ee below for even more fantastic events at Federation House.
Tuesday 2nd October
Legup.social - Community-Driven Digital Mentoring | Solidarity Event Space
6pm - 8pm
Need a bit of a push with digital? Have a digital idea that you don't know how to realise? Want to get better at using social media to promote your business?
Book your FREE place at Legup.social's first Manchester-based event by calling 0161 818 8740 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Legup.social can connect you with the digital professional who is best suited to help you with your specific needs. They will provide support to you via one-to-one sessions.
For more information, visit https://legup.social.
Wednesday 17th October
RIBA North West Inspiration Series – Sir Terry Farrell | Defiant Event Space
6pm - 8.30pm
RIBA North West is hosting a series of talks across Summer and Autumn 2018 aimed at providing the profession in the region with inspiration from a range of award-winning national and international speakers.
We are absolutely delighted to conclude this year's Inspiration Series with a talk by Sir Terry Farrell.
Sir Terry Farrell CBE, Principal at Farrells, is considered to be the UK's leading architect-planner, with offices in London, Manchester, Hong Kong and Shanghai. During 50 years in practice he has completed many award-winning buildings and masterplans including Embankment Place and the Home Office HQ and The Northern Gateway, as well as millennium projects such as The Deep in Hull and Centre for Life in Newcastle.
Attendees will be greeted with a drink and food on arrival, and there will be the opportunity for networking pre- and post- event.
This event is part of the Design Manchester DM18 Festival programme. Further details can be found here.
If booking an RIBA member-rate ticket, a valid RIBA membership number must be provided.
Book your ticket here: https://bit.ly/2QQSVBE
Thursday 18th October
Motion North Showcase 30 with Future Deluxe & The Mill | Defiant Event Space
Motion North is a Manchester-based group for motion designers, animators, filmmakers and VFX artists residing in the upper regions of the UK to get together and share our love of making things move. Join them after their summer break, when they will introduce you to Future Delux and The Mill.
Future Deluxe are an experimental creative studio driven by research, technology and the pursuit of new aesthetics and techniques. They've worked with brands such as Adidas, Beats by Dre, Disney, Nike, Nvidia & Sony. See more here: www.futuredeluxe.co.uk
Also coming to talk are The Mill - a visual effects powerhouse that has been in business since the 1990s! Take a look at them here: www.themill.com
Book your tickets here: https://bit.ly/2PSfvIG
We've recently launched our revised member’s manifesto. Collaboratively shaped by the Federation, it’s members and partners, it makes clear The Federations modus operandi as a living, breathing call to action for tech.
You can find out more about we intend to achieve a world in which we deliver people-empowered tech, and what our mission to a create an ethical digital society entails here
Getting Started On An Ethical Digital Society
The Friends of The Federation - who work, collaborate, learn and meet in our co-working space have shared their thoughts with us. We've learned from companies like global corporate ThoughtWorks, the NHS Research & Development team, start-up The Invent Hive and social enterprise FreshRB as well as those using our co-working floor. They have shared their thoughts on our Manifesto, and the part they are also making in progressing civic tech and social impact. We will be collecting further insights as our work progresses.
Unsurprisingly, our members proved themselves to be a petty conscientious bunch, with 91% feeling confident they considered the wider consequences of their organisation’s technological outputs. Culturally-speaking, technology-for-good is paramount across all of Federation House.
On current community giving activity they were a little less confident – 66% felt they were directly delivering social impact through their work – but with the priority being on opportunities for the organisation’s employees. That, and presenting socially-focused opportunities for learning and development.
No wonder then, that diversity and inclusion (80%) ranked so highly as an area to focus on. With different organisations within the building at different stages in their development, overcoming barriers related to age and gender were all flagged, as was enabling flexible working for teams.
Progressing industry codes of conduct were deemed the top priority (97%) however. Whilst privacy is top of everyone's minds in the wake of GDPR legislation coming into play, looking more broadly at tech regulations, accessibility and online safety are essential in building on the great work already done according to our forward-thinking membership.
