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Mobile Republic touring jobs available with Abandon Normal Devices

3:30 pm in Jobs, Opportunities, What's Exciting by bloc

Mobile Republic is a touring project originally commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices in 2012, a convoy of interactive caravans radically remodeled and re-imagined by artists, architects and activists. When in situ the caravans group together in a wagon circle, creating a central ‘big-top’ which features an artist’s studio, performance space and an indoor/outdoor cinema.

From 12 – 14 September this year, Mobile Republic is heading out on the road again to visit the CultureTECH festival in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The event forms part of Derry-Londonderry’s City of Culture celebrations.

AND is seeking a Touring Producer and a minimum of three crew to support the delivery and production of this exciting project. The roles will involve transporting the caravans, install and deinstall, and (while the project is live) working with artists and other AND staff to engage audiences in the artworks.

Our touring roles will need you to be available from 10 – 16 September 2013 and in possession of a full cleaning driving licence. Please see the documents below for the additional requirements of each role and for how to apply.

Deadline for applications is Monday 5 August at 10am.

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A call to Creative Technology Programmers

9:13 am in Commission, Events, What's Exciting by bloc

Spider Hack is looking for Creative Technology Programmers
1st-2nd August at Chapter in Cardiff.
£250 fee for Creative Technology Programmers
Prizes for the best ideas are being supplied by Nokia.

The Challenge

This is a particularly challenging time for a large number of young people. In 2012 one in seven of those aged from 16 to 24 was NEET (not in education, employment, or training) and 92,000 18-year-olds in the UK are out of work.

What is the HACK

Over two days teams of young people, businesses, third sector organisations and Cardiff Council will work with the support of designers and developers to design better ways for young people to make decisions about their future using existing data Cardiff Council has on the jobs market. This is your chance to be a part of creating solutions that lead to new opportunities for young people not in employment, education or training.

Who can attend

We are looking for designers and developers to bring the ideas to life or if you are in business, the public sector & youth services, or a relevant third sector organisation please register your interest.

Prizes will be given to the teams that produce the best solutions over the two days.

Who will this benefit

The term ‘NEETs’ describes a very broad range of young people and this event will focus on helping 16 – 19 year olds make important decisions about their future. Young people of this age potentially have the most dif cult decisions to make and the broadest range of choices available. How can web and mobile applications help young people decide whether to go to university, look for alternative training or/and employment?

How to get involved

If you would like to be one of our selected programmers, please email Peter on, and include a selection of your recent digital work.

Venue & details

Successful applicants will be asked to arrive at CHAPTER, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QE for 9am – 5pm on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd of August.

Both days will close at 5pm and pitches to the council will take place on Friday afternoon.

*Teams will be able to continue working on their ideas on Thursday evening if they wish.

Lunch & refreshments will be provided throughout the event.

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Official Call for Makers 2013

1:23 pm in Events, Programme, What's Exciting by bloc

Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire Call for Makers is now open.

Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire will be held at The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) on Saturday 28th September 2013 from 10am-4pm and is presented by bloc.
Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire has been devised to inspire and attract the best makers, producers and creative technologists from across Wales and beyond and to capitalise on the burgeoning DIY culture in the countryside.  There will be loads of stalls packed with hands on inventions located in the beautiful Wales Institute of Sustainable Education (WISE).
Maker Faire showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of makers — anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit. Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire is the only Maker Faire in Wales and is inviting Makers to take part.

For further details and to complete an online application form visit

Deadline for applications Friday 30th August 2013.

Image: Agnes, the knitting robot.

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Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire

1:19 pm in Events, Programme by bloc

bloc is thrilled to announce that the Mini Maker Faire is coming to the heart of rural Wales.
Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire, the only Maker Faire in Wales, will be held at The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) on Saturday 28th September 2013 from 10am-4pm and is presented by bloc.

Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire has been devised to inspire and attract the best makers, producers and creative technologists from across Wales and beyond and to capitalise on the burgeoning DIY culture in the countryside. There will be loads of stalls packed with hands on inventions located in the beautiful WISE (Wales Institute of Sustainable Education) building at CAT.

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7:45 pm in Events, Opportunities, Other, What's Exciting by bloc

Summer Event 2013

What is TechnoMACH?:

A chance to explore both Hardware and Software on a variety of different platforms, be inspired or inspire others. This event was previously organised as a Raspberry Jam. In TechnoMach you can try out computer programming, video games and more. It is completely free and open to the public.

Where does it take place?:

Ysgol Bro Ddyfi,




SY20 8DR

How much is it?:

100% free to come, no cost for any extras but donations will be accepted. These will go towards refreshment costs.

When is it?:

The event will take place on August the 24th, 2013 and will begin at 11:00AM and end at 3:00PM.


If you would like to exhibit and show you’re own projects then please be at the location at around 9AM or 10AM to set up. There is no cost in having a table. You can sell products at you’re table too.


We always have free food at the event for the visitors. We would really appreciate visitors bringing food to share if they can.

Confirmed Guests (To Be Updated):

- MonoBIT Games

& More!

TechnoMACH Arcade

At TechnoMACH we will have an entire area dedicated to gaming. You will be able to try out new games in development and exsisting games already avaliable. We have everything from retro the next-gen. We will have Minecraft Build Tournaments & PvP Tournaments. There will also be tournaments avaliable for many other games. If you are a games developer and wish to have you’re product shown please contact Luke Herbert via e-mail or Twitter @misterlukeherb.

