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Innovation Wales – Technological Innovation Award

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Date: 1 Sep 2006
Website: www.innovation-wales.com
Location: wales

Outline:

Innovation Wales – The Technology Exhibition & Conference 2006 is inviting nominations for the Innovation Wales `Technological Innovation of the Year` award 2006.

The three innovations with the most nominations will be judged on specific criteria, designed to allow for any size of company, or individual to be nominated.

Innovation categories include:

*Most useful new product or service
*Fastest growth new product or service in £`s within a 12 month period
*Global potential

Deadline for nominations: 1st September 2006. The three shortlisted finalists will be announced shortly thereafter.

The presentation ceremony for the award will take place during the exhibition in the Marble Hall, Cardiff City Hall at 5:30pm on 3rd October 2006.

For more information visit www.innovation-wales.com or call 02920 497778.

Area: southern bloc

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Let?s Get Together – Gwynedd: networking creative technology practitioners

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Date: Wednesday 23rd May 2007
Time: 6 to 9pm
Partner: Welsh Assembly Government’s Local Supplier Development Project / Rhaglen Datblygu Cyflenwyr Lleol Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru | www.menterabusnes.co.uk
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This event comprised an hour of quick fire presentations (5 minutes each) followed by an hour and a half speed networking, led by the Local Supplier Development Project. There were 12 five minute slots available for artists, designers, film makers and programmers or anyone who works with technology creatively.

Outline:

Presentations are on a first-come-first-served basis and priority will be given to practitioners from within the project area.

Practitioners in other fields such as visual art, performance, musicians who would like to meet creative technology practitioners are also welcome to attend. Agencies and organisations are also welcome, although presentations are limited to practitioners.

The event aims to bring together people working in creative technology in the project area, to develop collaborative working and the growth of the sector.

What to bring:
If you are presenting at the event, you will need to bring your presentation on a CD, or USB memory stick for use on a Macintosh iBook. A data projector and screen will be provided. Presentations can either be in the form of Powerpoint, Quicktime Movies, a PDF or as a website. Please note that there will be no internet connection available at the venue.

If you are not presenting, but are taking part in the speed networking, you may wish to bring examples of your work, and marketing materials to distribute.

This event forms part of Gwynedd Business Week. For more information on other events during the week contact 01286 679390.

Sponsors:

Arts Council of Wales, Anglesey County Council, Conwy County Borough Council and Gwynedd Council

Mae’r seminar hwn yn rhan o gyfres o ddigwyddiadau sydd wedi’u trefnu yng Nghonwy, Gwynedd a M´n gan Floc y Gogledd. Cefnogir Bloc y Gogledd gan Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru, Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Conwy, Cyngor Gwynedd a Chyngor Sir Ynys M´n. / This seminar is part of a series of events programmed in Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey by Northern Bloc. Northern Bloc is supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Conwy County Borough Council, Gwynedd Council and Isle of Anglesey County Council

Area: northern bloc

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graphic designer wanted

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Date: deadline 28 July 2006
Website: www.bwa-design.co.uk
Location: wales

Outline:

Graduate up to 2 year’s experience

Permanent

bwa is a design and communications company with strong ethics and high profile clients involved in global issues. We deliver innovative and effective design. We are interested in big ideas ´ but we want to work with people who also pay attention to the details.

We work for the public sector, business and not-for-profit organisations ´ on projects ranging from flagship reports and publications through to the development and branding of individual campaigns and organisations, interactive websites and exhibitions.

Please apply in writing with a cv and pdf of work to jobhay@bwa-design.co.uk Closing date 28.07.06.

Please note that only successful applicants will receive a reply.

Area: eastern bloc

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northern bloc Project 2006 – 2007

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Date: July 2006 – July 2007

This phase of the northern bloc project extends the project remit to the three counties of Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey.

This year we are excited to be putting together a new timetable of informative and relevant networking events, seminars and a one-day conference; details of which will be circulated in the coming months. These events will be based upon the key professional development issues that have been collectively identified in the pilot project.

