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!

Farset Flea Market – Saturday 15th September

It is official. Farset Labs now has a licence to run a flea market. This is an ambitious event to see if there is an demand for a makers run flea market. Markets like this are run all over the world as part of  the maker community.

“The Flea at MIT” have one of the biggest flea markets in the America for 2nd hand electronics. We might reach this level one day if there is demand for it!

The event is allow people to sell unwanted stuff that have tucked away for years, giving unwanted stuff a new life and a new home.

Details:

  • Admission: Free
  • Tables: 12 at £5 each.
  • Time: 11am to 3pm.
  • Place: Inside Farset
  • Parking: 50 free spaces

What you can expect to see at the flea market:

  • Electronics
  • Hardware
  • Comics
  • Magazines
  • Games
  • Movies
  • Clothes
  • Old hardware

Want a table?

Email events@farsetlabs.org.uk with the following details

  • Name:
  • Types of goods you are selling:

(This will be advertised as part of the event)

Elections 2018

Farset Labs is run by a dedicated team of volunteers, starting with the original three Directors back in late 2011/early 2012. We aim to try and keep the number of directors at five, and given that we’re currently below that magic prime number, it’s time to launch our 2018 Director Elections. Nominations for Directorship will open from the timestamp of this post until midnight on Friday 28th September.

The Directors of Farset Labs are the individuals expected to set the strategic direction of the charity, and have overall responsibility for maintaining the financial and legal health of the company. You will be expected to join the weekly management meetings and contribute in myriad other ways to the day-to-day running of the space; for example, fielding emails, authorising outgoing payments, and meeting with relevant parties, to name but a few.

You also get to steward a charity that does extensive youth outreach, makes opportunities available for the whole community, and hosts events that benefit all areas of the technology sector. We’re always trying to expand the remit of our offerings to serve even more people and it would be ideal for the incoming Director to aid in those efforts.

Nominees must:

  • Nominate themselves.
  • Have been a member for at least three months (not necessarily in one block).
  • Email david@farsetlabs.org.uk (and CC admin@farsetlabs.org.uk) with
    • Their name.
    • Their ‘pitch’ which is 1000 characters maximum. (Suitability for role, experience, intentions etc.)
  • Be aware that, if successful in the elections, they must not have any convictions that would prevent them from being the Director of a limited company (i.e. convictions under the Fraud Act 2006) or any convictions regarding sexual offences against minors (i.e. convictions under the Sexual Offences Act 2003).
  • Be aware that they have legal obligations as a Director of Farset Labs, including their legal liabilities to HMRC etc.
  • Be aware that, if successful, they will be required to provide details including their legal name, sex, date of birth, addresses lived in the last three years, signature and National Insurance Number for the purposes of registration with Companies House.

Voting will open when the nominee profiles (consisting of the nominee’s name and pitch) are posted publicly on Monday 1st October (Conveniently coinciding with the next Town Hall) and will close at midday on Monday 15th October.
Information on how to vote and the procedures surrounding voting, including the case of a draw, will be posted along with the nominee profiles. The results, barring any special circumstances, will be announced as soon as possible after voting closes, likely the following day.
Any questions can be directed to either david@farsetlabs.org.uk or info@farsetlabs.org.uk. You may also find it useful to review the records of previous elections, available on this blog.
Good luck!

Rule Changes: Clear-Desk, Desk Rental, and Hazardous Chemical Safety Policy Updates

TL;DR: After going through due process, the desk usage policy has been updated to: explicitly state that un-rented desks should be cleared after use; that members have the right to move equipment left on un-rented desks to communal storage areas; which desks are currently rented/hot-desk/communal; and implementing standard COSHH practices. Continue reading Rule Changes: Clear-Desk, Desk Rental, and Hazardous Chemical Safety Policy Updates

Columba’s Day Celebrations – Sunday, 10th June 2018

An Open Day 12pm – 6pm & A Free Evening 6pm – 9pm

Join us at Farset Labs for the inaugural Columba’s Day – a day of creativity, collaboration, and sharing of art and culture all under the umbrella of open licences from copyright free to Creative Commons (CC-BY-SA 4.0).

There will be a wide variety of activities on offer on the day from family friendly workshops, performances, exhibitions, etc.  We can exclusively reveal we have Andy Luke, Photography from David Kane, Tote Bag Print Workshop, Folkadelic, and Belfast Improv Theatre with more to come!

Intrigued and want to find out more?  We have a handy FAQ here:-

https://columba.st/faq/

The mood will be relaxed with focus on collaboration and creativity – don’t let that put you off, there are many ways of getting involved and enjoying the day even if you do not feel you’re ‘creative’.  As befits the ethos of the day, food will be available by way of a potluck and we would welcome your culinary creations.

After the main event, we will finish off with an informal evening (6pm – 9pm) including a screening of a suitable copyright free film.

And what’s better than a day of open licence arts and culture?  The fact that it’s FREE!  We would be grateful though if a donation of £5 can be considered to go to Farset Labs – our wonderful hosts who rely on membership fees and charitable donations to keep their lights on.  Tickets can be booked here:

https://getinvited.to/columbaday/columbas-day-a-celebration-of-open-arts-and-culture/

We will also have images (shared under the relevant Creative Commons licence) projected onto the big screen in the event space, and some prints wall-mounted for the day as well.  If yours is printed you are welcome to collect and take it home on the day. If you wish you can donate your image to be used for the enhancement of Farset’s co-working space. Submissions can be made via Dropbox:

https://www.dropbox.com/request/MlhRW89z6YEiNdvNUFIY

Please include a text file with attribution and caption, referenced to the photo.

Deadline for submissions for anything to be printed will be 11.59pm Sunday, 3rd June.  If you wish to specify what can be printed please identify this within the text file.

Finally, if you have an idea for a workshop or for a collaboration on the day, please get in touch with us:-

Twitter: @ColumbasDay

Website: https://columba.st/

Email: columbaday@gmail.com