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

Creativity Month 2018 – Idea Jam and Bog Standard

As part of the Department of Communities “Creativity Month 2018”, Farset are coordinating two workshop-style events this year, continuing our now 5 year track record of delivering awesome weirdness! Bog Standard and IdeaJam, both kindly supported by the Department of Communities NI

IdeaJam

Ideas. We’ve all got ‘em, rattling around in our busy, distracted heads.

On Saturday 31st March, 10am – 10pm, Farset Labs will host IDEA JAM – a chance for creators, designers and developers to clear all distractions and finally sculpt that secret, nebulous idea you’ve been chipping away at for years into that’s ready to pitch and take it to the next level.

You might be harbouring a business, a novel, a video game, a TV pilot, a children’s book or a screenplay… it’s there, hiding behind grocery lists, bank statements and status updates.

It’s time to finally get that idea out of your head and into the world, so you can actually do something real with it.

Artists, developers and other screen industry experts will be on hand to help transfer your concept from brain to pitch, whether it’s a story arc, synopsis, sketch or sizzle reel… and maybe even tell you where to take it next.

Schedule

The schedule is pretty informal, as this is your time for your idea. Meals will be catered through the day, starting with breakfast at 9:30am. Industry mentors with experience of pitching business, film and game concepts will be available from 10:00am to guide you in fleshing out your idea into something that you can pitch and develop.

By 10:00pm your goal is to have your concept realised, and even ready to pitch to others!

Book your seat now!

Bog Standard – Rethinking the Humble Bathroom

Thus 22nd March, 5:30pm – 10pm

How would you build a better bog? What factors go into improving a service or product?

Design thinking is a buzz phrase that is often thrown around, but what does it really mean? This evening workshop applies design thinking concepts in a concrete manner; exploring the design considerations of the humble bathroom.

Through iterative explorations facilitated by experienced Design Thinking Practitioners, and the use of empathy generating techniques and ideation tools; a mix of attendees from all backgrounds will be encouraged to explore the impact of changing societal, technical and practical needs in a familiar context, all while additional “Chaos Factors” are added over the course of the evening to keep things interesting!

Book your throne now!

Global Game Jam Belfast | 26th-28th Jan 2018

UPDATE 19/12/2017: Find our new poster image below!

Global Game Jam at Farset is back again in 2018, in partnership with Northern Ireland Screen. The Game Jam will run from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th, and is a chance to meet some great people and develop a fun game 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!

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, and you can get some nice swag.

You can then complete your Global Game Jam registration at globalgamejam.org on (or before) Friday 26th January.

Global Game Jam is always very popular; so to avoid disappointment, book early!

Tickets this year are £5 each – buying a ticket will reserve your seat for the weekend as well as helping us to provide you with catered meals for the full weekend and a unique GGJ Belfast t-shirt!

The game jam’s theme will be announced at 5pm on Friday 26th January so we recommend all participants to 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!

POSTER NOW AVAILABLE

Click to download our event poster below, if you would like to adorn your office/room/comfort-zone with a reminder of what awaits you at the end of January!

GGJ 2018 Belfast Poster
Illustration by Ann Harrison of celticdragonstudios.co.uk

WHAT IS GLOBAL GAME JAM?

Global Game Jam is a hackathon focused on games of all sorts, from full-scale console productions to mobile, web-based and embedded games, as well as non-digital productions like board and card games. Some will be frivolous, others developed for solid causes, such as social impact in the case of the Games For Change movement. There are already a number of large sponsors involved in this year’s global event, including Facebook, Unity and Github.

The first Global Game Jam ran in 2009, and this year there are already over 500 individual Jam sites registered around the world, and Farset Labs has been running Northern Ireland’s only public GGJ site since 2013. We will be live streaming video from sites all over the world during the 48hr event. 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.

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 26th of January in order to participate.

More information will be provided in the run-up, but please feel free to contact events@farsetlabs.org.uk or ask us questions via Facebook or Twitter with the #farsetggj18 hashtag.

Brought to you to in partnership with Northern Ireland Screen.

NI Screen Logo

With additional sponsorship from Belfast City Council.

VITAL INFO

Start/End: 26/1/18 @ 16:00 – 28/1/18 @ 20:00

Location: Farset Labs, 1 Weavers Court, Belfast

Farset Seat Reservation: [Here!]

GGJ Site Listing: [GGJ 2018]

Facebook Event: [facebook.com/farsetlabs]

Hashtags: #farsetggj18 #ggj18

Now offering in-space advertising

Farset Labs has accomplished a lot in the past 5 years, stimulated by the goodwill of the STEAM community, and underpinned by the direct financial support of the membership.

However, like many others in the community and voluntary sector, we face continually rising overheads despite efficiently delivering our charitable aims. As such, we’re exploring a new revenue stream: in-space advertising.

Next month, we will be putting up four A3 poster panels in the co-working space and workshop on a three-month trial basis, available on rolling monthly hire by outside organisations and companies.

These poster locations will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis at the discretion of the Farset Labs management team, and posters must be provided by the advertiser.

These are currently priced as follows:

  • Community/charitable/non-profit groups advertising events, programmes & opportunities: £150pm
  • Direct advertisement of goods, services & jobs: £300pm
  • Indirect promotion of recruitment services & non-specific roles: £600pm

If you’d be interested in participating in this trial, contact us on info@farsetlabs.org.uk.

At the end of this three month period, the results and impact will be assessed openly in the community along with trial participants, and any modifications deemed necessary will be made before restarting the programme. Trial participants will have early-access into the continued programme.

This new revenue stream will give Farset Labs a more stable platform from which we can cover our increasing operational costs and focus on reinvesting in our services and facilities. We want to achieve this without having to put any more financial pressure on the members of our community who need access to these resources the most.

Farset Labs has been a fully membership-funded community space, delivering volunteer-driven outreach, education, and facilitation to the STEAM community; from programming & engineering courses at local primary and secondary schools, to taking part in national and global collaborative events such as Global Game Jam and BBC’s Make It Digital campaigns.

Beyond this, we have been a melting pot for meetups and user-groups, with our free use of our event space on Wednesday evenings for qualifying non-profit groups and individuals, where organisers can test the viability of their event ideas, developing communities that can (and usually do) rapidly grow to join the major meetup circuit beyond Farset Labs.

Given the nature of the community fostered under our roof, Farset Labs has also hosted and spun-through a number of successful member-run startups, giving entrepreneurs the freedom to explore, collaborate, and experiment without losing equity or requiring significant upfront costs (Desk rental starts at £100 per month, but hot desking is included at all membership levels).

All of this while operating on what can only be described as a “lean” budget. With no staff, no salaries, and no institutional funding, we have kept our significant outgoings limited to rent, power, heating (most of the time), cleaning and refuse collection, and insurance/accounting/legal fees.

If you, your company or your organisation wish to support the work of Farset Labs, or are interested in engaging with this unique community, get in touch via email to info@farsetlabs.org.uk, or tweet us at @FarsetLabs.