The Open University hosts the MK Future Cities Conference

Today’s event will include talks from a range of major players in the Future Cities arena.

What better location for a Futurebanner-version-border - for news - cropped Cities conference than Milton Keynes? Here, where initiatives such as driverless cars and a ground-breaking Internet of Things network are underway, not to mention the MK Data Hub.

Geoff Snelson, Director of Strategy, Milton Keynes Council will be presenting the Future City Programme, which is behind much of our city’s recent smart city projects.

“Milton Keynes has a deserved reputation as a centre of innovation and the Future City Programme is taking that to the next level through a top-quality collaboration between business, universities and the public sector.

“The programme addresses strategic challenges arising from the city’s strong growth but also enables business and citizen innovation projects to bring further economic and quality of life benefits for local people.” – Geoff Snelson, Milton Keynes Council

Other speakers will include thought-leaders from the area of smart cities including Peter Madden OBE, Chief Executive, Future Cities Catapult; Brian Kilkelly, CEO, World Cities Network and Mark Prisk MP, Chair of Smart Cities, All Party Parliamentary Smart Cities Group. Members of MK:Smart will also play a leading role in a number of expert panels under the headings of Data and the Internet of Things, Transport and Intelligent Mobility, and Citizens and Communities.

The aim of the event is to enable attendees to be at the forefront of future city planning and gain valuable knowledge of how to implement infrastructure and new technologies to create a leading ‘Smart city of the future’.