If you haven’t already heard of northern bloc or benefited from any of its activities, we want to hear from you to ensure we reach all creative technology practitioners and providers in the project area.

Please visit the website for further details.

Outline:

bloc was formed as an art and technology forum in 1998 in response to the creative, commercial and cultural developments that became available through digital technology ´ a new field of practice referred to as ‘new media’. It has now grown into a pan-Wales creative technology organisation.

northern bloc was established as a pilot project in 2005, in Conwy County. The aim of the project being to identify and bring together individuals and clusters from the creative industries working with new technology; collate information about activity and provision for the sector in Conwy; identify examples of best practice and programme a series of professional development events for practitioners and providers in the area.

Now in its second phase, northern bloc continues to develop networks to provide real opportunities for collaboration, alliance, and partnership between Wales-based organisations, enabling cross discipline exchanges between business and industry, science and technology, education and creative practices.

This year we are excited to be putting together a new timetable of informative and relevant networking events, seminars and a one-day conference; details of which will be circulated in the coming months. These events will be based upon the key professional development issues that have been collectively identified in the pilot project.

If you haven’t already heard of northern bloc or benefited from any of its activities, we want to hear from you to ensure we reach all creative technology practitioners and providers in the project area. You can contact either project officer via the details below. Additionally, you can keep up to date with northern bloc’s activities on the website (www.bloc.org.uk) and by registering for the free bloc bulletin, which contains information and opportunities for the creative technology sector in Wales and the UK. To register for the bulletin, visit the website and register your details.

Please get in touch on the contact details below if you would like any further information on any of northern bloc’s activities.

northern bloc Contact Details:

Stefhan Caddick, Project Manager
bloc y gogledd: Technoleg Creadigol Cymru
northern bloc: Creative Technology Wales

Canolfan Fusnes Conwy / Conwy Business Centre Cyffordd Llandudno / Llandudno Junction
Conwy LL31 9XX

Ff´n/Tel: 01492 574544

E-bost/Email: stefhan@bloc.org.uk

Sponsors:

Arts Council of Wales, Anglesey County Council, Conwy County Borough Council and Gwynedd Council

northern bloc is supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Conwy County Borough Council, Gwynedd Council and Isle of Anglesey County Council./ Cefnogir bloc y gogledd gan Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru, Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Conwy, Cyngor Gwynedd a Chyngor Sir Ynys M´n.

Area: northern bloc

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LOVEBYTES DIGITAL SPACE COMMISSIONS 2006/7

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Date: 28 July 2006
Website: http://www.lovebytes.org.uk/
Location: england

Outline:

Artists, designers, musicians and interactive media developers who work in digital media are invited to apply for the Lovebytes Digital Space Commissions. The commissions offer funding and exhibition opportunities for creative, digital and interactive artworks and will be exhibited as part of Lovebytes International Festival of Digital Art 2007, 19 – 24 March 2007 in Sheffield, UK.

Funding of up to £5,000 per project is available for the creation of new work and the completion or exhibition of existing work.

Deadline for Submissions: 28 JULY 2006

The application form is available for download from: http://festival2006.lovebytes.org.uk/d/DSP_06_APP_FORM.txt

Supporting materials should be sent by post to:
DSP 06, Lovebytes, Workstation, Sheffield S1 2BX
(supporting materials are not returned – do not send originals or valuable items).

The website contains an archive of Lovebytes Festival programmes (1994-2006) including previously commissioned works: http://www.lovebytes.org.uk/archive

Area: not in wales

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Innovation Wales

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Date: 3 Oct 2006
Website: www.innovation-wales.com
Location: wales

Outline:

Innovation Wales, a one day conference and exhibition taking place at Cardiff City Hall in October will bring together large and small businesses, agencies and practitioners working in technology and innovation in Wales

Conference themes include: e-commerce and e-crime; intellectual property; search engine optimisation and online branding. Exhibitors and presenters range from the corporate sector such as Yahoo, Hewlett Packard and Corel to business incubation and support services in Wales, funding bodies, micro businesses and sole traders. There is a limited number of exhibition stands still available.

