Funding for Citizen Innovators

Would you like to get funded to run a project in Milton Keynes?

Our MK, a crowdsourcing website for Milton Keynes, is launching a new funding competition for local citizens. We would like to fund innovative ideas that could improve transport, energy, water, health and environment in our city, and are offering our help and support in developing these into projects.

Our MK is powered by MK:Smart, a city-wide project working to bring MK to the forefront of innovation, technology and data. Our MK now has funding available for your projects that could help MK achieve this.

Our MK are offering awards of up to £5,000 for groups of citizens to develop technology-centred ideas which could have an impact on issues of sustainability around Milton Keynes. In addition to the funding, we can also provide help with technical support and advice on running community projects. Project ideas need to involve some form of digital technology and must be based around the key issues of Energy, Water, Transport, Health and the Environment.

The deadline for our final round of applications is the 30th October 2016.

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If you aren’t sure about your project idea, take a look at the projects we have already funded since the launch of Our MK here and come to our Information Event at Gallery 200 at MK College on Thursday 13th October. To find out more about this free event and to book your place, click here.

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Follow updates about the competition and the MK:Smart project on social media: https://twitter.com/hashtag/ourmk / @MKSmartProject. Find out more on our project page here.

If you have any questions, please contact Clare at clare@communityactionmk.org.

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Cycle Ride Leader Training

Interested in cycling? Want to keep fit? Want to support others to get cycling? Then this could be the opportunity for you…

You could get qualified in British Cycling Ride Leadership Award Level 1, and help to lead cycle rides across Milton Keynes.

Click here for more information about the course.

Ride Leader training courses have been confirmed on the following dates and times:

  • 26th November 2016 from 8.45am-5.30pm
  • 28th January 2017 from 8.45am-5.30pm

Bookings are being taken now. To sign up to this course email cycling@milton-keynes.gov.uk.

Places are limited to 10 per course so we recommend contacting us asap to confirm a place.

The course will most likely be based at the Civic Centre (1 Saxon Gate) but this is to be confirmed, it will be in Central MK.

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How can parishes and their residents benefit from community energy?

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How can my parish and local residents benefit from community-owned energy?

Community Action: MK is inviting members of Parish Councils and Residents Associations in Milton Keynes to a special event being organised during the national Community Energy Fortnight taking place between 3rd-18th September.

The event will take place at the Imovation Centre at Transport Systems Catapult (170 Midsummer Boulevard) between 5-7pm on Tuesday 13th September.

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The Imovation Centre at Transport Systems Catapult

This short and practical session will provide useful information about the role that your parish and your neighbourhood could play in promoting community ownership of energy. We will be using case studies of successful MK-based projects, such as Wolverton Community Energy, to illustrate how this model can act as a vehicle for community cohesion, at the same time as raising income for community investment in your area. In particular, we will be exploring:

  • Planning for sustainability and resilience – how you can include community energy outcomes in your Neighbourhood Plan, Parish/Business Plan or other strategic documents
  • Ways of improving efficiency of local buildings
  • Community ownership model – challenges and benefits
  • CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy – new project in Milton Keynes

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There will be an opportunity to network with representatives of other parish councils from and residents groups across MK Borough and to find out about the exciting new MK Community Energy Alliance, and how to get involved as part of it.

We are also pleased to confirm that The National Energy Foundation and the Plan:MK team at Milton Keynes Council will be speaking at the event, alongside Wolverton Community Energy and CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy project.

If you would like to represent your parish or a local residents’ group at the event, please RSVP to anna@communityactionmk.org.

The event is being organised in collaboration between CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy (one of Community Action: MK’s projects) and Wolverton Community Energy.

Thank you to Transport Systems Catapult for providing the venue. 

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You can see this and other events listed on the official Community Energy Fortnight 2016 website and follow updates on Twitter through #CEF16:

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Volunteering opportunities with On The Verge!

Involving residents in sharing their experience of living  in Milton Keynes

Organised by On The Verge, the ‘iRemember’ events organised as part of the ‘Connecting people, connecting places’ project will collect people’s memories about Central Milton Keynes, to celebrate the city’s 50th birthday next year.

The project offers opportunities to get involved by sharing your personal memories of living in Milton Keynes and to volunteer at the iRemember events.

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For more information, visit: http://ontheverge.org.uk.

You can also follow the project on Twitter: @OnTheVergeMK

and on Facebook: @OnTheVergeMK

 

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The Parks Trust Annual Public Meeting

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You are invited to join the Parks Trust at their Annual Public Meeting on Wednesday 29th June 2016, from 6-8:30pm at the Pavilion in the beautiful setting of Campbell Park.

Their Chief Executive, David Foster will present highlights from 2015-16 and discuss plans for the future.

This will be a great opportunity for you to find out about what they do as a Charity as well as how they care and maintain the greenspace in the city.

Staff will be on hand to answer questions about improvements to facilities in the parks, the way they manage our land and trees for people and for wildlife, the events in the parks and new landscapes being taken on by the Trust.

 

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Invitation to ‘hack’ the redways

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The MK Hackathon project are looking for people to take part in the MK Hackathon.

The event, based around developing an app, takes place on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June and brings together computer programmers, designers, and users to solve the problem of redway navigation.

The MK Hackathon app is being developed following community feedback that the redways are difficult to navigate. The app should provide residents and visitors an easy-to-access solution to the problem.

Neil Smith of The Open University said: “Through my work on the MK:Smart project it has become clear that making Milton Keynes a smarter city could help use the redways better.

“The hackathon is an exciting opportunity to be part of something truly innovative. By harnessing the skills of computer experts we should develop a pioneering solution to a recognised problem.”

The MK Hackathon is an initiative organised in conjunction with The Open University, Cranfield University, Milton Keynes based software house Juxt, and Milton Keynes based UX designer/developer Jessica Lovegood.

For more information and to sign up to take part please visit www.mkhackathon.org. Everyone is welcome!

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