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Local events in the Bristol area of interest to our readers

Bath time for rms

Richard Stallman, aka rms, the Founder and President of the Free Software Foundation, will be giving at talk entitled “Copyright vs Community” at 6.00 pm on Thursday 21st March at the University of Bath as part of this year’s Bath Digital Festival. Admission is free, but booking is essential. More details are available on the […]

Next Wednesday is CiviDay 2013

Next Wednesday, 23rd January, has been designated CiviDay 2013 and 2 meet-ups have been arranged in London and Bristol respectively for users of CiviCRM, the open source CRM package, as used by Bristol Wireless. The meet-ups are described as a great way to: network with the CiviCRM community; find out about how people are making […]

Bristol Mini Maker Faire – more details

Some time ago, we gave very advance notice of Bristol’s first ever Mini Maker Faire (news passim). More information has now been received from the organisers, as set out below: Saturday 23rd March is the date set for Bristol’s first Mini Maker Faire, a family-friendly event at which people show what they are making and […]

The Robots of The Bristol Robotics Laboratory

There’s an interesting sounding free talk coming up later this week on 10th January. Professor Alan Winfield, the Director of UWE‘s Science Communication Unit will be giving an introduction to the work of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory entitled “The Robots of The Bristol Robotics Laboratory”. The work of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) covers three […]

Accessible Bristol launched

Yesterday evening the chief scribe attended the launch of Accessible Bristol down at Bristol’s City Hall (formerly the Counts Louse). Accessible Bristol’s aim is “bringing together digital and strategic knowledge to champion inclusion in Bristol and the South West”. We were welcomed to the event Stephen Hilton, the council’s Director of Futures (the man with […]

Coming soon: Connecting Bristol Stakeholder event

Our friends at Connecting Bristol have announced that they’ll be holding a stakeholder event at the Watershed in Bristol (map) on Friday, 7th December 2012 from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm. The event is free to attend and will be chaired by the Watershed’s director, Dick Penny. Connecting Bristol adds that there are currently lots […]

Now we are ten

About this time 10 years ago, Bristol Wireless made its initial tentative appearance online. The very first item we posted online was the holding page (complete with the obligatory typo! Ed.) in the image below. The image comes courtesy of’s Wayback Machine, which regularly trawls the web to archive its constantly changing face. The […]

ORG local training sessions announced

Regular readers will know that Bristol Wireless takes a dim view of the government’s draft Communications Data Bill, also known as the Snooper’s Charter (news passim). Consequently, we were pleased to hear that the Open Rights Group is organising a series of workshops around the UK so supporters can help to tell people across the […]

Bristol Dorkbot tonight

Our friends at Bristol Dorkbot will be meeting as usual for a show and tell meeting tonight (Tuesday 20th) from around 7pm in the the Watershed‘s Pervasive Media Studio (map). For those unfamiliar with the layout of the Watershed, the Pervasive Media Studio can be reached by going through the Watershed bar. All are welcome […]

London CiviCRM meet-up

There’s been lots of CiviCRM activity in the chief scribe’s inbox concerning CiviCRM, the open source customer relationship package used by Bristol Wireless, including the anonymous email below from someone called CiviCRM Info. I am emailing to let you know about the next London CiviCRM meet-up on Wednesday 28th November. We’ve run some really successful […]

Bristol CiviCRM training

News arrives via Sean Kenny of Circle Interactive that a CiviCRM user and administrator training session is to be held in Bristol on Tuesday, 11th December from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm at the Create Centre, Smeaton Road, BS1 6XN (map). This is being promoted as a comprehensive one day hands on training course covering […]

Election news – the open source angle 2: questions for the Bristol mayor

After looking over the Channel at the forthcoming Belgian local authority and provincial elections (news passim), we’re coming a bit closer to home. It cannot have escaped the attention of any Bristolian who hasn’t been in a coma for many months that an election will take place in November to select an elected mayor for […]

MyFi comes to Knowle West Media Centre

Would you connect your body to a wireless network? Next Wednesday, 26th September, Knowle West Media Centre and Bristol University’s Professor Ian Craddock put on MyFi, an evening exploring future healthcare technologies in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. It’s free and open to anyone with an interest in science, technology and healthcare. You don’t need to […]

Our Digital Planet lands in Broadmead

Our Digital Planet is an exhibition showcasing the positive opportunities and developments that have been made possible by the internet. The exhibition is being sponsored by Nominet Trust, the charity established by Nominet (the organisation which administers the .uk domain names. Ed.) and will be in Broadmead – between Boots and Marks and Spencer (map […]

Bristol City Council information day on ICT procurement

Connecting Bristol recently announced that Bristol City Council will be holding an information day on Tuesday, 4th September 2012 between 9.30 am and 3.30 am at the Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol (map). The purpose of the day is to explain the radical changes the council is making to its ICT procurement process, which will […]

Help the National Trust improve its website

Are you likely to be in Bristol on 26th or 27th June? Are you free for an hour? Would you like to earn yourself £40 for giving up that hour? If so, read on. The National Trust has posted the following on its website. We’re currently looking at ways to improve our website, and we’re […]

Open Rights Group: Censorship and Surveillance Campaign Training

Today the UK Government introduced its Snooper’s Charter proposals (aka as the draft Communications Data Bill. Ed.). To coincide with the announcement of this proposed draconian legislation, the Open Rights Group has announced a series of censorship and surveillance campaign sessions. The ORG is billing these sessions as “training that will equip activists to help […]