Our Next Steps
With resource and time a challenge for all enterprises, the opportunity for shared learning was flagged repeatedly, as was collective action in first defining some of the challenges we’re aware of. Understanding what displacement is, for example, and how it impacts people and community’s lives – as defined by our survey respondents – is one of the next steps for The Federation.
In helping our members consider the wider systemic, cultural and personal impact of the tech we’re responsible for creating in enabling people’s lives, we’ll be building projects around progressing codes of conduct and better understanding how we can improve diversity and create inclusive workplaces, with Federation-aligned businesses setting a new standard for the wider industry to follow. Collective action is what we’ve been asked for, with tangible outputs and measurement of success key along the way, but we’ll need your help…
Working with Noisy Cricket - a social impact consultancy - in the next month, we’ll be starting consultation on two key focus areas. One, to better understand thinking around the displacement tech creates, and two to see where we should collectively focus our attention in progressing industry codes of conduct before we launch projects to collaboratively set the standards we believe tech should live and breathe by.
We’ll also be holding consultations on diversity and inclusion and community giving in the coming months, but in the meantime, sign up to the working group you’re most interested in, and we’ll be in touch.
Sign up here
Summer may be fading, but our programme of events is as vibrant as ever! Step out of the cold into the warmth of Federation House and get involved.
Saturday 1st September
Open Data Manchester - Joy Diversion | Defiant Event Space
11am - 5pm
After the success of the first two Joy Diversions, we’re running a third day on Saturday 1st September!
Often viewed as a functional place of work, retail and leisure, our city centre bounded by Trinity Way, Great Ancoats Street and the Mancunian Way is imbued with history, iniquity, celebration and endeavour. Let us go out and find what’s out there, discover the forgotten spaces, create stories and map our city.
Starting with maps of the city from over 150 years ago, we will propose expeditions to uncharted territories, revisits to previously explored places, strange meanderings and any other diversions that people fancy.
Sign up for FREE here: www.meetup.com/Open-Data-Manchester/events
Saturday 8th September
UK Health Camp | Building-wide
9.30am - 5.30pm
What is UK Health Camp?
There are lots of brilliant things happening to make health and care services better for patients, carers, and professionals. Our aim is to provide a space to connect, share ideas and make things happen.
Similar events have been held in other countries and in the UK in 2015 and 2017. We are open to all, whether you work for health and care services or not.
Our events are multidisciplinary - we aim to bring together health and care professionals, policy makers and service managers together with designers, digital specialists and technologists.
Everyone is welcome.
Sign up for FREE here: www.ti.to/ukhealthcamp/2018
Monday 10th September
Mindful Mondays with Madeleine | Defiant Event Space
Morning session: 8am-9am
Lunchtime session: 12pm-1pm
Join Madeleine every Monday at The Federation for an enriching mindfulness and yoga class for all.
In today's environment where we can be led to thinking we need to be more, do more and prove more, it proves the perfect environment for anxious thoughts to breed. Mindful Mondays are a great way to kick-start your day - and week - in the right way with a clear mindset, renewed focus and positive energy, ready for the week ahead.
Sign up here: https://bit.ly/2mjxsTL
(First class FREE with discount code 'startwithyoga')
Manchester AI Tech | Solidarity Events Space
6pm - 9pm
Learn more about Cloud Capabilities and Artificial Intelligence.
Great Speakers with opportunity to exchange ideas on the forum. Don't miss it!
Fahd Rafi - Cloud Solution Architect Data and AI (@fahdrafi)
Sherin Mathew - Simpson Associates (@BIMaverick)
Sign up for FREE here: www.meetup.com/Manchester-AI-Tech-Data-Business-Intelligence/events
Book Launch - "Reboot" by Jason Stockwood | Defiant Events Space
6.00pm - 8.30pm
Jason Stockwood (@jstockwood) is Group CEO of Simply Business, twice recognised by The Sunday Times as the UK’s best company to work for, and himself awarded the accolade of best leader in 2016.
"Reboot" makes the case for the optimistic impact of technologies in the workplace, both to enhance engagement and ultimately improve productivity. Countering the dystopian view that society will be decimated as machines take over, "Reboot" culminates in the strong argument for implementing AI and experimentation, providing a route to a four-day working week. "Reboot" is attempting to be the catalyst for a fresh debate about the future of work.
