MK:Smart reaches out to China

A delegation of senior officials from the Zhejiang Economic and Information Technology Commission paid a visit to MK this week to engage with the Milton Keynes Future City Programme.

Project partners Milton Keynes Council and the OU hosted the visit at the Transport Systems Catapult Imovation centre in MK. After a welcome from the Council CEO Carole Mills and Leader of the Council Peter Marland, Geoff Snelson presented the vision of the Milton Keynes Future Cities Programme and Alan Fletcher outlined the aims and activity of MK:Smart.

In the discussions that followed, the delegation were keen to learn more about the issues of building and managing a city scale big data hub, from the physical architecture to the thorny issues of data governance.

Zhejiang province is the home of Smart City Expo China 2014 and the delegation were keen to invite the MK:Smart team to attend and continue the discussion as well as explore ways in which we can exchange knowledge.

As part of our ongoing  programme of presentations and dissemination, MK:Smart will be investigating further opportunities to ensure Milton Keynes is seen as a global leader in smart city thinking.