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New Computing Technologies Wales workshop on Unmanned Vehicles

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As part of the NCT Wales programme buy viagra online cheap (, the Computer Science
department is organising a one day workshop on Unmanned Vehicles, to be
held on 19th May. The aim is to discuss potential collaborations between
academic and industrialists with a view of putting forward grant

If you are interested in participating, whether as a contributor to the
lightning talks and poster session or only to see what is going on and
discuss potential projects, you are welcome to attend. The event is free
of charge.

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R&D for Festival of Creative Technology

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bloc is pleased to announce that we have secured funding from Arts Council Wales to enable us to further our vision for a Festival of

Creative Technology in rural Wales.

Following bloc’s successful pilot event Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire at The Centre for Alternative Technology in Autumn 2013, bloc believes that there is a great demand for a Festival of Creative Technology that will encourage doing and making against the background of opportunity presented by technology and the countryside.

We will keep you up to date with our ideas this Spring along with inviting you to take part in 2 public consultations events this Summer to find out what you think

In the meantime, if you want to talk to us about our plans for the festival or have any exploratory conversations please get in touch with bloc’s Producer at

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DIY 11: 2014 Call for proposals

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Professional development projects BY artists FOR artists

DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists.

Deadline for proposals to run DIY 11 2014 projects: Noon Tuesday April 29th, 2014.

DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists. DIY understands that the development of a Live Art practice is as much about the exploration of ideas and experiences as training in skills and techniques, and past DIY projects have proved to be invaluable experiences for project leaders, participants and organisers alike. We want to hear from you if have an idea for an exciting, innovative and idiosyncratic Live Art professional development project that offers something new and is geared to the eclectic and often unusual needs of artists whose practices are grounded in challenging and unconventional approaches, forms and concepts. If you think you can initiate and run a DIY professional development project then read the guidelines below and send us a proposal.

DIY 11 is a Live Art Development Agency (LADA) initiative developed in collaboration with the following national partners:Abandon Normal Devices (North West)
Artsadmin (national)
Arts Pavillion Bournemouth
Bury Art Museum/Bury Sculpture Centre
Cambridge Junction
Chelsea Theatre (London)
Colchester Arts Centre
Compass Live Art (Yorkshire)
Contact Manchester
Create Ireland
Duckie (London)
Folkestone Fringe
Forest Fringe (Scotland)
hÅb (Manchester)
KARST (Plymouth)
Live at LICA (North West)
National Theatre Studio (London)
National Theatre Wales
Norwich Arts Centre
Platform (national)
Sound and Music (national)
STUN (Manchester)
The Arches and BUZZCUT (Glasgow)
Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Imagine 2020 Summer Labs

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The Imagine 2020 Network are running a four-year programme of International Summer Labs for artists. This is an opportunity to join other artists, scientists, economists, philosophers, policy makers, NGO representatives from across Europe to learn new approaches to how we can bring together art, activism and science to tackle climate change and engage in a dialogue on global change. The Summer Labs are taking place from 2011 – 2014 in France, Portugal and Croatia and the UK.

Open Call for UK based Artists
Artistic Strategies in response to climate change
Imagine 2020 Summer Lab, 30th June – 4th July 2014
Sustainability Centre, Petersfield, UK

The Imagine 2020 Summer Lab 2014 is a 4-day residential lab, which brings together creative practitioners to explore varied artistic approaches to addressing climate change and its wider related issues, through daily guided sessions, workshops, performances and site visits in the South Downs National Park.

Artsadmin are offering 4 places for UK based artists to take part in the lab, and to propose a 2-3 hour session during the week based on their artistic approach to climate related issues including strategies towards a psychology of change, social justice, alternative ways of living and collectivity.

Photo by Sam Trotman.

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Part Time Support Staff & Workshop Lead , Technocamps

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(Aberystwyth) Department of Computing
Institute of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science

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This collaborative art project between the National Museum of Cardiff and PhD researcher Sarah Younan, Cardiff Metropolitan University, aims to bring museum collections alive using 3D scanning and printing technologies.

For this project artefacts from the museum collections are scanned and the 3D models are shared wth artists working in digital media. Collaborating artists are invited to create new pieces of work from these scans. The new artworks will be exhibited in the museum alongside the original artefacts in April 2014.

They are currently looking for artists interested in participating in (Im)material Artefacts.

This project offers an opportunity to show work at the National Museum of Cardiff. The original arefacts that were scanned for this project will be on show, surrounded by the submitted artworks. We accept digital files for 3D printing, and screen-based work. 3D printing will take place on tabletop printers, within the museum galleries. The dimensions of work for 3D printing should be no larger than 210x210x205mm.

How many pieces you submit and what form they take is entirely up to you, but all submitted work must be based on one (or several) of the museum scans.

This project relates to doctoral research, and we would like to conduct interviews with some of the participating artists. You will also be asked to fill out a short questionnaire. We are interested in following your creative process, so please share screenprints, sketches and ideas along the way.

Hand-in date for finished work is the 3rd of February 2014, we will let you know if your work has been selected by the 1st of March. The exhibition will open at the National Museum of Wales in April 2014.

