Event: Venturefest Bristol and Bath, Tuesday 9th June 2015 The Passenger Shed & Engine Shed, Bristol Temple Meads
There is a very strong line up of events and speakers at this years Venturefest. The line up is so strong in fact that many of the sessions are already booked to capacity, but if you move quickly there are still one or two opportunities to be there in person. If you don’t manage to secure a place you will still be able to follow the action on twitter at @venturefestbb, or watch some of the sessions which will be streamed live.
Free Event: Get up to £3000 to boost your business broadband, 19 May, 10-12, @Bristol, Anchor Road BS1 5DB
Business and public services are becoming ‘digital by default’ and customers and clients expect you to respond increasingly rapidly. As more business operations transition online, we all begin to use real-time services more intensely, more photos, video, uploading bigger files – designs, drawings, financial information and that new website you’re planning.
Most businesses find that no matter how up-to-date their PCs and internal networks are, their broadband connection becomes critical. When you are uploading to clients, or using backup and “cloud” services like Dropbox, a weak, slow connection is a competitive disadvantage. It doesn’t have to be like that.
Come to this seminar to find out about the Government’s Super-Connected Cities scheme offering broadband grants of up to £3000 for small businesses in Bristol, Bath North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. At the seminar you will find out how the scheme works and meet some of the suppliers that can help improve your business broadband.
Who should attend: Managers of small businesses interested in being more competitive and growing, technical specialists, business connectivity suppliers, landlords concerned about better connectivity for their tenants, local authorities.
Even if you are not currently using your broadband connection that intensively now, all the evidence suggests that demand for bandwidth is only going up. Don’t let your internet connection become the weak link in your business growth – when there’s real financial and technical help available. Get advice, meet potential suppliers and get pragmatic support.
Places are limited so Register here today
This seminar is one of three events organised by INCA in Bristol on 19th and 20th May. For more details visit www.inca.coop
Free event: Making Information Accessible: How to Write for Different Audiences, 7-830pm, 28 April, Engine Shed Bristol
Information is a major component of our lives. But how can you make sure the information you produce and present is accessible and inclusive to a wide range of audiences?
This talk will be presented by Katie Grant, an accessible communications consultant specialising in the content and design of information – both on and offline. Katie is former publications and editorial manager at the Disability Rights Commission and now runs an inclusive editorial and design consultancy – Raincharm Communications. She has also developed an accessible method of writing called Easy and Clear.
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Increasingly devices and sensor are being deployed in the urban environment. This equipment has the potential to tackle some of the complex problems many Cities share, such as congestion, unsustainable energy use, and pollution.
The University of Chicago’s Argonne National Laboratory has developed a network of sensors, the “Array of Things”, generating highly granular open data to inform planning decisions and power the apps and services to make the City more livable and sustainable. Wired recently looked into the potential of this technology which one day we might see operating in the streets of Bristol.
In the world of digital infrastructure it’s clear that we’re moving into a new environment, after a period where the Superfast agenda resulted in nearly all the public funding going to one big player. Now, driven perhaps by frustration in rural areas and by investment opportunities in cities, we are seeing the accelerated development of alternative networks and services and new players entering the market. New solutions are emerging at scales ranging from community ‘crowd-funded’ projects, private commercial operators in villages and towns and public companies developing ‘Gigabit Cities’.
In the public policy arena, there is growing awareness that “Superfast is not enough” and probably not the ‘end-game’. The government’s Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy looks towards the development of “Ultrafast services” and proposes new financing mechanisms such as the UK Infrastructure Guarantee Scheme to support investment in new networks. The recently announced Ofcom review of Digital Communications, the first formal review for 10 years, and the increasingly strident calls for BT Group to be broken up from key industry players such as Sky, Vodafone (both INCA members) and TalkTalk point to concerns that the existing industry structures may not be ‘fit for purpose’ in the long run.
Cities across the UK are actively seeking their own solutions as they fear being ‘left behind’ in comparison with nearby competing economies, where, for example businesses in Stockholm can buy symmetric gigabit connections for €25 per month. The SuperConnected Cities programme, has become more interesting – with the use of vouchers for group schemes in business parks for example – and businesses are more aware of the financial and operational benefits of better digital connectivity. As business becomes increasingly digital, as more public services are delivered online and as we all seem to depend more on our connected technology, the infrastructure becomes even more critical to our economic success and social wellbeing in both urban and rural areas.
The Transform Digital: Bristol conference is organised and hosted by INCA and will be held in @Bristol, Anchor Road, Bristol BS1 5DB. The conference and associated events on 19 and 20 May 2015 offer fantastic opportunities to explore the changes that are happening right now and to get insights and answers:
- What’s the difference between superfast and ultrafast and what does it mean?
- What sort of digital infrastructure do we really need and are we building it fast enough in our urban and rural areas?
- What should the new Government do to help the market invest in the digital infrastructure of the future?
- What regulatory actions and regimes are needed to ensure that the UK has infrastructure that is ‘fit for purpose’?
Chris Townsend, Head of BDUK heads the speaker list alongside leaders from industry, the public sector, and community broadband schemes.
Delegates will discuss:
- The Rise of the Gigabit Cities – Urban projects led by companies like CityFibre, Hyperoptic, ITS and UK Broadband. How the new infrastructure fits into the Smart City agenda, economic development and the need to create jobs in the CDIT sectors
- Superfast and Beyond – Rural schemes like B4RN and Cotswolds Broadband alongside private sector players like BT, Gigaclear and wireless/satellite providers delivering services in the hardest to reach areas. We have invited BDUK to participate and help shape this part of the agenda
- Digital Business – Innovation and the impact of high speed, low cost, symmetric networks on the development of businesses in the digital and creative sectors and SMEs more widely. Connecting business parks and enterprise zones. Expansion of the Super-connected cities voucher scheme
- Driving Demand and exploiting the wider benefits of new digital infrastructure for service providers and the consumers and businesses they serve
- Investing in Digital Infrastructure – models that are succeeding at getting new investment in both urban and rural areas – Virgin Media’s investment is encouraging other investors in digital infrastructure.
- The New Minister’s In-Box – the big issues for Government over the next 5 years.
Register promptly to get the Early Bird discount (prices increase by £50 per person from April 18). INCA members benefit from a 25% discount on both early bird and standard rates (members will be provided with a unique discount code). A small number of free places are available for delegates from unfunded community broadband projects. Please send email to email@example.com to request a free place for your organisation.
In the talk organised by Accessible Bristol Chaals McCathie Nevile will talk about schema.org 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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org direct for further details or complete an application on the website www.firetechcamp.com/scholarships.
Do you have a business in the film & creative content space? Are you looking for investment to scale your business?
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