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  • gazz 17:49 on Mon 28 Oct, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Do you use assistive tech? Want to try your hand at product design? 

    Do you use assistive technologies? Do you have ideas about their design? Would you like to know more about ‘smart’ assistive environments and have a go at re-imagining assisted living?

    We’re bringing together product design students, architecture students, makers and coders with users of assistive technology to try to come up with some innovative prototypes. You don’t need to know anything about design, tech or coding — just bring your experience and ideas! Designers and technologists need to learn from you and we hope you will also learn more about new technologies coming down the pipeline and their implications.

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  • gazz 16:18 on Fri 25 Oct, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Flossie 2013 – Smart design is better shared! 

    This year’s overriding theme is connectedness — from ubiquitous computing to collaborative networks — the future is going to be communicative and all this communication is going to make our world much smarter. The ‘Internet of Things’ Smart Assistive Technologies strand at Flossie 2013 is exploring ways of involving everyday technology users in designing the ‘smart’ devices we will use in the future without needing the slightest understanding of the code, data, or engineering aspects.

    The FLOSS community used to shake its head and complain that the world just wanted to engage with their personal computers in the same way they would engage with the minimally communicative interface of a pop up toaster. This meant that control over the computers which increasingly shape our lives was effectively taken away.

    The popular simplification of smart device interfaces and social networking tools together with the emergence of SaaS has tended to confirm these gloomy prognostications and provoked much discussion recently in the Linux world. We could not, no matter how we tried, get the general public to look fondly upon acquiring technical skills as a means of controlling the technology shaping our world and, in many ways, who could blame them! It’s a bit of a heavy-duty learning-curve to add to busy everyday lives.

    As the technology gets smarter, the interfaces get simpler, more and more is hidden from the user. Yet the field of open technology and data is getting more diverse and exciting and new possiblities for involving people more widely in technology design are opening out. We want to explore ‘pain free’ ways that end users can engage creatively with smart technology design and, at the same time, give designers, coders and data-wranglers new insights into what’s needed and lots of food for thought!

    Whether this really floats your boat or leaves you adrift, we’ve organised a two-day strand which will take you through the currents in an organised and user-friendly way or more experienced coders and wranglers can dip in and out picking up just the bits which interest you:

    • Talks on smart technologies, how it all works, and the social implications
    • workshops taking you through the basics of wearable technologies, open sensor hardware and ‘big data’ from both skills-based and creative perspectives
    • Co-design workshops where product designers, artists and architects, coders, and end-users will work together to imagine and prototype new possiblities

    To sign up to participate, whether you’re close to clueless, a designer or creative, or an expert coder/wrangler:

     
  • gazz 13:59 on Mon 9 Sep, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    BGV applications open for 2014 

    I’ve been mentoring on the Bethnal Green Ventures accelerator programme this year and it’s been really exciting! Honestly, my expectations weren’t high initially – I was expecting more tech-city £££ mentality and coalition-type ideas. But I was so wrong – the projects are genuinely socially innovative and their progenitors honestly engaged with the social issues their ideas are addressing. Lily Ash Sakula has also done great work to promote women’s involvement and achieve a 50/50 gender balance this year.

    My particular favourites are the project using sensory computing to make sure firefighters are aware of the ambient temperature (as protective clothing can, ironically, end up masking danger), using mobile applications to help lift depression, an interface to make it easier to use mass education videos, a participatory project involving communities in designing the local built environment and developing a process to foster open access research publishing.

    If you have a great idea for changing the world through technology, get your application for 2014 in now – BGV will invest up to £15k in good ideas as well as nurturing you to develop a sustainable business model. More information and application details here.

     
  • gazz 11:53 on Mon 23 Jul, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Free Collaboration Workshops for Infrastructure Orgs 

    Infrastructure organisations handle and disseminate a lot of information and work with a lot of groups. This can lead to stress for staff, problems with information overload and with communications across the sector. Increasingly, VCOs and non-profits need to work together, explore new models for services and get costs down. At the same time, demand for services is skyrocketing. How can we square this circle?

    Over the next year, Fossbox will be offering free workshops and ongoing advice and support to infrastructure organisations who want to explore how online collaboration tools could reduce stress, open communications, and free staff time for more pressing activities.

    This is a participative process – it’s about listening to people’s experiences and ideas and working out ways to work-smarter and enjoy using ICT tools. There’s no new equipment needed, little or no expenditure and no pressure.

    Email Paula or call 020 7481 8479 for more details.

