Crowdsourcing effort to give Computers for Christmas to 100 Digitally Excluded Households in Bristol
- Refurbish 100 old council computers
- Provide a PC , mouse, keyboard and flat screen monitor to the people that need them most
- Provide telephone support to help them
- Give a 6 month warranty with each machine
You can donate right now, but be quick as the target of £2214 must be reached by 20 December 2013 to make sure it goes ahead.
The Engine Shed, which is located by Temple Meads Station, has been refurbished and relaunched as a hub to inspire growth and innovation amongst the the City’s digital and creative businesses .
Bristol University, the city council and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership collaborated to turn the project around in only a year, with the aim of creating 5,000 jobs in the technology, creative and low carbon sectors by 2028.
Even Brunel’s original boardroom has been refurbished as part of the build, creating a link to the great Victorian innovator. There is also a suite of meeting rooms for hire, a membership only business lounge and co-working and collaboration spaces for academics, entrepreneurs, innovators, investors and business leaders.
A public lobby will provide an information point and innovation showcase to highlight the enterprise activities taking place across the West of England.
Ordnance Survey has launched a data challenge to encourage active lifestyles through the use of their data with the potential to win a share of £100,000 - get more details here.
People with ideas about how Ordnance Survey data could be used to help remove barriers to exercise can submit their ideas which will then be assessed, with the best ideas being developed into prototypes.
The challenge is very open-ended and could cover things like knowing who owns land, ensuring grass is cut, demonstrating that risks are low, letting people know what activities are going on in their area or showing how best to avoid barriers such as roads.
You can also rate the ideas which have already been submitted.
The challenge runs from 7 November 2013 to 8 January 2014 (12noon) – so get those ideas in.
The breadth and success of Bristol’s Smart City Programme has been recognised with a Green Digital Charter Award, presented last week at the GDC Roadshow in Amsterdam. The GDC awards recognise cities for their efforts to work together to deliver on EU climate objectives using digital technologies.
Bristol’s Smart City Programme is a collaborative programme between the Bristol Futures Team at Bristol City Council, the city’s universities, businesses and community partners. Using smart technologies, it aims to build on the city’s digital infrastructure to meet the city’s target to reduce Co2 emissions as well as wider social and economic targets.
By the end of this decade the world’s leading cities will be using smart technologies to help deliver a cleaner environment, a higher quality of life and a vibrant economy. Bristol aims to be in the top 20 European cities by 2020 and has made a clear commitment to create a world-class and inclusive green-digital economy.
Mayor George Ferguson said;
“This is great news. Bristol is fast becoming the UK’s most creative, smart, green and connected city. In 2015 Bristol will be European Green Capital, and as part of this we are championing innovative environmental projects. Bristol’s Smart City Programme is instrumental in this, and this award is testament to the success and growing momentum of the programme. We are developing pioneering practices which will not only benefit Bristol, but will hopefully become a model for cities in the UK and around the world.
The use of technology to create more effective ways to engage with energy, transport and data are all vital. As a smart city, we ensure we are inclusive and open, putting our strengths both as a public and business community at the heart of new initiatives. Working in conjunction with Knowle West Media Centre, a member of the European Network of Living Labs, we ensure that we engage the community in co-designing and piloting new digital products, services and experiences”.
The Green Digital Charter awards recognised Bristol for its work in Smart Energy, Smart Transport and Smart Data.
Bristol’s Smart Energy projects aim to help Bristol citizens make energy savings through using ICT to help them understand how much energy they consume, and how to live more sustainably. Smart Transport projects pilot ICT solutions to develop and support the electric vehicle infrastructure in Bristol, and reduce congestion in the city. Smart Data initiatives focus on open data solutions in order to make city data accessible to the public, enabling the creation of new urban services.
Highlights for 2014 include the implementation of STEEP, a European project that will use a new systems thinking approach to develop an energy masterplan for the City, and support businesses to operate sustainably.
To date Bristol has secured around £5 million for Smart City Projects and the city’s award winning programme was also a finalist in the World Smart City Awards 2012.
Bristol is one of just four UK Future City Demonstrators to have valuable funding awarded by the Technology Strategy Board. This funding enables the city to identify a business model and governance structure that will strengthen the partnership approach that is integral to both the Smart City programme, and Bristol’s role as a European Green Capital.
Broadband is more and more being considered as a utility, much like gas or electricity. If you are moving house you’d want to know that you could receive reliable mains gas and electric, but now you can also get an indication of the sorts of broadband services you could get access to. Rightmove have developed a tool that indicates the type of broadband you will be able to purchase in your postcode area, what tasks it would be suited for, and which providers can sell it to you.
