With Nesta anouncing that five arts and cultural projects will receive funding from the £7 million Digital R&D Fund for the Arts earlier this month - is it about time that we saw more of this money coming to the North West more speciaficaly Liverpool based arts and cultural organisations.
These R&D projects are testing the use of digital technologies to widen audience access and engagement in the arts, with the purpose of developing useful products, services and knowledge for the wider the arts and cultural sector so surely we could be applying for some of this money here.
One of the outcomes from last weekends Oggcamp - if you missed it catch it next year - is that a new group is being set up on Merseyside to look at building drones. No not for crusing the city and spying on us - well not yet anyway but as a way of honing engineering skills and inspiring other people to build their own projects.
An exclusive evening is planned with 'Everyplay Evangelist' Oscar Clark, hosted by The Studio School, Liverpool and ACME
If you're a gamer or a creative and digital business interested in how your business can harness the power of games to engage communities and generate revenue, this is a session for you.
Oscar has a passion for online entertainment and community and has spent the last 12 years on the bleeding edge of this technology.
Members of local voluntary and community sector groups are invited to this free social media advice session.
You'll get practical hands-on advice for putting social technology into action for your cause, to help you reach a wider audience and promote the good work you do.
It's been away awhile but it is now back with us and we are hoping for a great weekend discovering all sorts of digital quackery. Yes, people will be constructing their own internet and taking selfies while on the loo, so suffice to say yes it is the AND Festival. The same people who brought you David Shrigley giving people tattoos in Untility's window are entertaining us over the wekend with a pile of other mad performamces, cinema and digital interventions. (Yes I said interventions)
There are loads of really cool events and workshops so do check out the AND website for those.
News straight from the Open Labs
The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) published their new £26m Creative Industries Strategy last week. Alongside the Strategy, the TSB is announcing a number of funding programmes to be launched in the next six months. This major new investment is intended to boost innovation and growth for the UK's creative and digital businesses. The funding is aimed at major collaborative research and development projects. If you want to know more, details are on their website.
You do, well I shall see you there - If you don't then why ever not?
Don't you know that OggCamp is the largest Open Source and Free Culture event in the UK and is now entering it's 5th year?
That it has gradually grown to 400+ attendees and had talks from such luminaries as Stephen Fry?
As free and open source culture events go they don't get much better than this - in fact I'm not sure if there are any other free and open source culture events. This really does beat the AND Festival. hands down.
It's a intensive three-day workshop where you can learn how to manipulate computer networks and how they can be used to manipulate us. It's delivered by Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev.
If you not familiar with Julian Oliver's work, he describes himself as a critical engineer, creates projects that are technically brilliant and politically critical, Newstweet and The Transparency Grenade.
Jelly Liverpool is a little bit of heaven as it gives freelancers in the digital sector the opportunity to get away from the home office and hang out with others in their sector. Swapping stories, contacts, making plans and collaborating on projects are all acceptable activities at Jelly Liverpool plus it all take places upstairs at the uber cool Leaf Cafe on Bold Street.
Ignite Liveprool returns in November with an evening of elightening talks and networking that never fails to entertain.
Could you be a rock star for 5 Minutes
They are currently looking for speakers/presenters to take part in their 14th November event in what according to Seven Streets for Inventiveness, Ignite Liverpool is one of the Seven reasons why Liverpool is Brilliant so why don't you attend and take part.
Digital News from Open Labs for the Liverpool Digital Tech Community
If you work in the field of digital solutions for social care/assisted living issues or if you are a company or entrepreneur with a product you want others to know about or perhaps you're a Care Provider confused about what technology might offer but want to learn more in an informal environment, come along to the Social Care Demo Event hosted by Open Labs @ LJMU in Liverpool Science Park.
Ten social media experts will be sharing their knowledge with a new generation of women entrepreneurs at a conference later this year.
Lancashire businesses DigiEnable and Jane's Social Media have teamed up to empower female businesses across the North West by setting up the county's first women-led social media conference.
'Social Media for Women 2013' conference takes place on November 26 at Preston's Gujarat Hindu Centre.