Oxfordshire’s space strengths ‘taking off’ with NASA

Oxford Space Systems last week (10 April) won a prestigious NASA competition at the Space Symposium in Colorado, USA. Its CEO, Mike Lawton, successfully-pitched to a judging panel of senior NASA officials, investors and space industry executives in NASA’s ‘iTech Ignite the Night’ – a competition that … Read More »

Smart Oxford co-founder wins Smart to Future Cities People’s Choice Award

Congratulations to Smart Oxford board member and co-founder, Llewelyn Morgan, Head of Innovation at Oxfordshire County Council, for winning the Smart Cities Peoples Choice, which recognises the outstanding achievement of an individual person who has helped smart city technology develop in cities … Read More »

£41m project to support Oxford on journey to zero carbon

Oxford City Council has facilitated a £41m project to trial the world’s largest hybrid energy storage system to support electric vehicle charging and low-carbon heat networking. This will help Oxford on its journey to zero carbon. Earlier this year the City Council declared a climate emergency in Oxford and committed to … Read More »

The Impact of Space Data on Smart Transport and Logistics

Transportation relies on the data sent between vehicles and transport infrastructures such as railways, bus stations and airports. This data allows vehicles and infrastructures to adapt to changing situations and conditions. These situations include: changes in the weather, congestion, and battery life of … Read More »

Oxfordshire to trial £40m local smart grid project

Oxfordshire will receive £40 million of funding for a project to trial a new smart local energy system – or ‘smart grid’. The system will explore how the growth in local renewables, electric vehicles, battery storage, and demand side response can be supported and help in reducing charges to … Read More »

Oxford co-founds £13.8M National Centre of Excellence in Internet of Things

As part of a government initiative to become a world leader in tackling cyber threats, the UK today launches a National Centre to provide a step-change in research associated with the Internet of Things (IoT). The £13.8m PETRAS (privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security) National Centre of Excellence for … Read More »

Conference – AI@Oxford, 17-18 Sep 2019

The University of Oxford, in collaboration with Oxford University Innovation (OUI) are hosting a 2-day conference as part of the week long “Festival of AI” in Oxford. This large-scale event will bring together Artificial Intelligence thought leaders, academics, businesses, investors and policy makes from … Read More »

Oxford event: Networking for Innovative Technology-based SMEs

This is the first of a series of workshops delivered by Begbroke Science Park and STEMM Commercial for the Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) programme. Begbroke Science Park supports entrepreneurs and business leaders of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the development and commercialisation of … Read More »

Oxford researchers launch social enterprise to help business fight poverty

Researchers from the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) have launched sOPHIa Oxford, the University’s first social enterprise spinout, to bring a multidimensional poverty-fighting method created by OPHI to businesses to help efforts to tackle poverty … Read More »

Oxford eBike Summit brings together business leaders and key players

The Oxford eBike Summit 2019 will bring together business leaders and key players working in the sector, to explore how we advance full eBike mobility. The summit is a high level business forum based on the dual themes of business engagement and thought leadership from the most senior, influential and informed … Read More »

Agile Lab up and running at the Begbroke Centre for Innovation & Enterprise

The “Agile Lab”, a shared working facility within the Centre for Innovation & Enterprise at Begbroke (CIE) is now up and running. It comprises an equipped laboratory with bookable bench space and equipment and co-working office space and is available to hire at low rates. The Agile Lab allows its users to … Read More »

Taking Oxfordshire’s global opportunities to a Westminster audience

Oxfordshire is ‘open for business’ – that is the message the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) has once again taken to Central London earlier today (19 March), as it staged its third House of Commons economic briefing. This was the third of four briefings lined-up for Westminster, which see … Read More »

Over £720,000 of investment raised in latest round of the Community Energy Fund

Our Low Carbon Hub is thrilled to announce that the latest round of the Community Energy Fund raised £726,650 in investment to support community energy in Oxfordshire, and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who chose to invest and put their money to work tackling climate change. In addition to … Read More »

