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#StartedinOxford Zipabout is giving its transport platform away for free

We had a great day at Low Carbon Britain yesterday and we've been overwhelmed by the support we have received for releasing a free version of our platform for Local Authorities. Understandably it has also been met by a certain amount of suspicion! The first question people ask is "Is it really free?" and the second is "What's in it for you?", so I thought I'd try and explain. ... Read More »


Oxford named as one of Britain’s smartest cities

Oxford is one of Britain’s top 'smart cities', according to the second UK Smart Cities Index, commissioned by Huawei UK and conducted by Navigant Consulting. The report is based on evaluations of 20 cities and their strategies, key projects and overall readiness in using digital technology to improve crucial civic services from transport infrastructure to healthcare. ... Read More »


Fleet of autonomous vehicles takes to the streets of Oxford

Oxford will see a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles being deployed in trials running between the city and London. Vehicles will be able to perform all safety-critical driving functions with zero-passenger occupancy. Take a look at autonomous driving in the real world - pedestrians, cyclists, traffic, buses, unusual manoeuvres - you name it, we've done it! ... Read More »


Oxford-centred consortium unveils first self-driving vehicles

The DRIVEN consortium has unveiled the first three of its proposed fleet of six self-driving vehicles, a white and blue 2014 Ford Fusion Titanium hybrid, a 2017 Ford Mondeo hybrid and a Range Rover Evoque. The Range Rover Evoque will be on display to the media for two days at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle (LCV) Event 2017 in Millbrook, Bedfordshire from ... Read More »


Oxford rolls out EV charging programme of 'global scientific signficance'

Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council have begun a programme to install approximately 100 electric vehicle charging stations in Oxford’s residential streets to help people go electric. The trial is thought to be the first on-street charging pilot of its size in the world, and the University of Oxford has described the project as having "global scientific significance". ... Read More »


'Star Light, Star Bright' Wins Smart Oxford Playable City Commission

Smart Oxford and Watershed announces the winner of the first Smart Oxford Playable City Commission. Creative practitioners were asked to propose new and distinctive ideas that put people and play at the heart of the City of Oxford which respond to the theme of Shared City. Star Light, Star Bright maps the night sky onto the streets of Oxford via ... Read More »


OxFutures starts £3.2m project to boost innovative low carbon businesses

Oxford’s Low Carbon Hub has led a winning bid for £1.6m of European Regional Development funding that will be used to foster low carbon economic development in the county over the next three years. This funding will be matched with another £1.6m, the majority of which will come from six partners, which were also involved in the bid. The partners will work together to implement the project. ... Read More »


Smart Oxford Playable City Commission - give us your input

Watershed and Smart Oxford are delighted to announce the shortlist for the very first Smart Oxford Playable City Commission 2017. From mysterious creatures appearing on city streets eager to make new friends, to forbidden buttons that connect the curious of Oxford, each of the shortlisted projects has found creative ways to celebrate the Shared City theme. ... Read More »


What maths does: building a perfect metropolis

Oxford Mathematician Neave O'Clery works with mathematical models to describe the processes behind industrial diversification and economic growth. Here she discusses her work in Oxford and previously at Harvard to explain how network science can help us understand why some cities thrive and grow, and others decline, and how they can offer useful, practical ... Read More »


Digital entrepreneurship

The ‘techie’ archetype is the mascot of our age. Generally imagined and depicted as a youth, most often male, wearing a casual sweat-shirt, and carrying a backpack that contains the tool of his trade—the laptop. The techie dreams of building a software ‘app’ that commands a global following and so ingenious that wealthy investors line up for an opportunity to ... Read More »


Oxford Conference: Digital Transport Exchange 6-7 July 2017

Hosted by Smart Oxford in conjunction with the MoBox Foundation and Oxfordshire County Council, Digital Transport Exchange is designed to share knowledge and build networks by bringing the data and digital infrastructure ecosystem together for the first time to explore ways of delivering the benefits of transport and city data infrastructures for ... Read More »


What are the barriers to big data analytics in local government?

