CityCamp Coventry
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Coventry City Council LogoThursday 6th February at Serious Games Institute, Coventry Innovation Village, Coventry University Technology Park, Cheetah Road, Coventry, CV1 2TL
Up to £3,000 grants available to upgrade your broadband connection for small and medium-sizes businesses.

Location: Serious Games Institute, Coventry Innovation Village, Coventry University Technology Park, Cheetah Road, Coventry, CV1 2TL
Time: 12:00 – 15:00
Cost: Free

Over the next few years, Superfast and Ultrafast broadband will transform the way we live and work. The SuperConnected Coventry project aims to speed this transformation in Coventry – making high speed broadband available sooner, and helping businesses make better use of it.

The launch event is your opportunity to come and discuss the project, and to take a look at some of the new technology that a SuperConnected Coventry will enable for more and more businesses:

  • 3D imaging and printing
  • High quality video conferencing
  • Online collaboration tools
  • Cloud computing

Find out more at http://www.coventry.gov.uk/broadband

We would like to thank people for their support for CityCamp Coventry over the past few months, from helping us promote and publicise the event, to offers to help volunteers shape up their ideas during and after the event.

Unfortunately, we were unable to get the desired number of people to sign up for the event scheduled to take place on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th January, and therefore the organising committee has decided to postpone CityCamp 2014 for now.

It may be worth letting your networks know that although this CityCamp will not be going ahead, there will be other opportunities for local residents to get involved in their local communities – and volunteer to help improve the health and wellbeing of people in Coventry.

Poster2014Volunteers are needed to take part in an event that will come up with ideas to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Coventry.

We are looking for sustainable ideas from the community on how local people can help to improve Coventry’s health and wellbeing.

Who?
Coventry residents & local organisations

Where?
Council House, Earl Street, Coventry CV1 5RR

When?
Friday 17 January 2014 10:00 – 17:30
Saturday 18 January 2014 10:00 – 17:30

Cost? FREE. Lunch included.

There will be opportunities to pitch ideas in the event – and one winning idea about Public Health and one winning idea about Welfare Reform will be chosen.

Submit your idea online www.simpl.co/challenges/39/

Sign up for the event www.citycampcov2.eventbrite.co.uk


Help us spread the word by downloading this poster and place on your staff notice boards, recreation notice boards etc …. Thank you

Volunteers are needed to take part in an event that will come up with ideas to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Coventry.

CityCamp 2014 is a competition-style event where local people can pitch ideas to make a positive difference to the health of the city.

It is taking place on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 January, in the Council House and will look to come up with sustainable ideas from the community on how local people can help to improve Coventry’s health and wellbeing.

The ideas could build upon existing community-led initiatives; or they could use your own assets, knowledge and skills.

The event is community-led, but the best ideas will attract help and support from the Council and local partners – including Coventry University and DWP – to turn their ideas into reality.

Ideas can be submitted on the website this month and a number will then be selected for people and organisations to “pitch” at the start of the two day event in front of other participants. During CityCamp these will be firmed up with the help of voluntary organisations and participants representing all walks of life will contribute.

There will be further opportunities to pitch ideas as they develop and towards the end of the event, the most developed ideas will be invited to give a five minute presentation to a panel of judges, with one winning idea about Public Health and one winning idea about Welfare Reform being chosen.

Sign up now at http://citycampcov2.eventbrite.co.uk

Make Change Happen

November 24th, 2013 | Posted by CCCadmin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Public Service LaunchpadApplications for the Public Service Launchpad Accelerator are now open.They are interested in public service ventures of the future as well as major money saving initiatives that can help save your organisation money and improve public services where you are.

Here’s an overview of the program:

  • £375,000 investment available for public service innovation projects
  • An intensive 14 week programme to incubate innovation in public services
  • Looking for up to 15 teams with initial £9,400 seed investment per founder (paid direct or to their organisation to backfill their role)
  • Looking for entrepreneurs as well as people within public service organisations
  • The deadline is Tuesday 10 December 2013 at 5pm (but the sooner we receive applications, the better)

Please do get in touch with them if you’d like to catch up and find out more whether you are interested in applying yourself or you would like to see how you might free up someone in your organisation to take part.

For more information on the programme and the link to apply, click here.

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CityCamp Coventry 2.0

November 17th, 2013 | Posted by CCCadmin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

CityCamp Coventry is a community-led initiative which seeks to bring together ideas from the community with support from local organisations to turn these ideas into reality. The next event is due to take place over two days on the weekend of 18/19 January 2014, and the theme is “How can we improve the health and wellbeing of people in Coventry?”. It is proposed that the event will be a competition-style event where the community can pitch ideas – and the winners get help and support from local organisations to turn them into reality.

One of the themes identified was Welfare Reform – e.g. getting local communities to come up with ideas to help local organisations best target local support to help claimants deal with the transition towards Universal Credit.

If any of my contacts within LinkedIn are able to offer support (e.g. attendance at event / offers to help shape up ideas, etc.) for this event that would be most appreciated.

Please contact one of the organising group: Manny Coulon, Peter Dunkley, Si Chun Lam, Graeme Mulvaney or Sasha Taylor, if you would like further information about the event and sponsorship.

With CityCamp Coventry 2.0 just round the corner (January 2014) the next GeoVation Challenge fits with our theme: How can we improve the health and wellbeing of people in Coventry. We are hoping that Ordnance Survey GeoVation Challenge will be at CityCamp Coventry 2.0 so that ideas brought forward from our event will feed into the GeoVation stream.

 

GeoVationWe are really excited to be launching our 7th GeoVation Challenge today on the theme of ‘How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?’

Our physical and mental wellbeing is greatly influenced by our lifestyle; from our first steps to our last!  So, following the success of previous challenges, we are calling for innovative ideas that will encourage people to lead active lifestyles in the open; whatever their age.