"Reboot" has been described as “Enlightened. Inspiring. and importantly full of compassion and humanity. The modern playoff for people in business today, who also want to be there tomorrow”.
Jason will be joined in conversation by Matt Atkinson Chief Membership Officer Co-op Group, Lou Cordwell OBE and Founder of Magnetic North and Emer Coleman, Technology Engagement Director Co-op Digital.
Sign up here: https://bit.ly/2LC8NE2
Tuesday 11th September
Open Data Manchester Presents: Things Manchester - Uploaded| Defiant Events Space
6pm - 8pm
Things Manchester (www.thingsmanchester.org.uk) has developed one of the largest 'commons-based' Internet of Things networks in the UK. It allows the connections of all sorts of digital devices and sensors.
From the beginning of August Open Data Manchester has taken on the running and maintenance of Things Manchester's constellation of roof and tower mounted gateways covering Manchester, Salford, Trafford, Stockport and Bury.
Join us to see what people are doing with the network, how you can get involved and become part of this great public initiative.
Things Manchester is part of the global Things Network started in Amsterdam in 2015 and one of the first cities to get connected.
Sign up for FREE here: www.meetup.com/Open-Data-Manchester/events
Wednesday 12th September
ExpertTalks: We're Going on a Bug Hunt + Getting Servers to Build Themselves on AWS| Defiant Events Space
6.30pm - 9.30pm
SESSION ONE: We’re Going on a Bug Hunt
How to diagnose some of the more esoteric bugs that a developer can easily come across. This covers interesting real-life problems in Java, Spring, Oracle services from the eyes of a developer.
SPEAKER: Gerald Benischke, Software Engineer - Equal Experts (@giskard23)
SESSION TWO: Getting Servers to Build Themselves on AWS
What if a server could build itself, on its own? Failures happen all the time in cloud environments for a number of reasons. Neil will share how this doesn't matter if the servers build themselves, recovering from total failure, automatically.
SPEAKER: Neil Millard, DevOps Engineer -Equal Experts (@neil_millard)
Food and drink will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!
Sign up for FREE here: www.meetup.com/ExpertTalks-Manchester/events
Tuesday 18th September
Ted Talks Discussion Group Manchester - The Power of Words| Defiant Events Space
7pm - 9pm
Fellow TED Fans,
The Manchester TED Talk discussion group connects TED fans that want to take the learning available from TED talks to the next level. Join us on the 18 September to learn about the fascinating topic of 'language - the power of words.'
We'll be watching and discussing two fantastic TED videos that address questions such as:
- Does the language we speak, affect how we think?
- How is social media shaping our language?
- What new words do we need?
- How do we want the language we speak to change in the future?
Join us for a night of relaxed TED-inspired conversation.
Sign up here: www.meetup.com/Manchester-TED-talk-discussion-group/events
Wednesday 19th September
The Federation Presents: Toxic Tech with Sara Wachter-Boettcher and Guests| Defiant Events Space
6pm - 9pm
Buying groceries, tracking our health, finding a date: whatever we want to do, odds are we can do it online - but how often do we question the design of these products and experiences? Many of the services we rely on are full of oversights, biases, and downright ethical nightmares. Chatbots that harass women, sign up forms that fail anyone who’s not straight. Social media sites that send peppy messages about dead relatives. Algorithms that put more black people behind bars.
The algorithms Facebook and other tech companies use to boost engagement – and increase profits – have led to spectacular failures of sensitivity and worse. How can we fight back?
Sara takes an unflinching look at the values, processes, and assumptions that lead to these and other problems, demystifying the tech industry and leaving those of us on the other side of the screen better prepared to make informed choices about the services we use—and demand more from the companies behind them.
Sara is a Philadelphia-based web consultant and the author of two additional books for web professionals: Design for Real Life, with Eric Meyer and Content Everywhere. She helps organisations make sense of their digital content and is a recognised worldwide conference speaker.
Sara will be joined by a guest panel thereafter. (Panellists TBC.)
