What is Protospace?

Protospace launched in 2021 and aims to encourage closer collaboration between individuals, businesses and organisations to support, connect and grow the tech community in and around Milton Keynes.

With an established vibrant and rapidly growing community of entrepreneurs and creators, Protospace will champion local digital innovation, connect the community, and support the exploration of new ideas, the development of new skills, and opportunities for new collaborations.

The project was founded in September 2020 by the teams behind Made in MK, MK Geek Night and Pooleyville following long term conversations around the desire to accelerate the development of the local tech community and provide a space for closer collaboration.

As we move forward following a challenging time, it has never been more important to support, inspire and provide opportunity to those who want to learn more about the tech industry, develop new skills and incubate ideas that benefit the broader Milton Keynes community.

Building on a culture of innovation

With a longstanding history of innovation, Milton Keynes is widely recognised as one of the UK's fastest growing cities with the fourth highest number of business startups in the UK.

At the heart of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, Milton Keynes has already established itself as a testbed for both national and international smart mobility projects as well as a hub for cutting-edge technology and innovation. A combination of strong transport links, close proximity to London and its culture of innovation has made it’s an ideal place for technology companies of all sizes.

Recently ranked the second best place to work in the UK by the Times, Milton Keynes is home to a highly skills workforce with over 6,000 software engineers and 4,000 data engineers. It's cutting-edge research facilities and world-class technology clusters have attracted leading businesses from the technology and manufacturing sectors.

An ambitious strategy for 2050, rapidly growing economy (set to grow 9.9% in 2021, the fastest rate in the country) and upcoming new undergraduate university, provides the foundations for a bright future.

Protospace is for the community, by the community
The Team

Richard Wiggins

Richard is a designer with a specialism for online and digital platforms. With over 20 years of knowledge working between front end development, user interface design and digital strategy. Richard is also the co-founder of MK Geek Night, a long running, quarterly conference and networking event for the creative and tech industry. He is a co-founder of Pooleyville, a multidisciplinary creative agency working at the intersection between art, design, technology and placemaking.

Oliver Waters

Oliver is the co-founder and CEO at Orbit; a modern community platform for professional groups and member networks. Specialising in digital product design, user experience and strategy, he has over 20 years experience working on ventures in the technology sector. Prior to Orbit, he founded Momento, the popular automatic journal for iOS, and local digital consultancy d3i. He is also the founder of Made in MK; a long running event aimed at connecting the tech community in Milton Keynes.

Simon Wright

Simon is the current Artistic Director of MK Festival Fringe and former Curator, Public Programmes at MK Gallery. With over 15 years’ experience designing and delivering multi-disciplinary arts programmes, projects and commissions; fundraising; cultural strategy and partnership development. Alongside Richard Wiggins, he is the co-founder of Pooleyville.