     
  • carlos 22:09 on Tue 24 Apr, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Next FOSS Friday (4th of May) 

    FOSS FRIDAY

    Just our monthly reminder about our next FOSS FRIDAY on the 4th of May, from 12 noon to 7 pm at Fossbox Workshop, 46 Matilda House, St Katharine’s Way, E1W 1LG.

    Everyone is welcome, the drop-in session is for people interested in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), GNU/Linux OS (Ubuntu, Bodhi and LinuxMint) and general advice in open solutions.

    IMPORTANT! At FOSSBOX we can show you alternative Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) so you can get started and discover the vast amount of FOSS tools and applications.

    Volunteers with GNU/Linux and FOSS knowledge are welcome.

    You can register here. Let us know what you are interested in.

    You can get directions here.

    Email us for more information info@fossbox.org.uk

    P.S. We can show you how to install the new Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin).

     
  • carlos 16:12 on Fri 16 Mar, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Next FOSS Friday (13th of April) 

    FOSS FRIDAY

    Hello everybody it is that time of the month to remind you about our next FOSS FRIDAY on the 13th of April, from 12 noon to 7 pm at Fossbox Workshop, 46 Matilda House, St Katharine’s Way, E1W 1LG.

    Everyone is welcome, the drop-in session is for people interested in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), GNU/Linux OS (Ubuntu, Bodhi and LinuxMint) and general advice in open solutions.

    IMPORTANT! At FOSSBOX we can show you alternative Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) so you can get started and discover the vast amount of FOSS tools and applications.

    Volunteers with GNU/Linux and FOSS knowledge are welcome.

    You can register here. Let us know what you are interested in.

    You can get directions here.

    Email us for more information info@fossbox.org.uk

     
  • carlos 10:36 on Wed 22 Feb, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Next FOSS Friday (2nd of March) 

    Hi Everyone

    FOSS FRIDAY

    Remember that our next FOSS Friday is this coming Friday 2nd of March.

    Free drop-in session from 12 noon to 7 pm at Fossbox Workshop, 46 Matilda House, St Katharine’s Way, E1W 1LG.

    Everyone is welcome, the drop-in session is for people interested in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), Linux OS (Ubuntu, Bodhi and LinuxMint), WordPress and general advice in open solutions.

    IMPORTANT! We at Fossbox only give advice and support on LINUX (Ubuntu, Bodhi and LinuxMint) Desktops and not on Microsoft Windows OS (operating system), however we can show you alternative Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) that you could use on this system so you can get started and discover the vast amount of FOSS tools and applications.

    Volunteers with Linux and WordPress knowledge are welcome.

    You can register here. Let us know what you are interested in.

    You can get directions here.

    Email us for more information info@fossbox.org.uk

     
  • carlos 00:18 on Tue 10 Jan, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    2012 First FOSS Friday (13 of January) 

    Hello Everyone

    Hope you all had a fantastic holiday and remember that this years first FOSS Friday is this Friday the 13 of January 2012.

    Free drop-in session from 12 noon to 7 pm at Fossbox Workshop, 46 Matilda House, St Katharine’s Way, E1W 1LG.

    Everyone is welcome, the drop-in session is for people interested in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), Linux OS (Ubuntu, Bodhi and LinuxMint), WordPress and general advice in open solutions.

    Also very welcome: Volunteers with Ubuntu and WordPress knowledge are welcome.

    You can register here. Let us know what you are interested in.

    You can get directions here.

    Email us for more information info@fossbox.org.uk

     
  • carlos 16:31 on Mon 21 Nov, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    2nd of December FOSS Friday 

    Hello Everyone, just a reminder that the next free drop-in session is this Friday, 2nd of December from 12 noon to 7 pm at Fossbox Workshop, 46 Matilda House, St Katharine’s Way, E1W 1LG.

    Everyone is welcome, the drop-in session is for people interested in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), Linux OS (Ubuntu), WordPress and general advice in open solutions.

    IMPORTANT! We at Fossbox only give advice and support on Ubuntu Desktops and not on Microsoft Windows OS (operating system), however we can show you alternative Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) that you could use on this system so you can get started and discover the vast amount of FOSS tools and applications.

    Volunteers with Ubuntu and WordPress knowledge are welcome.

    You can register here. Let us know what you are interested in.

    You can get directions here.

    Email us for more information info@fossbox.org.uk

     

     
  • gazz 10:36 on Tue 20 Sep, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Moodle and Open Teaching 

    Nick Smith talking about using Moodle for ‘Open Teaching‘ in British Colombia. What with the cuts and all, this could be an excellent way forward for the VCS – open and peer training resources.

     
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