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September 2014

Glenn Woodcock, a Director of Oxygen House (formerly Andromeda Capital) seeks a meeting with Karime Hassan to discuss ways to contribute to accelerating Exeter’s move towards achieving a truly zero-carbon city.


17 October 2014

Glenn Woodcock meets Karime Hassan and discusses ideas around a low-carbon agenda for Exeter and how data and analytics can be used to stimulate change.



13 July 2015

Innovate UK launch Internet of Things Demonstrator competition, offering an opportunity for Exeter City Council and Oxygen House to work together on a project to use data to solve city-wide problems of congestion and energy use.


15 September 2015

Report made to Executive Committee to provide an overview the Internet of Things Demonstrator bid and outline initial plans for Exeter City Futures Community Interest Company - an organisation to be wholly owned by the City - to manage delivery of the IoT programme and ensure engagement around a future vision for the city.

The Executive Committee resolved to endorse Exeter City Futures as a vehicle for better understanding and addressing the transportation, energy and health challenges and opportunities facing the City; Exeter bid for the ‘Internet of Things’ demonstrator city competition.

The communications framework outlined in the report to begin engagement with the Exeter population about the overarching ambition of Exeter City Futures.


23 September 2015

Exeter Submits application to Innovate UK Internet of Things Demonstrator competition


26 November 2015

Exeter City Futures Community Interest Company incorporated with the purpose to promote and work towards the decarbonisation of the City of Exeter and find solutions to issues relating to health, transport and energy. See our articles of association on Companies House.


3 December 2015

Manchester announced as UK’s Internet of Things (IoT) City Demonstrator and awarded £10m. Oxygen House decide to invest in the establishment of Exeter City Futures using the funds they had committed to the Exeter IoT bid to continue to address challenges of congestion and energy.



27 January 2016

Exeter City Futures public launch with the mission to make Exeter congestion free and energy independent by 2025.


February 2016

Oxygen House start to recruit a team to lead Exeter City Futures’ consultation and engagement work with residents and businesses to define the goals of the City and to design the long-term operational model for the company.


9 February 2016

Exeter City Council seeks approval from Executive Committee to become a member of a Community Interest Company (CIC) to facilitate the delivery of the Exeter City Futures vision. Members were also asked to recommend that Council agree to the allocation of £50,000 as a one-off payment as a working budget to facilitate the start-up and promotion of the Exeter City Futures programme.


9 May 2016

Exeter City Council joins Exeter City Futures Community Interest Company and appoints Cllr Rosie Denham as Member Director. Cllr Rosie Denham was allocated the City transformation portfolio to recognise the priority attached to Exeter City Futures.


May 2016 – April 2018

Oxygen House underwrite the costs of a team to deliver the Exeter City Futures engagement programme to understand and define the mission of congestion free and energy independent, and to test various delivery models and structures for driving change. Exeter City Council support Exeter City Futures through allocation of resources for marketing and engagement with city stakeholders. Funding from Exeter City Council enables licences to be purchased for pilots of the SpaceHive crowdfunding platform and the Exeter Data Mill (DataPress platform).



January 2017 – December 2017

The Community Partnership Project

The Community Partnership was a unique collaboration between the University of Exeter, Exeter City Council, and Global City Futures. A key aim was to refine and validate the delivery of Exeter City Futures Innovation Approach as a way to build capacity within communities to create solutions to local challenges by developing data collection and analysis skills. The partnership was invited by Cllr Rosie Denham, to work within the ward of Heavitree, Exeter where it communicated with more than 250 residents and engaged in a collaborative, community-led approach to understand and co-create solutions to local traffic-related problems.


16 February 2017

Energy Independence Report

In February 2017 The ‘Energy Independence 2025’ report was authored by City Science for Exeter City Futures to understand the potential opportunities to achieve our bold goal of making the Exeter region energy independent. This report was also recognised by Exeter City Council in a scrutiny meeting, which you can view here.


May 2017

Oxygen House recognise that they have assembled a unique resource that has the potential to support this change across more cities. Global City Futures is incorporated as a consultancy organisation and the team transferred from Oxygen House to Global City Futures. Global City Futures continue to underwrite the delivery costs of Exeter City Futures CIC.


