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What’s your Happiness Pulse? Is Bristol happy?

27 June, 2016 - 09:34

I love Happy City and their mission to create a happy, flourishing Bristol and provide Happiness measures that can help cities worldwide understand and encourage more happiness. What is really great about their approach is they are starting with people – yes actual people, not looking at national statistics and surveys but asking us how happy are […]

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How to become a data-driven city

23 June, 2016 - 14:37

Before becoming mayor of New York City in 2002, Bloomberg made his fortune providing data analytics to financial institutions. When he took residence at Gracie Mansion, he brought his data-driven approach to managing the Big Apple. His creation, the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA), helped to develop predictive algorithms to identify areas that may […]

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Get support for your data startup from ODI

20 June, 2016 - 11:55

The Open Data Institute are offering year long bespoke packages of support through their Startup Accelerator Programme. Applications are welcomed from data-oriented startups, at all stages, anywhere in the world. The support package, offered in exchange for 10% equity includes; Office space in both Leeds and London, UK Dedicated support team for finances, HR, communications, […]

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Fun with Frogs at KWMCs Data Jam

17 June, 2016 - 13:46

Book now to work with others from across Bristol to dig out, visualize, play and make – with data that could help tackle the issue of damp homes in the city. There will be some new open data to work with, as well as the first opportunity to see and use data from the ‘Frog Boxes’ – an […]

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Bristol Refugee Hackday – get involved!

10 June, 2016 - 10:08

Bristol Refugee Hackday is bringing people together to use digital technology to help refugees and asylum seekers in Bristol and beyond. The event is happening during Refugee Week 2016, and the aim is to bring together techies and those from refugee backgrounds and organisations, to spend 24 hours designing and co-creating solutions. Organised and run entirely by […]

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The unstoppable rise of IoT applications

6 June, 2016 - 11:43

Mobile phones today represent the biggest slice of the connected-devices cake. At the end of 2015, more than 7.1 billion mobile phones interacted with each other.  By 2021, this number will peak at almost 9 billion. By 2018, the Ericsson Mobility Report forecasts that the cake will look slightly different. Mobile phones will be surpassed […]

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Explore the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery with the Hidden Museum app

3 June, 2016 - 14:16

The team at Bristol Museum have been working on a fun iPad app to guide you around the collection. The Hidden Museum app, which is now available in the itunes app store, was developed in collaboration with The University of Bristol and Aardman Animations, and was funded by Digital R&D Fund for the Arts. The game uses over […]

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B-Net (Bristol Network) concession

27 May, 2016 - 14:20

The B-Net (Bristol Network) is a 76km long ducting and fibre communications network owned by  Bristol City Council which was originally purchased from Rediffusion – a cable TV pioneer.  It supports the council’s ICT requirements including telephony, data, traffic related network communications and CCTV. In Autumn 2015, Bristol City Council agreed a concession to a consortium […]

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Computer reuse scheme offering low cost PCs

27 May, 2016 - 11:56

We’re working with local company Byteback to recondition decommissioned Bristol City Council computers and give them a new lease of life in helping people own a computer and learn digital skills.  The scheme offers reconditioned equipment at low cost to individuals and families who are on a low incomes or who experience other disadvantages.  Community groups […]

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Knowle West Media Centre wins Skills & Opportunities funding

25 May, 2016 - 15:44

Knowle West Media Centre has been awarded £23,965 from the NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund to support groups who are currently under-represented in enterprise to develop the skills and knowledge to explore self-employment through creativity and making. The Centre will use their making and training space KWMC: The Factory to work with at least 120 people, particularly […]

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Free online course in eHealth

19 May, 2016 - 11:10

Future Learn have a fantastic catalogue of online courses covering topics like Smart Cities and the Internet of Things. They have added a new course covering the use of technologies to improve well-being, health, and healthcare. The free 6 week course will describe methods to develop eHealth, and explain theories that enable behaviour change and facilitate implementation. […]

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Bristol Is Open wins Smart City Innovator Award

19 May, 2016 - 09:18

Bristol Is Open was awarded the global ‘Smart City Innovator’ ‘award at the TM Forum Live! 2016 – Digital World Awards last week. TM Forum is the global industry association for digital business, connecting talented individuals, leading companies, and diverse ecosystems to accelerate members’ successful digital business transformation. Over 3,500 delegates from 650 different telecommunication […]

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Help Bristol crowdsource its cycling and walking bugbears

18 May, 2016 - 16:30

Travelwest – the partnership improving transport in the West of England – has launched an innovative map-based crowdsourcing website collecting people’s bugbears – the small things which hinder cycling and walking in Bristol. Fixing the small things that can make a big difference – bugbears are the small irritating things that hinder cycling and walking through Bristol. It could […]

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Bristol named as a UK leader in smart cities

17 May, 2016 - 16:32

Written by Suzanne Wilson: It’s gratifying to have Bristol’s efforts in engaging citizens in technology recognised in this new UK smart cities index. Named alongside London as a UK leader, Bristol scores highly for its vision and execution, and its strong values driven approach that focuses on inclusion and creativity, as much as technology.  This is […]

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Tech UK’s Big Data Roadshow comes to Bristol, June 1st

17 May, 2016 - 11:41

We’re really pleased that Tech UK will be coming to Bristol on 1st June for a morning of tech demonstrations, presentations and networking. This is a part of a series of regional roadshow events across the UK to demonstrate the value of big data tools and technologies in action. The roadshows will bring to life case studies […]

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SoLa Bristol Project

13 May, 2016 - 16:35

The SoLa Bristol project explored an innovative combination of energy storage in customers premises, coupled with new variable tariffs and integrated network control to overcome generation or load related constraints at key times of the day. It explored the use of Direct Current (DC) power in customer premises in conjunction with battery storage shared virtually between […]

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IES Cities Project

13 May, 2016 - 15:11

Objectives The main goal of IES Cities was to facilitate the use of an open technological platform in different cities across Europe, allowing the citizen to provide and consume internet-based services based on their own and external linked data related to the cities. The project created an open platform for the generation of user oriented internet […]

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STEEP Project

13 May, 2016 - 11:34

Systems Thinking for comprehensive city Energy  efficient Planning (STEEP) was a two year European FP7 funded project between the cities of Bristol, San Sebastian and Florence. The objective was to make the production and use of energy in cities more sustainable and efficient through the development of energy process models and smart city plans using a systems […]

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Join in the BioBlitz event 13 May, 5pm – 14 May, 5pm

11 May, 2016 - 17:22

Become a wildlife explorer for a day and discover what’s living right on your doorstep by joining in a Bristol Natural History Consortium BioBlitz event. The team of experienced naturalists and wildlife watchers need your help to find and identify as many different species of birds, bugs, plants and beasties as we can before the clock […]

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What is the state of open data in the world? UK leads the datafication

11 May, 2016 - 08:57

We are heading towards a datafied society.  More data have been produced in the last two years than in the entirety of human history. By 2020, more than 1.7 megabytes of new data will be created every second of everyday.  Yet, we are not fully benefitting from this huge amount of actionable knowledge. Indeed, not […]

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