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Artist Opportunity Llanelli Town Centre

11:21 am in Commission, Opportunities, What's Exciting by bloc

Artist Opportunity – Eastern Quarter, Llanelli Town Centre-Digital Screen/Wall Public Art Commission

Llanelli Digital Screen/Wall Public Art Commission
Canol Tref Llanelli – Wal/Sgrin Ddigidol
Deadline Date: 17th July at 2pm

The commission for a digital wall/screen is part of the ADREF project which is funded between Carmarthenshire County Council and the European Regional Development Fund. The project aims to connect and strengthen links between the exciting new developments within Llanelli town centre and the sustainable, wider regeneration of Llanelli and its surrounding communities. ADREF aims to create an environment to encourage inward investment, economic growth and the provision of quality jobs in the local economy.

Carmarthenshire County Council aim to produce and implement a Public Art programme for Llanelli Town Centre Regeneration, with the ambition of commissioning a series of innovative and high quality art in the public realm with national and international significance.

This commission is a rare opportunity for new media artists, designers and filmmakers to showcase their work in a permanent public realm location adjacent to a prestigious arts environment. The commission as seen in a wider context should create an exceptional example for future public art works incorporating permanent digital media in the public realm.

This is an exciting opportunity for an innovative commission for the procurement of a permanent digital screen/digital wall and for the commissioned artist(s) to produce site-specific contents for the screen/wall. The contents displayed may take the form of moving images, photography, short films and digital media. The commission shall be for five months and the screen/wall must be installed by Mid January 2014 within a maximum budget of £40,000.

Please note: Artists living outside of Wales can also apply.


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Spider Hack, Cardiff

8:48 am in Events, Opportunities, Other, What's Exciting by bloc

How can we use government data to help young
people find jobs, training and opportunities?

As a part of the SPIDER Project, PDR and Cardiff City Council are running a Hack Event on 1st and 2nd August 2013. The aim is to draw on the data that held by Cardiff City Council on the jobs market (what jobs are available, who is applying for them etc.) to co-design and build prototypes for new digital products and services that enable young people to make better decisions about their future.

How will it work?
The Hack Day itself will be looking to develop web and/or mobile based solutions. Different stakeholders will have different requirements of the service and software created. Individuals from businesses, young people, third sector organisations and the council will all be attending the Hack Day along with developers, front-end, graphics and service designers.

Teams will work on this challenge and pitch their ideas back to the council at the end of the two days. Research into current service provision for NEETs will be presented during the hack to give the teams a good understanding of the current situation.

The two-day event will be facilitated by Amy Whitney from the Government Digital Service.

What are we aiming to achieve?
We want to see participants working together, thinking differently about these issues and building amazing prototypes that demonstrate how an idea will work. So, we are aiming for teams to develop workable web, app and business solutions that can be further developed after the hack event.

Who can attend?
We are looking for hackers, developers, programmers, service designers, graphic designers, design thinkers, youth workers, businesses and employers and young people to attend for the two days.

When & where is it happening?
The event will run from 8.30am-6pm on Thursday 1st – Friday 2nd August at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff.

Register Now
Please register your interest in participating in this event. To ensure a fair mix of participants we will be in touch by 19th July to confirm your place.

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Digital Research and Development Fund for the Arts in Wales

11:32 am in Award, Opportunities, Other, What's Exciting by bloc

The Digital Research and Development Fund for the Arts in Wales is a partnership between the Arts Council of Wales, Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Nesta to support arts and cultural organisations across Wales who want to work with digital technologies to expand their audience reach and engagement and/or explore new business models.

Why are they doing this?

There has never been a better time for arts organisations to explore how to use digital technologies to reach new audiences. However, despite lots of experimentation in the arts, it is not always easy to understand what innovations work.

What are they doing?

A key element of the £400,000 Fund is supporting collaborative partnerships between arts and cultural organisations and technology providers to provide a body of rich research evidence, data and case studies that inspires and supports the capacity of the wider arts and cultural sector to innovate.

What types of projects are they looking for?

Innovative digital projects which expanded audience reach and engagement and/or developed new business models
Proposals from all sizes of arts and cultural organisations in Wales
Collaborations between arts and cultural organisations, technology providers and where possible, other cultural/arts organisations.

Eligibility and selection criteria

The full Eligibility and Selection Criteria are here. In summary, to apply to the Digital Research & Development Fund for the Arts in Wales, organisations must be:

An organisation with an arts project based in Wales
A collaborative project based in Wales

The proposal has to involve a collaborative partnership between yourself as an arts and cultural organisation and a technology provider (by which we mean any creative, media or technology company including other arts and cultural organisations with relevant technology know-how) that can provide technology services to arts and cultural organisations.

The proposal has to fall under one or more of the fund themes – 1) expand audience reach and engagement; 2) explore new business models.
Digital content distribution – delivering content in new ways
Social media – using technology for interactive engagement
Making the most of archives through digital technology
Mobile and location-based services
Fundraising – using technology to generate giving, sponsorship and membership

The proposal doesn’t need to fall exclusively into one of these categories; we accept ideas which encompass several areas.

For more information about the fund, or to make an application, please visit

Or join a Google Hangout to discuss the fund on Thursday 25th July, 4.30pm or Thursday 1st Aug, 4.30pm – to register –

In addition you can book a slot at our funding surgery at the Eisteddfod on Thursday 8th August –for a slot email –;

Or email