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#McrFRED is a monthly meetup for Front-End Developers. Organised by @s10wen
The event brings developers together for a chance to talk about both the technical and the professional challenges of the industry. Each event will include a talk from a web professional, time for discussion, and the chance to talk further in pub afterward. McrFRED will run every last Thursday of the month at SpacePortX from 6.30pm till 8pm Previous speakers have included developers from , interconnect/it, AKQA, Opera, McCann Manchester, and bet365 as well as a host of talented freelancers, and has received backing from GitHub, Firefox, and Codepen.
Barclays Command Centre is looking to work with those who can build game changing solutions ...
Barclays Command Centre is looking to work with those who can build game changing solutions to help shape the future of financial services. They have identified their top four interesting topic areas and want to work with ...
This is an opportunity for companies/individuals like yourselves to develop innovative ideas that you can then pitch directly to one of the world’s largest banks. It is a unique opportunity to demonstrate your skills and fast track into a new market.
Not only is it a business opportunity it is also an excellent way to raise your profile.
The event will be a two day ‘hackathon’ based at Launch22. You will be given four project briefs to choose from which you can work on in teams, as an individual or collaborate with other attendees. At the end of the second day you will have the opportunity to privately pitch your idea to the Barclays Team.
The order of the event is as follows:
Thursday 26th May
9.30am-10.00am - Sign up and registration for event
10.00am-10.30am - Introductions by Barclays & explanation of challenges
10.30am-11.00am - Introductions by Barclays Business Banking Team
11.00am–5pm - Companies are welcome to stay and work on the challenges or go away and work on them. (Barclays staff will be located in Launch22 for the duration to advise and assist if needed)
Friday 27th May
9am-3pm - Companies return to work on the challenges or go away and work on them
3pm-5pm – Individual private presentations back to the Barclays team
5pm – Drinks on the rooftop
Brief 1 - Callout Tool
During incidents, we are often slow to engage the relevant support teams. This is due to support teams holding their callout rotas in numerous different locations and on different platforms, making it difficult for the TCC to find them, our tools are difficult to use and cumbersome to setup. We also have no integrated method of “pulling” people into conference calls via the current tools we use that can hold callout rotas.
We need to engage technical support teams, service managers and business managers (taking into account many of these teams have a rota based callout model).
Brief 2 - Application Dashboard Monitor
We have 47 LCD screens designed to hold various monitoring dashboards, all of bespoke design. These are used to monitor the services Barclays offers. Even with 47 screens, there is still not enough space to hold all the dashboards we need. And with this many screens, it is very difficult to actually spot ones that are reporting an issue. We need the ability to reduce the amount of dashboards we need to monitor.
Problems show up within these 47 screens but with the amount of detail the Command Centre has to monitor critical things can be missed. Creating an overall dashboard almost as a manager for the 47 screens will ensure things aren’t missed.
Brief 3 - Virtual Command Centre – wallboard remote monitoring and severity matrix
At present, we have a physical dependency on the Command Centre Wallboards – we have to be physically located at Radbroke Hall to view them.
We need a tool to be able to view the CC Configuration in Real-time remotely. 47 LCD Screens across 9 Workstations (8 Screen Video Cards) – The display is dynamic so the tool needs to also be dynamic.
2 5x2 Set up
1 9x3 Set up
Needs to be separate from the Locked-Down screen configuration software
Brief 4 - Comanji
Advertisement and use of the Command Centre – Return on Investment.
The Command Centre has a variety of different methods of advertisement within its 2016 Vision and Strategy. What we’d like to do is bring all of this together under one banner in the form of a Digital offering that explains what the Command Centre is, report on our Major Incidents, launch it’s Academy, add details for new starters plus a few other things. This will then be used to advertise the Command Centre internally and offer advice and guidance about all of it’s offerings.
Who should attend?
The event is open to anybody who would like to get involved. We think those will get the best from the Command Centre Challenge are:
Developers– to explore the data and speak with Barclays technologists
Technologists – to speak to Barclays about their priorities
Anyone else – attendance is not restricted
You can attend as a team, an individual or as a whole company!
There are limited spaces available so confirm your attendance as soon as possible.
Barclays will invite successful teams to visit the Global Command Centre to pitch and demonstrate their idea and to discuss how you could develop a commercial relationship with Barclays moving forward.
Paul Kennerley (Barclays Command Centre Manager) is located in Launch22 each month and spends time in the Baltic Creative looking for the next big thing in banking or innovative ideas that might be a game changer for Barclays. Whilst also being one of Launch22’s in house mentors.
Thursday, 26 May 2016 at 09:30 - Friday, 27 May 2016 at 18:00 (BST) - Add to Calendar
Launch22 - 12 Tithebarn Street, Liverpool, L2 2DT
The Imitation Game is an exhibition by eight international contemporary artists who explore ...
The Imitation Game is an exhibition by eight international contemporary artists who explore the theme of machines and the imitation of life. The exhibition will include work by artists Ed Atkins, James Capper, Paul Granjon, ...
Manchester Art Gallery
Saturday 13 February 2016–Sunday 5 June 2016
As the birthplace of the industrial machine-age, Manchester has a rich history of computer science including developing the world’s first stored-program computer. The exhibition looks back to Turing’s timeless questions about our relationship with the machine, and explores their continuing relevance today. The Imitation Game will form a major contribution to Manchester’s role as European City of Science 2016 with new commissions, a publication and a public programme of talks, performances and workshops.
