This year's Libre Graphics Meeting was organised by Lara Blazic with LGM and the Software Sustainability Group at Westminster University's School of Media Arts & Design. The London LGM was buzzy with a really friendly atmosphere - we had a lot of fun.
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Our first workshop was packed and the energy was really wonderful. Particular thanks to Lisa Haskell, Carlos Ronceros, and Ellie McHugh who put in so much to make the workshop such a success and thanks to everyone who came and made such exciting first steps to exploring what 'big data' really means to people.
Fossbox will be giving free advice on open technologies, privacy and security at the Autonomous Tech open day at the Common House, Bethnal Green, 14 Feb, 11am. More details on the Common House website .
We're in the process of re-launching Fossbox' website and some new services and we're looking for people who'd like to get involved in steering Fossbox as we branch out into new areas. Many people know us as non-profit open-source advocates but we've been doing more and more work around designing appropriate open technologies for communities.
A screening of The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Schwarz followed by an informal discussion hosted by Autonomous Tech Fetish. Mashable called the documentary "a powerful homage to Aaron Swartz". Its debut at Sundance received a standing ovation.
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.
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.
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.
Fossbox is a Campus Party community partner and so Fossboxers are being offered 20% discount on tickets for the event. Click on the logo here and it'll take you to the ticketing webpage where you can sign up for a discounted ticket.