New Science Oxford Centre one step closer

Oxford Trust, the charity behind Science Oxford, received the keys to the Science Oxford Centre and the adjoining Wood Centre for Innovation (WCFI) today in Headington. The UK’s first integrated indoor-outdoor science education facility, the Centre will open to visits for primary schools and early years groups … Read More »

Oxford Trust receives the keys to Wood Centre for Innovation

It might have been a wet, blustery winter’s day but for the Trust the sun was shining on Tuesday as Kenneth Hale from Beard Oxford handed the keys to our Stansfeld Park development to John Boyle, Chair of the Trust, and CEO Steve Burgess. The Trust took the leasehold on the 18-acre woodland site, a former … Read More »

Event – SMEs and Start-ups: Unlock Oxford city’s smart solutions

If you’ve ever thought about how your company could harness the power of innovative technology in order to improve your city, or wondered whether you are positioning your SME or start-up to realise its full potential in the smart city market, and want to harness all the data and case studies that might be … Read More »

Oxford: StreetDrone releases open source simulation model

Oxford-based StreetDrone is releasing a tool which will allow developers to test and validate their AI software stacks. StreetDrone aim to speed up the deployment of self-driving technology by putting app-connected, autonomous-ready vehicles onto UK roads. StreetDrone’s Vehicle Simulation model of the … Read More »

The Oxford-Cambridge Arc and further investment for Oxfordshire

Earlier today (13 March) – as part of the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s spring statement – a ‘joint declaration’ between government and local partners (including OxLEP) was announced with regards to the Oxford-Cambridge Arc. The declaration outlines an ‘agreed way of working’ as well as several … Read More »

Driving a secure future for the transport sector

Organisations operating in transportation and logistics are hard to pin down. They could be multi-national haulage firms; operators of trains, buses or airlines; local authorities and government agencies; airport owners; or many other stakeholders. Yet despite their diversity, they’re all looking to drive efficiencies, reduce … Read More »

Creative Destruction Lab startup programme comes to Oxford

UK and European science-based founders will soon benefit from a proven innovative programme that helps commercialise their ideas and scale their businesses. Established in 2012 by Professor Ajay Agrawal at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) is a … Read More »

Local Digital Project: Chatbots and AI – week 3: user research training

After initial preparations, week 3 of the project has seen things shift up a gear as we get ready for our first sprint. This involved all councils undergoing user research training, as well as some of us preparing for Sprint 1 user research interviews. With 10 councils covering 4 areas of research it wasn’t feasible for all the … Read More »

Children – draw “my Oxfordshire in 2050”

As part of the efforts to engage our young people in the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 Oxford City Council is asking primary school children to draw what they would like Oxfordshire to look like in 2050. It could be a futuristic house, an exciting job in a new industry sector or a radical new mode of transport to get around – as creative as … Read More »

Oxford: New Centre for Autonomous Intelligent Machines and Systems

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is funding a new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Autonomous Intelligent Machines and Systems at Oxford University. This is one of three new CDTs funded at its Department of Computer Science, in order to ‘develop the skills needed for UK prosperity’. … Read More »

£110 million funding for Oxfordshire science and tech community at Harwell

Harwell Campus, the UK’s science and innovation hub, has secured £110 million funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial to further expand the Campus, and enter its next 400,000 sq ft phase of development. Santander has assisted with growth that will exceed 1 million sq ft in under eight years. With a total of … Read More »

Oxford Event: GovTech – Transport Network Management for New Mobility

Oxfordshire County Council has secured £1.25 million of GovTech Catalyst funding to develop solutions to enable Transport Network Management Control Centres to integrate and interact with New Mobility, such as Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Drones, Dockless Bikes as well as … Read More »

