Somebody-should: A Good Idea Worth Stealing

TL;DR If there’s something that you think needs fixed/changed in Farset Labs, go to our somebody-should Github Repo and raise an issue.

Over the past 7 years, we’ve had Trello, Google Tasks, Asana, Trello Again, JIRA, Trello again and finally JIRA, as issue-management and tracking systems. All have had loads of bells and whistles and integrations and tracking workflows, and hardly any got used by the general membership to raise issues that were affecting them. 

When I was living in Liverpool, I joined DoESLivepool. They have a very simple system that feeds in to not only their weeknotes bot, but also their machine booking and repair tracking system; a github repo that only stores issues, called somebody-should.

So, for the past month, we’ve been quietly switched over, referring people who raise issues in the Slack to raise an issue on our repo, populating and processing a few sample issues, experimenting with milestones, and generally faffing. 

So now we’re “officially” announcing it. We’re still fiddling with some of the documentation, but as they say, no good plan survives contact with reality, so go raise some hell(ish issues). 

Results of the Director Election

The director election for our fifth director ended yesterday (Monday 5th November 2018) at midday and the ballots have been counted. There were 34 cast ballots from 59 possible voters in this election, giving a 57.6% majority of normal members voting. 

I am pleased to announce that Artemiy Kondratiev has been elected as our fifth director and wish to thank Andy Sheppard for also running in the election; we look forward to further opportunities to work with you in the future.

The breakdown of the results were as follows:

  • Artemiy Kondratiev: 28 votes out of 34 cast ballots (82.4%)
  • Andy Sheppard: 4 votes out of 34 cast ballots (11.8%)
  • Reopen Nominations: 2 votes out of 34 cast ballots (5.9%)
  • There were no spoiled or empty ballots. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at david@farsetlabs.org.uk. Alternatively, if you would prefer to speak to the whole director team, please email admin@farsetlabs.org.uk.

Election 2018 – Candidate Profiles

Our nomination period has finished and voting will open shortly (emails will be sent to all current members eligible to vote) and in the meantime, you can peruse your options below, consisting of the nominee name and pitch, sorted in alphabetical order:
(Edit 16/10/18: Voting is live until midday on Monday 5th November – all members, please check the email you registered to Farset Labs with for your ballot.)

Artemiy Kondratiev (Art)

What is a hackerspace?

Scattered around the world each one is unique and means something different to each individual member.

In the autumn of 2015, I first visited Farset Labs and the very same week was my first as a member. It has been almost three years, yet I still find it hard to describe Farset. What about you?

One thing I know is that I have been to no other place like it. A place where anyone is welcome to experiment, teach, share ideas, unjustifiably set things on fire, watch opera and everything in between.

In Farset I met many people that I am glad to call friends. It is because of you that I discovered so many ideas and had the opportunity to realise new-found aspirations.

In Farset I met people with whom I share the principles of unbiased exchange of ideas and knowledge. Together we echo the same principles to our local communities in the form of clubs, meetups and mentorship of those on earlier stages of similar paths.

Each year I try to make a snowballing contribution to my community through building upon the experiences of years past.

– Helping at charity shops taught me the value of investing time
– Helping at Coder Dojo, Raspberry JAM and volunteering at events taught me the value of inspiring future successors
– Organizing my own kids’ coding club with Code Club taught me the value of reaching out to communities outside our own
– Co-Organizing Code Co-Op and designing programming challenges taught me the value of peership and collaboration
– Co-Organizing NIDevConf18 taught me the value of bringing together people with differing perspectives
– Most importantly, joining Farset Labs taught me the value of community

Over the years of I have been delighted by the impact of these actions and privileged to have responsibility over them.

As a director, my goal would be simple – keep alive the light of our energetic environment and preserve the welcoming community I encountered three years ago. The areas I will invest most of my time in are:

– introducing a wider community of active individuals to our hackerspace
– providing opportunities to up and coming members of our community
– ensuring that the space remains genuinely useful to our evolving community
– lighten the burden of maintenance to allow more room for efforts in growth
– keep our management practices in touch with the community’s sentiments and beliefs

Our local community is bustling with life and activity – let’s show them what a hackerspace can be.


Andy Sheppard

Hello there! My name is Andy. I’m one of the founding members of Farset Labs, and I’m finally here to pitch in my nomination for directorship. My main reason is that I love Farset, and really want to see it grow. I have experience in leadership, and management and all those other boring things, but I also just really love to help people.

If you’ve ever spoken to me, you probably already know that, but maybe not! I do tend to ramble. In fact I’m rambling right now.

