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Swequity Wales with Inventorium

9:42 am in Events, Opportunities, What's Exciting by bloc

After successfully delivering two Swequity Exchange events in Dublin Inventorium are bringing this idea accelerator to North Wales.

The Swequity Exchange brings skilled execution teams together with idea owners to participate in a four-week challenge to build and shape ideas to the point where other people can understand the business potential.

Swequity Exchange Wales will be run in Spring 2013 we’re looking for:

People who have ideas but need a team to help them execute the idea
People who can form the execution teams including:
Software Developers
Business Owners
Marketing / sales people
Graphic Designers
Wannabe entrepreneurs
Experienced Entrepreneurs who want to help the next generation of technology entrepreneurs

Can you please register here so that Inventorium can gauge initial interest in the event and more information will be released shortly.

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Internship Programme at Nesta

9:34 am in Opportunities, What's Exciting by bloc

Nesta is delighted to be able to offer an exciting new Internship programme. Internships are a critical part of gaining relevant experience for candidates to progress in their chosen career and there are opportunities in an array of different departments within Nesta. All positions on the Nesta Internship programme are paid positions (London Living Wage).

Deadline for applications: 9am, Friday 4 January 2013
Internships run from 21 January to 12 April 2013

Current internship roles available are:

Public Services Lab Intern: Ageing

Public Services Lab Intern: Digital Education

Communications Intern: External Affairs

Human Resources Intern

Policy & Research Intern: Public and Social Innovation

Policy & Research Intern: Hot Topics

Policy & Research Intern: Data

Policy & Research Intern: Economic Growth

Alliance for Useful Evidence Intern

Investments Intern

Click here for further details.

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Digital Past

1:33 pm in Conferences, What's Exciting by bloc

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales invites you to attend a forthcoming conference at The Shire Hall, Monmouth.

Digital Past 2013

New technologies in heritage, interpretation & outreach

20th-21st February 2013

The Shire Hall, Monmouth


This year’s themes are ‘Digital Data Sets: Manipulation, Dissemination and Archiving’ and ‘Heritage Tourism’.

Confirmed Speakers include:

Justin Albert (Director National Trust Wales) – Opening Address

David Penberthy and Dr Kate Roberts (Cadw)-Title TBC

Mike Postons (3Deep Media) – Maritime Visualisation: The Scapa Flow project.

Matt Chilcott (CMC² Community Interest Group) & Ray Howell (South Wales Centre for Historical and Interdisciplinary Research) – Digital Heritage, Tourism and Historical research

Andrew Kerry Bedell (KB Consultants) – Smartphones – the future of heritage interpretation?

Dr Erik Champion (Aarhus University) – Can the past and can history be shared?

Gary Tuson (Gwent Archives) – Digital Preservation – The work of the Archive and Records Council of Wales

Greg Downing (XRes Studios) – Gigapixel photography

Registration cost for the 2 days is £55, including lunch and refreshments on both days.

Limited places are available and early registration is advised

Please register online at:

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Nesta: Innovation in Wales

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Date: 10.01.2013 10:00 – 13:00

Location: Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff, CF10 5AL

Nesta will be holding a major event in Cardiff on the potential impact of innovation in Wales.

Nesta’s recent transition to charitable status provides us with a perfect opportunity to share our plans for the future, showcase the work we are already doing in Wales and hear your views on how we might do more to promote innovation in the region.

The event will also provide you with the opportunity to speak with and learn from a number of Nesta experts on topics such as promoting innovation in charitable giving and involving communities in local decision making.