Oxfordshire 2050 launches call for ideas

The Oxfordshire Plan 2050 team has launched a ‘Call for Ideas’ to try to identify areas for new development and environmental protection in Oxfordshire. The Plan is part of the £215m Housing & Growth Deal agreed by the Oxfordshire Growth Board with the Government, and is being formed by all … Read More »

Oxford event – Building Healthier Cities: Reducing Air Pollution

More than half of the world’s population live in cities where daily activities can release air pollutants harmful to health. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation reports that air pollution is the 4th highest risk factor for death worldwide. Addressing this complex problem requires collective action and collaboration across … Read More »

Electric bikes could provide older people with brain boost

Older cyclists who use electric bicycles may be getting the same brain benefits as those on standard bikes. This new research was conducted at Oxford Brookes University and Reading University, and published in PLOS One yesterday. It found that cyclists between the ages of 50-83 experienced cognitive and mental health benefits … Read More »

Local Digital Project: Chatbots and AI

It’s felt like an age in arriving, but finally the Chatbot project has launched properly. With contracts exchanged and our delivery partners engaged it was time to all get together in Birmingham for an all-day kick-off event. The objectives of the event were to ensure that everyone had a … Read More »

Smart Oxford: apps could be used to reduce inequality in the city

The Smart Oxford programme manager addressed a conference at the King’s Centre in Oxford yesterday and explained how the city and Oxfordshire could be developed was by taking advantage of world-leading experts here, and by encouraging residents to use technology could be a key way of reducing inequality across Oxfordshire … Read More »

Oxford one of six sites to receive funding for health data science

Health Data Research UK is awarding £30 million funding to six sites across the UK, including the University of Oxford, to address challenging healthcare issues through use of data science. Professor Martin Landray, Director of the Health Data Research UK Oxford site said … Read More »

IoT and digital transformation – cheaper transport but at what price?

The transport industry faces a major period of change, with pressure to make better use of natural resources and embrace new technology, while at the same time driving costs down. The advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) – linking all manner of infrastructure and devices together – will help to … Read More »

Oxford: Smart Cities Development Conference 2019

The Smart Cities Development Conference is set to bring public and private sector leaders from across the built environment industry to look at how we can work together to ensure development and regeneration happening across our city regions are smart, sustainable and contribute … Read More »

Data sharing for smart transport

Of the many technological innovations currently jostling for attention, driverless cars may demand the biggest spotlight during 2019. The global autonomous vehicle market is expected to grow at a rate of almost 40% from 2019 to 2026 as the technology and software progress rapidly … Read More »

Plans for Oxford zero emission zone in move ahead

Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council have published updated proposals for a Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) in the city centre, following 15 months of listening to businesses, residents, transport operators and health experts in Oxfordshire. The proposals … Read More »

Taking Oxfordshire’s global opportunities to Westminster

Oxfordshire is ‘open for business’ – that is the message the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) will once again be taking to Central London tomorrow (15 January), as it stages its second House of Commons economic briefing. It will be the second of … Read More »

Oxford City Council launches chatbot project

Oxford City Council is leading a group of local authorities in a project to explore the potential for using chatbots and AI to deal with customer enquiries. It has begun to look for support in a three-month programme to lay the ground for the possible development of an application that could be used by the 14 councils involved … Read More »

The new Science Oxford Centre on film

From September 2019, our new Science Oxford Centre in Headington will be fully open to visits for primary schools and early years groups from across the region. The new centre is the UK’s first integrated indoor-outdoor science education centre. At its core will be the Exploration Zone, a new kind of … Read More »

Low Carbon Building Group delivers cutting-edge research

Oxford Brookes University delivers new research findings on how improvements to our indoor environment at work could help productivity. Productivity levels in the UK are known to lag behind those of other leading economies.The Office for National Statistics has found that the average … Read More »

Transformative technologies – the driving force of Oxfordshire’s Local Industrial Strategy

Nigel Tipple, Chief Executive of Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP), highlights the type of technologies that are helping to drive its strategy forward. We are world-leaders in the technologies of digital health, space-led data applications, autonomous vehicles and technologies underpinning quantum computing … Read More »

Oxford ranked first in world for engineering and digital

The University of Oxford overtook three US universities known for their strength in technology to lead in the Engineering and Computer Science tables. The ranking is based on criteria measuring teaching, research, industry income, international outlook and citations, which are combined to provide a comparison of … Read More »

Why is Oxfordshire at the heart of global autonomous vehicle development?

