So I published an article - It's has been awhile which is probably why i am writing this blog post about it as it has been over two years since i published a bit of fair game tech news on here. I'm not exactly sure why i left it so long to publish the article - it wasn't even a long or complicated article to write, especially as I was mostly just copying and pasting it from another one of my websites but I think the long and the short of it was that I fell out of love with this site.
I'd built a fair few Joomla websites and they are great, much more sturdy and robust than your everyday WordPress site which I also build.
I've done a lot of work around membership websites, and CRM's but I think the long and the short of it is that I had fallen out of love with the Digital sector. I'd started to view it as suffering from shorttermism, every thing was "this is the next big thing" which is may have been 5 years ago but it still hasn't reached that big thing yet where we all wander the streets with VR goggles on our heads. I'll say it now that isn't going to happen but i want to be proved wrong. (I'm much more of an AR person) I think the sector which looked like it was going to make some cut and thrust changes in the way we live our lives and was so inspiring a number of years ago, has just well become an add on to the old.
Are we just using different technology to perform the same functions we have done in the past - generally the answer is yes. Wow we can get an Uber or a Takeaway Food delivery - well we could have done that in the past 40 years simply by interacting with our phone and using a voice medium rather than a poking finger medium. So technology has moved forward but all it is doing is the same thing just slightly better than we did it before. It takes a skim, a slice off the time or the service company gets a very small slice of the service fee. Yes a small company now can appear to be doing bigger things due to their web-booking system or an app, these are great don;t get me wrong but is this what we envisaged 30 years ago when they told us the digital revolutions was coming. YAWN.
I sit and type on a glorified typewrite that can publish to the internet for all to see. I could have done that in the old days with a typewriter and a Gestetner machine producing leaflets. In fact if I still do events I still like to produce leaflets for events as you can't pin a tweet to a notice board, or a website to a bus shelter.
Hmm, so I've still not made it plain as to why I haven't written an article in 2 years - I think i was bored or maybe even overwhelmed but what felt like the dizzying array or buzzwords that people were using in relation to web development. Or maybe I hadn't had the confidence in any of the events that have been on in Liverpool to be able to talk about them (even big Music Festivals who are the same as they have always been) So Ignite are hosting a little event looking at the next 30 years - yeah that is definitely made me what to post about it as it is forward looking but at the same time very grounded in the reality that things just don't "Shift" as we have been told they would. I should take some of this and make it a part of my talk at Ignite Future and maybe start a bigger event called Shift Doesn't Happen <- if you know you know if you don;t I wouldn't bother looking it up.
In other news the second best podcast (See the Art in Liverpool Podcast circa 2010) to come out of the Baltic is on air with Mike Ord presenting - Give it a listen especially for Louisa from Liverpool Soup the Micro Funding event is talking about her event coming up next week June 12th if memory serves me correctly.
Thanks for reading and more soon, but before I forget, here is the "article" what i wrote Ignite Future
This summer Ignite Liverpool, will be journeying to the future by asking the question, What might life be like in 2049? Aside from Ignite's quarterly event which showcases Liverpool’s movers and shakers, creators, thinkers, tinkers, innovators and doers, makers and dreamers in a fast paced format designed to inspire (try saying that with a mouthful of Haribo) Ignite also does special one off events like this for Liverpool Makefest.
Today marks the launch of Tech Nation 2017 from Tech City UK. Tech Nation 2017 shows that the UK digital tech sector is one of the country’s economic success stories, growing twice as fast as the wider economy and creating highly skilled workers and well-paid jobs.
Tech City UK are launching their annual Tech Nation Report, providing the Tech Sector you with an exclusive insight into what's driving the digital sector in the UK and a closer look at what's happening in growth hubs across the country.
To celebrate the launch of this year's report they are holding a nationwide roadshow with events in London, Newcastle, Bristol, Cambridge, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Liverpool.
Social Enterprise Network are holding an Innovation forum on the 24th March. They'll joining forces with the Liverpool-based think tank Incubator of Change to be hosting the first Social Innovation Forum conferences at the Liverpool Medical Institute on Mount Pleasant, L3.
We had great fun last month delivering a weeklong workshop for young aspiring web designers. We were asked by the Reporters Academy to run the workshop for Young People recruited through the Princes Trust program.
We ran two strands throughout the week switching between the two as we worked;
a) looking at and delivering a brief for a website
b) learning about web design as we go
We issued USB sticks with a simple program on that replicates a the setup of a server so we can load WordPress right there from the USB.
Forgive this post but just trying out an image gallery to see what the results are.
Musicians looking to get a step up in their career have the chance to shine as part of Merseyrail Sound Station. The annual Sound Station Prize is drawing to a close with a special festival day taking place across three Merseyrail Station on Saturday 22nd October.
The Festival Day, taking place at Southport, Liverpool Central and Hoylake, is the last chance for musicians to record their entry to be in with a chance of performing at the final in November.
Those wanting to book a place on the Festival Day should send a message to Merseyrail Sound Station via their Facebook page.
The North West could benefit from a £1 Million investment fund that has been launched by Creative England and Nominet Trust to support new and established SMEs working to close the digital skills gap for young people currently excluded from our digital-by-default society.
The fund has been set up to address the need of the half a million 16-24 year olds who lack even basic IT skills, in a economy that see digital skills as a necessity, with almost 90% of new jobs requiring some degree of ability.
A landmark talent development and commissioning programme supported by Arts Council England through its Ambition for Excellence scheme has been announced by FutureEverything. The Manchester based arts and technology festival announce the opening of the application period for FAULT LINES on Friday 7th October.