first project advice workshop

Our Citizen Innovation team hosted the first in a series of advice workshops this week, organised to support MK citizens with great project ideas to apply for funding through our Citizen Ideas Competition. It is open to projects aimed at improving transport, energy, water, health or environment in MK. The successful entries will be granted funding to help […]

Engaging students through the gamification of the city

Working with a group of four students taking part in a business, technology and innovation school (which reaches across Europe and beyond), Paul Sant set an innovation challenge around the link between increased congestion in Milton Keynes and air pollution across the city. On the 30th June the leader of the Enterprise workstream of MK:Smart visited […]

International PhD students learn about MK:Smart

The project’s Commercial Manager, Rajinder Sharma introduced our Smart City work on 7 July 2015 at the Transport Catapult in Central Milton Keynes. This was followed by an interactive demonstration delivered by Dr Paul Sant, Associate Dean at University Campus Milton Keynes who leads the Enterprise element of the MK:Smart. Over 50 Masters and PhD students from a range of […]

Funding for Big Ideas in MK

Have you got a great idea for an innovative project in MK? Enter the Our MK Citizen Ideas Competition for a chance to win funding to run your project! Our MK is bringing together communities, data and enterprise to transform Milton Keynes. We want your innovative ideas for transport, energy, water, health and environment in our city, […]