The Technology Strategy Board is about to launch a new funding competition to encourage the development of networked intelligent sensor systems. Their aim is to support the development of the ‘Internet of Sensors,’ in which sensors enable all kinds of machines and appliances to communicate and co-ordinate with each other through the information network.The competition will encourage companies and academic researchers to investigate the feasibility of new concepts in this area, whilst addressing challenges in the application of connected sensor devices. The TSB is looking for collaborative and business-led proposals. It is allocating up to £1.5m to fund pre-industrial feasibility studies. Further details are available here.
Thanks to everyone who attended yesterdays event at City Hall, and apologies to those who we didn’t have room to fit in. We covered a lot of ground, had some excellent speakers, and managed to come up with some hugely creative ideas on how to build up our citizen cohort of ‘prosumers’, where the main challenges in the City lie (transport was very high on the list) and where the strengths are in the City (community pride was flagged a lot). We also had some terrific ideas for potential apps including city infrastructure that communicates with people and the highly intriguing ‘How Bristolian Are You?’
Smart City Business Models – Léan Doody, Arup (No presentation)
We will continue to post progress and procurement opportunities here so check the blog regularly or sign up to our twitter.
The ‘3e houses project’ and the ‘SMART city programme’ have been shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Green Digital Charter’ (GDC) awards for ‘best pilot project’ and ‘best set of pilot projects’ respectively, for 2013. Bristol is one of only three cities, including Linkoping (Sweden) & Genoa (Italy) to be shortlisted, and the only city to shortlisted twice!
The winners will be announced during the GDC Amsterdam roadshow on 14-15 November.
A huge congratulations to all those partners involved in making 3e Houses and the continuing work of Bristol’s SMART city programme such a success. For further information about 3e houses, please visit the website at 3e houses.
For general information about the charter and its awards, please visit the GDC website. If you want to find out more about the SMART city programme and its portfolio of projects, you can email us here on the Connecting Bristol Website.
On the 5th of November, members of the Council’s ‘Future Cities’ team attended the inaugural meeting of project STEEP in San Sebastian, Spain. The STEEP project (Systems Thinking for comprehensive city Efficient Energy Planning), is a two year, EC funded project which aims to develop a new approach to energy master-planning. Over the next two years, the Future Cities team will work in collaboration with the University of Bristol as well as the local authorities in San Sebastian and Florence to develop an innovative approach to energy efficiency.
The project will use a new ’systems thinking’ approach to understand how energy is used, managed and could be made more efficient in the new Temple Quarter Enterprise zone. This learning will then be applied at a city level, to create an energy master-plan for Bristol as a whole.
The ‘Kick-off’ meeting was a great success, with partners from each participating city discussing how the project will be implemented over the next two years, as well as holding a press-conference to communicate the start of the project.
We will be providing regular updates about the project but for further information regarding STEEP , please contact Jon Brookes: firstname.lastname@example.org
New UWE Research, Business and Innovation Blog features Iain Gray, CEO of the Technology Strategy Board
Bristol has a long and proud history of innovation, and the City region continues to delivery word class smart and creative products through its businesses, universities and communities. Iain Gray, CEO of the Technology Strategy Board blogged on the new UWE Research, Business and Innovation site about how connectivity, in its broadest sense, has been a catalyst building up the strength and depth of the region’s creativity and innovation.
It’s free to join the site and share your own advice with others or add info about local Wi-Fi hotspots, public computers, or organisations willing to help.
Bristol’s Strategic Energy Programme Manager blogs about Bristol’s local energy plans on DECC website
Mareike Schmidt, the City Council’s Strategic Energy Programme Manager, has written a blog on the DECC website outlining how Bristol plans to achieve its very ambitious carbon targets by generating and using energy more efficiently.
Department for Business, Innovation & Skills have published a policy paper exploring the capacity necessary to utilise data to transform business and give the UK an international competitive advantage.
This strategy focuses on three overarching aspects to data capability. The first is human capital, highlighting the necessity of a skilled workforce, and data-confident citizens. The second covers the tools and infrastructure which are available to store and analyse data. The third is data itself as an enabler – data capability is underpinned by the ability of consumers, businesses and academia to access and share data appropriately.
You can download the full Seizing the data opportunity report for the BIS website.
Get free tickets and travel bursary to TIGA Game Hack through Creative England. Deadline 8 November.
Creative England GamesLab are looking for South West companies who wish to attend the TIGA Game Hack at Pinewood Studios on November 16 and 17. The TIGA Game Hack is an overnight game building hackathon with a host of prizes for the best products. Creative England have packages for up to 10 companies (two people max per company). The packages include;
- Free entry to TIGA Game Hack
- Food and drink throughout
- Travel bursary of up to £80 to attend when using public transport
- Free overnight accomodation the night before
- Transfers from the hotel to Pinewood Studios
To apply you must;
- Be an SME
- Be based in the South West (Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Bristol and Bath).
