Funded with Food & the Hacker Mindset

Posted on December 9, 2017

About six months ago I attended the launch of Open Future_ North's latest intake "Fair by Design", this intake was for businesses that address the poverty premium, a situation where people on lower incomes tend to end up paying more for goods and services. This was far more inline with what we had been doing and Hack Oldham and while Open Future_ North's funding is very different it got me thinking about my own experience in applying for funding ...

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Ignite Oldham – November 2017

Posted on November 22, 2017

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Wayra is coming to Oldham

Posted on July 28, 2016

You may have hear that Wayra is coming to Oldham, Wayra are part of Telefonica, better known in the UK as 02. They will be moving into the former Wahoo building along with Hack Oldham, the community maker space I established last year. Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking at the pre-launch event held at Oldham college, the aim of the event was to educate Oldham's business leaders about Wayra and their upcoming call for candidates. We also ...

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What a year (ahead and behind)

Posted on April 5, 2016

So here I am, at home, having a week off, this isn't something I do very often, having time off isn't something I'm very good at, relaxation is something I just don't do. I'm taking this week off to take stock, a lot has happened in the last 12 months or so and when you spend all your time so involved in a project its hard to see the wood for the trees. As you have probably heard a digital enterprise hub is coming to Oldham, in simple terms ...

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I accidentally a Hack Space

Posted on April 12, 2015

Back in October 2014 I game a talk at Barcamp Manchester  about how I had accidentally made a hack space, it was a little tongue in cheek at it wasn't so much a physical space as a group of people who wanted a space to happen. This year there will be a follow up. It turns out if enough people want something you can make it happen, with a little help from Oldham Council  we have just opened the doors at Hack Oldham, at the moment its a ...

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Building 3d printers at #HackTheLibrary? | HackOldham

Posted on January 17, 2015

I'm going to be building a 3d printer with my son at the monthly #hackthelibrary events and wrote this post about the idea. There is no doubt that 3d printing is an amazing leap forward in technology and as prices come down and usage goes up I’m sure that more and more people will be doing interesting things like this… Building 3d printers at #HackTheLibrary? | HackOldham.

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Rethink recycling #hackthebudget

Posted on September 19, 2014

Oldham Council are under pressure to reduce spending after having £60 million pounds slashed form their budget and produced the following video looking for ideas on how to do this. While I'm not going to comment on the value for money aspect of of the video it did get me thinking. One way that has been suggested to reduce costs in the video is to increase the amount of recycling households in the borough do, but laterally thinking before ...

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