Ordnance Survey will be offering a slice of £100,000 to help develop ventures that make best use of our data, including OS OpenData and OS OpenSpace, together with other open data to solve problems. We are looking for great ideas which address the problems using geography, technology and good design.

An All-Party Commission on Physical Activity which launched recently states on their website “The human body was designed to move. But in a very short period of time, we have become dangerously inactive as a population. We are witnessing a physical inactivity epidemic”.GeoVation3

The estimated direct cost of physical inactivity to the NHS across the UK is £1.06 billion (Start Active, Stay Active).  

We’ve identified a list of problems which form the basis for the challenge, including:

  • How can we make it easy for people to engage with the notion of regular physical activity as part of their hectic lives?
  • How do we help people navigate the huge amount of information that exists on the internet and in the news about what exercise to do and how long to do it for?
  • How can we make activities that take place in open spaces such as parks more inclusive for all  and create adequate security measures in order to reduce the risks of incidents people associate with going into open spaces?
  • How can we gather better data on public spaces, what they are used for, and who is using open spaces for physical activity?

To find out more or to join the GeoVation Challenge please use this link or email us for more details of the process and how to submit your ideas at:champions@geovation.org.uk.

The challenge runs to 12 noon on  8 January 2014 and the best ideas will be invited to a weekend GeoVation Camp from 28 February to 2 March 2014 where you can work on building your idea into a prototype venture.

Our challenges are open to UK-based organisations and/or UK residents aged 18 or over and we encourage entrepreneurs, developers, geographers, community groups, and innovators to enter.

All the best,
ChrisViv and Jon
The GeoVation Team

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CAB Advice Buddy (Charley Gibbons)

David Wick from the Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship, Coventry University introduced Charley to the Coventry University’s Serious Games Institute (SGI) to develop a prototype for the CAB advice website / application. This includes five days of development work which has been funded through the “Touch Digital” ERDF project.

The intention of the system is to reduce demand on CAB face-to-face services by creating a web-based system for directing people to the right type of support (not unlike, say, the NHS Direct website); and also effectively create a bespoke Customer Relationship Management software (recording clients’ details etc, saving a lot of face-to-face time).

Coventry Ring Road Website (Rob Nickerson)

David has had some communication with Rob but sees the demand for the application as more specialised and localised — people driving via the ring road maybe using SatNavs with postcodes and therefore more research is needed to progress this app.

 

Community Payback Visibility (Jason Davies)

David invited Jason to demonstrate the Community Payback application to a group of 25 students at the University, and allowed the students to use the application around the City Centre.

Jason talked to and provided a demonstration of the Community Payback app to students on the course run by the Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship. The application was beta-tested by the students, who took it around Coventry for 45 minutes to stress-test the software, with Jason and others watching as the pictures came in — helping develop the processes that need to sit behind the Community Payback app (e.g. how resources are allocated to the projects, how feedback might be sent to back to people providing information for the app, etc.

The app currently only works on Android phones, so the students were split into six groups (with each group having one student with the app), and students went around Coventry taking photos of hotspots.

 

Coventry Greeters (Si Chun Lam)

Two meetings held between David and Si Chun – an initial meeting in December 2012 to look at funding, and a further meeting in May.

Si Chun has also met Roger Bailey (one of the blue badge guides) in relation to Coventry Greeters – and has discussed a way forward to minimise the overlap between the two schemes.

This also gave the project flexibility to use the booking system in the international Greeters programme. Si Chun is currently awaiting feedback from the international Greeters programme and launch of a press release / media release from the Council’s Communications Team. Website launched at www.covgreeters.org.uk.

Payback AppWe are looking for people who live in Coventry or Warwickshire to help us test an app we’ve developed for nominating Community Payback projects.

Community Payback (otherwise known as community service) is the unpaid work carried out by offenders on community orders and it should benefit the local community – things like clearing fly-tipping or removing graffiti.

The app lets you take photo and tag the location on a map before sending it through for assessment by Coventry & Warwickshire Community Payback team.

At the moment, the app only works on android phones (eg HTC or Samsung) and you’d need a gmail account so we could send it directly to your phone.

Then all we ask is you keep an eye out for things you think might make a good Community Payback project and send them through. You’d get notifications back to the phone when the project has been assessed, rejected or accepted and completed etc.

You’d be helping us test the technology and what the experience is like for the person using the app. If the project was suitable, we would obviously try and do it.

If you live in Coventry or Warwickshire, have an android phone and would like to help, please send an e-mail to:

jasondavies1609@gmail.com

Thanks.

The Birth of CHIVE

July 15th, 2013 | Posted by SashaTaylor in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

CHIVE is the brain child of Craig Marston and stands for Coventry Hydroponic Ventures in Schools. Craig presented the idea of having hydroponic kits within schools so that young children could learn how plants grow in this environment and use technology to watch and influence this growth.

For more information about Hydroponics check out this site

Whilst this project was not originally named as one of the five City Camp Coventry winners, it captured the imagination of Organising Group – and later became the sixth project to receive the offer of ongoing support and assistance.

Craig quickly identified the early requirements for the project which were the equipment from a Hydroponics company, a number of schools where these could be located for the trial run and some technology in the form of Rasperry Pis and a website.

The group have been successful in getting agreement from Midland Hydroponics to provide a sample kit for us to trial, and a number of schools around Coventry have agreed to test the kits later in the year.

A website will be designed and created in the coming months which will highlight the work of CHIVEs and how people can get involved. This will help keep those involved in the project; schools, sponsors and the organising group; informed of progress and show them a working model as soon as it has been developed.

CHIVEs is also looking to set itself up as a not for profit organisation which means that it can apply for funding and have a structured approach to business.