For more information and to access the scans buying Viagra online please email:
Sarah Younan

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JELLY: Betsi Cadwallader University Health Board SBRI Competition Jelly

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Where : Ty Menai, Ffordd Penlan, Parc Menai.Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 4HJ
When : Thursday 19th December, 10.00 – 14.00

Inventorium are holding a Jelly event on December 19th at CAST, Ty Menai, on Parc Menai.

This is an exciting prospect. There are £1 million of contracts to be won by agile small businesses in the few weeks.

Inventorium have worked with BCUHB to secure a Small Business Research Initiative whose aim is to

increase time nurses devote to bedside care by 10%

The brief does outline some of the issues but they are genuinely interested in innovative solutions.

The specific call asks:

Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board are collaborating with the Welsh Government and Technology Strategy Board to launch a new £1m Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition to find innovative technology based solutions for Health Care.

The focus of this competition is to find new technologies that can make a real difference to patients and nursing staff. The competition offers an opportunity for innovative businesses to work with the NHS in Wales to help solve the anecdotal problem of nursing time being diverted from patient care. Our problem space is: Nurses spend more time than desirable on activities other than patient care, these activities include:

Serial recording of the same patient information.

Repeated sharing of the same information with colleagues and other agencies.

Collecting and recording necessary data for audit purposes.

Bed management (finding beds for patients).

Requesting and chasing investigations and test results for patients.

Finding and completing paper documentation.

The applications need to be in on January 31st.

5 teams can be awarded £40K to fully develop proposals for innovative solutions starting in March.

2 teams will be selected in June to receive £400K Purchase Viagra for implementing the solutions.
You may want to know more.
You may feel that you would do better in this competition if you were in collaboration with others.
We want to help local small business win this competition.

On Thursday December 19th Inventorium will be holding a JELLY – an open drop in opportunity for networking, partnership building and information. The BCUHB Project Officer will be present.

You can bring your laptop along and carry on doing your normal work when you are not engaged.

Register here:

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‘Creating a Digital Future’ Teachers Conference (Transition to KS3)

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What: Technocamps Teachers Conference

‘Creating a Digital Future’- The transition to Key Stage 3

When: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Where: Liberty Stadium, Swansea.

The momentum to introduce Computing and Computer Science in schools across Wales and the UK continues to grow. A recent report of the Welsh Government ICT Steering Group has recommended that key to this is starting at Primary level.

This conference will provide teachers from both primary and secondary schools with:

an insight into the recommendations of the report
an overview of the success stories already in Wales
as well as an opportunity to attend hands-on workshops where teachers will learn about key aspects of Computer Science that they can take back to the classroom.

The day will also host pupils from a local school who will attend workshops run by Technocamps and the Digital Makers Fund, including Codo Dojo, Technology will Save Us, Playground Computing and Cargobots.

Whilst there is a small fee the benefits will certainly outweigh the cost for teachers who are looking to expand their knowledge that they can take back to the classroom.

This is an opportunity for teachers from Primary and Secondary schools across Wales to join forces with Technocamps and Industry experts to embed Computing and Computer Science into the education system.
If you are interested in attending then book now to avoid disappointment.

This event is supported by the Computer Science Department at Swansea University.

Why not come along to a networking event the night before at the Liberty Stadium (4-7pm) where you can meet other teachers and listen to a number of projects aimed at transition to Key Stage 3.

For more information, full programme details and to book visit

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Design Wales Forum is offering four residencies to contemporary makers to develop and create new work using haptic modelling software and 3D printing technologies.

In recent years new technologies have enabled makers to create and develop works in ways not possible solely withhand tools. Exhibitions such as the Crafts Council’s Lab Craft, have demonstrated the exciting possibilities for makers when they add new technologies to their toolbox.

As part of the residencies, there will be a training programme to enable the selected makers to develop a working knowledge of modelling software (Freeform) and four 3D printing technologies. Alongside the technical training, a tailored programme of ‘business’ support will be offered to the residents. Sessions will be dependent on the requirements of the individual makers but can include design process management, or strategies for connecting with galleries/customers.

Each residency will be eight weeks duration, with an expectation that the resident will be in our building for a minimum of two days per week. The residencies will be held at The National Centre for Product Design and Research at Cardiff Metropolitan University in Llandaff. The first residency will run from December 2013 and the last willcomplete in July 2014. A fee of £1500 will be paid to each resident.

If you are an established maker, based in Wales who finds the idea of extending your practice into new areas exciting, and would like some more information about the residencies, visit

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Flowering Elbow invites you to their first Open Workshop

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When: Saturday 9th November from 11.30am in Camarthen
Where: Golden Hill Centre, Panteg, Whitemill, Camarthen, SA32 7HD
With: Flowering Elbow

Come join Flowering Elbow for Tinkering, tours and tea!

They’ll be doing workshop tours and mini tool inductions/demos, there’s lots to see and touch: lovely strawbale/ earth-rendered walls, re-used windows and timber, crazy wood burning stove, upcycled switches and shelves and of course the exciting tools and materials that they’ve been modding, making and putting to use.

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