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Vacancy: Bristol City Council are looking for an Open Data Project Manager

27 July, 2015 - 12:00

If you are an experienced Project Manager with an interest in open data and recognise its potential to transform the way that Local Authorities and other organisations operate you may be interested in this vacancy. Bristol has demonstrated a good deal of ambition in the area of Open Data, launching a City Open Data Platform and recently being confirmed as an ODI Node. The role is based within the City Innovation team who lead the Council’s Smart City Programme. The closing data for applications is 10 August 2015.

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Bristol’s tech start-up ecosystem gets positive write up by the Next Web

20 July, 2015 - 09:44

Bristol has a well networked, innovative technology community focused around the major hubs at the Engine Shed and Watershed. The Next Web have written a comprehensive article picking out some of the leading businesses and stand out technologies being developed across the region.

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Vote for the Future 4 Me project in the National Lottery Awards and bring the award for Best Charity Project to Bristol

17 July, 2015 - 17:25

The Future 4 Me project has been shortlisted as a finalists for the National Lottery Best Charity Project. This is the only project from the South West to be nominated and the only finalist in the UK working with young people leaving care, custody or homeless.

You can vote for them here free : or call the Future 4 Me VOTING LINE  – 0844 836 9713 Calls cost 5p (some networks vary).

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Melbourne residents send email messages to trees

17 July, 2015 - 11:14

In a project which brings to mind Bristol’s Playable City Winner “Hello Lampost” people in Melbourne can now email the trees in their City. All of the trees in the City have been mapped and given an individual ID which enables residents to email that tree directly with their thoughts.

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ODI to commission projects demonstrating the impact of open data. Up to £7,000 funding available to support delivery.

16 July, 2015 - 09:42

Do you have a great idea for an open data project but need help to get it off the ground? Are you working on a project that you would like to promote more widely? As part of its open data summer showcase, the Open Data Institute is looking for great examples of open data impact, to support their development and promote them to a global audience.

As well as the potential £7k funding the support package includes;

  • Remote mentoring from the ODI’s Research, Communications, Content and Production teams to help you develop your project for maximum impact
  • Free training
  • Free ODI Individual Membership
  • The opportunity to promote your work at the ODI Summit in November 2015, and at an ODI Friday lunchtime lecture
How to apply

Submit your proposal online using this application form. The deadline for entries is 15.00 BST, Friday 24 July 2015

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You can download the presentations for the Connecting Bristol to the Internet of Things event, 6 July 2015

10 July, 2015 - 15:34

Thanks to everyone who turned up for the Connecting Bristol to the Internet of Things at Watershed on Monday. The presentations are available to download below as PDF’s. Watch this space for more events and information about Bristol’s ambitious IoT programme;

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Watch this video from the “Tangible Memories: Community in Care” project

9 July, 2015 - 17:18

The Tangible Memories project is a collaboration between researchers from the University of Bristol who have been working alongside Alive! activities, artists (Stand + Stare and Heidi Hinder) and care home residents, staff and managers from across the city of Bristol. Working together the project team were able to produce innovative and playful artifacts to preserve and share the memories of residents in care homes. Its an inspiring, creative and often moving project.

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The “Open Data Handbook” gives you access to case studies, guides and resources to support your open data programme

8 July, 2015 - 14:45

Open Knowledge have released the Open Data Handbook to provide the help and guidance to help your organisation, business or community group share data openly and make the most the data resources available.

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Free online course on the Internet of Things begining 23 November.

1 July, 2015 - 09:17

Do you want to learn more about the potential impact of everyday objects connecting in autonomous machine to machine networks? The Internet of Things will revolutionise how we live, work and play and this free course could help you or your business take advantage of this emerging technology. The course, organised by Future Learn and delivered by Kings College London,  doesn’t begin until 23 November but its free and registration is already open so go ahead and lock down your place.

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Event: Transform Digital, 15 and 16 September, At-Bristol, BS1 5DB

30 June, 2015 - 11:46

The Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA) are holding their a series of events and their annual conference here in Bristol on 15th and 16th September. These “Transform Digital” events offer fantastic opportunities to explore the changes that are happening right now in digital connectivity and to get insights and answers to questions such as:

  • 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’?

You can register to attend the conference on the INCA website, delegate fees are £145 plus VAT.

Some of the additional events running alongside the conference include;

Better Broadband for Bristol Businesses
15 September, 09:30-12:00, @Bristol, Free

Led by Bristol City Council and INCA this workshop is a great opportunity to find out how to get financial support for better broadband. We will discuss the connection voucher scheme, the benefits of better broadband for small businesses, the suppliers that can help businesses connect and how to apply to the scheme.

Geared towards: Owners & Managers of small businesses interested in improving their broadband services, technical specialists, business connectivity suppliers.