Speakers confirmed include:

Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive, Nesta
Michael Trickey, Director, Wales 2025
Alastair Davies, Department of the Chief Scientist; Department for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science; Welsh Government
Ian Hargreaves CBE, Professor of Digital Economy of Cardiff University

Projects presentations include:

Destination Local: David Williams, My Town Media Ltd
Britain’s New Radical: Becky Booth, Spice
Big Green Challenge: Grenville Ham, The Green Valleys
Innovation in Giving: Nathan Cornish, Timto
Creative Councils: Paul Matthews, Monmouthshire County Council
Crucible Wales: Peter Halligan, Cardiff University

Stream Sessions:

Using Nesta projects and programmes as examples of what can be achieved when innovative ideas are encouraged and well supported, we will also be holding a selection of stream session workshops that we hope can help you and your organisation. We want to hear your thoughts and learn about your experiences of bringing great ideas to life in Wales. These will include:

1. Creative Councils: Wales 2025
2. The Digital Creative Economy
3. Science, Technology and Innovation

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10:46 am in Events, Opportunities, What's Exciting by bloc

Computing in Education

Two FREE Events for teachers, educators and parents in Mid-West Wales interested in computing in education. Come along to learn
about exciting new initiatives to engage young people. The events will include information on what Technocamps and CAS Wales can do for you and free Technoteach taster sessions on Scratch and App Inventor.

To book A place follow the Eventbrite link or contact Lisa Fisher at Technocamps on 01970 622454 / Places
are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Hosted by Technocamps in collaboration with AberTechnoteach Computing at school (CAS) Mid-west wales Hub

Technocamps is a partnership project between the Universities of Swansea, Aberystwyth, Bangor and Glamorgan that inspires young people aged 11-19 to attend workshops on a range of exciting computing-based topics.

Computing at school is a teacher-led association that promotes and supports the teaching of Computer Science in UK schools.

Event 1

when: Wed 30 Jan 2013, 4.45 – 6.15pm
where: Lampeter School, Peterwell Terrace, Lampeter SA48 7BX

Event 2

when: Wed 6 Feb 2013, 4.45 – 6.15pm
Aberystwyth University SY23 3FE

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Gwynedd and Anglesey Jelly

1:32 pm in Events, What's Exciting by bloc

18th December 2012

An invite from Inventorium and CAST Ltd

We would like to invite you to join our next Jelly on the 18th December 2012 which will be taking place in Ty Menai, Parc Menai.

A day to work, chat & collaborate in a friendly relaxed environment and meet new and likeminded people.

We provide the chairs, sofas, wi-fi, tea, coffee, lunch and you get to meet other interesting people to talk to and bounce ideas off!
Just bring your laptop or whatever you need to get your work done.

Please click here to register your interest and feel free to bring your colleagues and friends!

As it’s so close to Christmas there’ll also be a mince pie or two – come along for an end of year catchup.

During the Jelly there will be the opportunity to book clinics with PATLIB Cymru who help make the most of Welsh ideas by providing access to Intellectual Property (IP) information. PATLIB Cymru is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

To book an appointment during the Jelly, call the Welsh Government Business Information line on 03000 6 03000.

Where: Ty Menai, Parc Menai, Bangor. LL57 4HJ
When: 18th December 10.00 until 16.00 (but feel free to come and go as you please)

Background to Jelly
Jelly started in NYC in February of 2006 when room-mates Amit and Luke realized that they loved working from home, but they missed the creative brainstorming, sharing, and camaraderie of a traditional office.
So they started inviting friends to work away from their home one day a week. They soon found that working in close proximity to new and interesting people every couple weeks resulted in new ideas and interesting conversations.
Emboldened by their early success, they made it a more regular thing and Jelly was born.

The event is supported by Inventorium, Software Alliance Wales & FSB

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12:58 pm in Award, What's Exciting by bloc

Open Exhibition

At Denbighshire & District 2013 National Eisteddfod of Wales there will be a large multi media exhibition and applications in both fine and applied art (including moving image and performance art) are invited.


Amanda Farr (Director Oriel Davies, Newtown), Laura Ford (Artist and Sculptor) Fennah Podschies (Curator and Consultant, Crafts)

The following accolades will be awarded:

Prize: The Gold Medal for Fine Art (replica) and £5,000

Prize: The Gold Medal for Craft and Design (replica) and £5,000

Scholarship: £1,500

Contact Robyn Thomas at for application form