As a result, the Farset Labs building is going to be closed until further notice. The doors will remain open until 7pm on Friday the 27th of March to allow members to collect any necessary belongings and equipment.
Can I access the space after the 27th of March? No, until further notice, other than in exceptional circumstances on a case by case basis. In such a case, email firstname.lastname@example.org or message @directors on Slack.
How does this affect my membership and other fees? You are free to pause your fees, and reach out to us about refunds for the month of March. However, please keep in mind that the vast majority of membership dues go towards covering core costs which will continue during quarantine.
Stay at home, stay healthy and keep hacking, the Farset Labs team
In response to the #COVID19 pandemic, Farset Labs has made the following decisions.
We are no longer hosting any public events as part of Farset Labs programmes (CoderDojo, ELi5, DataArt, etc)
All Meetings (Town Hall, Management, Trustees) will be remote.
It is recommended that external/community hires of the space also suspend, but events will over all be restricted to less than 15 participants.
It is recommended that no more than 15 people are in the building at any one time
The facility will continue to be open to those who wish to use it, following reasonable precautions outlined below.
Private Meetings can still take place on site if reasonable precautions are enforced.
Do not visit if you are symptomatic (continuous cough or high temperature).
If you develop symptoms and have visited the space in the previous 10 days, please notify us on email@example.com
Hand Sanitiser and Soap will become available throughout the building.
Facilities are being made available for event organisers to stream presentations to support sustaining their own communities online free of charge.
Provision of Streaming Facilities for Event Operators
Last week, we set up a two-camera streaming capability in the event space. This capability is being made available to all event organisers; members or otherwise, for the purposes of hosting online events with presenters. We’re currently awaiting delivery of an HDMI capture device to include higher resolution of projected screen contents, but if you’d like to take advantage of this facility, please get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org
Wash hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds with hot water and soap.
Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
Stay at home if you’ve got coronavirus symptoms.
New, continuous cough.
High temperature above 37.5 degrees celsius.
Advise social distancing for visitors and members.
There’s a lot of these statements going around, and it is a time of lots of news and statistics and a mix between panic and complacency.
There is a very high likelihood that we’ll have to shut the facility down completely in the coming weeks. Fortunately, we’re kinda used to that over the past year! If that’s the case we’ll be communicating both openly and privately with members to facilitate safely removing anything they might need from the space while instituting a full “lockdown”.
In times like this, the physical building of Farset Labs is less important than the community; social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation. Whether you’re a member or not, stay connected on our Slack, Share stuff that you think is cool on our Discourse, and when open meetings come up, please dial in just to chill out.
Data Art Northern Ireland is a community of technologists, artists, policy makers and other creatives that regularly come together to show, tell and learn about the collision of Data and Art.
Learn about visualisation techniques, data aggregation, and where to get data sources to create, inform, and excite.
If you want to get involved, join our Meetup Group to be first to hear when we release our schedule of events.
Data Art NI is running meetups across Northern Ireland to bring the tech, creative, and public policy sectors together, so share their successes, failures, experiments and experiences, in order to build a shared understanding of how we can make the world, if not a better place, at least a more informed one!
If you’d like to host Data Art NI in your venue, please get in touch with us at email@example.com
(Also if you’d like to collaborate on running a local chapter of DataArt in your area…)
Meetups are only part of the puzzle; we need to learn how to handle the different facets of “Data Art”, and that takes more than a cursory presentation…
Farset Labs are hosting a series of technical and creative workshops to upskill technologists, creatives, and passionate amateurs in targeted capabilities to enable the acquisition, exploration, augmentation, and visualisation of data in one way or another.
This could (depending on interest displayed) include sessions on topics such as:
Programming for Data Analysis
Embedded IoT for sensor acquisition and data visualisation
Machine Learning and Statistics
Geospatial Techniques and Analysis
Real-time Visualisation and Sonification
Typography and Graphic Design Fundamentals
Colour Theory and Interactive Visual Arts Design
3D Design / Game Development
Physical Programming (aka Knitting and Crocheting)
But we want to listen to you! And we’ll be planning out the workshops with partners based on feedback received from the Meetups.