INCA Technical Showcase
The Art of the Possible: How to Build a Better Network

15 September, 14:00-17:00, @Bristol, Free for conference delegates (otherwise £50 + VAT)

This showcase will be a series of presentations, educational segments, case studies and roadmap sessions from a range of companies who can help anyone interested in investing, designing or building a Next Generation Broadband infrastructure – ‘Superfast’ and ‘Ultrafast’. We will discuss what these terms mean in practice and give an end-to-end view of the individual components required to create a successful project.

Geared towards: Local project promoters, funders, technical and business consultants, policy-makers.

3D Data Visualisation and Planetarium
15 September, 18.00 – 18.45

All conference delegates are invited to an exclusive show at the newly refurbished planetarium where they will be treated to the UK’s first 3D planetarium show and data visualisation dome. The planetarium’s system is powered by 17 computers driving two 4K resolution projectors, and for data visualisation purposes is hooked up via a 100Gbps fibre link to a supercomputer at Bristol University.

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Bath Hacked “Summers of Data” event, Saturday, July 4, 2015 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM

26 June, 2015 - 14:49

Our esteemed next door neighbour data group Bath Hacked are holding a one day hack event at the Guild Hall in Bath. Bath Hacked have made a real impact over the last couple of years and have recently incorporated as a Community Interest Company which is well worth celebrating. Sign up on Meetup and go along to what should be a fun and relaxed day with some really cool data folk.

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Take on the Bristol Go Green Challenge and trial your innovation on the RBS estate, application deadline 7 July

25 June, 2015 - 08:56

The search is on for the most innovative conceptual, garage-tested and market-ready solutions to trial on the RBS estate Bristol.

Do you have an innovative solution that can help RBS’ Bristol premises with any of the following?

  • Energy and efficiency
  • Travel and transport
  • Planning and resilience for local networks and communities
  • Happy and healthy workplaces and colleagues
  • Sustainable sourcing of local products and services.

The Bristol Go Green Challenge has ambitious targets, such as creating the first carbon neutral RBS branch at Fishponds. Now the challenge team are on the hunt for SMEs and innovators to help achieve these targets.  If you think your innovation fits the bill apply to the Bristol Go Green Challenge today for the opportunity to trial your innovation on the Bristol estate.

The deadline for applications is 7th July 2015. Further details can be found by signing up to the RBS Innovation Gateway.

Join the RBS Innovation Gateway to find out more here.

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MySociety are coming back to Bristol, Thursday 23rd July between 7pm and 10pm

24 June, 2015 - 14:52

After a successful visit to the City last year, MySociety are taking the show on the road again and coming to see us in Bristol. They will be hosting a meetup at the Famous Royal Navy Volunteer pub function room, 17-18 King St, Harbourside, Bristol , BS1 4EF.

There will be speakers from MySociety and local guest speakers, get more information on the event website and sign up via the meet-up’s Lanyrd page.

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Bristol Ageing Better Radio launches 12:00, Monday 29th June on Ujima FM

23 June, 2015 - 16:44

Bristol Ageing Better Radio will be a lively show run by and for older people, featuring interviews, discussions and news about what’s happening in the city.

The team are currently looking for sponsors for the show on Ujima FM. The cost is £100 per show, and sponsors will be mentioned four times. If you would like to sponsor the show, please contact Bianca Rossetti at, or on 0117 929 7537

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How do you fancy a N.I.C.E. Award? 1st July deadline is approaching.

23 June, 2015 - 15:08

The Network for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe (N.I.C.E.) 2015 award challenges the cultural and creative sectors to propose surprising and experimental innovations that are solutions to difficult global problems with special, but not exclusive, attention given to digital innovations. If you have a project you’ve been working on and some supporting video why not put together an application.

The 4 most surprising and experimental projects, research projects and political strategies will be awarded with up to €20,000. A special prize will be given for entries in the field of digital innovations. The call is open to single individuals such as artists; or organisations such as companies and public institutions or agencies, non-profit foundations or initiatives as well as single researchers of research institutions from within the cultural creative sectors.

The call is open until 1st July 2015 and the winners will be chosen in September 2015.

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Come along to our open event “Connecting Bristol to the Internet of Things”: Watershed, July 6, 6-9pm

21 June, 2015 - 17:40

Innovate UK will soon be launching its £10m competition to establish a single city Demonstrator for the Internet of Things.

You are invited to attend a presentation and open discussion about how IoT can create new opportunities and address existing challenges in our city.


Centre for Cities and McKinsey recently recognised Bristol and Bath as the most significant and fastest growing UK ICT cluster outside of London.

Existing initiatives, such as Bristol is Open, REACT, Playable Cities, SPHERE, TOUCAN the Venturer driverless car project and the council’s own Smart City programme are cementing Bristol’s reputation as a leading laboratory for change.

Existing city incubators, such as the Pervasive Media Studio, Engine Shed, Watershed, the Bristol Robotics Lab, The Cabot Institute and Knowle West Media Centre are bringing together digital innovators, researchers, financiers and the community.

The result is an increasingly creative, smart, green and connected city that focuses on smart urbanism and liveability.