The concept of Big Data has become very popular over the last decade, with many large technology companies successfully building their business models around its exploitation. The UK’s public sector has tried to follow suit, with local governments in particular trying to introduce new models of service delivery based on the ... Read More »


Accelerating autonomy: EMBA alumnus and F1 veteran Mark Preston on StreetDrone ONE

StreetDrone ONE is an autonomous vehicle (AV) platform designed to open up self-driving technology to educational institutions, as well as programmers and developers outside the traditional car industry. CEO and founder Mark Preston is an entrepreneur, Oxford Executive MBA (EMBA) alumnus, and former Formula One technical director. ... Read More »


University researchers reach out into the community

A researcher reconstructing lost historical sites, a project transforming lion killers into lion conservationists, activities to help people living with dementia and a department giving schoolchildren a chance to touch a piece of the moon have all been named winners at this year’s Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Awards. ... Read More »


Oxford autonomous vehicle technology trials in self-driving delivery van

The TRL-led GATEway Project together with Ocado Technology (a division of Ocado, the world’s largest online-only supermarket) has completed the UK’s first trials of an autonomous CargoPod vehicle around the Berkeley Homes, Royal Arsenal Riverside development in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The real world trials see a self-driving delivery van, called CargoPod ... Read More »


Talk : How Oxfordshire is driving the autonomous vehicle revolution

Interested in the future of autonomous vehicles and mobility in Oxford ? Come to join us for a fun evening June 29th 6:30pm at Jam Factory. The event is free to attend but booking is recommended as places are limited. We will also have a panel session where guests can have their questions answered and a poster competition for students working on this area showcasing their work. ... Read More »


Making the city better through data

A consortium including our County Council, Oxford Brookes University and the Oxford Internet Institute is working with Google to help find innovative ways to address transport issues for the City and county. Utilising data collected by Google via android phones and mobile devices, the city partners are analysing mobility data for the city and county (the same ... Read More »


Future city predictions - a glimpse at cities of the future

The population of the UK’s cities is continuously rising, which means it’s vital to find new and innovative ways of shaping the urban landscape. Creating environments that are intelligent, efficient and sustainable is a huge priority, so that one day soon we’ll be living in truly smart cities that benefit us in the modern age. Here are some predictions ... Read More »


Oxford is taking driverless to the next level

A group of mainly Oxfordshire-based organisations, including local SME Oxbotica, the University of Oxford’s Oxford Robotics Institute, Oxfordshire County Council, Nominet, and RACE (UKAE) are part of a group taking autonomous vehicles to the next level, with an autonomous vehicle trial at a level of complexity and integration that has never been attempted before anywhere in the world. ... Read More »


Oxford Linked Open Data project launched

Oxford e-Research Centre has launched OXLOD (Oxford Linked Open Data), a pilot project to develop an understanding of the practical implications of Linked Data for University Collections. This one-year pilot project, which officially begins in September 2017, is supported by the University's own Capital Funds through University Collections. Rebranded in September 2016 as ... Read More »


StreetDrone - democratising development in autonomous vehicle technology

StreetDrone announces StreetDrone ONE, the first affordable autonomous-ready electric car designed to accelerate the development of autonomous vehicle technology. StreetDrone ONE is being developed in partnership with Renault and we’ll start deliveries in August this year. Mark Preston, CEO of StreetDrone says "We know that the greatest innovations in selfdriving ... Read More »


Nominet to provide secure data exchange for autonomous vehicles

Nominet is part of a three-year project exploring the infrastructure required to support the widespread use of autonomous vehicles. The project, DRIVEN, is one of the first trials of 'Level 4' autonomous vehicles in the UK, where the driver does not need to watch the road or hold the steering wheel. The trial explores the real-time assessment frameworks essential for the ... Read More »


Developing high-tech parking solutions in Oxford

A new project has been announced that will see a high-tech approach to solving the problem of finding a Blue Badge parking space in Oxford and Witney. The project is the result of a successful Oxfordshire County Council bid for almost £240,000 of government and will use big data and smart technology to guide vehicles towards available parking. ... Read More »


Oxford Robotics Institute's city mapping tech could transform council services

A new street mapping project could one day transform how Oxford City Council manages its services across the city. The project being trialled over the next few months by Oxford City Council and the University of Oxford’s Robotics Institute (ORI) will see sensors attached to a City Council street cleaner in the city centre to create 3D maps that can be ... Read More »


A UK testbed for driverless vehicles

An Oxfordshire-based consortium is conducting a study to test the feasibility of the Culham Science Centre, just south of Oxford, as a UK test location for driverless vehicles. PAVE (People in Autonomous Vehicles in Urban Environments) has received funding for the study from the Government, via the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and Innovate UK. ... Read More »


Travel app can show Oxford commuters better Waze to go

Oxfordshire County Council has joined forces with Waze, the free crowdsourced traffic and navigation app, in a data-sharing link-up that could help you get from A to B more easily. Waze is effectively a Sat Nav app you use exactly as you would any in-car navigation device – except Waze has the added benefit of crowd-sourced traffic flow info and ... Read More »


#StartedinOxford Demo Fair

The #StartedinOxford Demo Fair is an all-new event, jointly organised by the leading lights of Oxford’s startup community, to celebrate the Oxford startup scene and showcase the best early stage startups Oxford has to offer. Featuring a cross-section of hand-selected startups chosen by our amazing co-organisers: Oxford Startups, FAB Accelerator, Oxford Entrepreneurs, The Hill, The ... Read More »


