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Free event: Custom Interfaces with HTML5, JavaScript & ARIA, Engine Shed, May 26th, 7pm to 830pm

23 March, 2015 - 09:45

In this talk organised by Accessible Bristol Léonie Watson (Digital Accessibility Consultant, Writer & Speaker, The Paciello Group) will look at the importance of the browser in the web accessibility stack, and the way ARIA can manipulate the information exposed by the browser’s accessibility API. With help from a cast of screen readers, Léonie will demonstrate how to create custom controls and widgets with HTML5, JavaScript and ARIA, and explore the possible space of Web Components.

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Free event: Accessibility and markup, Engine Shed, June 30th, 7pm-830pm

23 March, 2015 - 09:36

In the talk organised by Accessible Bristol Chaals McCathie Nevile will talk about and accessibility. Details are yet to be confirmed, but if you’re interested in semantic markup, improved search engine visibility and making it easier for people to find useful accessibility information on the web, don’t miss this talk.

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Free Event: Open data, FIWARE and funding with FINODEX, Weds 22 April, 09:45 to 13:30, Engine Shed, Bristol

10 March, 2015 - 16:14

Finodex (Future INternet Open Data EXpansion) is a EU funded programme which selects, funds and provides support to projects from SMEs & Web Entrepreneurs building upon the FIWARE technology and reusing Open Data. They will be launching their second funding round on 8th of April and will be in Bristol to go through the latest call and demonstrate how you and your business can benefit from the programme. Finodex will select and support up to 100 SMEs and web entrepreneurs with a total grant of 4,640,000 EUROS. The overall financial contribution for each selected project will be between 10,000 and 170,000 EUROS.

Reserve your place at this event on Eventbrite to hear how your latest product or service could attract this substantial support package. If you have any queries about the event contact the organisers directly

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Scholarships available for green tech camp for kids and teens in Bristol

16 February, 2015 - 10:48

Fire Tech Camp – has teamed up with Bristol 2015 Ltd to offer a series of new environmentally focused camps for kids in the local area during Easter half-term. 50% of the places available on the new four-day camp are fully funded by Bristol 2015 Ltd providing 12 local kids with a complimentary place.

The Greentech Camp runs from 7 -10 April 2015 at Bristol Grammar School. Taught by an army of experienced coders, programmers and university students, the course ensures that young people not only learn new tech skills but gain experience in a fun, exciting environment.

The camp costs £350 per student and participants can sign up for either Video Game Design, Python Programming or Physical Computing with Arduino. Advanced booking is required. The 12 scholarship places funded by Bristol 2015 are available via contacting direct for further details or complete an application on the website

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Do you have a business in the film & creative content space? Are you looking for investment to scale your business?

16 February, 2015 - 10:34

Creative England and the UK Business Angels Association have teamed up to provide an ongoing programme of support and advice for film and creative content enterprises – promoting growth through investment readiness workshops, mentoring and showcasing your business to investors.

This programme is for entrepreneurs that are currently running successful film businesses or have a significant track record in related TV, digital, games or content creation activity with a view to diversification into film.

Successful applicants will benefit from the free ongoing programme of business support and advice including a series of workshops, investor showcasing, one-to-one business mentoring and access to toolkits to help take your business forward. This includes:

  • An initial Investment Readiness Workshop
  • Access to Angel Investment guidance materials
  • Interactive mentoring to help grow your business
  • A showcase event to present your business to investors

To find out more contact;

  • +44 207 492 0491

To apply visit this website.

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Free Event: How can government and public services in the UK be improved through greater openness?

3 February, 2015 - 16:01

The UK Open Government Network is a group of organisations and individuals committed to making government work better for people through increased transparency, participation and accountability.

In partnership with Development Initiatives, they are hosting this workshop to discuss transparency, accountability and ideas for open government reforms in Bristol, the south west and throughout the UK.