Over the past years, Hackathons have become the ‘de-rigueur’ way of engaging with the technology community to showcase some technology, problem, or task to be crowdsourced or socialised, usually in exchange for an .
Rather than running a big, high end, one-off, 24 hour crunch-time hackathon, we are running a quarterly series of hackathons instead, all with the thread around the cleaning, use, analysis and ‘artification’ of open data to inform and excite.
This provides time to really understand processes, projects and experiments, and also for relevant data owners in local government to be able to react and engage with the data-user community through platforms like OpenDataNI, and provide space to get real projects off the ground and make real change in our communities.
Open Data Innovation and Outreach Fund
We’re not the only ones being supported in this programme; Seven projects from Belfast, Derry and Newry have been successful from the £30,000 fund which encourages innovation in the reuse of data on the Open Data NI portal.
Also among the winners was Anaeko Limited, who received £3,000 to host events and marketing activities for entrepreneurs to develop sustainable business models leveraging Open Data.
Derry City and Strabane District Council in partnership with Carnegie UK Trust was awarded £3,000 to host cross sectoral workshops to tell the story of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon; Derry and Strabane; and Lisburn and Castlereagh Council council areas.
Newry 2020 received £4,995 to deliver an integrated environmental sensor network to assess the impact of human activities on the environment in Newry and £2,995 to host outreach events.
Xpand Group in partnership with Belfast City Council was awarded £4,960 to create a shared access platform to enable business case development and decision making for large scale regional projects, while Flax & Teal Limited received £5,000 to develop an environmental disaster simulation tool for use in education and emergency planning.
Northern Ireland’s Finance Minister Conor Murphy, who announced the winners, said: “This fund provides entrepreneurs and organisations with a real opportunity to use public sector data for commercial opportunities and drive future economic growth.
“I am delighted to meet the winners and hear more about the range of ingenious projects and events which will further develop digital skills while creating a culture of data transparency.
“It is encouraging to see the collaborative approach the winners have taken, working with community groups, businesses and local councils to optimise public sector data for research, outreach and innovation.”
Farset Labs is receiving £6,000 (as part of a budget of £11,000) to run the Data Art programme, including 6 Meetups, 6 Workshops and 4 Hackathons, and this budget allocation is directly to fund venue, refreshments, travel and equipment costs.
If you’d like to participate in the programme or help run the project, join the Meetup Group below or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Global Game Jam at Farset Labs is back again in 2020, with support from Northern Ireland Screen. The Game Jam will run from Friday 31st January to Sunday 2nd February – come meet some great people and develop a game idea in a weekend. With a party atmosphere from Friday night, there will be plenty of people there to team up with, create something interesting and (most importantly) to have fun!
WHAT IS GLOBAL GAME JAM?
A global simultaneous hackathon making games of all sorts, from full-scale console productions to mobile, web-based and embedded games, as well as table-top board- and card-games. Some will be just for fun, others for charitable causes like Games For Change, and none of them exist before this weekend!
Farset Labs has been running Northern Ireland’s largest regular public GGJ site since 2013, this year joining over 100 other countries taking part. We will be live streaming video from sites all over the world during the weekend, and there will also be an opportunity to see and play other teams’ games at the end of the event. The details of the venue are also available on our Global Game Jam listing.
HOW DO I ENTER?
We ask that you reserve your seat at Farset Labs on Eventbrite, so that we can get accurate numbers for our food orders (included in your registration).
Global Game Jam is always very popular; so to avoid disappointment, book early!
Registration this year is £5.99 per person – registration will reserve your seat for the weekend as well as helping us to provide you with catered meals for the full weekend and unique GGJ Belfast goodies!
The theme is announced on-site at 5pm on Friday 31st January so we recommend everyone be in Farset before that time, or send word if you will be arriving later on. We look forward to seeing you all, as it will be a great weekend!
WHAT DO I NEED?
There is no required skill level or barrier for entry; we welcome programmers, artists, musicians and anyone else who might be interested in being involved! Bring yourself and your equipment – the organisers recommend that participants wait until the beginning of the event to form teams. We have found that this worked well in the past and gives interesting results.
Please note:You must be over 18 on the 31st of January to participate.