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The Restart Party

12:01 pm in Events, Programme by bloc

You are invited to The Restart Party

Bring Your Broken Technology!

Saturday 28th September 2013

Centre for Alternative Technology

At Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire

10am – 4pm

The Restart Party is a community Self Repair event to be held at the Centre for Alternative Technology as part of Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire.
We are inviting you to come along, bring your broken technology and get it mended for FREE!
The Restart Project is a London-based not-for-profit startup, which aims to change our relationship with information technologies. They run community self-repair events in London, called ‘Restart Parties’, where all kinds of electronic devices are taken apart and repaired by owners and volunteer repairers. They are now helping create a global network of repair enthusiasts running similar events and giving new visibility to repair culture. The goals of our activities are preventing waste, improving the lifespan of products, sharing repair skills and an awareness of design flaws, while promoting a sustainable approach to the consumption of information technologies.


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Tune in

11:59 am in Events, Programme by bloc

To find out more about Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire you can tune into BBC Radio Wales The Science Cafe on Tuesday 23rd September at 6.30pm at to listen to Adam Walton explore the Maker Movement with bloc.

Or read bloc’s Q&A with The Centre for Alternative Technology online at

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The Line Up for Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire

9:52 am in Events, Programme by bloc

bloc is thrilled to announce the Line up for this years Maker Faire at Centre for Alternative Technology on Saturday 28th September.


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Open Mic Night @ Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire

9:37 am in Events, What's Exciting by bloc

Pizza and Pint Open Mic evening
Centre For Alternative Technology, Machynlleth
Friday 27th September
7 -9pm

Inventorium will be hosting an innovation Open Mic night in association with bloc, on the eve of Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire. Many Makers will be present, but the event is open to all – so come and hang out with us and if you like, take the mic and pitch an idea to the room!

It dosen’t matter how sketchy or un-thought out it is, back-of-a-napkin ideas are welcome. You never know who might be there that might be interested in your idea, help you develop it, or have some constructive feedback for you. That’s how open innovation works. When Inventorium ran one of these events in Dublin, one of the ideas ended up going all the way: The pitcher met someone he kept in contact with, and later they joined a business startup programme, and a few months ago their new business secured some serious investment.

Come and have a punt, heckle or show your support to other ideas people, and generally have a relaxed (but innovative) time with us! The bar will be open, and Inventorium is providing pizza.

Spaces are limited, so book yourself place early to avoid disappointment!

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Creative Apprenticeships

9:36 am in Opportunities, What's Exciting by bloc

Do you work in the creative and cultural industries? Would your business benefit from new skills and extra capacity? Could you help someone kick start their career? If so, a Creative Apprenticeship could be for you.

“We’ve learned so much from our three apprentices as well as them learning from us – the Museum and our visitors’ experience is a better place for their hard work and enthusiasm.” Victoria Rogers, Museum Officer, Cardiff Story Museum.

Cardiff and Vale College are seeking employers to help train the next generation of talent. Courses starting in September include: Live Events and Promotions and Cultural Venue Operations.

Funding and support is available for eligible employers.

To find out more about Creative Apprenticeships contact:

Dienka Hines, Apprenticeship Manager Wales, Creative & Cultural Skills


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Idea Clinic Opens at Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire

12:25 pm in Events, Programme by bloc

Get advice, support and direction on your ideas from an fantastic panel of experts.

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Saturday 28th September 2013
Centre for Alternative Technology, WISE Building
11.30 am – 1.30 pm

bloc is opening an Idea Clinic at Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire and offering appointments on a first come first served basis.

A panel of innovation development organisations working in Wales are coming together to offer individuals and/or organisations a unique opportunity to gain advice, input and potential support for your ideas.

Participants are invited to present your ideas to the panel with a 5 minute pitch and get a and 5 min response from the panelists in terms of quality and potential support.

The panel will be made up of Dyfan Searell, Design and Innovation, Inventorium, Hamish Fyfe, Project Director of Creative Exchange Wales Network, CEW-N, Iain Tweedale, Head of Interactive Services & Learning BBC Wales, Tom Metcalfe, Producer of REACT Objects Sandbox and Lisa Mathews, Portfolio Manager for Arts Council Wales. It will be facilitated by Emma Posey, Creative Director of bloc.

To register and book an appointment please contact and provide your name, project title, a project overview (no more than 30 words) and contact details.

Limited appointments are available.

Book now to avoid disappointment!

Dyfan Searell, Design and Innovation, Inventorium
Dyfan is a skilled multidisciplinary designer based in Snowdonia, North Wales. He can help you take an idea, and make it happen.
From events to engineering, he brings a bright, personable, resourceful approach. He can quickly grasp a concept, and define and deliver for you the steps needed to develop or deliver it.

Hamish Fyfe, Project Director of Creative Exchange Wales Network (CEW-N)
Hamish is Professor of the Arts and Society at the University of Glamorgan, as well as Director of the Centre for Digital Economy.

Iain Tweedale (Head of Interactive Services & Learning BBC Wales) BBC
The development of new digital formats for connected broadcasting is central to the future of BBC Cymru Wales and we are keen to work with the independent sector to develop interactive content and learning resources across online, mobile and interactive TV platforms.

Tom Metcalfe, Producer of REACT Objects Sandbox
Currently Producer of REACT Objects Sandbox. Tim is a designer, with a specialism in object design, physical-digital and design thinking. My background is both in academia and industry, having recently worked in senior positions at both rAndom International and the Product Research Studio.
I’m co-founder of Fieldguide, an occasional collective and sometimes journal for people interested in design, technology, society and the intersections where they overlap.
My collaborations and employment have resulted in my work being presented and exhibited at, amongst others, the Wellcome Trust, British Library, V&A and Design Miami. He’s also talked and delivered workshops internationally, including SXSW, Sotheby’s and NID India.

Lisa Mathews, Portfolio Manager, Arts Council Wales.
Portfolio Manager for Arts Council of Wales working across creative and digital economy and previously Managing Director at Welsh Music Foundation. Lisa is also a Director’s for Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales.

Emma Posey, Creative Director and Founder of bloc
Dr Emma Posey founded bloc in 1998. She works in a consultancy capacity for bloc as well as other organisations and HEIs in Wales. She has lectured and written widely on creativity and technology as well as within her own art practice. She is particularly interested in innovation, idea development, entrepreneurism and social engagement, recently founding Ping, an online idea generator.

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The REACT Objects Sandbox Cardiff Ideas Lab

9:28 am in Award, Events, Opportunities, What's Exciting by bloc

REACT is delighted to announce Objects as the theme for its next Sandbox. The scheme will fund collaborations that explore the interactions and experiences with [internet] connected-objects – often referred to as the internet of things.

This Ideas Lab will be both an introduction to Objects, but also to the Sandbox process. It will give you an opportunity to meet potential collaborators and be involved in a day where objects, insights and ideas are discussed and generated. We know it will be a valuable day for all involved.

The process of application involves participation in one of the three Ideas Lab workshops and a written application. As well as Cardiff, Ideas Labs will take place in Bristol and Exeter. Places are limited and so will be issued on a first come first served basis.

Full details about the scheme and the application process are available online at

Or to register visit