13-15 January: Startup Weekend in Milton Keynes

Our colleagues at the Milton Keynes office of Tech Mahindra, who work with us on the MK:Smart and CAPE projects, and support our Employee Volunteering Programme are holding a Startup Weekend in Milton Keynes. The event is being organised as part of the InnovateMK initiative.

Startup Weekend is the world’s starting point for entrepreneurship. It is a 54-hour event where designers, developers, marketers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, and launch startups. Tech Mahindra are organising the event with aim of fostering local entrepreneurship to strengthen local community.

The participants that attend have 60 seconds to make a pitch (optional), the pitches are whittled down to the top ideas, and then teams are formed around the ideas to come out with several developed companies or projects. Finally, the weekend culminates with demonstrations in front of an audience of judges and potential investors.


Date and Time: 6.30pm 13th Jan to 8pm 15th Jan

Venue: InnovateMK, Tech Mahindra, 1st floor, 401 Grafton Gate East, MK9 1AT

Registration and more details:  http://bit.ly/2i4iu2L



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5th Jan 2017 – New Year’s Resolutions with Transition MK

Free event for anyone in Milton Keynes

New Year’s Resolutions – what can we all do to make to make the biggest difference?

Come along to the first Transition MK meeting of 2017 and be inspired by short films about some of the activities of other UK Transition groups. It will also be your chance to discuss what our priorities for 2017 should be, and enjoy some networking.

Thursday 5th January 2017, 7pm – 9pm at Centrecom in CMK (MK93BJ).

Sign up on Eventbrite: https://tmkfilmnight1.eventbrite.co.uk

To find out more about Transition MK, visit: www.transitionmk.com

Follow Transition MK on Twitter here.

Join Transition MK Facebook group here.


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Get a free 30-minute radio profile for your organisation

Milton Keynes Community Radio Station, Secklow Sounds, was granted FM status by Ofcom in March 2015 and one of their promises was to promote the work of the voluntary sector in Milton Keynes. They are now ready to embark on the project and want to hear from local groups that would like to take advantage of this opportunity.
Through their programme ‘Focus’ you will get 30 minutes to inform listeners about the work you do, appeal for volunteers, share some of your successes and generally get a chance to raise awareness.  Reporters will come to your location to record interviews or record a live programme. It will be a good opportunity to invite some of your supporters to be part of the audience if a live programme is agreed.
The finished recording will be made available for on-demand listening and schedule airplay. You will also get the chance to link the programme to your website as well as receiving a copy of the recording for your own use.
If you’d like to take advantage of this, please email: focus@secklowsounds.org
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Plan:MK Vision Workshop – CHANGE OF DATE AND VENUE

Info from Fiona Robinson, on behalf of Milton Keynes Council’s Development Plans team:

Plan:MK Vision Workshop 11th June 2015 Plan MK

I wrote to you recently inviting you to our Plan:MK workshop later this month. Due to an unforeseen clash of dates with another Council meeting happening on Tuesday 19th May, we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone our Plan:MK Vision workshop.  The meeting with now take place between 6pm and 9pm on Thursday 11th June 2015, and held at the Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre.  Venue details are set out below.

Please accept my apologies for the inconvenience and short notice of this change.  If you are available to join us at this postponed session, please let me know by email to PlanMK@milton-keynes.gov.uk.

The other meeting happening on Tuesday 19th May is a session of our Overview and Scrutiny Committee, to help set the priorities for their work for the year ahead.  As a key stakeholder in the future of Milton Keynes, you would be very welcome to attend that meeting instead.  If you would like more information about that meeting, or would like to attend, please contact Fran Bower, fran.bower@milton-keynes.gov.uk or 01908 252177.  The Priorities Setting workshop is being held on 19th May at 6.30pm in the Council Chamber at the Civic Offices.

Apologies again for the change of arrangements for the Plan:MK workshop.  We really hope you will be able to join us and contribute to the Plan:MK debate.  If you have any questions, please do get in touch either by email to PlanMK@milton-keynes.gov.uk, or by calling us on 01908 254014 or 252318.

Workshop Venue
Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre
Swallow House
Timbold Lane
Kents Hill Park

Directions and further information about the facilities available at the Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre are available online at http://www.kentshillpark.com/ContactUs/Howtofindus.aspx

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Milton Keynes Referendum – What’s It About?

When you go to your polling station this week you will see that, aside from the elections, residents of Milton Keynes are also being asked to decide whether or not to adopt the CMK Business Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan, in case you havn’t heard about it, is a new document that will, if adopted, act as a guide for how developments in Central Milton Keynes and Campbell Park should be designed over the next decade.

This Plan has not been prepared by MK Council but by a voluntary alliance of local businesses and community groups over a two-year period, with public involvement throughout. If passed, it will act as a blue-print for developing CMK over the next 10 – 15 years. A core policy is to retain the original, successful layout of CMK with its tree-lined boulevards, open spaces and safe pedestrian routes. Other policies support a major university, new community and sports facilities, new public transport shuttle service, Market Hall and civic square

You can view a summary document here or see the full plan here. We really encourage you to take some time reading about this plan and deciding if it’s something you want to vote for or against.

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