Tackling Digital Inequality: Why We Have to Think Bigger

While the UK government has financed technological infrastructure and invested in schemes to address digital inequalities, the outcomes of these schemes are rarely uniformly positive or transformative for the people involved. This gap between expectation and reality demands theoretical attention; with more attention placed on the cultural, political and ... Read More »


Creating successful cities - how mathematical modelling can help

Oxford Mathematician Neave O'Clery recently moved to Oxford from the Center for International Development at Harvard University where she worked on the development of mathematical models to describe the processes behind industrial diversification and economic growth. Here she discusses how network science can help us understand the success of cities, and provide ... Read More »


(Un)plugging Data in Smart City-Regions

On 14 November 2016 the Urban Transformations programme, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), brought together a range of academics and practitioners from across Europe for a knowledge exchange event on smart cities. This workshop, which took place at the Centre for Studies, Media and Telecommunication (SMIT) at the ... Read More »


Co-living with robots in a care home

Social robots are not something most people encounter in their everyday life and especially not in the UK. Yet, robots seem to be a subject of great interest, and a phenomenon so ubiquitous within popular culture and science fiction that it might seem inevitable that they someday will be a part of life. Discussions of robots are often accompanied with hopes for ... Read More »


Innovative use of tech to enhance museum visits for blind and partially sighted visitors

Going to a museum, whether it be a small local exhibit or one of the most famous museums in the world should be a fascinating exploration of knowledge, wonder and discovery. But for the 2 million people in the UK who are blind or partially sighted, this experience can be significantly reduced. A project at the Oxford e-Research Centre aims to improve the ... Read More »


What does a Healthy New Town look like? - the Barton Healthy New Town Stocktake

On the 21st September, 43 people met at the Barton Neighbourhood Centre to look at the plans so far for the Barton Healthy New Town and to get feedback from partners, service providers and the community to make sure that our priorities were a valid basis for the project. One of the aims of the day was to build on the innovation side of the project and to ... Read More »


RiverHack 1.0 - Connecting people-land-water for healthier rivers

Friday evening, 14th October, saw 30 curious and energetic enthusiasts come together at the Oxford Hackspace (underneath the Oxford Centre for Innovation if you didn’t know where it is!). Despite most people feeling a bit nervous at the outset, unsure of what a hackathon really was, this motley group of students (young and old), entrepreneurs and representatives of ... Read More »


Document: Interest and activities in smart cities at the University of Oxford

University of Oxford has produced a document outlining its interest and activities in smart cities. In May 2016, a survey was sent out across the University of Oxford, asking the following questions of research groups: Which group(s) are you part of, or responsible for? How do their activities relate tourban/smart-city themes (or to Oxford / Oxfordshire)? ... Read More »


Forthcoming hackathon - RiverHack 1.0

Join us for this community-built and -driven project, run by partners from Oxford Hackspace, Centre For Ecology and Hydrology, Agile Ox, Wild Oxfordshire, Earthwatch, and Downstreams.net. Water quality is essential for good river health. It sustains ecological processes that support fish, plants, wetlands and birdlife. Our water resource in ... Read More »


How do we create the Healthy Cities of the future?

In February 2016, Oxford Brookes revealed four new research projects which have received Newton Funding to support science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of targeted developing countries. Dr Tim Jones, Senior Research Fellow for Oxford Brookes’ School of Built Environment is undertaking a research project in collaboration ... Read More »


Oxford Workshop: Data Science for Local Government

The creative use of large scale data sources (such as social media, mobile phone data and existing administrative records) offers great potential to local government in terms of understanding and forecasting of urban problems, allocation of scarce resources, innovative policy solutions and efficiency savings. Such methods, which are now often referred to under the ... Read More »


#StartedinOxford - exploring the incredible innovations from Oxford

Oxford University is celebrating its spin-outs, start-ups, entrepreneurs that have helped to make Oxford one of the most innovative regions in the UK. University researchers have started over 60 companies since 2005 which is more than any other UK University. This year along, Oxford researchers have started 11 new companies ... Read More »


Oxford University Hospitals selected as global digital exemplar

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is delighted and privileged to have been selected to be a global digital centre of excellence by the Department of Health. Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) is one of 12 NHS trusts that will receive up to £10 million, having been designated as a global digital exemplar to champion the use of digital technology to drive radical improvements ... Read More »


We need to talk about innovation

Oxfordshire CC is blazing a trail in future mobility. Its living laboratory approach, emphasis on collaborative procurement, use of intelligence clustering and willingness to push forward with ambitious schemes set it apart from the crowd. What is innovation? Sadly, for many it has become little more than the latest buzzword. This is particularly ... Read More »


