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 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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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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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 […]
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 […]
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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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 […]
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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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 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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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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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 […]
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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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 […]
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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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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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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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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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. […]