Event details;
Unitarian Chapel
Brunswick Square
BS2 8PE Bristol
United Kingdom
Tuesday, 3 March 2015 from 14:00 to 17:00 (GMT)

Its free to attend and you can sign up at Eventbrite.

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Boost your creative digital SME with Business Strategy and Innovation Vouchers

30 January, 2015 - 10:38

If you run a creative digital SME in the South West you could be eligible to receive vouchers of a value between £1,000 – £5,000 to help with the cost of securing expert third party services which could include help with business planning, recruitment consultancy, brand and marketing expertise, or specialist technical support to help launch a new digital product.

The programme is being operated by Creative England. In order to apply businesses must be able to provide a total equalling 30% of the requested amount in match funding. Applications for the Voucher Scheme close on Feb 27th 2015, or when the fund is exhausted. For more information and details of how to apply visit Companies can also apply directly here.

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DECC publishes leaflet outlining plans for Smart Metering data

26 January, 2015 - 15:34

The Government is rolling out  a £11bn plan to install smart energy meters in every home. Department of Energy & Climate Change published a leaflet explaining how data from these smart meters is expected to transform the market for energy services. The leaflet is available here: .

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High Tech Bristol and Bath launches Special Interest Groups

13 January, 2015 - 14:27

High Tech Bristol and Bath works with high tech companies in the Bristol and Bath region promoting, enhancing and developing technology. A major part of their activity will be running Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that bring together companies, universities, research institutions, public sector, and not-for-profit organisations.

The current, and proposed, list of Special Interest Groups includes;

To find out more visit the HBB website.

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Free Event: Accessible Bristol Meetup, 7pm Tues 27th January, Engine Shed, Bristol

30 December, 2014 - 14:41

If you are interested in the web and accessibility come along to Accessible Bristol’s first meetup of 2015.

There will be refreshments and networking, plus a talk from one of the most recognisable and respected people in the web accessibility industry-  Steve Faulkner on HTML5, ARIA and the Open Web.

Steve is a Principal Accessibility Engineer at The Paciello Group. He is also co-editor of the W3C HTML5 specification, and a contributor to other specifications including Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA).

Sign up to attend this free event via Meetup.

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Free Event: Come to the South West Data Meetup, Jan 8th 2015, 7pm, Pervasive Media Studios

19 December, 2014 - 09:45

If you are interested in the potential of Open Data to create new apps and services and  transform the way we interact with the City come along to this free meetup. Whether you are an IT student, a developer, an activist or are interested in improving services come along and share your ideas, tell us what new data sources you’d like to see released, and hear about new tools and assets coming on stream for Bristol. Sign up for the event at the Meetup webpage.

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Free online resource to organise your community project

18 December, 2014 - 16:15

Made Open is a free to use web resource where you can gather ideas, donations, volunteers, resources and crowdfunding for your community project. The platform unites social networking, crowdfunding, crowdpledging and timebanking into a single site. Its straightforward to set up a campaign, build support and start to realise the improvements you want to see in your community.

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Invitation for UK SMEs to submit smart city proposals for deployment across Chinese cities

11 December, 2014 - 12:26

South West Businesses have been invited to participate in the smart cities challenge.  This challenge is part of a Foreign and Commonwealth Office project led by Manchester City Council with involvement of  Bristol City Council, three Chinese cities who are ‘smart city pilots’ and Digital China (a large ICT company leading on smart city solutions in China with links to the key Ministries).

The challenge asks for SME’s to put forward their smart city solutions with the aim that you will have the opportunity to present your solutions face-to-face with the decision-makers of Chinese cities, and if successful pilot in the cities.

There is a tight submission date of the 2nd January where you are asked to complete a brief form.  If shortlisted you will then be asked to present in front of a panel in Manchester the week of the 2nd February.

Successful SMEs will be invited to go to Wuhan in China to further progress their solutions with these Chinese cities.

Further details are available in the competition documentation.

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