Workshop: Funding Opportunities for Digital Health - 1st September 2016

The Hill is Oxford's new digital healthcare ideas lab situated at the heart of Oxford’s medical, academic, digital and entrepreneurial communities, catalysing a generation of globally impactful healthcare innovation. It is open to patients, carers, nurses, doctors, healthcare professionals, designers, developers, researchers, business leaders and investors. Whether you are ... Read More »


Technology Showcase: Big Healthcare Challenges in Chronic Disease, Oxford, 6th July 2016

This year's Oxford Technology Showcase will highlight the high quality and diversity of innovation in healthcare that has arisen from Oxford University, the Oxford University Hospital Trust and the region in the field of Chronic Disease. The audience will be a mix of researchers, clinicians, investors, entrepreneurs, healthcare companies and others from the local innovation ... Read More »


Regional integration project for Oxfordshire - the UK’s first fully integrated iMaaS programme

There has been a lot of talk about MaaS, Intelligent Mobility and the future of transport of late – but not a lot of action. Every week it seems another global consultancy produces it’s ‘dream of future transport’ or tells us about the ‘personal journey assistant’ we can expect in 2020, but little seems to be being built. That’s why we decided it was time to ... Read More »


Oxford bike scheme upgraded to become first of its kind in the UK

OXONBIKE Scheme upgraded to become first of its kind in the UK. OXONBIKE, the popular bike share network in Oxford, has added e-bikes (electric power assisted bicycles), to its existing pedal bike fleet to become the first scheme in the UK to offer both types of bikes. OXONBIKE now offers up to 80 bikes at 13 docking stations across Oxford including ... Read More »


Matching coders with Oxford entrepreneurial teams

If you’re a software developer with an entrepreneurial mindset (or a desire to develop one!), here’s a great opportunity to meet with start-up teams from across the university who are interested in developing apps or other software products. Many start-up teams are looking for a developer, either to become a co-founder of the business, or to develop a product for a fee or share of profits. ... Read More »


Ethos and Oxford Brookes Smart Parking Partnership

We were very pleased to learn recently about a partnership that came about as a result of the Oxford Smart City Challenge event that we held in September last year. Two of the teams, Ethos and Oxford Brookes University, met and began a conversation at the event that has led to a partnership. The partnership combines Ethos’ Future Cities Parking platform and Oxford Brookes’ ... Read More »


Oxford named among most innovative cities in Europe

At a ceremony hosted by the European Commission in Brussels, Oxford took its place alongside major cities including Paris and Berlin in the finals of the European Capital of Innovation awards 2016. Oxford was the smallest city represented, competing against a shortlist comprising Amsterdam, Berlin, Eindhoven, Glasgow, Milan, Paris, Turin and Vienna ... Read More »


Predicting and managing energy use in a low-carbon future

If effectively harnessed, increased uptake of renewable generation, and the electrification of heating and transport, will form the bedrock of a low carbon future. Unfortunately, these technologies may have undesirable consequences for the electricity networks supplying our homes and businesses. The possible plethora of low carbon technologies, like electric vehicles, heat pumps and ... Read More »


A guerilla sensor network for Oxford

We are on a mission to build a global open crowdsourced Internet of Things data network. We want to promote the idea of an open sensor network, whilst understanding how to make a sustainable model. This may be a hybrid of commercial and open, or a community fund model. For all of these we need applications to give people something to get behind. ... Read More »


New support network for Oxford businesses and startups

Oxford businesses who wish to share their expertise and resources now have a network through which to engage with entrepreneurs and new Oxford startup ventures. The network is managed and run by the University’s Isis Startup Incubator. The first member of this network is Summertown-based creative design agency One Ltd. One will run several sessions themed as a ... Read More »


Smart cities: from buzzword to transformative implementation

The recent hype surrounding smart cities has been accompanied by a proliferation of attempts to define them. However, most of the definitions fail to capture the concept's complexity as well as its transformative potential. The ODI's course unpacked the buzzword and then helped us to reimagine how a city can become ‘smart’ through the ‘3 Cs’ framework ... Read More »


Oxford's Barton Park named as NHS Healthy New Town

Oxford's Barton Park development has been selected as one of ten NHS Healthy New Town demonstrator sites. Councillor Bob Price, Leader of Oxford City Council, said: "There is a shocking 10-year difference in average life expectancy across different parts of the city. The City Council has prioritised work with Public Health to tackle health deprivation ... Read More »