This is an opportunity to explore how we can build on existing strengths and known gaps, To deploy IOT at large scale to help Bristol become greener and more resilient; less congested and more mobile; happier and healthier; more productive, efficient, and knowledgeable and richer in the creative and culture experiences that are on offer – creating a world-class liveable city.

This is an opportunity to hear about work that is already underway and to enter in to open discussion with the Council team who will lead the city’s IOT Demonstrator bid, University and city partners in Bristol’s Digital Eco System and other participants in the event.


18:00 – Arrival drink in the link area of the Watershed bar

18:30 – Welcome and presentations on existing Bristol IOT activities

19:30 – Discussion of Bristol IOT priorities

20:30 – Summing up

21:00 – Close


The discussion will shape and inform the bid that Bristol City Council will submit to Innovate UK.


This is an open event that is free to attend, however, places are limited so register quickly.

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Take the latest RBS Innovation Gateway opportunity with the Bristol Go Green Challenge

10 June, 2015 - 16:34

The latest RBS Innovation Gateway opportunity, the Bristol Go Green Challenge, is now open for applications, offering innovators the chance to test their green solutions in RBS branches and buildings in Bristol.

The Bristol Go Green Challenge is looking for new ideas to tackle a range of resource efficiency challenges.

The bank is already trialling low-carbon technology in its Trinity Quay office building and its NatWest branch at Fishponds as part of last year’s Innovation Gateway round. The Ten successful innovators and SMEs from the inaugural round are currently testing their products in selected RBS buildings and branches across the UK.

Now RBS has set its sights on Bristol, launching a Bristol-focused challenge as part of the engagement with Bristol European Green Capital 2015 and Bristol 2015’s Go Green scheme. Go Green, jointly organised by Business West and Low Carbon South West for Bristol 2015, is asking organisations in the city to create and implement an action plan to improve their green credentials.

If you have an idea, garage-tested, or market-ready solution that can help tackle resource efficiency on our Bristol properties and would like to opportunity to trial your innovation on a live test-bed then this challenge could be the perfect fit. Successful innovators in the Bristol Go Green Challenge will test their products in the Trinity Quay building and the Fishponds branch.

  • Challenge 1: Energy and Resource Efficiency
  • Challenge 2: Travel and Transport
  • Challenge 3: Planning and Resilience
  • Challenge 4: Happy and Healthy
  • Challenge 5: Sustainable Sourcing

Speaking about her involvement in Round 1 of the RBS Innovation Gateway, Carol McKown, CEO, RAISE Energy said:

To think it is only 90 days since we flew over to the UK for the Finalists Day and now here we are, with purchase orders from RBS, our product installed and now opportunities with Carillion that offer multi-million, multi-year contracts. The Gateway has been a miracle for us

Matt Hatcher, NatWest’s director of commercial banking for Bristol, said:

Small businesses and innovators often struggle to get the opportunity to pitch their ideas to larger corporates, which means it’s often difficult to get the chance to prove their brilliant ideas can work. Trials and test beds like the one we are offering are crucial for innovators to accelerate their access to market.

To find out more about the Bristol Go Green Challenge sign up to the RBS Innovation Gateway visit

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Funding available for UWE PhD as part of our new Wellcome Trust’s Sustaining Health project

10 June, 2015 - 09:23

University of the West of England have funding for a PhD student conducting research related to “Moving health and sustainability upstream into strategic urban development decision-making”.

The deadline to apply is 29th June so move quickly if you are interested.

For more details or to apply

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Invitation to the launch of Smart City Forum’s report on ‘Procurement, Finance and Business Models’

8 June, 2015 - 10:13

Come along to the Urban Innovation Centre on  Thursday 25th June for the  for the launch of the Smart City Forum’s report on ‘Procurement, Finance and Business Models for Smarter Cities‘ and hear its recommendations to government for unlocking the market in the UK.

Speakers include:

  • Paula Hirst, Fellow, Future Cities Catapult
  • Julie Alexander, Director of Urban Development, Siemens
  • Stephen Hilton, Director, Bristol Futures
  • Iain Watson, Managing Director, Energy Efficiency Team, Green Investment Bank.


  • 8.00am Light breakfast and introductions
  • 8.30-9.30am Presentations and discussion
  • 9.30-10.00am Networking.

Places are limited, so please secure your place now by registering here.

Time: 8.00am-10.00am

Venue:Urban Innovation Centre

One Sekforde Street



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Going to Venturefest? Get involved in the HP Future Cities Innovation Hot-House Challenge

3 June, 2015 - 10:26

HP are launching their Hot House Challenge on 9 June at Venturefest Bristol & Bath. The Hot House Challenge is a competition for organisations to submit a disruptive idea or business model that is suitable for public or commercial service which betters peoples’ lives and the environment in a city like Bristol or Bath. It could have a social, health, education or transport focus. HP will provide time, expertise and tools to the winner of the competition to co-design and develop their idea to a prototype with their end user target audience.

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