RESIDENTS and businesses are being urged to get involved to help generate ideas for improving the lives of people in the borough.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has launched a new campaign to highlight areas where smart technology can help improve residents’ quality of life or to make working in the borough easier and more efficient.

Ideas can be about transport, health, leisure, education or any other area that could make the borough smarter and better.

All ideas can be submitted at, with the suggestions being evaluated and if selected by a panel of judges it will be featured as part of forthcoming Basingstoke Hack Weekend. The challenge is open until April 30.

The council’s economy and culture manager Daniel Garnier said: “Basingstoke is already leading the way for businesses when it comes to technology advancements and this challenge is part of the wider Smart Basingstoke Programme which aims to use technology to enhance the daily lives of residents and support economic growth.

“Smart technology has a chance to make a real difference and this campaign is an important step in the council’s ambition to becoming a smart town.”