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Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire

11:45 am in Events, Programme, What's Exciting by bloc

On Saturday 28th September bloc delivered a fantastic Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire to a crowded house!

The Centre for Alternative Technology provided the perfect venue to house our 30 Makers presenting DIY Technology in the countryside.

Over 200 visitors enjoyed the Faire. With feedback such as “Awesome, scientific, interesting, varied, fun, making, educational, innovative, inspiring, exciting, atmospheric, enthusiastic, buzzy, empowering, welcoming, impressive, original, unusual, relaxed”

Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire was A Showcase of DIY Technology in the Countryside that followed the Maker Faire model of celebrating do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering.
“Make, create, craft, recycle, build, think, play and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology.”
Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire is only Maker Faire in Wales.

Featuring both established and emerging local, national and international “makers,” Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire was a family-friendly celebration featuring Art, 3Dprinting, RaspberryPis, Daleks, Opensource, Music, Sound, Robots, Animation, Space, Drones, Restartparties, Electricity, Sequencers, Knitting, Environmentalism, Backpacks, Selfsufficiency, Engineering, Craft, Science, Education, Fixers, Sustainable, Technology, Health, Upcycling and Energy.

Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire presented a wide range of makers featuring the following highlights:

• The Restart Party bring a community Self Repair event to the heart of Wales
• Paul Granjon presents the infamous Biting Machine and the cute Mofo humanoid
• Trystan Lea showcases Wales’ own OpenEnergyMonitor
• Andy Noyes invites us to meet Agnes Robotknit, a knitting robot.
• Animation workshops, ukele looping performances, arduino sequencer sound and music etc.

A full maker list is available online at

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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Digital Producer Labs: Introducing the Cohort

10:42 am in Events, What's Exciting by bloc

National Theatre Wales are delighted to announce the cohort of Digital Producers, who will join them and Watershed in a new programme that fosters digital talent, and aims to catalyse development of creative technology projects in Wales.

Supported by Arts Council Wales, Watershed’s Digital Producers Lab is the first programme of its kind to take place in the country. It aims to train a brilliant cohort of Digital Producers, who will go on to support each other, create new business opportunities and enable audiences to enjoy extraordinary new cultural experiences.

The twelve participants are:

Alison John, Co-founder of yello brick creative marketing agency and Cardiff’s annual PlayARK games festival.
Tom Rack, Creative Director of NoFit State Circus and recent recipient of a prestigious Creative Wales Award.
Matt Ball, Freelance theatre maker and until recently, Creative Associate at National Theatre Wales (where he set up WalesLab) prior to joining NTW, Matt was Artistic Director of Camden People’s Theatre.
David Massey, Digital Manager at Welsh National Opera.
Craig Morrison, Artist and curator of blinc digital festival in Conwy.
Ruth Lloyd, New to Wales and setting up as a freelance producer, building of ten years of experience gained at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.
Lisa Heledd Jones, Director of Storyworks, a fledgling company that presents personal stories creatively, innovatively and appropriately, through short film, digital stories, performance and installation.
Anne Siegel, Independent filmmaker, events producer and Education & Creative Technology Manager at Ffotogallery in Cardiff.
Laura Cotton, Development editor for Touchpaper Television and producer of Codi Pais, a comedy-drama series for S4C, to broadcast in early 2015.
Sarah Jane Leigh, Freelance Arts Producer and Promoter, currently working on good cop bad cop and Chapter Arts Centre’s Dylan Thomas 100 project, Teifi Emerald and Acts of Beauty’s production WiLD, Buddug James Jones’ production Hiraeth and Youth of Creative Arts’ Project Fio.
Michael Cousin, Founder and producer of Outcasting and co-founder of Outcasting: Fourth Wall (O:4W), Wales’ first artists’ moving image festival.
Catryn Ramasut, Founder of ie ie productions, a Cardiff-based production company set up with partner Gruff Rhys in 2006. Prior work included roles within radio, television, print and advertising for BBC Radio 1, Marmalade Magazine and M&C Saatchi.

For more information on the programme, please head over to Watershed’s page. The Digital Producers Lab runs between September and November 2013 and bloc is excited to see what comes out of this programme.

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Director for Aberystwyth Arts Centre

10:37 am in Jobs, Opportunities, What's Exciting by bloc

Competitive Package

Aberystwyth University is seeking to appoint an inspirational Director of Aberystwyth Arts Centre with a clear artistic vision to lead the Arts Centre to its next stage of development, building on the Centre’s reputation as one of the UK’s leading venues for the arts.

The importance of the Arts Centre to Aberystwyth University and the wider community cannot be overstated. The Arts Centre’s programme extends across the full range of the arts and creative industries, and includes festivals, residencies and in house productions.

Set in beautiful Mid-Wales, the Arts Centre welcomes over 650,000 visitors a year and makes a unique contribution in a vibrant academic environment which includes over 10,000 students. With its renowned community arts and education programme the Arts Centre enjoys a significant reputation as one of the largest arts education providers in United Kingdom and foremost organisations in Wales for encouraging public engagement in the arts.

For information and application forms please go to

Ref: AC.13.02
Closing Date: 12pm, 5 September 2013
Interview Date: 19 September 2013

Aberystwyth University is a registered charity. No 1145141.
Bilingual Institution which operates a Welsh Language Scheme. Committed to Equal Opportunities.
Job description here–EXT-15.08.13.pdf