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Free Event: Come to the South West Data Meetup, Jan 8th 2015, 7pm, Pervasive Media Studios

19 December, 2014 - 09:45

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.

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Free online resource to organise your community project

18 December, 2014 - 16:15

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.

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Invitation for UK SMEs to submit smart city proposals for deployment across Chinese cities

11 December, 2014 - 12:26

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.

Further details are available in the competition documentation.

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Bristol’s Computer Reuse Scheme relaunches

3 December, 2014 - 16:00

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.

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STEEP attends world ‘Smart City’ congress

2 December, 2014 - 16:26

Members of the STEEP project from both Bristol and San Sebastian recently attended the World Smart City congress, hosted by Fira Barcelona on 18th-20th November. 

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.

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Heritage and Culture Open Data Challenge Launched

6 November, 2014 - 14:29

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.

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Bristol pair win international prize for 3D printed prosthetic hand

6 November, 2014 - 10:57

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.

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Do you want to contribute to improving health care in Bristol?

31 October, 2014 - 10:44

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 Register to attend at Eventbrite.

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Take the Green Capital Digital Challenge to tackle Cities environmental issues and you could win £50,000

31 October, 2014 - 10:31

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.

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Hack weekend by Bath Hacked, 1 & 2 Nov, Guildhall Coworking Hub Bath, BA1 5EB

30 October, 2014 - 12:17

Bath Hacked, just down the road from us in Bath, have organised a hack weekend as part of the impressive Bath Digital Festival.

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.

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Smart City Bristol shortlisted for Guangzhou award – vote now!

20 October, 2014 - 11:14

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!

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Free event: Top 10 mistakes in public consultation and how to avoid them, City Hall Bristol Wednesday, 29/10/14, 13:00-16:00

13 October, 2014 - 10:55

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.

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Free digital training, Bradley Stoke, 12th November, 2 – 4 pm

6 October, 2014 - 13:47

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, or call 020 3111 0728. You will need to book to attend an event.

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Dress-sense: take part in a wearable technology for health competition and win £5000

2 October, 2014 - 12:28

Wearable technology has the potential to change people’s lives. will be running workshops in Bristol 25th October, 8th November and 22nd November looking for teams mixing computer scientists, medical professionals and students, engineers, fashion designers and textile artists to collaborate and compete for a £5000 prize by designing wearable technology for health.  There will be support to help create ideas and form teams. For more information and to register your interest visit the Dress Sense website. The deadline to express interest is 8 October.

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Free Google digital masterclass for local businesses, The Annexe, Bristol Science Centre, Friday 17th October

1 October, 2014 - 09:35

On Friday 17th October, Google will meet with local business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to offer advice and tips on making the most of the Internet and growing their business online. Google experts will be on hand to offer advice on crucial skills for the digital age, from creating a website to marketing a business online.

The event, known as The Google Juice Bar, will be held at;

The Annexe
Bristol Science Centre
Anchor Road

Sign up to attend this free event

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Happy Birthday STEEP project!

29 September, 2014 - 14:08

The third consortium and inaugural ‘Advisory Board’ meeting of STEEP took place on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th of September in Bristol, to mark the end of the first year of the project. Project partners from each city and nominated Advisory Board members met at Brunel’s SS Great Britain to review progress. The session provoked some excellent debate and generated some key outputs which will define the direction of the project for the next 6 months. STEEP partners will now be looking to ’scale up’ the methodology to develop ‘Smart City’ plans for Bristol, San Sebastian and Florence.
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Bristol Bright Night, noon to midnight, 26th September, Bristol Harbourside

26 September, 2014 - 09:33

Discover, explore and challenge Bristol’s cutting-edge research through an interactive showcase of free activities across in city.  Activities will be taking place throughout the day at @Bristol and the Watershed. Check out the Bristol Bright Night website for more information.

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Bristol and Bath High Tech Sector Cluster Map

23 September, 2014 - 11:39

Bristol and Bath have acknowledged strengths in the digital and high tech sectors. You can now see how this looks across the region with the new Bristol and Bath High Tech Sector cluster map website. As well as an interactive map you can interrogate company data through a comprehensive directory of businesses.

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Job opportunity: Strategic Resilience Officer, Bristol City Council

10 September, 2014 - 16:41

Bristol is one of only five European cities and 32 cities worldwide invited to join the first cohort of a global network of resilient cities organised by the Rockefeller Foundation. This senior role will serve as the main point of contact and liaison with this network of cities and its platform partners. Visit this website or more information about the vacancy and to apply.

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Upto £6m available from TSB for projects demonstrating better integration of infrastructure and services across a city

4 September, 2014 - 11:51

The Technology Strategy Board have announced a SBRI competition to encourage companies to link together City systems in order to improve understanding of how elements of these systems interact with each other.

Successful organisations attract a 100%-funded development contract of up to £2m from the £6m funding pot, with projects running for up to 3 years.

The competition is open now with the deadline for registration being noon on 7 January 2015 and the deadline for applications noon on 14 January 2015.

If this opportunity is attractive to you and you’d like to discuss partnering with Bristol drop us a line.

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