On 22 November, the Business and Energy Secretary visited the Culham Science Centre to announce the UK government has committed £25m towards three autonomous vehicle projects, bringing the introduction of self-driving cars to Britain’s roads ever closer. Why was this announcement made in Oxfordshire? Simply put, we are … Read More »

Better Broadband for Oxfordshire

Superfast Broadband? Ultrafast Broadband? Full Fibre Broadband? What are the differences, and how do I future-proof my businesses’ connectivity requirements? The great majority of small and medium enterprises will have access to superfast broadband, or possibly be paying for expensive leased lines to access … Read More »

Oxford-based DRIVEN consortium to bring autonomous cars to London roads

Oxford-based DRIVEN consortium will begin trials of autonomous vehicles on London roads before Christmas. This marks a major step for the DRIVEN consortium aiming to have a fleet of fully autonomous cars completing trials on roads between London and Oxford in 2019 … Read More »

Oxford City Council announce the 2019 Oxford EV Summit

June 2019 will see the return of the Oxford EV Summit – bringing together key leaders from across the electric vehicle and charging infrastructure industry. The EV summit, which will be in its second year, will focus on dual themes of business development and thought leadership. Speakers will include leaders from across the industry with … Read More »

Oxford – top city for economic success and wellbeing

Oxford has been named as the top UK city for economic success and wellbeing of the community for the third year in a row. Demos-PwC Good Growth for Cities 2018 report was created in 2008 as a response to the growing sense that people needed more from their leaders than an improvement in gross domestic product … Read More »

Oxford wins Air Quality Communications Initiative of the Year

An air quality campaign by Oxford City Council has been awarded Air Quality Communications Initiative of the Year in the 2018 National Air Quality Awards. The Schools Tackling Oxford’s Air Pollution (STOP) project was among the winners from over 80 entries put forward across nine categories.The project aims to … Read More »

Work begins on globally-significant connected and autonomous vehicle technology centre

Building work has started on a new facility, which – according to the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) – will ensure the county ‘remains at the forefront’ of global developments in driverless vehicle technology. The new facility – which is part-funded by the government’s … Read More »

Oxford-based Oxbotica raises £14m to accelerate deployment of self-driving vehicles

Oxford-based autonomous vehicle software developer will use funding to scale its activities in Europe, Asia and the US market. Funding secured from lead investor IP Group plc alongside Parkwalk Advisors and long-term commercial partner AXA XL (formerly XL Catlin) Oxbotica’s domain-agnostic … Read More »

OxLEP takes Oxfordshire’s global opportunities to Westminster audience

Oxfordshire is ‘very much open for business’ – that was the strong message OxLEP took to Central London earlier today (11 September) as it staged its first-ever House of Commons breakfast briefing event. It was the first of four economic briefings lined-up for London over the next 12 months, which sees … Read More »

Event: Making Oxford a Smart City

What makes a city ‘smart’, what infrastructure and what technological solutions can and should be deployed to create a truly smart city?How we can leverage the strength and depth of tech innovation that happens in Oxford and Oxfordshire, the two universities, the Harwell space cluster and the tech-focused business parks … Read More »

Oxford, Greenpeace, and FoE to launch Charter for Cleaner Air

A new charter for cleaner air is to be launched by Oxford City Council, Greenpeace, and Friends of the Earth, calling on the Government to place the health of communities first. The charter, which was created by Oxford City Council, is believed to be the first formal cooperation with … Read More »

