New tech events announced in Milton Keynes

A series of free events in the city will explore new ideas and skills from the tech world.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 12:26 pm

Protospace is a new initiative designed to grow the tech community in Milton Keynes by connecting businesses and individuals.

The campaign will shine a light on local digital innovation, their first programme will focus on three umbrella themes of Sustainability, Lifestyle and Business.

This will be done through talks, interviews, workshops, hackathons, pitches and networking sessions (currently being delivered online with the view to in person events being held later in the year).

South Central Institute of Technology will host the first Protospace hackathon on March 19

First up is a hackathon, slated for Friday March 19 to Sunday March 21. Attendees will remotely discuss design and development of a sustainability focussed project which aims to support the wider Milton Keynes community.

Protospace is a collaboration between three local organisations: Made in MK, MK Geek Night and Pooleyville, with support from the Milton Keynes Council as part of their COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.

Oliver Waters, founder of Made in MK, said: "Milton Keynes has a rapidly growing community of entrepreneurs and creators from the tech industry.

"We want to help support the growth of that community and nurture partnerships to accelerate the development of the local ecosystem that will contribute to Milton Keynes becoming a leading location for ambitious tech companies."

The first event will also work in partnership with MK Hackathon and the South Central Institute of Technology.

Alex Warner, Principal at South Central Institute of Technology, explained the motivation behind the project, he said: "We’re excited to collaborate with Protospace and be part of a movement that is improving access to the digital industries.

"We aim to inspire digital futures and the Hackathon is a great way to bring local communities together to harness the power of technology to tackle one of the world’s biggest challenges: sustainability. As a topic that is close to our hearts and part of our Digital Technologies curriculum, we can’t wait to see the impact that local people can have on a global issue."

More information on the event can be found here.