Comparing the social structure of different cities

People make a city. Each city is as unique as the combination of its inhabitants. Currently, cities are generally categorised by size, but research by Oxford Mathematicians Peter Grindrod and Tamsin Lee on the social networks of different cities shows that City A, which is twice the size of City B, may not necessarily be accurately represented ... Read More »


Social and Open Data Sources and Visualisation Methods for Urban Decision Making

One of the deliverables from the UrbanData2Decide project has just been published on the project website. It’s a report on social and open data sources and visualisation methods for urban decision makers, and was jointly authored by ourselves at the OII, SYNYO and the ODI. The main aim was to gather existing knowledge on what data could be used in ... Read More »


Well behaved cities - what all cities have in common

How are people, infrastructure and economic activity organised and interrelated? It is an intractable problem with ever-changing infinite factors of history, geography, economy and culture. But a paper by Oxford Mathematician Hyejin Youn and colleagues suggests "a mathematical function common to all cities." Think of the city as an ecosystem, types of businesses as species ... Read More »


Are big-city transportation systems too complex for human minds?

Many of us know the feeling of standing in front of a subway map in a strange city, baffled by the multi-coloured web staring back at us and seemingly unable to plot a route from point A to point B. Now, a team of physicists and mathematicians has attempted to quantify this confusion and find out whether there is a point at which navigating a route through a complex urban ... Read More »


Creating a Smart Parking system in Oxford using Nominet's IoT Tools

As mentioned in a previous blog post, we have been working on a new application - smart parking - to test our IoT Tools. Using Nwave’s car parking sensors (which use the Weightless-N wireless protocol that Nominet contributed to), and our IoT Tools we have been able to quickly build a system that allows us to monitor car park usage at Nominet’s Oxford HQ in real-time. ... Read More »


Smart cities and collaborative mapping tools

The UrbanData2Decide project has partly been about getting to know local government administrators and understanding more about the types of data related challenges they face when policymaking. One common refrain is that there simply isn’t enough information, and what there is goes out of date quite quickly. Hence decisions have to be made on common sense ... Read More »


Smart cities need smart governance

Narendra Modi, India’s new prime minister, is a leader with an urban vision. Before becoming prime minister, he was chief minister of Gujarat, where he transformed the state capital Ahmedabad with an award-winning sustainable bus transit system and a “world-class” riverfront recreation space. Today, Modi’s most ambitious projects in the region are two planned new “smart cities” ... Read More »


Oxford set to launch largest on-street car charging pilot in the world

A major trial will be carried out this year to investigate the best way to deliver 100 on-street electric vehicle charging stations in Oxford’s residential streets. The trial, run in partnership between Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council, will be the first on-street charging pilot on this scale in the world. It has been made possible thanks to an £800,000 grant from ... Read More »


Oxford announced as finalist for European Capital of Innovation Awards 2016

The city of Oxford was today announced by the European Commission as one of the nine finalists for the European Capital of Innovation Awards 2016, alongside Paris, Berlin, Milan, Vienna, Amsterdam, Glasgow, Eindhoven, and Turin, with Oxford being selected "for its vision to openly share the wealth of knowledge within its world-class innovation ecosystem" ... Read More »


Oxford Seminars: Urban Mobilities in the Smart City

The idea of the 'smart city' has recently gained significant appeal amongst urban policy practitioners, international organisations, the corporate sector, academics, and social enterprises. By bringing together a range of innovative technologies, infrastructure and data management techniques, smart cities promise to enhance urban sustainability, to increase ... Read More »


Mapping human mobility with social media data

One of the key aims of the NEXUS project is to explore the extent to which human mobility patterns (e.g. commuting, tourism, migration) can be effectively mapped using social media data. Effective information on mobility is of vital importance to policy makers, yet is often in short supply or is expensive and difficult to collect (take as an example the traffic ... Read More »


Oxford City Debates - Urban governance and its discontents

The yearly conference on Urban Governance and its Discontents will be held on 18-19 February 2016 at the University of Oxford. A cornerstone initiative of the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities, the conference will build on the long tradition of public debates here, and will bring together urban thinkers and practitioners to discuss the unprecedented challenges ... Read More »


Oxford in new Internet of Things Research Hub

Oxford is one of a consortium of nine UK universities involved in the newly announced £23 million Internet of Things (IoT) Research Hub. Oxford’s participation in the consortium is led by the e-Research Centre and Oxford Internet Institute, and also involves the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Engineering Science and the ... Read More »


IoT technology powers an interactive Oxford flood map and sensor network

Nominet, in association with the Flood Network, is today launching an interactive, online map which visualises river and stream levels around Oxford. The map, showing how technology can be a part of flood defence systems anywhere, has been developed following a successful pilot project with the Oxford Flood Network. The project has been focused on exploring the potential of ... Read More »