For more information visit the website or contact:
Innovation Wales Limited, The Wharf, Schooner Way, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff, CF10 4EU

Area: southern bloc

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animate! Summer Events

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Website: http://www.animateonline.org/
Location: england

Outline:

Upcoming events by animate! this summer include:

1. animate! Extending the Image in Hull and Hastings
August 2006: A special programme of recent commissions from the animate! project, venturing into fresh narrative territories and visual forms beyond the frame-by-frame confines of conventional animation.

2. Author Author at Port Eliot LitFest Cornwall
Saturday 22 July 2006 18:00: Often referred to as the ‘Glastonbury for books’, Port Eliot Literary Festival is celebrated for the wide-ranging list of artists, writers, thinkers, stinkers, chefs, dress-makers and ne’erdowells that have appeared over the last three years. The animate! project is curating a special film programme from its back catalogue as part of the festival.

3. The New Flesh at Hayward Gallery London
Friday 21 July 2006 21:00 ´ 01:00 : As part of a `Hayward Night` for the Gallery’s Undercover Surrealism exhibition, animate! joins forces with Halloween to present The New Flesh, a visceral evening of musical and cinematic interventions exploring Georges Bataille’s trademark themes of sex and death.

Area: not in wales

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Evaluating northern bloc 2

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Date: September 2007
Partner: Arts Council of Wales | www.artswales.org
Partner: Conwy County Borough Council | www.conwy.gov.uk

The overall aim of the evaluation was to assess the success of the northern bloc projects in terms of the quality and effectiveness of the services offered during the project, and whether project participants had also received additional benefits in terms of business development.

The questionnaire addressed the following issues:
* Quality of event programme
* Quality and usefulness of online services, staff and survey
* Business benefits
* Benefits to individual’s knowledge and skills

Outline:

The evaluation was carried out electronically and over the telephone. The questionnaire was sent a core group of individuals and businesses who have been involved in northern bloc since 2005. A member of bloc’s team followed up this contact with a telephone call asking if they would be prepared to contribute to the evaluation process by completing a questionnaire, either electronically or over the phone. A core group were approached as there were not enough resources to telephone all project participants – it was anticipated that the majority of questionnaires would be completed by telephone.

Sponsors:

Arts Council of Wales, Anglesey County Council, Conwy County Borough Council and Gwynedd Council

Cefnogir bloc y gogledd gan Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru, Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Conwy, Cyngor Gwynedd a Chyngor Sir Ynys M´n. / northern bloc is supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Conwy County Borough Council, Gwynedd Council and Isle of Anglesey County Council

Area: northern bloc

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amperSAND – Visualization Services across the Grid

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Date: Tuesday 3rd October 2006 / 2.45pm
Website: www.ampersandswansea.com
Location: wales

Outline:

amperSAND is a forum and meeting place for professionals and enthusiasts working in all aspects of digital media, which welcomes businesses, students, independent artists and people with an interest in animation, computer games, digital art, and other production areas in these sectors.

Each amperSAND event focuses on a particular field – from animation to web design, digital music to multimedia with speakers from the industry and the opportunity for discussion.

This month you can join us at Cardiff City Hall where we are kicking off the Autumn season of amperSAND at Innovation Wales, the Technology Exhibition for Wales. Non-members are welcome to join us at this free event but please register in advance at http://www.ampersandswansea.com/.

We are delighted to have Professor Nick Avis and Dr. Ian Grimstead of the Welsh e-Science Centre, Cardiff University, joining us for this amperSAND event. Professor Avis and Dr. Grimstead will be presenting a seminar which focuses on the use of visualization services across the Grid.

Visualization Services across the Grid

`We will outline the basic concepts by means of our RAVE (Resource Aware Visualization Environment) project which uses Grid and Web Services to harness visualization resources in a seamless and flexible manner.

RAVE is a candidate solution for the forthcoming National Visualization Service (NVS) which will compliment the existing National Grid Service (NGS).