In the news: How Oxford became one of Britain’s smartest cities

23 July 2018: read today’s Daily Telegraph interview with Llewelyn Morgan, Service Manager: Infrastructure, Innovation and Development, Oxfordshire County Council on how Oxford built its “Smart City” ecosystem, and the city’s approach to innovation and improving the lives of its citizens, here. … Read More »

Seminar: the impact of rapid urbanisation

Around 1.5 million people are moving into the world’s cities every week. By 2050 there will be an additional 2 billion urban citizens mostly concentrated in developing countries. It places huge demands on infrastructure, housing, services, job creation, climate and environment. At the same time … Read More »

Oxford University partners with Oxford Bus Company to pinpoint Oxford pollution hotspots

Researchers from the Department of Engineering Science are collaborating with the Oxford Bus Company to conduct a detailed emissions study on buses across the city. Dr Felix Leach, Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the Department of Engineering Science, has been measuring NOx emissions on buses on key routes … Read More »

Oxford Robotics Institute to put a team of robots to the test at Blenheim

The Oxford Robotics Institute (Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford) is to put a team of robots to the test at Blenheim as part of a new joint initiative. Ranging from driverless cars to legged robots, the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site will be used as a proving ground … Read More »

Oxfordshire aims to be a national leader in tackling air pollution with ‘zero emission zone’

As leaders from England’s most car-polluted cities meet the environment secretary, Michael Gove, today, Oxfordshire councils are pushing ahead with bold proposals to create the world’s first zero-emission zone in Oxford and initiatives to tackle air quality in other congestion hotspots in the county, including … Read More »

Oxford Brookes student wins investment for app tackling accessibility in cities

A postgraduate student from the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes has won investment after competing in University Alliance’s national Enterprise Stars competition. Last week (14 June) University Alliance ran their annual Alliance-wide showcase and a competition to attract investment for student start-ups … Read More »

Harwell Space Cluster turbocharges growth in UK’s space sector

Five ‘New Space’ companies pioneering the latest space hardware, robotics and technology share growth and partnership milestones with investors, industry leaders and British Royalty at the Harwell Campus New Space Showcase. Members of the world-renowned Harwell Space Cluster … Read More »

OXSIGHT smart specs prepare for commercial release

Bethan from the UK and Manuel from Germany were the latest people to receive a demonstration of the OXSIGHT Prism smart glasses. The Oxford-based team, including customer care lead Rob Evans and consultant optometrist Daniel Crown demonstrated the glasses as part of the … Read More »

Oxfordshire – a council in the thick of mobility innovation

Local Transport Today recently interviewed Smart Oxford’s Llewelyn Morgan – Oxfordshire County Council’s service manager for infrastructure, innovation and development. He talked about how Oxfordshire is actively engaged in smart mobility, and about how Smart Oxford partners are playing an important role exploring … Read More »

Oxford event: How Transport Innovation will power the Oxford-MK-Cambridge Corridor

Mobility Oxford (MobOx), Oxfordshire County Council, and the Transport Systems Catapult would like to invite you to this latest showcase event in Oxford, focusing on ‘How Transport Innovation will power the Oxford-MK-Cambridge Corridor’. The event will take place on Tuesday 17th July … Read More »

Oxford event – Kellogg Urban Knowledge Exchange: Rapid Urbanisation

A multidisciplinary seminar, as part of the Kellogg Urban Knowledge Exchange series, will be held on Wednesday 13th June at 17:00-19:00 in the Kellogg College Hub, Oxford. Around 1.5 million people are moving into the world’s cities every week. By 2050 there will be an additional 2 billion urban citizens mostly concentrated in … Read More »

Oxford to have world’s first pop-up electric vehicle charging points

Residents across Oxford are being encouraged to nominate their street to take part in the project, which will see 20 ‘UEone’ retractable pavement bollards installed on streets with on road, off pavement parking. The scheme will be available to residents who currently have electric vehicles, and those who want to own an electric vehicle. … Read More »