Nominet's IoT Tools: breaking down the silos

Today sees the Oxford Flood Network map going public. We've been working on this community-based project for over a year now and thought it was a good time to explain the technology that is behind it. When we set about designing the systems for the flood network we wanted to avoid getting "locked-in" to any one technology vendor, preferring instead to ... Read More »


Pedalling Innovation – Oxford’s first cycling hackathon

Following on from the success of June's 'Can you see the future of cycling in Oxford' event, Oxford's Environmental Sustainability Team and agile-ox are coming together again to bring you a full cycle hackathon, in association with Smart Oxford and the Broken Spoke Bike Co-op. Cycling in this city could be a better experience for all. We want to be part of a ... Read More »


Getting critical

When it comes to Britain’s national infrastructure, providers of vital services – water, electricity, gas, waste, transport and communications – tend to operate and manage as independent entities, each ploughing their own individual furrow. But research and analysis by the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute (ECI) reveals how interdependent our infrastructures are. ... Read More »


Oxford bids to become European capital of innovation

Oxford is aiming to be crowned Europe’s Capital of Innovation 2016 and win a prize of €950,000 to build on the city’s achievements and create a lasting culture of innovation across many aspects of people’s lives. The City Council is coordinating a multi-sector team that includes the County Council, the two universities, local businesses and third sector organisations, to bid for the ... Read More »


Preparing for the future - the first Resilient Oxford workshop

On 26th October Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council and the University of Oxford brought together a wide range stakeholders from across Oxford's public & private sectors, academia, and local communities, for the first Resilent Oxford workshop, to help identify and evaluate the city's challenges and priorities, and to help the city prepare for ... Read More »


So much awesome stuff #StartedinOxford

This week, Isis Innovation is celebrating the fact that Oxford is one of the most innovative regions in the UK, by asking folks on twitter to tweet with examples of Oxford Innovation, using #StartedinOxford. See below for a full picture from Storify. There are lots more – and if you haven’t heard of any of the above, go check them out. Got ideas of your own? Join the conversation ... Read More »


Oxford spinout uses phase change materials for smart glazing and displays

The discovery by researchers at the University of Oxford that it is possible to use extremely thin, flexible, transparent layers of a new smart material to create low-energy, high-resolution displays and glazing is to be commercialised by spinout company Bodle Technologies. Oxford Sciences Innovation, the £320m investment company ... Read More »


Oxford Sustainable Future Symposium

Oxford, as with many parts of the county, is faced with a wide range of challenges that constrain our ability to provide a world class environment for our people. In June, three strategic organisations joined together for the Oxford Sustainable Future Symposium, which explored a route to addressing many of these issues. The symposium was ... Read More »


Event: Resilient Oxford workshop - 26th Oct 2015

This workshop will bring together a diverse array of city stakeholders from the public & private sectors, academia, and local communities, to help identify and evaluate the city's challenges and resilience-building priorities in a cross-group and interdisiplinary way. The output of the workshop will inform Oxford's forthcoming bid in the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge. ... Read More »


Oxford City Council shortlisted in National Air Quality Awards

Oxford City Council has been shortlisted in the National Air Quality Awards. The Council has been shortlisted in the Local Authority Air Quality Initiative of the Year award for the Low Emission Zone in the city centre. The zone was introduced last year by the City Council and Oxfordshire County Council and requires local bus services to operate low emission vehicles. ... Read More »


Improve the Air in Oxford – Join the CleanSpace Movement & Grab a Tag

Across the UK, thousands of people have downloaded the CleanSpace app and are earning CleanMiles when they travel cleanly by foot or by bike, redeeming them for rewards with our high street and online partners. But, this is just the beginning. If the people of Oxford join the movement with us and kickstart the CleanSpace network in their local area, we can start to get a much better ... Read More »


Digital Minister welcomes innovative approach to delivering high-speed broadband in Oxfordshire

Ed Vaizey, Digital Economy Minister, has been seeing first-hand how a mixture of technologies and innovations are being used in the roll-out of high-speed broadband by the ‘Better Broadband for Oxfordshire’ partnership to some of the more rural parts of the county. Earlier this month, he was in the village of Fernham to see for himself how unusual challenges have been ... Read More »


Oxford submits £9m bid to encourage the use of electric vehicles

We have submitted a £9m bid to the Government to encourage more people to use electric vehicles. If the bid is successful, we will use the money to give people financial incentives to use electric vehicles and install more charging points across the city. We will also trial in the city the use of new smart lamp posts, which have been designed by BMW and contain ... Read More »