Sign up for FREE here: https://bit.ly/2PUhI7p
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National Coding Week: Contribute to Open Source Documentation| One and All Events Space
6pm - 8pm
Away With Words are hosting a meetup during National Coding Week!
This is a free workshop aimed at anyone who would like to take the first step to contribute to open source documentation using the GitHub web platform. At the end of the session you will have completed your first pull request on GitHub!
No development skills are required. However, ideally you will need to familiarise yourself with GitHub and have a basic understanding of front-end website code (HTML and CSS).
You'll also need to choose your target project beforehand (we'll supply a list of potential projects soon). We'll be on hand to support and help troubleshoot technical issues.
We will provide light refreshments (tea, coffee, water) and you are welcome to bring your own snacks.
Sign up for FREE here: www.meetup.com/Write-the-Docs-North/events
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Manchester WordPress User Group | Solidarity Events Space
6.30pm - 9pm
Manchester WordPress User Group, run by WordPress co-founder Mike Little, takes place on the third Wednesday of each month from 6.30 pm to 9 pm.
The Agenda includes:
• 18:30 — Prompt start – Mike’s WP update and Brief talk (to be decided)
• 18:45 — Q&A – for topic covered and Mike’s WP update
• 19:00 — WP clinic – bring your laptop and get the hands-on help you need
• 20:15 — In Depth Talk – (To be decided)
• 21:00 — End
See the MWUG site for up to date details.
Anyone with any experience of WordPress is welcome, whether you’ve heard about it and want to know more, or you’re a WordPress developer, you’re welcome to our meetings.
Sign up for FREE here: www.meetup.com/ManchesterWordPressUserGroup/events
Thursday 20th - Sunday 23rd September
Full Stack of Pancakes - WTF HTML | Solidarity and Defiant Events Spaces
6pm - 9pm
Your beginner's introduction to the most basic skills needed to build your own website.
HyperText Markup Language aka HTML is the language we use to build every web page or web application. It's the first language that every coder learns as it's easy to master with a little practice and a fundamental part of any coders skill set.
Who is this workshop for?
Any adult with an active interest in learning to code! You'll already be confident with using a computer and web browsers, you might have already started learning to code HTML and CSS for example, this workshop will enhance your existing skill-set. For newbie coders, this workshop will be a fun introduction to the world of development.
I'm interested but I've never coded before, can I still come?
Absolutely! This workshop is designed specifically for total novices, our mentors are briefed to keep jargon to a minimum, and as well as a friendly lecture we'll provide visual aids for you to refer to. This workshop will be a safe space to ask all the questions you need to, all of us are here and excited to support you on your coding journey.
What do I need to bring?
Your laptop, its charger, and bags of enthusiasm to face a bit of challenge. If you don't have your own laptop let us know and we'll try and find you one.
Sign up for FREE here: https://bit.ly/2Ns6Aju
Friday 21st September
Displacement in Technology Workshop | Solidarity Event Space
10.30am - 12.00pm
Displacement in tech is an ever-growing concern, but as an industry we are struggling to
define what displacement is, and therefore determine where and how our organisations'
practises are having an impact on the people, communities and industries we serve.
We’ll be bringing together tech pioneers and social changemakers to co-create
a solid definition of displacement and shape a decision-making tool that enables tech
creators to consider the positive and negative societal consequences of their outputs.
Our first “Defining Displacement in Tech” consultation will explore the parameters of
displacement, and bring together a working group of individuals and organisations keen
to make progress and set a precedent for tech ethics across the industry.
Book for FREE here: bit.ly/2OkRwle
Tuesday 25th September
Open:Data:Night | Defiant Event Space
6.30pm - 8.30pm
Hosted by Open Data Manchester, Open:Data:Night is an open session for anyone with an idea, project or interest related to open data and data practice. If you want to present a project, find a collaborator, co-conspirator or get feedback, come along.
We have a number quick fire slots (10 minutes or less) for projects - get in touch at email@example.com
Find out what the Open Data Manchester community is doing, what it's all about and the benefits!