The NGS allows access to computational resources around the UK including those at Cardiff. We seek as part of the recently JISC funded VizNET project to elicit potential end users and their requirements for such an NVS and as such the presentation will involve a degree of audience participation.

We will also outline the help and support activities associated with VizNET to encourage new visualization users and develop visualization expertise within Wales.`

amperSAND is closely associated with the annual international animation and CG conference event SAND (Swansea Animation Days), linked through its aims and function to engender innovative ideas, business collaboration and the convergence of digital technologies.

Both events are initiated and organised by the School of Digital Media, Swansea Institute, who run a raft of programmes in computer animation, creative computer games design, multimedia, interactive media and music technology from HND, BA, BSc to Masters level.

Area: southern bloc

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Northern Bloc: Part ? time Project Manager

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Date: Monday 5th June, 2006
Venue:Northern Bloc
Partner: Arts Council of Wales | http://www.artswales.org
Partner: Conwy County Borough Council | http://www.conwy.gov.uk/

Bloc is looking for a Project Manager to assist in delivering Northern Bloc in Anglesey, Conwy, and Gwynedd Counties, North Wales. The appointed persons will have experience in networking and organising activities and events. They will have experience in project management and budgets. They will be experienced at programming new media events and conferences. An informed approach to the Creative Industries and New Media in Wales is essential as well as an understanding of the current issues and debates concerning creative technology practice. The ability to speak Welsh is desirable. The post holder will be experienced in using PC computers using XP and databasing. The applicant will need to have access to transport to carryout out some of the duties required of this post.

Outline:

Post: Part ´ time Project Manager: Northern Bloc

Salary Scale: £170 per day VAT inclusive paid in six instalments

Days: 23 days total (equivalent to 0.5 days a week) over 12 months beginning in July ’06. The posts may be extended further, depending on funding.

Base: The manager will be offered a base at the Business Centre, Llandudno Junction, Conwy.

Deadline: Monday 5th June, 2006 midday. Postal or electronic applications will be accepted. Electronic applications need to be sent by midday on the day of deadline.

Interviews: Tuesday 20th June 2006

Post begins: Availability from beginning July ’06

Qualification and Experience:
Bloc is looking for a Project Manager to assist in delivering Northern Bloc in Anglesey, Conwy, and Gwynedd Counties, North Wales. The appointed persons will have experience in networking and organising activities and events. They will have experience in project management and budgets. They will be experienced at programming new media events and conferences. An informed approach to the Creative Industries and New Media in Wales is essential as well as an understanding of the current issues and debates concerning creative technology practice. The ability to speak Welsh is desirable. The post holder will be experienced in using PC computers using XP and databasing. The applicant will need to have access to transport to carryout out some of the duties required of this post.

Aims and Objectives:
As a pan-Wales organisation, Bloc’s development strategy is to establish four bases in North, South, East and West Wales in order to successfully address need across Wales. Northern Bloc has run successfully over a six-month period in Conwy County. The appointed Project Manager and two part – time project officers: Northern Bloc would identify, and bring together individuals and clusters from the creative industries working with new technology specifically in Anglesey, Conwy County, and Gwynedd County Councils, North Wales. The project will attract professionals in the region including neighbouring counties: Denbighshire, Flintshire, and Wrexham.

For further information including job specification and background information on the post of Project Manager: Northern Bloc please see below.

All applicants to apply for the post with a CV and covering letter addressing the particular points of experience outlined in the job specification. The covering letter should be addressed to Emma Posey, Director of Bloc at the following address:

Dr Emma Posey
Director
Bloc
The Cross
Gladestry
Powys
WALES, HR5 3NX

Tel: 01544 370603
Email: emma@bloc.org.uk

If you have any queries or would like to discuss the post please contact Emma Posey, Director of Bloc on the above contacts or Gwawr Cordiner, Principal Development Officer (Business Support) Conwy County Borough Council.

Tel: 01492 574501
Email: gwawr.cordiner@conwy.gov.uk

Sponsors:

Arts Council of Wales, Conwy County Borough Council, Gwynedd Council and Isle of Anglesey County Council

Area: northern bloc