Oxehealth: developing a better way to care for dementia patients

Oxford-based company, Oxehealth, has developed a way of improving the care of patients by combining computer algorithms with optical sensors. This enables staff to monitor activity like getting out of bed or leaving a room, as well as the patient’s vital signs, heart rate and breathing rate in real time and to medical-grade accuracy. … Read More »

New driverless cars milestone achieved with vehicles interacting

Yesterday (Wednesday 18th April 2018) the DRIVEN consortium demonstrated publicly for the first time the capabilities of its fleet of autonomous vehicles to interact and ‘talk’ to each other. From its headquarters at the RACE Building at the Culham Science Centre in Abingdon, DRIVEN set two of its vehicles … Read More »

Oxford leads the way with Electric Vehicle Summit

In fewer than 100 days time, Oxford will host a two-day Electric Vehicle Summit – bringing together key leaders and players from across the electric vehicle and charging infrastructure industry. The event, which will take place from Wednesday 4 July to Thursday 5 July at the Saїd Business School is organised by … Read More »

Oxford to play key role in UK energy demand research centre

Oxford University is to take a lead role in a new research centre which will develop and deliver world-leading expertise, focused on addressing the UK’s socio-technical energy challenges. The UK Centre for Research on Energy Demand (UKCRED), was announced today by Claire Perry, Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth … Read More »

Oxford Conference – The Good City: Urban Transformation, Comparison and Value

Oxford 18-20 April 2018: The ESRC Urban Transformations Global conference will offer a space to gather researchers focusing on global, European and UK comparative urbanism. It will aim to first summarise UT’s past work, and then benefit from this richness of experience to outline new methodologies and a new discourse … Read More »

This is how Oxfordshire is shaping the future of UK travel

The first use of fully connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) on public roads is set to take place in Oxfordshire, following the announcement of government funding into a trial project. Innovate UK has today (25 February) announced the award of £2.5 million to trial self-driving vehicles in and around Milton Park … Read More »

Oxford’s innovative approach to Smart Mobility

Smart Oxford board member Llewelyn Morgan was recently interviewed by New Statesman magazine. He talked about the Oxford’s innovative approach to Smart Mobility. With major development in many areas increasing the number of trips taken, Oxfordshire is subject to congestion … Read More »

City Council wins £1.7m to introduce Oxford’s first fully-electric double-decker buses

Oxford City Council has won £1.7m to introduce the first fully-electric double-decker buses to Oxford later this year. The funding will retrofit five of the city’s open-top sightseeing buses to become fully electric, and retrofit 78 local buses to become significantly less polluting. The electric buses are expected to be available later this year. … Read More »

Star Light, Star Bright – Smart Oxford Playable City Commission launches

Watershed and Smart Oxford are delighted to announce the winner of the first Smart Oxford Playable City Commission will be available for the public to play with from Jan 19. The creators of Star Light, Star Bright, UK based, Hellion Trace (formerly Guerrilla Dance Project) will invite citizens to activate beams of light to map … Read More »

Smart Oxford : Playable City Commission

We invited innovators, technologists and creative people from around the world to submit a distinctive idea to help make Oxford more liveable, open and collaborative city. Making use of the city’s existing infrastructure and smart city technologies, the winning entry Star Light, Star Bright will put people and play… Read More »

Spring expo to showcase Oxford – one of the world’s leading centres for AI research

The University of Oxford will showcase its artificial intelligence research with a one-day expo on 27 March 2018 – ‘Artificial Intelligence @ Oxford’, bringing together Oxford’s leading experts in AI and machine learning, giving attendees the opportunity to hear about their work and visions of the future. … Read More »

