All too often, smart city projects focus solely on technical solutions while failing to consider the input and impact on citizens. MK:Smart has turned this on its head and put citizens at the centre of smart city innovation, thus ensuring a bottom-up, community-driven input to the design of the project activities, complementing the top-down specification developed by the project team.
In particular, MK:Smart has developed a unique methodology that combines face-to-face and crowdsourcing activities to support citizen innovation in smart cities. They collected over 6,000 dialogues through face-to-face conversations within communities, and over 7,700 people have visited the award-winning OurMK website.
We also supported and funded 13 projects, run by citizens, which are creating real change within local communities using Smart City concepts.