The Milton Keynes Smart City Robotics Competition: Inspiring the Next Generation of Robotics

The European Robotics League, in collaboration with centre:mk and Milton Keynes Council, has commissioned the Milton Keynes Smart City Robotics Competition. This international competition, taking place from September 18th to 22nd at centre:mk in Milton Keynes, aims to showcase the capabilities of robots in solving various challenges that support everyday human life.

Milton Keynes, as one of the UK’s newest and fastest-growing Smart Cities, provides an ideal backdrop for this innovative competition. It will not only display the latest advancements in consumer-facing robot technology but also highlight how even the simplest human actions can still challenge the most advanced robotic minds in Europe.

The European Robotics League, maintained by euRobotics, was established by the SciRoc project with funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme. Building on the success of previous competitions, such as the Smart City event in Milton Keynes in 2019 and Bologna, Italy in 2021, the Milton Keynes Smart City Robotics Competition aims to inspire the next generation of robotics enthusiasts.

Members of the public are invited to attend this groundbreaking event, where they can witness the latest technological developments and witness the robots in action. This event not only aims to showcase the potential of robotics but also inspire individuals to think of robotics as a positive force for good in society. While robots can assist in building a more efficient future, they can never replace humans but rather support and aid society in becoming more accessible and efficient.

The competition aligns with the smart city focus of centre:mk and Milton Keynes. The city is also planning to host the first UK Smart City Experience Centre later this year, joining other international locations such as New York, Singapore, Cairo, and Seoul.

In addition to the competition, Milton Keynes will also be the host of the first Global Safety Summit in November 2023. This summit, to be held in Bletchley Park, will bring together international governments, leading AI companies, and research experts to discuss and advance the safety of AI technology.

Furthermore, a Smart City Robotics Panel Discussion will take place at Milton Keynes’ Unity Place, featuring industry and academic figures. The panelists will share their insights and experiences on the relationship between robotics and smart cities.

By organizing this competition and hosting related events, Milton Keynes aims to demonstrate its status as a modern and forward-thinking smart city, with vast opportunities for innovation and development.

– The European Robotics League
– euRobotics
– Centre:MK
– Milton Keynes Council

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