Now (most) of our events and meeting spaces are up and running, we're getting some great bookings. Some of these events are internal to the organisation who has booked them and include training events, exec meetings, launches, parties, internal conferences and workshops of all shapes and sizes.
Alongside that we have some interesting and relevant events booked in that are open to the public that we love and want to let you know about so you can join in. This week was the launch of the fifth "Design Manchester" A festival of design in various venues around the city. We were honored to host the partners breakfast and ongoing we've got plenty of their events booked in. Here are just a few public events that we're excited to host, come and join in:
14th & 21st October 9.30am - 4.30pm £10
Design Manchester & Co-op Digital: Service Design Jam
Join Co-op Digital and some of Manchester’s best service designers to learn about what service design is, and how you can use it to create useful, human centered services. A collaborative two day event that demonstrates techniques, and puts them into practice.
Get tickets here https://goo.gl/EKYD9a
16th October 6:30pm - 9:30pm Free
Design Manchester & Co-op Digital: Service Design & Manchester panel
A panel discussion on building capabilities in the city that are able to tackle Manchester specific issues. The discussion will centre around the question ‘What are the capabilities Manchester needs to design world-class commercial and public services for the 21st century?’
Register here https://goo.gl/1333xN
18th October 6:30pm - 9:30pm £9.90
Motion North Showcase 27
A quarterly meet up of Motion Designers, Animators & VFX Artists: with guest speakers James Sindle and Dean Robinson from London's Electric Theatre Collective and Ben Haworth from Flipbook showcase their work.
Get a ticket here: https://goo.gl/tEjhUA
18th October 6:30pm - 9:30pm FREE
Equal Experts: Expert Talks
Join Equal Experts as they have two talks on the theme of "Moving Towards Operability & Organising for Continuous Delivery"
Register here: https://goo.gl/hpFiqw
19th October 7:00pm - 9:00pm Free
A new leaf: The Nature of Manchester
From creative writing, to the design and science research that is proving why green space is good for us, in a dynamic and informal setting you are invited to come and hear perspectives from those who are passionate about green and outdoor social space in our city centre.
Register here: https://goo.gl/L6QSSN
20th October 6:00pm - 9:00pm Free
An informal monthly social event where anyone involved in tech start-ups can chat, share ideas, get inspired and relax at the end of the week.
Register Here: https://goo.gl/uWCJwN
26th October 6:30pm - 8:30pm Free
Future Everything & City Verve
We’ll explore how Tram journeys can be made better, safer and more efficient by technology and community engagement.
Register here https://goo.gl/BwGAtn
Hope to see you at some of them! If you want to enquire about booking events space, fill out our form here and we'll get right back to you.
This week, we welcome some new faces into The Federation. Don’t worry! There’s still space left if you want to join us in a dedicated office space or on our co-working floor.
Fay Schofield - Fay joins our co-working space from Brooke, a charity looking after working donkeys, horses and mules. She runs their social media and spends her time working from London and Manchester, so wanted somewhere to work that was more lively and less lonely than her flat.
Ben & Mat - Twins, Ben and Mat run creative consultancy Lyon & Lyon who are based in Sheffield. They also work in co-working space in London and we are now officially their Manchester home.
Catherine Heath - Catherine is a freelance tech and marketing blogger from Away with Words based in Manchester with a number of clients in the North West. As an advocate for women in tech, Catherine joined Federation because she wanted to be part of a community of like-minded individuals working in the creative, non-profit and tech industries.
Jo Kingston - is joining us from Thwaites Communications, a small but perfectly formed strategic communications agency with nationwide clients in the digital and STEM sectors. Thwaites has an office in Shoreditch, London - and now a Manchester base at The Federation. They work with clever people doing extraordinary things, to help them to make complex ideas, products and services accessible to everybody.
If you’d like to have a look at the spaces we have available, email Lisa or Sam for a tour and a chat.
We thought we’d have a little show and tell as a way of opening our events space officially internally and also to start to get to know each other better in the building.
