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Open Data and Machine Learning

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:51:29 +0000

Machine learning is an application of artificial intelligence (AI) that provides systems the ability to automatically learn and improve from experience without being explicitly programmed. Since I have come back to the UK I have started studying Stanford University’s Machine Learning course on Coursera, presented by Andrew Ng. I’m currently three weeks in to the […]

Ditching the pitch at unconferences

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:40:12 +0000

Being ‘open’ and more informal in arranging events gives many of us the impression that traditional power structures are also being broken down. While this may be true, to an extent, organisers of open space events are increasingly making attempts to be more actively inclusive. Now, I do love a good unconference. The energy and […]

Open Contracting workshop at AbreLatam 2017

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:49:13 +0000

I previously wrote up my experiences when attending the AbreLatam and ConDatos conferences in San Juan, Costa Rica in August. One of the sessions I attended was the Open Contracting Partnership workshop, which was moderated by Juan Pane from Paraguay. At the start of 2017, while I was travelling, I did a piece of work with […]

An Open Data Day Out

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:40:52 +0000

On Saturday I went to Cardiff with Dan Slee for Gov Camp Cymru, an unconference for government types in Wales. On Friday night I looked up the different options for getting to New Street train station in Birmingham city centre. City Mapper gave me the expected times and calories burned for walking, cycling and driving. […]

AbreLatam and Con Datos: An Open Data conference for Latin America

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 10:09:31 +0000

Last week I attended the AbreLatam and ConDatos events in San Jose, Costa Rica. It was the fifth edition of this regional conference on open data for Latin America and was held over three days at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in central San Jose. What follows is a round up of the […]

What chance for true prison reform?

Wed, 08 Jul 2015 09:12:20 +0000

Last week saw the publication of the Harris Review, Changing Prisons, Saving Lives. It was prompted by the large number of young adults and children who take their own lives in our prisons – there were 101 such deaths over the seven-year period that the report covers – but its scope extended to also examine […]

Festival of Code – could you help?

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:57:49 +0000

This summer Young Rewired State are bringing their hugely successful Festival Of Code back to Birmingham.   Happening over the week of 27th July to 2nd August, The Festival of Code brings together young developers, all of them under the age of 18. During the week they attend centres around the country and build web […]

Big Plans for 2015

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:19:21 +0000

This year, if everything goes to plan, I am going to do something I’ve wanted to do for some time and live and work abroad. As of next week I’ll be studying on a CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) course for two days a week at Gloucester College. CELTA is one of […]

Blue Eyes – a logic puzzle explained

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:47:45 +0000

After Tim Harford Tweeted the link to it, I spent a fair bit of time yesterday wrestling with what XKCD reckon to be The Hardest Logic Puzzle in the World Here’s how it runs: ‘A group of people with assorted eye colors live on an island. They are all perfect logicians — if a conclusion […]

Marrying Art and Digital with Interactivos!

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:29:04 +0000

Back in June I had the pleasure of helping out at Interactivos Birmingham. This was a fortnight-long workshop for people to develop projects that used?new technologies such as Raspberry Pi and Arduino to make art. In particular, these were pieces of art that responded to the world and people around them. The workshop was hosted […]