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). 

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)

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!