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MK:Smart to feature at Huawei conference in Shanghai

Milton Keynes will once again join the top table at an international conference on smart cities and how technology can make lives better – this time in Shanghai’s famous Expo Centre. Milton Keynes Council Leader Pete Marland and Director of Strategy Geoff Snelson will join delegates from around the world at the Huawei Connect 2016 […]

Spotlight Story: Linked Data

As part of our series of interviews with the Data Science Group, today we meet Enrico Daga, Project Officer for Linked Data, who tells us why our understanding data licensing information is so important.   What is linked data? Linked data is a novel approach to publishing information on the World Wide Web in such […]

Spotlight Story: Urban Data Mining

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be introducing members of the Data Science Group and delving deep into their work on the MK Data Hub. Today we talk to Carlo Allocca, a Research Associate in Urban Data Mining, who’s currently working on a solution that will allow users of the MK Data Hub to reformulate the […]

Have your say on transport in Milton Keynes with the UK Autodrive Survey!

Take this 15 minute survey to share your views on current and future transportation if you live in or around Milton Keynes.   An ambitious three-year project involving MK:Smart partners University of Cambridge, Milton Keynes Council, The Open University and Transport Systems Catapult, UK Autodrive is trialling the use of connected and self-driving vehicles on the streets of Milton Keynes […]

New iteration of MK Data Hub to be developed for Manchester

A data hub similar to that used in Milton Keynes as part of the MK:Smart project is to provide one of the central infrastructure features of the Manchester CityVerve Initiative. MK Data Hub, jointly developed by The Open University and BT as part of the MK:Smart project, brings together data from a range of sensors […]

‘Ground Resistance’ now online!

Ground Resistance is a multi-site installation work by Wesley Goatley and Georgina Voss that creates a multiplicity of critical perspectives on the concept of the ‘smart city’. Drawing on the material in the MK Data Hub, this online component examines how urban open data is often abundant, but unevenly distributed. We invite you to take a […]

Water Monitor trial proves popular in Broughton

Households in Broughton have been signing up to participate in our trial of Water Monitor – a tool that provides them with information about their water use every week.    The Water Monitor trial team announced they were ready to recruit households in Broughton Gate, in May 2016. There was overwhelming response and almost 115 households signed up […]

Legacy opportunities for Milton Keynes’ Business Technology Sector

MK:Smart’s Commercial Manager, Rajinder Sharma, gave the Biztech (Business Technology Forum for Milton Keynes Board) an update on the project at their strategy meeting held at MK College yesterday. This included opportunities arising from current business engagement activities, such as inward investment, smart cities seminars, MK Data Hub networking events, the MK:Smart Graduate Tech Start-Up […]

Explore what data reveals about Milton Keynes

Internationally renowned artists Wesley Goatley and Georgina Voss have created an immersive, digital installation with data from the MK:Smart’s Data Hub and other sources, with the aim of making Milton Keynes’ data and logistical infrastructures visible to audiences in a creative, dynamic and innovative way. Commissioned by the Open University and sited in the centre […]

Citizen Innovators collaborate in MK

MK:Smart is enabling citizens to take action and deliver their own innovative projects locally. Milton Keynes is a city filled with innovation and growth and MK:Smart is enabling citizens to take action and deliver their own innovative projects locally. Community Action: MK have been working alongside the Open University to support citizen-led projects to flourish […]

MK:SMART – enhancing London’s digital skills sector

MK:Smart paired up with SEMLEP (the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership) to exhibit at the Digital Careers Roadshow in London yesterday. The event, led by Techmix at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, was supported by the Mayor of London and the London Enterprise Panel. London is one of the world’s leading cities for technology, […]

MK:Smart at the European Data Forum

Our Director, Enrico Motta attended the 2016 European Data Forum (EDF), which took place on 29-30 June in Eindhoven. The event attracted over 1000 attendees which included key policy makers, industrial players and researchers who came together to discuss issues around the area of Big Data and in particular on the theme of Scaling up the European data economy. Enrico presented MK:Smart – A data-centric […]