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Highly Commended at Go Green Awards

Knowle West Media Centre was Highly Commended in the Most Improved Travel and Transport Category at the Go Green 2016 Awards this February.

Geographically, we know that KWMC can be a difficult location for some to get to – up a steep hill and south of the city centre. As an organisation we have been trying hard to reduce the number of single-person car journeys and the number of cars in our car park.

Our Green Actions have included getting an electric bike for staff to travel to local meetings, starting a car share scheme and taking part in Big Commuting Challenge where we came third in our category. We’ve also had a team cycle day which encouraged three members of staff who had not cycled for years to get back on a bike.

Staff have embraced alternative methods of transport – with numbers cycling and using public transport increasing and we hope to encourage visitors to our site to take up the challenge too!

We picked up our laser-cut award at The Bristol Hotel on 18th February.  The awards were manufactured in our making space KWMC: The Factory – our technicians did a good job at keeping it a secret from the wider team and we’re all delighted with the award!

See the full list of award winners on the Go Green blog.

Recognition at the TechSpark SPARKies Awards

Knowle West Media Centre has been shortlisted at annual tech awards the SPARKies, which ‘celebrate the very best of the technology companies, organisations and individuals fuelling the success of the region.’

Our interactive documentary The Glowing Divide has been shortlisted for the Best Innovation in Digital Entertainment award. The film was produced by a team of eight Junior Digital Producers in 2015 and tackled the issue of social isolation amongst teenagers.  It explored what could be done to provide help and support, engaging three isolated young people and providing skills training for a team of first-time filmmakers in the process. The SPARKies Best Innovation in Digital Entertainment award ‘celebrates the best in the West in the spheres of entertainment such as gaming, VR, 3D and novel film-making techniques’.

Four young people supported by KWMC have also been shortlisted for a SPARKies award.  The FutureSPARK category recognises ‘a member of the tech & digital community who is 21 or under and has gone above and beyond in this sector’.  Matt Coleclough, Sam Cording, Ben Coleclough and Katie Gardner created the ‘Lines’ game during the 2015 Young Rewired State Festival of Code. They made it to the final with their idea and the game is coming soon to the App store.

The award ceremony will take place on 17th February in Bristol. Read the full shortlist here.

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My Knowle West shortlisted for national digital award

Our ‘local social network’ My Knowle West was nominated for an award at this year’s Next Gen digital awards.

The app, which enables people to share photos and updates about positive activities happening in their area, was shortlisted alongside five other finalists in the ‘Intelligent Communities’ category.

On 5th November, members of the KWMC team traveled down to London for the Next Gen 15 conference and the evening awards ceremony, which took place in the House of Lords.

Although My Knowle West missed out on the top award, we were delighted to make the shortlist and see the app, developed through European partnership project IES Cities, recognised for bringing people together and using digital technologies to encourage positive action.

Find out more about the app here. You can register for a free account on MyKW online, so join the online community and get sharing!

KWMC: The Factory receives Bristol enterprise award

KWMC: The Factory has been recognised for its contribution to training and manufacturing in Bristol, in an awards ceremony celebrating young craftsmen and women at the Lord Mayor’s Mansion House.

The Guild of Guardians presented its prestigious Alfred Telling Award to our new digital manufacturing enterprise on Thursday 15th October 2015. The annual award provides a bursary of £1,500 for an entrepreneur starting their own business in a manual trade in the Bristol area.

KWMC: The Factory was nominated by BRAVE, a not-for-profit business support organisation that has helped thousands of entrepreneurs start and run successful ventures.

Located in Knowle West, an area where satisfaction with local jobs is very low – just 12% in the last Bristol City Council Quality of Life survey (2013) – KWMC: The Factory aims to bring together artists, makers and local people and open up access to digital manufacturing technologies, such as CNC machines and laser cutters.

From two units at the new Filwood Green Business Park, KWMC: The Factory manufactures a range of products from recycled and sustainable materials and provides in-demand skills training for volunteers, businesses and schools. It also connect with other creative centres in the city, such as Pervasive Media Studio, to assist in the prototyping and development of new products.

The enterprise developed out of a pilot scheme run by KWMC and local charity re:work from the empty Eagle House Youth Centre in Knowle West. Between October 2014 and May 2015 their ‘pop up’ enterprise produced nearly 500 pieces of furniture to kit out Filwood Green Business Park, in a commission from building contractors MIDAS and Bristol City Council.

This summer KWMC moved manufacturing activity into Filwood Green Business Park and KWMC: The Factory was born. To date, they have provided 40 people with training in using digital manufacturing equipment.

Liz Sands, Director of BRAVE, said: “We are delighted to have nominated KWMC: The Factory for this prestigious award. It’s a very deserving winner and we have followed its development closely from the beginning. We hope this award helps to raise the profile of KWMC: The Factory and its cutting-edge digital manufacturing techniques and training.”

Justin Ricks, our Business Development Manager, commented: “We’re delighted to receive the Alfred Telling Award for our inclusive and environmentally friendly approach to manufacturing. Digital fabrication is fundamentally changing the way people make things – and we want to ensure that these technologies are available to the many, not just the few, and that they can be utilised to make things that are sustainable, attractive and innovative. The award from the Guild of Guardians will enable us to purchase more equipment for use by volunteer groups who come to us for training.”

For information about KWMC: The Factory please contact Justin on 0117 903 0444.

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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Knowle West Media Centre
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
Bristol
BS4 1NL
+44 (0) 117 903 0444
enquiries@kwmc.org.uk

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