As I said, I just want to see the place grow, and thrive, and I feel that I’d be a good person to see that happen. Once I have something planned, I do my damned best to make sure that happens!

If you haven’t spoken to me before, I’d encourage you to do so! I love to hear stories of people’s experiences, and I also just really love to talk to people. But sure, let me know!

Much love, and all the best, 

Andy S


RON

Vote to reopen nominations if you are unsatisfied with the candidates offered and wish to have the nomination period reopened to new candidates. 


Withdrawn: Zoe Gadon-Thompson (01/10/18)


If you have any queries or comments, please contact the returning officer, David Kane, at david@farsetlabs.org.uk. Alternatively, if you would prefer to speak to the whole director team, please email admin@farsetlabs.org.uk.

24 Hour Comics Day 2018: Saturday October 6th-7th

24hr Comics Day‘ (#24HCD) is a global hackathon-type sprint and this year we’re not just catering to extreme comixers but to coasting cartoonists as well. You can make a comic by yourself or with partner/s from Saturday 6th @ 3pm to Sunday 7th @ 3pm at Farset Labs.

The event is being supported by Comic Book Guys, who are currently packing prize bags and will have some limited edition 24HCD DC Comics templates to use.

Cost?
Suggested donation of £5 helps the running of Farset, and we’ll keep you supplied with materials, drinks, snacks and comics.

The Rules?
The Rules ask for 24 consecutive pages in 24 consecutive hours. To reflect different levels of ability and commitment we’re hosting a sketchier approach – take your idea as far as you can. Comic Book Guys will be providing incentives for those who make 8 hours, 16 hours and the full 24.

No planning!
Think of ideas.. whisper them.. but your pen shouldn’t touch the page until the clock starts. The 24hr site has some excellent preparation activities if you can’t wait: https://www.24hourcomicsday.com/take-the-challenge/participant-resources/

Try not to die!
Prolonged exposure to making comics could have a hallucinatory effect – we encourage everyone to make a marathon effort, but if it stops being fun… stop.
You may also want to read the 24HCD Survival Guide created by Blitz Comics.

The Theme
No theme, but we may have a surprise prompt on the day.

If you’ve got any questions, or want to help out, email events@farsetlabs.org.uk to discuss with the subject line “24HCD”

See you there!

Explain Like I’m 5: 2018/19 with BCS NI

If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself. – Albert Einstein

“Explain Like I’m 5” is our collaborative speaker series, where local developers, technologists, entrepreneurs, artists, performers, scientists, and business people take a concept that may be highly specific to their area of expertise or work, and break it down to a lay audience from right across the STEAM spectrum with a minimal expectation of prior knowledge.

We’ll be running five sessions this year:

  • 12th September 2018 – Eventbrite - Explain Like I'm 5 2018/19 With BCS Northern Ireland
  • 14th November 2018 – Eventbrite - Explain Like I'm 5 2018/19 With BCS Northern Ireland
  • 9th January 2019 – Eventbrite - Explain Like I'm 5 2018/19 With BCS Northern Ireland
  • 13th March 2019 – Eventbrite - Explain Like I'm 5 2018/19 With BCS Northern Ireland
  • 8th May 2019 – Eventbrite - Explain Like I'm 5 2018/19 With BCS Northern Ireland

The Theme:

No themes this time, although if someone wants to suggest something crazy, get in touch!

The Audience:

The target audience is anyone and everyone who loves learning and expanding their horizons. No topic is off limits as long as you are confident that it can be delivered to a lay audience within the constraints of the format.

The event is in two parts; an invited and a free-for-all section, separated by a beer, soft drink, hot food and fresh fruit intermission.

The Rules:

The rules for both groups are the same:

  • Speakers have a maximum of 7 minutes to speak on the subject of their choice, followed by a short open Q&A.
  • No Slides! The use of Non-Projected Visual Aids is heavily encouraged, and projectors may be considered for live demonstrations.
  • Before the event starts and during the break, presenters (invited or unplanned) are asked to put a 3-5 word synopsis of their topic on the blackboard along with their name.
  • The Compère will decide what order presentations will be done, so be nice to him/her!

If you’ve got something you’d like to share, sign up for the “Speaker” ticket type or email events@farsetlabs.org.uk to discuss it with the subject line “ELI5”

See you there!

Eventbrite - Explain Like I'm 5 2018/19 With BCS Northern Ireland

The Support:

Many thanks to The British Computing Society in Northern Ireland for continuing to support this programme for the past 4 years!