The MK:Smart project, funded by HEFCE, is a Smart City project which aims to address some of the sustainability challenges in Milton Keynes. The project has three key themes (Energy, Transport and Water) which are each linked to the ‘MK Data Hub’ which will support the acquisition and management of vast amounts of data relevant to city systems from a variety of data sources. More information can be found on the MK:Smart website.

Beyond this focus on technology, I have been leading a team considering how to meaningfully support citizen innovation around sustainability in the city. The central element of this work is the Our MK initiative. Our MK is an initiative which has collected citizens' ideas around sustainability, offering grants of up to £5,000 to support technology-centred ideas that will improve transport, water and energy use, health and the environment within Milton Keynes. Through the initiative we have been having significant impact on local communities. Visit the Our MK website to find out more.

The projects we have supported include:

  • Creating a treasure hunt app on the cycle redways
  • Developing an app to collect problems on the redways
  • Recording videos of key redway routes
  • A pop-up shop for recycled furniture
  • An advertising scheme for low cost solar installations
  • Drilling a borehole at an allotment site
  • A food passport scheme to promote independent food
  • An app to promote breastfeeding-friendly locations
  • Developing an app for visually-impaired navigation
  • A series of community workshops on Raspberry Pis

  • Our MK has been been listed as one of the top 5 crowdfunded initiatives in government affairs by Idox.