Oxford: Integrating Renewables Conference - 5th October 2015

The fourth annual Oxford Energy Conference began with an introduction by Professor Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith, Director of Energy Research at Oxford. Juliet Davenport, Founder and CEO of Good Energy, Chaired the opening session on the 'Potential of Renewables'. First we heard from Professor Henry Snaith, University of Oxford ... Read More »


The Smart Oxford Challenge - innovative ideas for smarter cities

Last month, Nominet R&D held the Oxford Smart Challenge, a one-day, startup accelerator to help fledgling entrepreneurs create compelling smart city and IoT innovations for the city of Oxford and beyond. The room began buzzing at 9am and didn’t stop until 9pm. Energy levels throughout the day were incredible and a testament to all who participated and helped out. ... Read More »


Oxfordshire to host the UK's largest community-owned rooftop solar

Prodrive and the Low Carbon Hub today announced an agreement to develop a community-owned rooftop solar PV installation on Prodrive’s Banbury headquarters in early 2016. The project will be fully funded by the Low Carbon Hub – an Oxfordshire-wide social enterprise – and will generate green electricity for Prodrive, deliver an annual financial benefit of ... Read More »


SmartOx Challenge - Cognicity on Steroids!

KnowNow was at the SmartOx Challenge (one of 13 companies out of 43 that applied to be there), held at the very lovely Jam Factory in the centre of Oxford on 18th September. The day was sponsored by Nominet R&D, with the support of experts covering everything from product design, marketing, technology through to finance. With mentors advising closely, bringing ... Read More »


Oxford: 'we have the UK's only licenced driverless car - there's only one'

Connectivity is being heralded as the only way forward for the autonomous vehicle, yet Paul Myles found out that a group of Oxford scientists are proving their car can navigate without the Internet’s help. It's probably of little surprise that the scientists behind the Mars Rover approached designing an autonomous vehicle without the imperative of having it communicate with the Internet. ... Read More »


How does the Flood Network operate?

The Oxford Flood Network is our demonstration network which uses the power of crowdsourcing to collect flood information at a much higher resolution than was previously economical. This kind of information is useful to local authorities who have to deploy demountable flood barriers, sandbags and staff around the city during times of flooding and need to ... Read More »


Crowdsourced data: Smart Objects and the Power of the Crowd

According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) “crowdsourced” is a relatively new word, its first recorded use being as recent as 2005. So, it is ironic that the compilation of the OED is itself one of the most impressive crowdsourcing projects in history. In 1857, the British Philological Society appealed to the public to send in the earliest quotations ... Read More »


Ideas for better cities (by a citizen)

After I wrote a little bit about what the Challenge was about in terms of format I started thinking about what ideas I would pitch if I could apply. I like thinking about community life and the role that technology could take in building better communities. I think people find it hard to care about their local community at certain times in their lives. Only when they become ... Read More »


How to get people to make things for you

We’re a week away from the deadline for the Smart Oxford Challenge and I was asked if this was a hackathon. That expression and the format it has come to represent gives me the heeby-jeebies so I wanted to share why, and what makes the Challenge different. This is coming from ten years of organising events around the internet of things (up to 60 attendees on average) as well as ... Read More »


How big data is breathing new life into the smart cities concept

“Big data” is a growing area of interest for public policy makers: for example, it was highlighted in UK Chancellor George Osborne’s recent budget speech as a major means of improving efficiency in public service delivery. While big data can apply to government at every level, the majority of innovation is currently being driven by ... Read More »


How do networks shape the spread of disease and gossip?

A new approach to exploring the spread of contagious diseases or the latest celebrity gossip has been tested using London’s street and underground networks. Results from the new approach could help to predict when a contagion will spread through space as a simple wave (as in the Black Death) and when long-range connections, such as air travel, enable ... Read More »


Making Oxford a better place

By being smarter we can make Oxford more beautiful, greener, safer, fairer, healthier, more resilient and more prosperous. The traffic and transport systems around the county, most notably on A34, A40 and M40, are struggling to cope, and the volume of car traffic into and within Oxford causes major problems ... Read More »


New research: low-energy urban mobility in Oxford

Interested in the transition to low carbon transport in Oxford, and curious to know how local innovations compare to those in Brighton? Dr Tim Schwanen, the incoming director of the Transport Studies Unit, has conducted a case study examining the nature of low-energy innovation in the everyday mobility of people in two UK cities with favourable conditions for a transition ... Read More »


Enter the Smart Oxford Challenge

Do you have an idea for a connected product or digital service that could make Oxford a better, smarter city? Apply online before August 7th for the Smart Oxford Challenge. If you are selected, you will receive support on the day (business, technical, marketing) to develop your idea and showcase it to city officials and the press ... Read More »


