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Our Workshops & Hack Nights for the Brighton Digital Festival

Creative With Money Thurs 5th September L4RP.com/money/ Money is a mirror that takes whatever we project on it. We all have our own stories about what money is like, and these usually reflect our self-beliefs. In this half-day workshop, we’ll explore how to change our relationship with money and work with it more creatively. Taught […]

2012 and All That

This year has felt downright seminal since it started. Against the backdrop of a Mayan prophecy for the new social cycle, the Arab Spring, Occupy, the (sometimes unmentionable) triumphant Olympic Games and the ensuing breakdown of the Eurozone and who knows what else… things are also changing for us, albeit in significantly less dramatic ways.

Winning app for the HP TouchPad

URL: dharmafly.com/hpwebos-hackday/demo/ I went along with Andrea and Sym to The Guardian to join a hack day for HP’s new TouchPad tablet – an interesting alternative to the iPad that uses web standard technologies for creating native mobile applications. We won the competition(!) with a prototype app for exploring live web content, such as news, […]

A web app for tiny tasks and a crowd of volunteers

URL: tasket.dharmafly.com People like to help out with a good cause, but it can be difficult to find the time. What if, through the Web, we could gather enough people and bring them together to achieve something great? At Dharmafly, we’ve been hard at work creating an open source tool called “Tasket“, which we hope […]

What makes a UK Online centre?

URL: rewiredstate.org/projects/what-makes-a-centre We previously blogged about helping to create a prototype SMS text message service for the Government’s UK Online Centres. The centres help people get online for the first time, and are a key part of the government’s strategy for Digital Engagement. We also worked on a handful of data visualisations to highlight the […]

Digital inclusion goes mobile

URL: rewiredstate.org/projects/sms-centre-finder There are 61 million people in the UK and 10 million of them have never used the Web. How would you help someone to get online for the first time? The job of the Government’s UK Online Centres is to help bridge the digital divide, by providing places with free public Internet and […]

Show me the money

URL: guardian.co.uk/datablog/…infovis (fullscreen version) There’s been a lot of discussion recently about public spending, amidst a global recession, countries in crisis and the¬†emergency budget. The Guardian has been following this closely and, when the UK Treasury released “Coins“, its huge database of Government spending, the Guardian invited a small group of programmers and experts to […]

Festive Geekery

It’s geek festival season, down here in Brighton. First up is dConstruct, a one-day conference on the cutting edge of interface design and user engagement. And then it’s good old BarCamp Brighton, now into its fourth incarnation. BarCamp, always a favourite, is a handmade 2-day conference, pulled together by its community of participants. Everyone gives […]

Teen Hackers Take Over Google

At the weekend, I helped mentor a group of tech-minded teenagers at the community-led event, “Young Rewired State“. Held at Google’s London HQ, this was a two-day, action-packed programme for 15-18 year olds to build something better with government data on the web. And the results were truly impressive. Young people are sometimes written-off as […]

BBC World Service Widget Launched

We recently completed an exciting project for BBC World Service: the World Service Widget, which lets people share BBC World Service content on their websites, blogs or computer desktops. It’s being released on a number of web platforms (WordPress, iGoogle, Adobe Air, Facebook, Netvibes, Mac Dashboard, Vista Sidebar and as a simple snippet of HTML […]