The Open University is looking into the ways new technologies are changing the way we live in cities.

As part of this research, they're interested in how blind and partially sighted people use smartphones to help them get around Milton Keynes and beyond. Whether you use specialised apps like Blindsquare, or conventional apps like Google Maps, they'd like to hear from you.

They are running a focus group on the evening of 21 June 6-8pm at Community Action: MK, Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 3HP

They'd like to invite you to discuss your experiences of using these new technologies and the effect that they have had on how you get around the city. This will help them better understand the social implications of these new technologies.

The research is part of a large project called Smart Cities in the Making: Learning from Milton Keynes. In this project they're looking at the ways that new digital and ‘smart’ technologies change the way we live in cities as cities become ‘smarter’. They're particularly interested in the way that smart cities create new types of social difference.

If you'd like to attend, please email Oliver.Zanetti@open.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.

Light refreshments will be provided.