2 May 2017

Pilot Accelerator

Exeter City Futures piloted an accelerator programme around sustainable cities in May 2017. Following a successful first cohort the decision was made to set up the accelerator programme as its own separate business within the Global City Futures family. While helping to make impact against Exeter City Futures vision, it also helped to shape its own identity in order to position it adequately on the accelerator market.


13 October 2017 - October 2018

Spacehive: #EveryonesExeter Pilot

Exeter City Futures piloted its #EveryonesExeter movement on the crowdfunding platform Spacehive from 13th October 2017 until October 2018. It was intended to showcase to Exeter City Council the potential that crowdfunding platforms provide as a tool for engaging communities, changemakers and businesses in the city change process. Our engagement with communities and individuals in Exeter during the pilot identified that there is a gap in the support offering for community groups and individuals to aid them in proposing, planning and managing local community projects.

From this we learnt that our innovation approach has potential to help communities tackle societal problems and equip them with the skills to bring about lasting local change and impact.


17 November 2017

Exeter Data Mill

Exeter City Council launched the Exeter Data Mill, a new open data platform developed in collaboration with Exeter City Futures. For Exeter City Council the intention to make the City’s data more accessible and discoverable for everyone. For Exeter City Futures this also enables us to track and measure progress against our goals for the City of Exeter.



January 2018

The Environmental Futures & Big Data Impact Lab receives funding from the European Regional Development Fund. This project seeks to bring the area’s world-class R&D assets together within a business-focussed innovation ecosystem that stimulates the development of new products and services and provides the support required to see these through to market success. The overall objective of the Impact Lab is to stimulate inward investment and productivity-led growth by positioning HotSW as a national and international centre for environmental / Big Data analytics.

This £6.4m project will be delivered by the following seven partner organisations: University of Exeter, Plymouth University, the Met Office, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Rothamsted Research, Plymouth College of Art and Exeter City Futures. The initial project will run for three years from January 2018.

Exeter City Futures are proud to be part of the ERDF Big Data and Environmental Impacts Lab project. This project provides funding for our data analyst to develop a city data store (Exeter Data Mill) that can underpin and analyse city challenges and enable innovators to access data to build new services.


April 2018

Exeter City Council make changes at senior management level to support the delivery of the council’s priorities. Exeter City Council appoint a Programme Director for Exeter City Futures. The operational costs of Exeter City Futures continues to be underwritten by Global City Futures.

The role of the Programme Director is to define the mission of congestion free and energy independent in a way that is specific and measurable. through extensive review with stakeholders, the Programme Director is to develop the final operational model for the CIC and recruit key public sector institutions to the Board of Exeter City Futures (University of Exeter, Devon County Council, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust, Exeter College).


18 May 2018

Exeter 2025 Minecraft Challenge

The Exeter 2025 Minecraft Challenge aims to create a collaborative vision of Exeter in 2025 in Minecraft, and use the game as an innovative tool to engage a wide range of citizens in urban planning. This project has helped us to demonstrate an innovative approach that enables citizens to become more involved with data and the city change process.


13 September 2018

Having tested a number of ways of working and delivered a range of pilot projects it was decided that the final model for Exeter City Futures CIC is as a city-wide Programme Office that can harness and coordinate the collective efforts of all stakeholders. Projects responding to the Goals will be delivered by Member Organisations, Partners, Individuals and Communities. The proposed operational model for Exeter City Futures and the 12 transformational goals for the City were presented to Place Scrutiny Committee.

The Committee supported the direction of Exeter City Futures and noted the 12 goals as a way to deliver against the Council’s strategic objective of reducing congestion in Exeter.


1 October 2018

Council Launch 2018-2021 Corporate plan formally citing Exeter City Futures CIC as the mechanism through which they are seeking to address their strategic priority of tackling congestion and accessibility.



2 April 2019

Everyone's Exeter Campaign

On April 2nd 2019 we launched 'Everyone’s Exeter’, our new city-wide awareness campaign that is focusing on and exploring one of the 12 Goals each month over the next year. The campaign will encourage participation of individuals and businesses across Exeter through pledges to help transform the City and address city challenges including: Congestion, air pollution, affordable housing, renewable energy and low-carbon travel.