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Join OFCOM citizen researchers and help map Bristol’s connectivity

29 September, 2016 - 16:30

OFCOM is encouraging Android users across the country to become a citizen researcher and join a national “crowdsourced research project“ which aims to better map the UK’s mobile and WiFi network performance.  If we get enough volunteers in Bristol, we’ll improve our understanding of our city’s connectivity. Download the app After downloading the app, it runs in the […]

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How to start a Repair Cafe

28 September, 2016 - 11:19

All over Bristol Community groups are setting up Repair cafes so that we can fix that old printer/sewing/machine/chair. Finding people to help us repair things and working together to do so, helps build community, reduce landfill and the carbon emissions related to replacement products, save money and it’s downright fun having a tinker around a toaster! If you […]

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Designing Environments as if People Matter event

21 September, 2016 - 13:42

The Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems and MEM have teamed up to launch a London-based conference series under the banner of People Matter. There are many pressing challenges facing society today – health, housing, work styles, economy, climate change and resource depletion to name but a few. Consequently, policy makers and professionals are poised to […]

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Can we use open data to get around Bristol for less?

21 September, 2016 - 12:59

Our latest open data challenge event takes place at Just Eat’s Global HQ and Innovation Centre in central Bristol.  Our kind hosts will be providing the food (amazing breakfast, free pizza and best of all – free beer!) so with their connections you’ll know the food will be great. At this event, we’ll be trying to […]

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Volunteer as a Learning Researcher

16 September, 2016 - 11:47

The University of Bristol, in partnership with Bristol Learning City, is launching a brand new research project to find out what it is really like to live and learn in the city. The new project will help discover more about people’s learning experiences in Bristol and find out how they would like to progress and develop. […]

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You wait all Summer for a Hack event… then 3 come along at once!

13 September, 2016 - 16:41

You wait all Summer for a Hack event… then 3 come along at once! Book now for three fantastic data hack events coming up in Bristol in September and October. It’s been a busy Summer with plenty of distractions, (some good, some bad, and some pretty ugly if you ask me!) and our last Bristol […]

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Blueprint for how altnets could help achieve Britain’s gigabit future

9 September, 2016 - 17:13

A major new report has been published arguing Britain should greatly accelerate the expansion of true fibre networks to meet growing needs for faster, more reliable internet connectivity.  The report argues the UK has been fixated on download speed with its broadband overlooking other ‘quality factors’ which are going to be key in our digital […]

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KWMC takeover the Data Dome

9 September, 2016 - 16:36

Knowle West Media Centre took over the Data Dome this week marking the first time the dome has been used for a performance public art event.  Artists Paul Hurley and Caleb Parkin presented an immersive experience using the dome to show 360 video footage whilst musing on challenges facing Bristol and how a citizen-centric approach (The Bristol Approach) […]

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Interested in the Maker Movement and Circular Economy? Register for this free event.

6 September, 2016 - 09:15

Knowle West Media Centre have organised this event to examine the future of small scale, community based design and manufacturing. Speakers include; Karin Smyth MP: on supporting skills and jobs through re-localised manufacturing to create opportunities for all. Chris McMahon, University of Bristol: sharing new research that maps and de-mystifies the realities of re-distributed manufacturing […]

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The energy revolution

1 September, 2016 - 17:55

There is an energy revolution and it’s happening in your home. Don’t believe me – I don’t blame you. Traditionally the energy industry is fiendishly complicated. It is dominated by large corporate and government level discussions concerning 50 year investment in energy generation (power plants), disputes on of the cost and value of various renewables, […]

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The Library of Things: the Uber of borrowing stuff

24 August, 2016 - 13:58

We can spend a lot of time and money accumulating stuff, much of which we only need occasionally. Vacuum cleaners, power drills, lawn mowers tend to spend much of their lives sitting unused under the stairs or in garages. The Library of Things offers a sustainable new way to get access to everything from DIY equipment and camping gear […]

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The Power of Data: The Fallen of World War Two

19 August, 2016 - 14:47

Data can tell stories. One of the more powerful examples of this I’ve come across takes the casualty figures from World War Two and weaves this data into a compelling, immersive, interactive and powerful narrative. This thought provoking presentation last 15 minutes and opens up interactive opportunities for viewers to interrogate the data themselves. Take a look […]

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Easier than ever to convert VR content for the Data Dome

17 August, 2016 - 18:05

The Data Dome, based in the At-Bristol Science Centre, is a shop window facility of Bristol Is Open and the city’s smart tech initiatives.  Housed in the 3D Planetarium, the Dome offers a unique audio and visual immersive experience to visualise data in new ways, explore the growing amount of sensor data and see the […]

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Just keep bidding

15 August, 2016 - 17:24

Over the last month, several people have asked me if we are still bidding for EU funding – in particular Horizon 2020. My response has been, that whilst we are still eligible (the UK government is still inputting into the EU budget of which H2020 is part) I would think that partners and panel experts […]

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We Can Make: reimagining manufacturing in Bristol – event

15 August, 2016 - 10:31

Smart factories, digital fabrication technologies, new materials and changes in distribution networks are radically re-shaping who makes what, where and how. WE CAN MAKE explores how Bristol can re-localise and grow manufacturing in the city: Can we create pro-manufacturing communities where the things that are needed, from jobs to housing, are locally produced? How can […]

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Join us for a ‘Bristol Approach’ event in the Data Dome

12 August, 2016 - 15:28

The Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC)  has organised two free events to learn more and get involved with ‘The Bristol Approach to Citizen Sensing‘ – a new framework for running inclusive, community-driven digital projects that involve sensor technologies. #SmartCityDampDataCitizen Spectaculecture When: Wednesday 7th September, 7.30pm Where: Data Dome – Anchor Rd, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5DB As part of […]

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Planned Handover – an overview of trial 1 of the VENTURER project

10 August, 2016 - 09:38

The VENTURER driverless car project has started its first trial to assess user responses to driverless cars. Under carefully monitored test conditions the trial is testing planned handover of control between a vehicle and driver. This is when the driver knows they might be alerted to take control in certain situations as the vehicle is unable […]

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Bristol’s Open Data programme

25 July, 2016 - 17:01

In Bristol, we believe that we should make data – that belongs to the public – accessible and usable to people and  machines. The main goals of our open data work are: Help people to develop innovative solutions to city challenges Support and fuel the development of technology that could improve Bristols future Help people […]

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Register for Open Stack Day UK at HP Labs, Stoke Gifford, Bristol

22 July, 2016 - 13:31

Open Stack is an Open Source suite of software tools for building and managing cloud computing platforms for public and private clouds. The event will feature experienced speakers, breakout sessions and workshops to help you get the most out of these resources. There will also be the chance for delegates to win prizes including a complimentary […]

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Tiny Tours – the first app running on The Bristol API!

22 July, 2016 - 12:55

The Tiny Tours App brings together info about days out in Bristol with journey planning using open data from The Bristol API. Those of you who are regulars to Connecting Bristol will know that, a) here in Bristol we like to publish open data, b) we have our own transport data API called The Bristol […]

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