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Understanding the environmental benefits of green roof projects through the power of technology

Milton Keynes’ tech community will come together at Saxon Court this weekend (18th – 19th September) in the first live Hackathon event to understand the environmental benefits of green roof projects.

Supported by Milton Keynes Council as part of its COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan, the event will be hosted by Protospace, in collaboration with MK Hackathon, creative agency Pooleyville, and the South Central Institute of Technology.

The ‘Green Roof Hackathon’ follows the submission of plans for the highly sustainable redevelopment of Saxon Court by mixed-use developers First Base, and investors Patron Capital.

Part of the sustainable goals includes the creation of Milton Keynes’ first, highly sustainable, “live lab” green rooftop, which is already being trialled on Saxon Court in collaboration with local living roof specialists, Bridgman & Bridgman.

With growth aspirations for Milton Keynes underway, green roofs can deliver substantial environmental benefits, which will help realise MK Council’s ambitions of becoming carbon neutral by 2030, and carbon negative by 2050.

Utilising technology to measure and compare the effectiveness of green roofs, the Hackathon is free to attend and open to anyone, regardless of technical capabilities. The fast paced event, which harnesses the power technology to tackle pressing issues, is set to measure the carbon capture of green roofs, rainfall retention, biodiversity, and other environmentally beneficial attributes.

Data collected over the course of the weekend will be revealed to the public and support future green roof installations.

For further information on the Green Roof Hackathon visit

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