10 steps to get driverless cars on the road

A few eyebrows were raised at the Chancellor’s recent announcement that driverless cars will be cruising the roads of Britain by the year 2021. While the technology is fast evolving and on-road pilots are already taking place, the reality of embedding driverless cars into our country requires a serious overhaul of many aspects of our … Read More »

Oxford AHSN Digital Health Roadmap helps to turn ideas into products

The Oxford Academic Health Science Network (Oxford AHSN) has launched a new digital health roadmap and guide for innovators developing digital health products. This resource draws on the Oxford AHSN’s deep knowledge and understanding of the pathway from concept through to adoption in the NHS and other healthcare systems. … Read More »

#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 … Read More »

UKAuthority – The view from Smart Oxford

UKAuthority interviews Llewelyn Morgan, manager of Oxfordshire County Council’s Innovation Research Team, talks about its participation in the county-wide programme, a new approach to procurement, and an alternative view on what ‘smart’ is all about. The dialogue around smart places has often focused on … Read More »

Oxford survey: State of the Art of Data Science in Local Government

The Data Science for Local Government project seeks to map and understand the use of both novel data analysis techniques and novel data sources in local governments across Europe. The primary objective is to get more of an idea of where and why these technologies are being used, and what the impacts are.  … 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  … 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 … 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  … Read More »

Oxford rolls out EV charging programme of ‘global scientific signficance’

Our County Council and 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 »

Innovative Oxford : the Shared City

The fastest growing city in the UK, home to the the most prolific University innovator in Europe and top of the World University Rankings for two years running, Oxford and its surrounding area are a vibrant centre of innovation. Our city hosts to over 5,000 businesses and 130,000 jobs, as well as two world class universities which, with … 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 via … Read More »

New funding boost for Science Oxford Centre

The Oxford Trust’s Stansfeld Park project has taken another exciting step forward with the news that they have been granted a Special Award from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. The financial award will enable them to develop a LiveLab zone in our new Science Oxford Centre on the Stansfeld site, which is … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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  … 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  … 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 … 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  … 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  … 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  … 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  … 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 … 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  … 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 … Read More »

Can we trust our cars to drive us?

In the excitement of approaching the era of autonomous cars, we shouldn’t overlook the challenges that our human instinct will face as we accept and (hopefully) embrace one of the most transformative technological developments of our time. A car that drives itself sounds exciting and liberating, and yet … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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  … 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  … 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  … 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 … Read More »

Getting started with TV White Space – Part 1: Initial Considerations

Anyone considering deploying a TV White Space network will have a problem in mind which they hope TVWS will be able to solve. We have been helping a variety of companies use TVWS to solve such problems, and would like to share some of our experience. This post covers some high-level considerations about whether … Read More »

Getting started with TV White Space – Part 2: Understanding Availability

TV White Space is spectrum left unused by primary users – specifically Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) and Program Makers and Special Events (PMSE – e.g. theatres and outside broadcasters). TVWS users can transmit at power levels which will not cause interference to any primary … 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 … 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 … 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  … Read More »

Smart city projects showcase – great uses of IoT in urban contexts

When we first started out looking at smart cities as an active research topic, we soon noticed that there wasn’t a lot of publicly available data to understand what the true smart city landscape looked like. So, we asked Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino of Designswarm, a strategic consultancy focusing on … 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 Water quality is essential for good river health. It sustains ecological processes that support … 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  … 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  … 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  … 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  … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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  … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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  … 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  … 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 … Read More »

Oxford podcasts: 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 … 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  … 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 … 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  … 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 … 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  … 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  … 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  … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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  … 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  … 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  … Read More »

The Oxford Flood Network – a citizen based initiative

The Oxford Flood Network is a citizen-based initiative for water-level monitoring sensorsv- a “guerilla network” in the spirit of the crowdsourced Japan Radiation Map created by the public around Fukushima in response to a lack of official information. Oxford is prone to flooding. Although the Environment Agency provide … 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 … 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 … 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  … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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  … 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  … 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  … 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  … 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  … 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 … 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  … 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  … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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  … 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  … 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  … 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  … 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 »