- Have experience of working in the games industry or wish to in the near future
- Be committed to completing a game for commercial release in the next 2 years
- Not have received over £160,000 in State Aid / public funding in the past three years
- Be a registered company who have started trading
- Commit to attending the full programme of events
You will need to move quickly to apply, the deadline is Friday, 8 November at midday.
The RSA have created a series of wonderful animated lectures covering a range of revolutionary ideas. This one on technology illustrates the accelerating evolution of technology and the disruptive power of those little devices we carry around in our pockets;
Event: South West Usability Discussion Group “On and Beyond the Webpage” 7pm, Thursday, November 7, 2013
Steve Maslin (Director of Building User Design Solutions Ltd (bud), Bristol) will be presenting this talk on the significance of information contained within the web environment, its impact on User Experience within the physical environment and how one might move towards a continuity of user experience where web pages point to places beyond themselves.
Open Data Institute announces 13 international nodes to develop open data projects and communities worldwide
Tim Berners Lee, founder of the World Wide Web, recognised the potential to stimulate economic, environmental and social innovation through open data sharing and analysis, and set up the Open Data Institute in the UK explore this. Less than 12 months on from its launch the ODI is announcing a significant expansion at its Annual Summit.
13 international ‘nodes’ have been announced, bringing together companies, universities and NGOs to work on open data initiatives. There are three different types of nodes identified;
- Country Nodes: Independent NGOs who are building national centres of excellence, working across public and private sectors, NGOs, educational institutions and other Nodes within the country. ODI USA and ODI Canada are currently in “beta” to reflect their startup status.
- City or Regional Nodes deliver projects, and can provide training, research, and development. ODI Dubai, ODI Chicago, and ODI North Carolina, ODI Paris, ODI Trento, ODI Brighton, ODI Manchester, ODI Leeds fall into this category.
- Communications Nodes amplify open data case studies from around the world and promote understanding. ODI Moscow, ODI Buenos Aires and ODI Gothenburg have joined at this level.
The Technology Strategy Board is making £500,000 available to support cyber security SMEs in ‘Cyber Valley’ – The Severn Valley area of England.
The Launchpad competition looks to fund exciting and innovative projects that may be too risky for a company to fund alone, or that may take them into new areas. The competition is open to any small or medium sized enterprise to fund a particularly innovative project, including innovative service projects, within cyber security in the Severn Valley geographical region.
The region described as Severn Valley runs from Malvern in the north down either side of the river Severn through Cheltenham, Gloucester and Bristol and across to Newport and Cardiff.
A free launch event will be held on Monday 4th November in Bristol to explain how this competition works and answer any questions. Details of this event are available at: https://severnvalleycyber.eventbrite.co.uk/
The European Commission will be speeding up the deployment of Smart City solutions in Europe by investing around €200m in the next two years.
The European Innovation Partnership for Smart Cities and Communities has formulated a strategy which underpins a large scale programme of work intended to enhance the delivery of Smart City’s. The implementation plan for the strategy suggests better ways of involving citizens and more collaborative ways of doing things, as well as new business models, a re-evaluation of rules and legislation and a more standardised approach to data collection and use.
Bristol was recently awarded £3m from UK Government to continue its journey toward becoming a leading Future City.
For more information on the Commissions Smart City plans http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-884_en.htm
Free Event: “Better than being there – Being there better, how technology is shaping the future of media”, Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, 6pm, 28th October
Bristol Vision Institute has announced that Matthew Postgate, Controller, BBC Research & Development will give the annual public Richard Gregory memorial lecture.
Matthew Postgate is the Controller of Research & Development at BBC and is in the heart of the corporation’s strategic technology development.
Historically the BBC has led or been involved with many of the advances that have shaped our media landscape. It has embraced these changes within its enduring mission to Inform, Educate and Entertain. It is now actively working with emerging technologies to bring ever increasing realism in the images it presents, to give the audience greater control over those images and to augment them to present an experience that is beyond reality.
Matthew will take you on a journey from early crackly, TV screens to the wide screen ultra-high definition smart TVs in your living room today. Then, using examples from the current work of the BBC R&D, he will lead you to a future of multiple screens, deep immersion and explore what that means for us as individuals and as a society.
Date and Time:
6pm, Monday 28th October 2013
The Great Hall,
Wills Memorial Building
Bristol, England BS8 1RJ GB
Registration is free through eventbrite