High Tech Bristol and Bath works with high tech companies in the Bristol and Bath region promoting, enhancing and developing technology. A major part of their activity will be running Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that bring together companies, universities, research institutions, public sector, and not-for-profit organisations.
The current, and proposed, list of Special Interest Groups includes;
- Embedded Software
- High Performance Computing
- Health Technologies
- Smart Cities
- Future Skills
- Intelligent media
To find out more visit the HBB website.
If you are interested in the web and accessibility come along to Accessible Bristol’s first meetup of 2015.
There will be refreshments and networking, plus a talk from one of the most recognisable and respected people in the web accessibility industry- Steve Faulkner on HTML5, ARIA and the Open Web.
Steve is a Principal Accessibility Engineer at The Paciello Group. He is also co-editor of the W3C HTML5 specification, and a contributor to other specifications including Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA).
If you are interested in the potential of Open Data to create new apps and services and transform the way we interact with the City come along to this free meetup. Whether you are an IT student, a developer, an activist or are interested in improving services come along and share your ideas, tell us what new data sources you’d like to see released, and hear about new tools and assets coming on stream for Bristol. Sign up for the event at the Meetup webpage.
Made Open is a free to use web resource where you can gather ideas, donations, volunteers, resources and crowdfunding for your community project. The platform unites social networking, crowdfunding, crowdpledging and timebanking into a single site. Its straightforward to set up a campaign, build support and start to realise the improvements you want to see in your community.
South West Businesses have been invited to participate in the smart cities challenge. This challenge is part of a Foreign and Commonwealth Office project led by Manchester City Council with involvement of Bristol City Council, three Chinese cities who are ‘smart city pilots’ and Digital China (a large ICT company leading on smart city solutions in China with links to the key Ministries).
The challenge asks for SME’s to put forward their smart city solutions with the aim that you will have the opportunity to present your solutions face-to-face with the decision-makers of Chinese cities, and if successful pilot in the cities.
There is a tight submission date of the 2nd January where you are asked to complete a brief form. If shortlisted you will then be asked to present in front of a panel in Manchester the week of the 2nd February.
Successful SMEs will be invited to go to Wuhan in China to further progress their solutions with these Chinese cities.
In 2010 the City Council established a Computer Reuse scheme aimed at making sure that anyone in Bristol who wanted to have a computer at home could have one. The scheme was enormously popular, and over the first few years more than 2000 PC’s were made available to people right across the City. As the scheme became more well know demand outstripped supply. We paused the scheme to find new sources of equipment and refine the processes. We have worked with local company Byteback to enhance and improve the scheme and are pleased to announce that its available again for applications from people who are;
- over 65 years of age,
- have a disability,
- are full time carers,
- receive means tested benefits,
- have a child receiving free school meals,
- on a very low income.
Successful applicants can purchase a refurbished PC (running Windows 7), flat screen monitor, keyboard and mouse for just £75.
Application forms for the scheme are also available to print and post.
As part of the ‘Energy’ themed breakout session, Bristol Partners presented the STEEP methodology to delegates from all over the world. The meeting was also attended by the Mayor of San Sebastian – Mr Juan Karlos Izagirre.
The next in NESTA/ ODI Open Data Challenges has been launched to explore how we can use open data to involve more people, and more diverse people, in heritage and culture. There will be a series of support events over the next few months. Visit the website to learn more, explore ideas and to sign up in the collaboration space.
High end prosthetics can cost up to £100,000. By using emerging technologies like 3D printing, Open Bionics have cut that down to under £1000. The Bristol based brains behind the initiative Joel Gibbard and Sammy Payne, have just won an international award from Intel to recognise the potential and innovation of the project.
You can get involved in finding the best solutions to key health challenges at a “Make It” event sponsored by Bristol Health Partners. Organisations, communities and individuals are invited to take part in this collaborative event;
- Friday 14 November – The Station BS1 2AG
Opening presentations and networking from 6pm (until 9pm)
- Saturday 15 November – The Station BS1 2AG
Facilitated project work in teams from 10am (until 5pm)
- Sunday 16 November – The Watershed BS1 5TX
Project presentations, prizes and awards from 3pm. Doors open from 2pm, event finishes at 4.45pm.
Project ideas have started to be uploaded to http://collabfinder.com/groups/bristol-health-and-care-collaborative. Register to attend at Eventbrite.
Take the Green Capital Digital Challenge to tackle Cities environmental issues and you could win £50,000
As part of Bristol’s European Green Capital programme the City will be running a Green Digital Challenge competition to use software to tackle key environmental issues around energy, transport, food, resources and nature. Visit the competition for more information and to register.
The hack is themed around the City’s past, present and future, and there are a raft of prizes for the best work. Seasoned and novice hackers are welcome but do sign up at the Meet Up page as available places are going very quickly.
Bristol Futures’ Smart City program has been successfully short-listed for the biennial Guangzhou award for Urban Innovation. Shortlisted from a range of initiatives in over 250 cities worldwide, the award is given to 5 cities in recognition of their work in the area of technical innovation and urban regeneration.
‘Smart City Bristol’ will be presented to an expert panel in Guangzhou at the awards ceremony in November. In addition to the 5 successful cities, three of the short-listed initiatives will be recognized for their popularity via an online vote. We therefore invite you to vote for Bristol at the link below and help support our ongoing smart city work!
Free event: Top 10 mistakes in public consultation and how to avoid them, City Hall Bristol Wednesday, 29/10/14, 13:00-16:00
This free event organised by The Consultation Institute and Darzin Stakeholder Management Software to help you identify and avoid the main pitfalls surrounding public consultation exercises. Sign up on eventbrite to book your place.
The mobile phone company EE have organised digital champions will help you understand how easy it is to get online and all the benefits of being connected, like saving money by paying bills online, keeping in touch with family and friends or learning how to Tweet. There’ll be tea and biscuits. This programme is part of the company’s wider corporate responsibility initiatives and employee volunteering activity, so there will be no sales or marketing at events.
How does it work?
Over tea and biscuits, members of the public will spend around an hour and a half with an EE digital champion who will answer questions and help build confidence in using the internet and new technology. Attendees can bring any of their own mobiles, laptops, tablets or equipment they’d like to learn more about. EE champions will also have kit there to show everyone.
The Bristol event will be held at the EE office in Bradley Stoke on 12th November, 2 – 4 pm. Further events will be held at a range of other EE offices;
- Doxford, Sunderland, 5th November, 1 – 3 pm
- Greenock, 18th November, 1 – 3 pm
- Hatfield, 11th November, 10 am – 12 pm
- Merthyr Tydfil – November TBC, staff available to travel to a community venue
- Paddington, 27th November, 10 am – 12 pm
- Plymouth, 12th November, 2 – 4 pm
To attend a session, contact Richard Gaskin at TimeBank, email@example.com or call 020 3111 0728. You will need to book to attend an event.