Election 2016 (v1.0) Ballot

Our nomination period is up 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:

1. Colin Mitchell

My involvement with Farset Labs started when it was a dark glint in Bolster’s evil eye. I say ‘involvement’ – it was really just supportive conversations, but once established this quickly turned into an obligation to join, and a membership fee has been ripped bodily from my strained bank account ever since.

However, it’s not all bad…

Some of the things I love about Farset Labs:

  • The slight tendency towards anarchy
  • The attempts at real democracy
  • The diversity of people + their abilities
  • The sense of community and random connections
  • The stuff all over the place
  • All the code ‘n shit with the young people ‘n all

I love the sense of ‘if it ain’t broke, break it’ – (though not Robin Prices’s lighting-up ping-pong table, nor Matt Hazley’s beer-making kit, ‘cos the phrase ‘don’t break stuff that makes beer’ should need no explanation)

Currently I’m CTO/co-founder of Sixty-5 Technologies – Farset’s co-working space was where we spent a lot of last year. Bolster was instrumental in John Arrell & I getting together, David Kane helped with initial specs, Robin Price worked on our Gateway box, Mal Duffin seriously improved our UI, Art Knipe straightened up our API – all invaluable & there’s nowhere else in NI where that could happen.

As well as techie stuff I’ve done sales & marketing, management & director stuff – so I can bring wide experience with an anarchic twist.

Right now I’m doing a lot of coding (at 57, I know, God help us) – most of the Sixty-5 Android code & some of the Ruby on Rails cloud stuff is mine. Also devops stuff with servers and all that kind of thing. I love all the hands-on stuff.

So, for Farset, as well as sharing the organisational burden with the others, there are a bunch of things that interest me:

Connectivity between the diverse membership and the wider community – both social and industrial. There’s all sorts of interesting stuff that Farset members could be part of, if it interests them. Let’s find more of these things.

Learning – there are so many different ways to get engaged in tech & to learn without going through the established education routes (with their gatekeepers). Some of that Farset is already doing well. I love the idea of someone coming through Farset from no tech knowledge to paid work. Or just for fun.

Farset has a lot of potential to act as an incubator for early stage startups – there’s already a bunch of that happening right now (Sixty-5 is but one example)

Diversity – I love diversity & inclusion. We can extend what we already have.

I love people poking at projects – how can we do more of this?

I love the idea that in years to come, world-changing stuff or people might have had their roots in Farset. That would be something.

For a tiny bit more on me, visit

www.crmitchell.co.uk


2. RON

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ReOpen Nominations

Ron does nothing, and means we open up nominations again.


The Directors assert that this election, odd as it is, satisfy the Director Appointment Rules as set up in the Operations Manual and ratified by Town Hall Consent from March 2014.

Elections 2015

Update: Due to several factors outside of our control, the directors have decided to postpone this series of elections until later in the year. Thanks!

Farset Labs is run by a dedicated team of volunteers, starting with the original three directors back in late 2011/early 2012. Since then, we aim to try and keep the number of directors at five, so, with the recent departure of Ben Bland for warmer shores (quite literally), it’s time to launch our 2015 Director Elections. Nominations will open from the timestamp of this post until midnight on Wednesday 18th February.

Nominees must:

Democracy!

  • 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 Thursday 19th February and will close at midday on Friday 27th February.

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!

Election 2014 Ballot

Our nomination period is up 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:

1. Conor Robinson

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Well here we are, two and a half years on. In the years since formation, Farset has grown.

We have grown in numbers, in experience, and in maturity.

I’ve been a paying member of Farset since day one, and was a member of QUESTS (The Queen’s Society that worked together to set Farset up) even before that. You can see me in the old photos from the days of our scouting out buildings to rent!

Alongside Farset and QUESTS, I founded the QUB Amateur Radio & Electronics Society, through which I teach amateur radio courses with the Radio Society of Great Britain.

Having just completed an industrial placement year with Andor Technology, I’ve gained invaluable real-life experience in industry.

I feel that the director’s role in Farset is to facilitate the members’ needs. To provide the resources required for members to achieve what they want to achieve.

As such, I intend to keep Farset involved in education schemes and programmes, so that we can have a tangible and measurable impact on our membership and our community. I would like to see Farset expand in the area of electronic hardware design, and would intend to promote that area to the director group, and to the membership at large.

Let’s keep growing.


 

Conor is an active contributor to the IRL Farset Community, as well as the Discourse, where you can ask him any questions either privately via his profile or in the open by summoning him from the ether with “@Conor”.


2. RON

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ReOpen Nominations


 

Ron does nothing, and means we open up nominations again and lose an active director when Ben leaves next month.


The Directors assert that this election, odd as it is, satisfy the Director Appointment Rules as set up in the Operations Manual and ratified by Town Hall Consent from March this year.

Elections 2014 (Tiny!) Extension

Since we’re such lovely and kind people (but mostly since I’ve been on the road all day without internet and unable to answer some questions), we’re extending the deadline for submission of your pitch from midnight tonight (Sunday) to midnight tomorrow night (Monday). So you’ve just got a little under 22 hours to polish off that thousand character manifesto and take your place among the all-powerful ruling elite people with slight influence!

You can read about the details here and, as always, don’t hesitate to contact us with any queries.

Director Elections 2014

Farset Labs is launching our 2014 Director Elections, with nominations open from the timestamp of this post until midnight on Sunday 17th August.

Nominees must:

  • Nominate themselves.
  • Have been a member for at least three months (not neccessarily 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 18th August and will close at midday on Monday 25th August.

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 on the evening of the 25th.

Good luck!