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What’s the best way to manage Europe’s €1 trillion worth of data?

2 February, 2016 - 15:08

The protection of personal data online has always been a major concern for citizens across the European Union member states, to the extent that over nine in ten (91%) Europeans asked for the creation of a Digital Single Market, something which would tear down regulatory walls across member states by putting aside the existing fragmented […]

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Winners of first Bristol API Challenge announced

29 January, 2016 - 10:38

The winners of the recent Keep Bristol Moving event at Watershed were announced after a day-long hackathon on Saturday looking at solving transport challenges in the city. Blue Sparrow Apps, a Bristol-based company that write apps for phones and tablets, were announced as the winners, receiving a £100 cash prize. The competition was part of […]

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What is a ‘City as a Platform’?

22 January, 2016 - 17:02

In March 2014, thanks to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, I travelled to the US to study how new digital approaches could help citizens and communities in their day-to-day lives. I talked to a variety of inspirational civic innovators on new technologies, data, and society (see my blog of this trip here). Out of all the […]

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Do you have what it takes to be an ODI Startup?

20 January, 2016 - 17:11

Are you looking to develop a sustainable business based on open data? Do you need access to support, mentoring and a local and global network? If yes then maybe the Open Data Institute’s Startup Programme is for you! Each year the Open Data Institute (ODI) welcomes new applicants onto their Startup Programme, offering expert support and the opportunity […]

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Show you Love the Environment with Bath Hacked

19 January, 2016 - 16:12

Our friends at Bath Hacked are hosting an environment focused data event as part of Bath Digital Festival. The event will explore how open data and technology can create a more sustainable and environmentally friendly region. Bringing together local organisations, residents and the digital and creative sectors to create new applications, visualisations and technology, the event will […]

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Major Virtual Reality event coming to Bristol

18 January, 2016 - 15:21

Bristol will be hosting the VR World Congress – the UK’s biggest virtual reality conference and expo – on 12th April. The event is a continuation and expansion of last year’s hugely successful SouthWest VR Conference. Last year saw speakers from the likes of Sony, nDreams, Bossa, Unity and Alchemy VR, with guests from  Oculus, Samsung,  NBCUniversal,  Aardman,  Channel 4,  BBC, and Pinewood amongst others.   2016 […]

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Bristol Ageing Better commits over £200,000 to kick-start new activities to reduce isolation and loneliness

18 January, 2016 - 11:32

Bristol Ageing Better is a partnership of over 150 organisations working to reduce social isolation and loneliness among older people and help them live fulfilling lives. BAB is committing over £200,000 to help kick-start community activities that will help to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol. This scheme is one of the […]

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Book now for our Data Challenge event!

14 January, 2016 - 14:42

Our Data Challenge Event on 23rd January working with our new Bristol API (Transport) is nearly full – only 7 places left! Book now via Eventbrite to avoid disappointment. We’re really looking forward to the event – we’re excited to have launched our new API, and the next step is to see what interesting and innovative […]

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Pitch an idea and help Bristol come together

14 January, 2016 - 09:23

Bristol is part of the 100 Resilient Cities Network. As part of this initiative, and in partnership with CityMart, the city has launched an open call for proposals to strengthen residents’ shared sense of belonging and community resilience.  Visit the Bristol Social Cohesion Challenge website and take a look at the challenge and evaluation criteria. […]

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Come along to our citizen sensing event and join up

13 January, 2016 - 10:12

Come along to the Knowle West Media Centre on Wednesday 27th Jan (6.30 to 9.30pm) and find out about our new citizen sensing project and how you can join in.  This fun event will be an evening of networking, interactive art, tech and play and also feature interactive exhibits from Bristol Hackspace, sensor demos from […]

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Bristol leads core cities in digital uptake

11 January, 2016 - 10:28

Official data from the Office for National Statistics shows that in quarter 1 of 2015, 91.3% of Bristol adults (328,000 adults over 16) stated they had “Used the internet in the last 3 months”. The percentage of people who have “ever used” the internet has been rising faster in Bristol than nationally, and conversely Bristol […]

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“Perfect is the enemy of good in open data…”

6 January, 2016 - 17:01

This great podcast from Centre for Cities is well worth a listen. Here in Bristol we are a Node of the Open Data Institute (ODI). There are ODI Nodes all over the world, and we work closely with the Node network and the ODI, to share learning, innovations and inspiration, all on the subject of […]

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Bristol buses to be fitted with green technology

4 January, 2016 - 13:11

Bristol’s buses are to get cleaner thanks to a successful bid to the Clean Bus Technology Fund 2015. Bristol has been awarded £483,410 to upgrade 35 buses. The green technology can cut harmful emissions by up to 90%. Due to their high mileage and long operational life, introducing greener buses can significantly help air quality in town […]

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Introducing ‘Do It Digital’ – helping small business owners maximise their digital potential – with 100 Days of Digital

17 December, 2015 - 17:15

Do It Digital, a not for profit independent campaign, aims to encourage the digitally un-engaged to take their first steps online whilst promoting opportunities for those already online to engage further and expand their digital horizons. The focus of the first “100 Days of Digital” will be to highlight opportunities both in the “real world” […]

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Bristol launches its new API

16 December, 2015 - 13:50

Here in the City Innovation Team at Bristol City Council we have been working on the development of an API. The Bristol API (Transport) is a web-based service that will make it easy for developers to connect their application to a wealth of transport data. Whether someone is building an app, website, connected device or […]

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Towards Bristol as a Smart Energy City

15 December, 2015 - 16:46

What steps could Bristol take over the next five years in order to realise the demanding goal of becoming a Smart Energy City in 2020?  This was the challenge taken up by the Smart Energy City Collaboration led by the Bristol-based Centre for Sustainable Energy as part of their contribution to Bristol Green Capital 2015.  The Collaboration considered the […]

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Tips on running a successful Smart City Demonstrator

15 December, 2015 - 15:38

Nesta have put together a blog post highlighting four key pieces of advice for Cities like Bristol or Manchester who are deploying Smart City Demonstrators at scale. Open up participation in the demonstrator Generate and share evidence​ Invest in smart people, not just smart technology Engage citizens, intelligently Much of this chimes with our own […]

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Bloomberg Philanthropies: Using Data in Government Innovation

15 December, 2015 - 11:28

Bristol Mayor, George Ferguson, talks about how Bristol has used open data, creativity and innovation to tackle some tangible problems in the City.

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Bristol at COP21

10 December, 2015 - 15:35

The UN Climate Change conference has been taking place over the last fortnight and ends this Friday. As negotiations draw to a close we can hear the view from Mayor George Ferguson on how it’s gone and the reputation of Bristol European Green Capital 2015.

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