TV white space in Oxford

TV white space (TVWS) is the name given to the parts of wireless spectrum that were freed up as part of the digital TV switchover in the UK. TVWS can create two-way communications at a relatively high-data rates over long distances and urban environments so it’s good for transmitting applications such as video or collating lots of … Read More »

Oxford’s Future of Cities Programme

The understanding of the urban, whether in theory or practice, stands at a turning point. Cities over the world face complex and rapidly evolving challenges. Addressing them requires ingenuity and versatility, whether in policymaking, investment decisions or everyday … Read More »


OxFutures is mobilising large-scale investment to develop renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across the city and county. The aim is to achieve a 40% reduction in carbon emissions locally by 2020 and make low carbon economic development mainstream … Read More »

Low Carbon Oxford

Launched in 2010, Low Carbon Oxford (LCO) is a pioneering city-wide programme of collaboration between private, public and non-profit organisations with the aim of ensuring Oxford’s future as a sustainable and low carbon city. Oxford City Council took the … 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  … 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  … 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  … 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. … Read More »

The Cognitive Robotics Group

The Cognitive Robotics Research group at Oxford Brookes University undertakes research into human-robot interaction, autonomous vehicles and bio-inspired robotics. A primary focus of this research is enabling more natural interactions between humans and robots. This theme centres … 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  … 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 »

Being There: exploring issues of privacy and digital personhood in public spaces

Research teams at the University of Oxford and other centres will explore issues of privacy and the challenges of being able to appear in public in proxy form, in particular the challenge of having robot proxies in public places. This will involve the capacity to track micro-contacts between multiple … 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  … Read More »

Digital Oxford

Digital Oxford is an independent organisation that sets out to make Oxford and Oxfordshire a global destination for digital business. The digital industry in Oxfordshire is already worth an estimated £500m or more, which comes from the 40% of the 3,000+ businesses in the county who are are digital. … Read More »

At the forefront of autonomous vehicle research in the UK

The Oxford Mobile Robotics Group (MRG) at Oxford University’s Department of Engineering Science has been at the forefront of autonomous vehicle research in the UK for over a decade. The group’s technology is at the heart of the driverless LUTZ pods, currently on trial in Milton Keynes. It enables… 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  … 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 »

The Urban Design Group

Oxford Brookes University’s Urban Design Group is one of the largest UK providers of research expertise in urban design and conservation matters. Its research activity is of national and international standing. Its clients include, amongst others, UK government / agencies, local government, the commercial sector, community … Read More »

Oxford’s Transport Studies Unit

The Transport Studies Unit (TSU) takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of transport futures, drawing on relevant, state-of-the art developments in geography, environmental and transport studies, economics, sociology, psychology and the engineering sciences. The TSU is a research centre based at … Read More »

COBWEB – revolutionising energy management in buildings

In 2013 Oxford Brookes University’s Low Carbon Building Group secured funding for this project from the Technology Strategy Board, as part of their Future Cities Solutions Competition, which rewards solutions for UK cities facing challenges in energy, data and transportation … Read More »

Oxford’s Science Transit plans

Oxford Science Transit plan aims to transform public transport along the county’s ‘knowledge spine’. The Science Transit will be a fully integrated public transport system that connects the area’s centres of innovation and economic growth with the two universities … Read More »

Better Broadband for Oxfordshire

An extra 6,500 ‘hard to reach’ homes and businesses across Oxfordshire will be able to receive high-speed fibre broadband following an additional £5.1 million funding announced. announced on 9th February 21015. Better Broadband for Oxfordshire will now ensure that superfast broadband is available to … Read More »

Super Connected Oxford

Oxford has been awarded £5m funding from Government to become a Super Connected City by offering access to faster broadband speeds for businesses and delivering wireless infrastructure that will provide free wireless to all who live, work and visit the city … Read More »