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Milton Keynes launches AI development programme

The training programme will bring together business leaders, academics and individuals to develop AI skills and strengthen networks to help the UK town establish itself as a world-leading smart city.

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Machine learning challenges will help equip participants with skills to build basic AI models
Machine learning challenges will help equip participants with skills to build basic AI models

Milton Keynes (MK) is investing £20,000 in an artificial intelligence (AI) training programme, bringing together experts working to help establish it as a world-leading smart city.

 

As part of its Covid-19 Economic Recovery Plan, the council is funding a six-month AI development programme, connecting business leaders, academics, and individuals in MK to develop AI skills and strengthen networks within the sector.

 

Coding challenges

 

MKAI, a local AI network, is leading the sessions which include six interactive conferences delivered by professionals that are solving real-world problems and already capitalising on business opportunities presented by AI. The programme also includes machine learning coding challenges intended to equip participants with skills to build basic AI models.

 

“The sessions will provide invaluable insight for those interested in the sector and put our city in good stead as we continue our work to establish MK as a real smart city of the future,” said councillor Pete Marland, leader of MK Council.

 

“The appetite for digital skills, particularly in data science is growing significantly in Milton Keynes,” added Richard Foster-Fletcher, founder of MKAI. “With MK:U [new model university] launching this decade and the vision for Milton Keynes to be a leading smart city and a magnet for ambitious tech companies, there is no better place to be building an artificial intelligence community.”

“The sessions will provide invaluable insight for those interested in the sector and put our city in good stead as we continue our work to establish MK as a real smart city of the future”

MK has more than 1,000 people with direct sector skills and is home to over 6,000 software engineers and 4,000 data engineers.

 

The city claims to have the world’s largest fleet of autonomous delivery robots and MK:U seeks to be a global leader in training people to take on jobs in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) economy.

 

The council’s £2.25m Economic Recovery Plan will fund further projects, including the creation of a “Wonder Lab” for tech entrepreneurs.

 

MKC is also funding an MKAI review showcasing the city as a prime location for jobs and investment in the digital, AI and robotics sectors.

 

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