Digital Working Groups - Call for interest

Smart Oxford, in affiliation with Digital Oxford and the Digital Catapult, is making an open invitation for membership of Oxford-based Interest Groups in the following areas: [1] Smart City Technologies: this group will work with the Technology Working Group of the Smart Oxford initiative, to help provide ideas, input, and expertise to the Smart Oxford programme. [2] Personal Data ... Read More »


The Internet of Smart Things: using mobile phones as low-cost sensors

Smartphones have reduced dramatically in price and can now cost as little as ten pounds. But they are effectively sophisticated computers with a range of high-tech features that make them highly adaptable as monitoring devices. Another great advantage is that they are immensely accessible: everyone knows how to use a smartphone app. ... Read More »


Join the Oxford Flood Network Pilot

At Oxford Flood Network we're building a citizen sensing project to collect detailed information on river levels around Oxford. If you live in Oxford city, around the Thames or Cherwell, canal or one of the many streams and think you’d like to host an Oxford Flood Network sensor and gateway in your home then now’s the time to let us know. ... Read More »


Event: environmental challenges and digital technology: exploring opportunities for collaboration in Oxfordshire

A collaborative discussion day for researchers, business, and public sector, hosted by the Environmental Change Institute's Agile Ox programme, focussing on environmental problems and digital solutions. Developments in affordable sensors, the Internet of Things, and accompanying step-change in potentials for data collection, analysis and visualisation have created ... Read More »


Cycle BOOM: helping shape cities to accommodate older cycling needs

The cycle BOOM study is using a wide range of approaches and data to produce a rich and integrated understanding of older people's cycling. Particular attention is being given to the physical, social and technological circumstances in which older cycling is situated and the significance of cycling for older people’s health and wellbeing. ... Read More »


If technology is the answer to Smart Cities, what is the question?

Earlier this week I attended the 4th annual Smart to Future Cities event in London. I was attracted to the conference by the mix of attendees, and the fact that the majority of speakers were city authorities and councils and not technology vendors pushing their products (although technology or more precisely technology adoption still dominated the discussion). ... Read More »


Isis Innovation & Oxford AHSN Technology Showcase 2015

The Oxford eHealth & Big Data Isis Innovation & Oxford AHSN Technology Showcase 2015 will highlight the the latest, most exciting technology opportunities and projects in this area from Oxford University and the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, our co-hosts and partner for this event. The audience will hear about the latest exciting projects and views from ... Read More »


Tech Nation Cluster Profile: Oxford

Oxford has witnessed incredible digital success in recent years with Natural Motion Games, Dark Blue Labs and Vision Factory acquired by Zynga and Google respectively. World-leading academic institutions in the area provide tech startups with exceptional talent and there are now nearly 22,000 people in digital employment in the area ... Read More »


Forecasting demand using Big Data

As we walk, cycle or drive around Oxford, make telephone calls, send texts or emails and do our shopping, many of us are unaware of exactly how much data is being generated by our activities. "Big data" is a catch-phrase for describing the overwhelming volume, velocity and variety of this stream of information ... Read More »


EmerGent : Mining social media in large-scale emergencies

One of the biggest sources of Big Data is social media. This represents a continuous feed of unstructured, unvalidated near real-time information about citizens' experience. When a big city undergoes a crisis, such as a flood, earthquake or riots, masses of valuable information pours into social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook ... Read More »


Oxford plans innovative Wireless Electric Bus project

Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council are excited to announce a commitment to work on a joint study for an innovative Wireless Electric Bus project. Working in partnership with Oxford Bus Company, MBK Arup Sustainable Projects (MASP), and sister company eFleet Integrated Service (eFIS), the plan is to ... Read More »


8 things you might not know about Oxford's driverless tech

The government has revealed the outcome of a review of UK regulations for driverless cars as well as the launch of trial projects in three locations. Today is also the first chance to see prototype driverless LUTZ Pathfinder pods built for one of the trials being driven around pedestrianized areas in Milton Keynes. The Mobile Robotics Group (MRG) at Oxford ... Read More »


Average house prices in Oxford 'become least affordable in Britain'

Average house prices in the South East, and especially London, rose even faster during 2014 (January to December) than in the same period of 2013, says new research. Once the average income is also taken into account, house prices in Oxford during 2014 even out-paced London. The findings by Danny Dorling, Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford ... Read More »


Big Data in Big Cities - the GOTO Hackathon 2015

The GOTO Hackathon 2015 is an event for all University of Oxford students and alumni, focussing on Big Data - specifically how Big Data can be utilised to resolve the issues large cities around the globe face in the 21st Century. The event launches on Friday 27th Feb, with an evening presentation where attendees will be encouraged to ... Read More »



   


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