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Innovating with Defra Open Data – an ODI Bristol open meeting

9 January, 2017 - 15:46

ODI Bristol are holding an open meeting at The Watershed on Wednesday 25 January 2017 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm to discuss Defra Open Data. Tickets are limited and must be booked via Eventbrite. Defra are working with The ODI and the Leeds and Bristol ODI Nodes on a collaboration with the aim of realising the full […]

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OFCOM’s Connected Nations 2016 – how does Bristol fare?

28 December, 2016 - 13:25

OFCOM publishes Connected Nations every year which reports on the UK’s performance around fixed telephony, including broadband, and mobile connectivity. As connectivity is already established as the fourth utility for citizens and a pre-requisite for any forward-looking business wanting to grow, we’ve taken a close look at this report and how it relates to Bristol.  We […]

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New ultrafast fibre option for Bristol homes and businesses

28 December, 2016 - 11:08

BT Openreach is currently rolling out ultrafast speeds via fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology to 3,200 small and medium sized businesses and 2,200 residential premises in the Greater Bristol area, including parts of Avonmouth, Bedminster, Bishopsworth, Bristol Central, Bristol North, Bristol South, Bristol West, Easton, Fishponds, Henbury, Keynsham and Whitchurch. These new FTTP services will […]

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A look back at 2016 trends in smart cities

16 December, 2016 - 10:20

2016 has certainly been a year of accelerating pace with many smart solutions coming to market. Cities for citizens One key trend is the liveability of cities for citizens. Smart cities can’t just be test beds of technology, they must apply that technology to tackle citizens’ concerns and improve quality of life.  We’ve seen some […]

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Improving Bristol’s mobile connectivity

15 December, 2016 - 15:53

On 14 Dec, the government’s National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) released an excellent report: Connected Future.  The report looks at the current state of mobile connectivity in the UK, the transition to 4G and how crucial mobile connectivity has become, and what the country must do a better job of making the transition to 5G. Bristol’s mobile […]

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Over 1300 businesses in the Bristol region are now better connected

15 December, 2016 - 14:14

More than 1,300 local businesses in the Bristol region have benefitted for the first time from superfast broadband speeds thanks to the UK Government’s Super Connected Cities initiative. A survey of companies who applied for the Connection Voucher Scheme found slow broadband was hampering productivity, the range of services they could offer and overall growth. […]

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A Boost for IoT in Bristol and Bath

14 December, 2016 - 12:44

High Tech Bristol and Bath CIC, have announced today that together with Bristol SETsquared Business Accelerator, Engine Shed, and the University of the West of England they are one of the winners of the Digital Catapults IoTUK Boost programme. IoTUK Boost will aim to address barriers to entry into the Internet of Things (IoT) marketplace […]

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Bristol’s Digital Programme Gets Praise from The Times

12 December, 2016 - 10:44

The Times’ Raconteur section has taken an in-depth look at Bristol’s digital innovation activities, outlining the decade long journey to build up a partnership and develop experience and case studies on how emerging technologies can help make the City more sustainable, prosperous, resilient and inclusive. The article draws on insights from key digital leaders including […]

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Do you suffer from very slow internet? This scheme could help.

2 December, 2016 - 16:28

The UK Government has made a commitment to provide every home and business in the UK with access to at least a basic broadband service. If your download speed is slower than 2MB per second, then you can apply for a subsidised broadband installation until December 2017. It would cover the cost of the installation and […]

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The difference superfast broadband makes to local businesses

29 November, 2016 - 15:44

The Connection Voucher Scheme from the UK Government helped 1315 businesses in the Bristol area upgrade to a superfast broadband connection.  Bristol City Council administered the scheme which delivered an investment of over £2 million in telecoms in our city region and our surrounding authorities.  The Connection Voucher Scheme finally closed in September 2016 . […]

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How a BT Community Fibre Partnership could solve your slow internet

21 November, 2016 - 15:44

Are you a resident or business located in an area of Bristol where there are no current plans for superfast broadband? To see if this applies to you, please visit BT Openreach’s site  After entering your details, if the response is ‘exploring solutions’ and there is no service from an alternative telecoms provider, a BT Community Fibre […]

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Low cost computers or laptops from £50

9 November, 2016 - 16:16

A range of low cost desktop PCs and laptops are available from as little as £50 to individuals and families who are on a low incomes, or who experience other disadvantages.  For at least the following 6 months, a £10 discount is being offered on some desktop PCs. Find out more and apply today. These low cost computers […]

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Come Along to an #ODI Friday lunchtime seminar on PopChange

7 November, 2016 - 11:19

Join us for an ODI lunchtime seminar looking at the PopChange research project. Find out more and book your place. Bring your lunch, have a chat.  Free coffee and tea provided. PopChange is a research project, developing a new method to perform small area comparisons on Great British Census data from 1971 to 2011. This gives users […]

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Technology enabling social capital

4 November, 2016 - 11:32

New technologies are being introduced at an ever-increasing pace. This brings huge opportunities but also significant challenges. In particular, technology tends to self-select and can be exclusive which could contribute to widening inequality in our society. Part of the large EU smart city project I manage (REPLICATE) is helping to develop the Bristol Approach to […]

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See leading speakers at the Collaborate experience design conference here in Bristol this November

26 October, 2016 - 16:16

Collaborate Bristol is a one-day conference with a fantastic speaker line up including international leaders such as Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, named 1st in a list of 100 Internet of Things Influencers (Postscapes, 2016), Matt Zarandi, Head of UX and Design at AOL and Graham Beale, Head of User Experience at Yell. Tickets are available for £150 […]

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Come along to an ODI lunchtime Lecture – responsible data tactics for positive social change

26 October, 2016 - 11:27

Do come along, and please feel free to forward this on to anyone else who you think might be interested. Book your place today The principles of responsible data are that data and technology can play an important part in effective social change work, but they must be used with care. People’s rights to consent, […]

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Researchers study human reaction to sharing control with driverless car

17 October, 2016 - 15:38

The first trials of the Venturer autonomous vehicle project, a Government backed research project, have focussed on a critical aspect in the field of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology. The ‘handover’, when the control of the car switches from human driver to autonomous mode, is one of the least studied aspects of this developing technology. However, […]

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Online Influence Conference, 20th October 2016, Mercure Hotel, Redcliffe Hill, Bristol

14 October, 2016 - 15:19

The Online Influence conference is the UK’s fastest growing Social and Mobile Innovation Conference. You can enjoy a day of Keynotes, Masterclasses and Workshops from the industry’s biggest players including IBM, Adobe and the BBC. You can sign up for #OiConf on the event website   Post image by SalFalko and used here with Creative Commons license

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The Rise of Mobility As A Service

10 October, 2016 - 15:41

This recent Economist article  highlights some very interesting trends in how people will travel. It explores developments in cities such as Helsinki where different modes of transport are increasingly working together to offer travellers seamless travel. By using technology it is much easier to match supply and demand in real time, allowing new shared transport modes. […]

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