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Archive for August, 2015

‘Green’ pledges are right on the button

This summer young people from South Bristol joined with KWMC to kick-start a new programme of sustainable activity.

On Wednesday 12 August Knowle West Media Centre unveiled 15 ‘green’ pledges to mark our continued commitment to reducing our environmental impact – and a group of young people did the same.

The Do 15 in 15 campaign was launched by Bristol 2015 in April this year, to encourage people across the city to pledge their support for Bristol’s year as Green Capital and commit to do something to help make Bristol a healthier, happier city for everyone.

On 12 August staff and young people involved in our summer activities pushed the Bristol 2015 ‘pledge button’ and formally launched their pledges.


KWMC is based in an award-winning sustainable building and throughout our 19-year history we have helped people use digital technologies in ‘smart’ ways so they can reduce their environmental impact. Recent work has included monitoring electricity use and training local people to ‘upcycle’ office furniture.

Our Director Carolyn Hassan explains: “Some of our Do15 pledges focus on expanding our existing work – such as using innovative digital monitors to measure heat, noise and air quality and ensure that we have a healthy working environment for staff and visitors. Others will maximise the potential of our building, such as relying more on rainwater collection and cultivating the outdoor space to include a beehive and more fruit and veg plots.”

Other actions are new, such as the pledge to reduce single-car journeys by purchasing an electric bike for use by staff, and implementing a car share scheme.

Young people aged 9-18 devided their own Do15 pledges at KWMC and they released three pledges each day during their summer programme, which ran from 10-14 August and coincided with the button push event. The group imagined what Bristol could look like in 15 years if all of the Do15 pledges are achieved – and the challenges and opportunities that could result in a new set of environmental promises in 2030…

For more information about Do15 visit the pledge website. Read our pledges here.


Young coders win top award for the second year running

For the second year running young coders from Bristol have proved that they have the skills and potential to be the app developers of the future, as they brought home an award from a national coding competition.

This summer Knowle West Media Centre was again an official coding centre for the Festival of Code, ‘the world’s largest hackathon for young people’ organised by Young Rewired State. Young people aged 9-18 spent four days at KWMC from 27th-30th July, when they worked in small teams to create their own websites, apps, games and programmes using open data.  They were supported by a team of mentors, including tech experts from University of the West of England (UWE), University of Bristol, and Watershed.

On Friday 31st July some of the groups and their mentors traveled to Birmingham, along with students from other UK coding centres, to present their ideas to a panel of expert judges.

The team behind ‘Lines’ made it to the semi-finals of their category. The fast-paced puzzle game, produced by Matt Coleclough, Sam Cording and Ben Coleclough, was built using Python and ‘generates a sequence of tiles which map the paths of five lines’.  The coders explain: ‘the object of the game is to track one of these lines through as many stages as possible!’

The ‘Festable’ app not only made it through to the final for the Code category, but came away with the top honour as overall winners. Made by Jack Baron, Jago Brett, Theo Macdonald and Ben Gray, the web app and an iOS app was designed to help users ‘simplify their upcoming festivals’. The group described the app as matching ‘people with other users [who have] the same interests by allowing people to enter what bands and events they like.’

Three other apps were showcased at the Festival of Code: Project ARG by Alex, Mia, Jake and Roland; Sweetie Smash by Hester, Theo, Dylan and Ezra; and The Social Platformer by Ben, Callum, Tawona and Joel. See a full list of the projects presented here.

For more information about free coding activities for young people at KWMC during term-time please call 0117 903 0444.

Congratulations to all of the talented coders involved in the 2015 Festival of Code and big thanks to the fantastic mentoring team who gave their time and expertise to support them.

Here’s to next year!



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