Sign up for FREE here: https://bit.ly/2M6jP4V
Northern Azure User Group | Solidarity Event Space
6pm - 9pm
Lift and Shift to Azure with SQL Database Managed Instance - Azure SQL Database and Managed Instances allows you build globally scalable applications with extremely low latency. This session, you'll take a detailed look at the migration life cycle and be shown how it can be made easy to migrate SQL Server and Oracle instances to Azure by using the Azure Database Migration Service and related tools. You'll also cover most commonly seen migration blocking scenarios and demonstrate how the service can unblock your migration to Azure SQL Databases. You'll be given a deep dive how to perform scale migrations using CLI components. After completing the session, you will understand how easy it is to migrate from SQL Server and Oracle to Azure database platforms when empowered with the right tools, services, and best practices. The group will also showcase lift and shift migrations from open source databases MySQL and PostgreSQL to their Azure Database platform.
1. 18:00 – 18:30 - Meet and Greet
2. 18:30 – 19:15 Lift and Shift to Azure with SQL Database Managed Instance
3. 19:15 - 19:45 Beer and Pizza
4. 19:45 – 20:45 Real customer needs. In real time (Session delivered as part of MS Ready)
5. 20:45 – 21:00 Open Q&A
Book FREE here: https://bit.ly/2p8hzkg
Thursday 27th September
Blockchain Manchester | Solidarity Event Space
7pm - 9pm
Heard of Bitcoin? Bitcoin is built on Blockchain technology.
It's debatable whether we'll all buy overpriced coffees with our cryptocurrency in the near future but what's undeniable is that Blockchain and associated technologies are disrupting traditional centralised IT on many fronts.
Is it the next big thing or the emperor's new clothes? Possibly a bit of both.
Blockchain Manchester's sixth meetup will cover another broad set of Blockchain topics.
The agenda is as follows:
- Food arrives from about 6:30ish so arrive early to get some pizzas and drinks
- Decentralise the future of Digital Marketing - Sara Simeone
- IOTA Overview - Adrian Marks - (@Redkite_IOTA)
- Security Tokens & STOs - Andy Gray & James Morgan (@BlockRocketTech) -
- 5 minute community lightning talk (TBC)
Sign up for FREE here: bit.ly/2wORhHn
Tech for Good Live: AI For Good | Defiant Event Space
7pm - 9pm
Join Tech for Good Live in September for an event looking at the ethics of AI, and how it's not all bad (or is it?). How is AI being used for social good? Come along and find out.
They'll have drinks, food and a chance to socialise and connect.
- Pete Trainor Co-Founder of Us AI (@petetrainor)
- Theo Chung Technical Director at Gradtouch (@THYChung / @gradtouch)
and more to come...
There is also space for brief "lightning" talks on the night, where anyone will have a chance to speak for up to 3 minutes on something that helps more people do good with tech.
Sign up for FREE here: https://bit.ly/2MDn9cE
We are delighted to bring a contemporary, state-of-the-art community podcast studio to Manchester, in collaboration with the fine folk at Podcast.co. The podcast space, which is already being used to record popular shows like Tech For Good, gives individuals and seasoned audio-storytellers alike the chance to use studio-grade equipment and high-end recording facilities to bring their ideas to life!
The new facility offers numerous options to create a superior-quality podcast, including the option to hire a producer to oversee work, while Podcast.co also offers consultancy and production services, plus distribution to all the major networks like iTunes. For smaller businesses such as start-ups and charities, podcasting offers an exceptional way to reach new global audiences and build a community.
Podcast.co founder James Mulvany said: “We are very excited about our partnership with the Co-op. It will benefit the business community in Manchester, and we can also look forward to hearing some new, fresh podcasts as more and more people start to populate the studio space.”
Emer Coleman, technology engagement lead at Co-op Digital, said: “We are delighted to be in a partnership with Podcast.co, to provide the community with access to such sophisticated equipment. Podcasting is such a powerful way of communicating and connecting individuals, businesses and communities and we're pleased to include that facility at The Federation."
How you can get involved!
If you are a podcaster and want to book a session to work your magic, get in touch. If you want to learn how to do something or have an idea, we're sure we can help make it happen.
To celebrate the launch of our new podcast space, we're hosting a Meetup event on 22nd August. Sign up now to be added to the guest list and to meet the Podcast.co team: