To help Peterborough Council’s goal to be the UK’s first Circular City, Folk Labs are developing their Metroflows platform for a beta trial in spring 2017

Funded by the UK’s innovation agency, InnovateUK, the ICTomorrow Sharing Economy challenge offered six entrants a share of £180K to fund development of new digital solutions to sharing economy challenges. Themes included trust, tourism and travel.

Folk Labs were thrilled to win the prize in the data and analytics category with their new service, Metroflows and the opportunity to work with Peterborough City Council and Cranfield University.

What is Metroflows?

Metroflows is a living systems insight tool which builds visualisations of the resources flowing around urban economies. By transforming diverse datasets into beautiful, interactive network visualisations it enables decision makers to discover new insights.

With an open platform, local government, businesses and communities can add to and explore the visualisations together, understand their current local economy, see their place within related networks and explore different scenarios. Metroflows will help Peterborough identify key data black spots where stronger data gathering activities or collaborations could be developed to improve the utility of the model. Over time progress can be seen toward the long term vision of a strong sharing economy within a circular city.

Can you help?

Please get in touch if you think you can help. We are especially eager to work with experts in the circular economy for cities, local authorities who are facing similar challenges with whom we can partner, investors who are interested in innovative solutions to circular economy analytics, environmental groups and others who are working in this field.