The Apex Suite is a business engagement platform that includes both physical facilities (based at University Campus Milton Keynes) as well as providing remote facilities allowing access to the MK Data Hub.

So far we have engaged with over sixty Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and more broadly we have made over four hundred unique connections to the business community.

The ways in which we have engaged businesses include:

  • Holding a Satellite Applications workshop focusing on how business can utilise satellite information to explore new business opportunities (September 2015)
  • Developed a series of SME case studies demonstrating that the project has allowed businesses to build applications that offer smart city solutions
  • Hosted two ‘smart cities’ workshops focusing upon lean-start up and design thinking approaches aimed specifically at the SME community (June and December 2015)
  • Engaged with nationwide businesses (as far afield as Manchester) around smart cities development
  • Worked with SMEs and project partners to build a service management platform allowing commercial activities (e.g. buying and selling data sets) to be integrated onto the MK Data Hub platform
  • Organised and hosted a drop-in session for citizens who are looking to transform ideas into products
  • Hosted a range of business delegations including global organisations from South Korea, China and Brazil
  • Hosted the MK Data Hub launch event (October 2015) with over sixty percent of attendees from the business community, with other delegates coming from academia, government and the start-up community
  • Worked closely with inward investment agencies such as UKTI to foster inward investment and economic growth within Milton Keynes and the surrounding area
  • Hackathons – aimed at bringing together students, academics and businesses to co-develop smart city solutions
  • Ask the expert sessions aimed at disseminating knowledge about technology to the wider business community
  • Short courses which include, for example, the Postgraduate Certificate in New Enterprise Creation
  • Working with students who are looking to take their ideas and concepts towards working solutions

Plans for the future

In 2016 we are organising a range of events including:

  • February 2016 saw an MK:Smart graduate and employability fair focused on the technological aspect of smart cities
  • A cross-catapult event linking satellite, digital, future cities and transport
  • A workshop on funding opportunities, including Innovate UK and Horizon 2020
  • Supporting the establishment of a new Internet of Things (IoT) group
  • Working with local technology groups (including Geek Girls meet up) to foster the role of women in technology
  • Developing collaborative relationships with other IoT technology clusters, e.g. EIT Digital and Innovation Birmingham
  • Running a series of IoT developer workshops on the Thingworx platform – a tool aimed at developing smart, connected applications that is suitable for all business types, including those who do not have a technical background

Leader: Dr. Paul Sant
University of Bedfordshire

For more information on the Apex Suite please contact the MK:SMART commercial Manager:

Rajinder Sharma
+44 (0)1908 295814

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Join the IoT Developer Workshops on the Thingworx Platform

21st & 22nd September 2016
5th & 6th October 2016
16th & 17th November 2016
To secure your place, contact Rajinder Sharma now.

Urban Start Up Lab Course

14 & 15th December 2016
Contact Jyoti Banerjee Or register online.

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