There were a whopping 19 businesses and organisations who signed up to do a quick 5 minute intro into what they do. It was absolutely fantastic to see everyone together for the first time socially. Everyone here really does value that sense of community and ability to collaborate, work together and learn from each other
It really did hit home what a varied bunch of people and organisations we house at The Federation. From CIC’s to Co-ops, to social enterprises, charities and classic 'for profits'... but all with one thing in common, wanting to build a community and a better way of doing business digitally.
I’m sure there were a few sore heads the next day as a big bunch of us might have after-partied a little in our neighbourhood pub, the Pilcrow.
It went well, so there will be more! We’ll report back soon.
If you want to join our community and take up some space here at The Federation, email Sam, or if you want to use our events space fill out our enquiry form here.
Since we’ve made the shortlist for Prolific North’s Inspired Spaces 2017 (voting opens on Friday 13th October) we thought it timely to do an update on how we’ve been progressing our plans to build an open community of digital innovators based on the Co-op Group ethical values.
Since our last update we’ve been joined by some amazing friends and our private suites and pods have all but gone. (We’ve one small suite and one pod left if you are looking for some great private spaces)
And our flexible/perm desks are filling up quickly moving apace with the anticipated opening of our events space and Pioneer coffee shop by the end of September. The main event space is already taking bookings with further bookable spaces and meetings rooms coming on stream by end of November. If you wan’t to learn about why people are choosing to work in Federation here’s a lovely post from our friends in Northcoders
All in all we thought it a timely opportunity to invite folks to come and see for themselves or even better book in a free taster to see what it’s like to work in The Federation. Or do both take a tour then work at a desk free for the rest of the day. If that sounds appealing please email email@example.com to sort.
You know you wan’t to be in The Federation - the force is with us.
Workspaces in Manchester, Salford, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle appear on the list which will be whittled down to the Top 10 Inspired Spaces in the North by public vote next month.
We've been working here with Co-op for over a year now, part of the leading the way project. Working with the Co-op we are very aligned in terms of values.
So at ustwo, our mission is to create products that make a meaningful difference in people's lives.
I think the building, The Federation, is really interesting. So the plans, not just the studio space, but also the communal spaces is really great to see how you can get businesses and people networking and talking together and the public.
But, also it's like a really creative space so we talked to the designers who built the building and they've got lots of great ideas with us about how we can personalise our little pod and make it look particularly ustwo.
We've written before about what we are trying to achieve at The Federation (a new space for the Northern Tech Community) and things are moving apace so we thought it was time to update you on what’s been happening. We’ve had brilliant support from our design partners @sheilabirdgroup and they’ve made a short video about us. Take a look and listen to @ClaireBrai and @V_Howlett talk a bit more about our plans
We’re delighted to confirm that later this year Thoughtworks will be taking the fourth floor of Federation House and according to @philloneill they are not shy of an ambitious vision describing their move to Federation House as part of the next chapter in their Thoughtworks Manchester story: “Federation House means a lot more than simply an amazing and inclusive office space. Since our early conversations with the Co op, we've been excited at the chance to become part of a broader community which gives back to Manchester and helps to develop and evolve the technical communities in and around the North. This community space, which is focused on reducing the barriers to entry, will allow people from all walks of life to get involved in technology. We are working hard to make sure our office is going to be a safe and inclusive space for all. We want to bring together a mix of activists, artists and technologists and witness amazing ideas come to life and disrupt our own way of working”.
The first, second and third floor are well under way and as well as having 170 hot desks available in late May we have a number of private suites currently available. These vary in size from 354 sq ft, to 620 sq ft to 1,453 sq ft. so get in touch with @v_Howlett if you want to come and visit for a look around.
We're especially looking forward to our collaboration with Nomad Clan who will be working on the interior design of our coffee shop and some of the space in Federation. There's a vibrant street art scene in Manchester so we felt it was fitting that it form part of what we are trying to achieve. Joy and Hayley include a lot of historical references in their work so there is lots to inform them in this part of the city. For more information about our hot desks, suites or if you want to visit The Federation email firstname.lastname@example.org