Do you have an idea about how to improve your community?

We are 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.

You don't need to have any knowledge or experience in using technology - just a great idea we can help you develop. Have a look at our "funded ideas" to find out about the ideas we are already supporting and be inspired. You can also find out more about our competition funding or the Our MK project. Additionally we are also promoting this free online Smart Cities course where you can learn about the role of technology and data in making cities more sustainable and how citizens can get involved. 



There are three different ways you can use Our MK to improve your local community:

  • Submit an Idea: If you have an idea about making your community greener, but don't want to apply for funding or run a project, submit an idea.
  • Submit a Project: If you have an idea about making your community greener and want to apply for funding to make that idea a reality, submit a project.
  • Volunteer on a Project: If you want to help make Milton Keynes a more sustainable city but don't want to propose and run your own project, you can choose to volunteer on a project that interests you and help make it a reality.  




Latest News



Our MK wins prize for communication at the Smart Cities UK 2017 awards



The Open University team with the 3 awards for MK:Smart



We are delighted to have won the communications prize at the Smart Cities UK 2017 awards.

In addition to demonstrating the value of the Our MK initiative, this award highlights the success that individual Our MK projects have created - we are very proud of the work done by all of the projects.

The MK:Smart project also collected awards for CAPE (in the housing category) and the data hub (in the data category)

You can also find out more about the awards on the Smart Cities UK 2017 webpage.




Creating a network of Community Energy Champions



Carbon Conversations event run by Transition MK in 2015. Photo credit: Transition MK 



We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with the Open University to deliver a pilot project in Milton Keynes that will focus on recruiting and training community members to become volunteer Energy Champions in their neighbourhoods and communities.

We will be actively promoting the project in the next few weeks and updating you about its further plans. If you are interested in getting involved, please click here to register your interest or contact Anna at Community Action: MK at

You can also find out more on Facebook or on the CAMK website.




Download our FREE Campbell Park Halloween themed game to entertain the kids during half term






This Half Term families in Milton Keynes are being encouraged to get on the Redways to explore Campbell park and combine using their smart phones with the great outdoors for some family Halloween fun!

Download the ‘Mobile Adventures’ app and complete the game by exploring Campbell Park to find the spooky characters. As you find each Halloween themed character your phone will set your family team challenges and quizzes to gain you points and unlock the location. The top 3 family teams with the highest point’s tallies after half term will receive £100 each in high street vouchers.

Funded through Our MK and MK Public Health in conjunction with the MK Physical Activity Alliance, the game has been coordinated by Leap – the Sport and Activity Partnership for Bucks & MK.

Chris Gregory, Senior Development Manager at Leap, commented:

“For any families who were hit or even missed the Pokemon craze, this is the next best thing. Combining family time and outdoor activity by using the fantastic network of Redways to explore Campbell park.

“Perfect for families with children in school years 3 to 6, its also a great way to have some Halloween fun as a family.”


The free Mobile Adventures app can be downloaded on Apple and Android mobile devices from their respective app stores.  To play the game enter code: 669017711863


It’s important to stay safe and have fun this Half Term, game users are encouraged to travel in groups, play in daylight hours and be aware of their surroundings. The game can be played until the end of November 2016, when the winning teams will be contacted. 




Last round of the Our MK competition launched


Networking event

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On 13th October we hosted a bustling networking event at the Gallery 200 at MK College. The event saw people from across MK coming together to understand how to be involved in making Milton Keynes a ‘Smart City’ and apply to the final round of the Our MK competition.

Click here to find out more about the competition.



Two Our MK project leaders win volunteer awards


Volunteer award winners

Volunteer award winners


The Community Acton:MK Volunteer Awards celebrate the work done by volunteers in Milton Keynes. The awards offer a chance to give volunteers the recognition they deserve for their hard work and commitment, to say a small thank you for their big contribution.

On the 5th October 2016, 94 people attended the volunteer awards, co-hosted with the CA:MK AGM. We are really pleased that two of the Our MK project leaders won awards at the ceremony:


  • Diversity Award Winner – Padma Cheriyan (RNIB and Our MK)
  • Innovation Award Winner – Michael Sheppard (Transition MK and Our MK)


Additionally, two Our MK project leaders (Ros McFadden and Ziyenge Nhamburo) were also nominated for the Innovation Award.

Click here if you would like to find out more about the awards.



First Raspberry Pi workshop is a great success

Raspberry Pi workshop


The first Community Raspberry Pi pilot workshop ran on Wednesday 17th August. Hosted at the UCMK campus on Avebury Boulevard, seven attendees learnt about how to construct a Raspberry Pi computer before using Scratch to learn some basic coding skills.

All of the participants enjoyed the sessions and wanted to attend the series of workshops currently being planned which will extend their knowledge of what it is possible to do with the Raspberry Pi and how it might contribute to greener computing.

Attendees enjoyed the “hands on experience” and praised the informative and friendly facilitators. Several attendees suggested that they would enjoy a longer workshop as the extra time would really help them get into the details of what it would be possible to do with the Raspberry Pi.

If you would like to find out more about the upcoming series of workshops, please contact us or  sign up to our Citizen Innovation Newsletter.


Citizen Innovators Come Together



While we are pleased with the progress of each of the Our MK projects, we have noticed that there had been little interaction between the various volunteers.

As such, on 8th July we bought these innovative citizens together for a collaboration lunch at University Campus Milton Keynes. The lunch gave project leaders a chance to share their projects and to understand about other ideas being supported through Our MK. The event sparked discussions about how the projects were going and enabled people to explore new opportunities. We also heard from citizen innovators about the benefits of Our MK. They said:

  • "It helped me to think clearly through ideas I am working on, which helps to make it real". Ziyenge, Raspberry Pi Project
  • "The most useful thing about Our MK funding is being given a platform to build on and continued use of resources". Lyndsey, Digital Upcycling Shop Project
  • "The exchange of ideas has been more interesting and useful than advice". Padma, Navigation Beacons Project

Our MK is now looking to use the lessons learned from Our MK to develop this project further, giving people the opportunity to lead on future city solutions and projects. You can find out about the projects currently being supported and to find out about upcoming opportunities sign up to our Citizen Innovation Newsletter.




Redways Reporting App is eighth funded project


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MK has one of the best cycle route systems in the country but it is significantly under utilized. The use of the system is discouraged by problems such as poor lighting, overhanging vegetation, poor cycle priority at junctions, poor surfacing, glass on the surface and poor signage.

The project is based around developing a phone app which can be used to quickly and easily record and report problems with the Redway system. The app will be map based to allow issues to be located and photographs and comments to be attached to provide more information on a particular problem. The results of this reporting system would be immediately available to the Council and Parks Trust to take appropriate action. This action might relate to short term maintenance issues such as cutting back vegetation or longer terms issues which would improve the overall Redway network.

You can visit the Redway Reporting App page on Our MK to find out more.



Find more news about Our MK here




Our MK is part of the MK:Smart project. MK:Smart is a collaborative initiative to turn Milton Keynes into a "Smart City". This involves using digital technologies and data to better manage the city and improve the quality of life for citizens. Our MK allows MK:Smart to engage with citizens of the city and find out their suggestions for addressing sustainability issues in their local community.


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





Our MK strongly supports the ideas behind creating inclusive Smart Cities, embodied in the European Manifesto on Citizen Engagement

Click here to find out more about the manifesto and what it means to local communities.


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