Lynn Hershman Leeson
Renowned for her pioneering use of new technologies and exploration of human/machine relationships over three decades. Hershman Leeson shows Agent Ruby (1998-2002), an artificially intelligent web agent. Over time, Ruby’s software has allowed her conversational abilities to become increasingly sophisticated, pointing to her seemingly independent craving for full personhood and recognition as a human being.
Granjon is interested in the co-evolution of humans and machines. His new work, Am I Robot, features a robotic presence which roams the gallery, interacting with visitors in some surprising and intriguing ways. Granjon will also present a live performance during the exhibition.
Kjellmark is creating a new robotic artwork in collaboration with the School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester, KTH, Stockholm, and Furhat Robotics. Two robots discuss the nature of human consciousness, their behaviour determined by SpiNNaker brain-simulation technology developed in Manchester.
In 2015, Yu-Chen Wang was the Museum of Science and Industry’s artist-in-residence, supported by the Taipei Representative Office in the UK. Her research on machine objects in the museum’s collection has inspired an ambitious new work, Heart to Heart, exploring human qualities in machines, to be shown at both Manchester Art Gallery and the Museum of Science and Industry, including a science fiction text, live performances, a film and installation.
Link’s installation LoveLetters 1.0 is directly inspired by the history of computing at The University of Manchester and explores the relationship between machine logic and the imagination. In 1953-4, strange love-letters appeared on the Computing department noticeboard. One of the very first software developers, Christopher Strachey, had programmed a very early computer to generate love letters. In a meticulous restoration project, Link has written a contemporary version of the program to run on a replica computer.
Capper creates walking, climbing, drawing machines inspired by the aesthetics of earth moving equipment and industrial machinery. Capper presents TELESTEP, a new prototype walking sculpture, which he will operate live in the gallery on advertised dates during the exhibition. He will also show an existing work, TREAD TOE, outside the gallery building.
Velonaki’s Fish-Bird is an interactive installation that explores the relationship between two characters (robotic wheelchairs) called Fish and Bird, who have fallen in love but cannot successfully be together. Communicating through movement and text. Fish and Bird are responsive to the presence of gallery visitors, their own relationship and “emotional states”, with incredibly complex and unpredictable behaviour.
For Manchester International Festival in 2015, UK artist Ed Atkins presented Performance Capture at Manchester Art Gallery. Performances by MIF artists were captured onto computer, digitally modelled, cut and soundtracked, and then screened as a single computer-generated figure or avatar. For The Imitation Game, Atkins returns to Manchester Art Gallery with his final video work from the Performance Capture process.
Half term family workshops with Yu-Chen Wang
Tuesday 16 – Friday 19 February
Free, no need to book
James Capper live demonstrations of TELESTEP sculpture
Second floor gallery
Saturdays 13 February, 12 March, 9 April, 14 May
Saturday 5 March, 3-4pm
Friday 29 April, 1-2pm
Thursday 12 May, 6-7pm
Paul Granjon live performance
A performance-lecture including a selection of hand-made machines and cyborg songs, as well as up-to-date views on humans and robots.
Thursday 10 March
Multisensory adult workshops with audio description
Thursday 17 March and Thursday 21 April
Tours in BSL
Thursday 14 May, 6.30-7.30pm
Sunday 8 May, 3-4pm
Live performances of Yu-Chen Wang’s Heart to Heart
Museum of Science and Industry
Friday 20 May: 10am, 11am, 12.30pm, 3.15pm, 4pm
Saturday 21 May: 10.45am, 12.45pm, 3pm, 4.15pm
Monday 23 May: 10am, 11am, 12:30pm, 3.15pm, 4pm
Tuesday 24 May: 10am, 11am, 1.45pm, 3.15pm
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The Imitation Game roundtable
Thursday 2 June
Time and booking details TBC
Organised by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts and Languages (CIDRAL), The University of Manchester.
Thursday Late film screening: Teknolust by Lynn Hershman Leeson
With an introduction by Professor Jackie Stacey, The University of Manchester
Users of Twitter will soon have more freedom to compose longer messages as the social media ...
Users of Twitter will soon have more freedom to compose longer messages as the social media company are reportedly planning to stop counting photos and links as part of the 140-character limit that they impose.
Links currently take up 23 characters in a tweet, even after Twitter automatically shortens them for you, whilst images that are attached to a tweet take up one more character, at a total of 24.
Twitter’s 140-character limit was originally adopted because it was a way to send tweets where all of the information would fit within a mobile text message – this was a common way for sending tweets when the service was debuted in 2006, way before smartphones were as popular and ever present as they are today.
The change could come sooner rather than later, maybe within the next two weeks. It’s a massive step to a much larger plan that Twitter has to give their users more flexibility when using the site. Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, spoke in January on how the company was looking for new ways to display text on Twitter and were planning to experiment on how people use the service.
This was followed by rumours that the company were considering raising the character limit from it’s ever present 140 characters to up to 10,000 characters. Following these rumours, Twitter’s stock slumped by 2% and continued trending in the red on the back of this.
#Twitter10k became a top trending topic on Twitter but not for a good reason – it was filled with thousands of tweets from users begging Twitter to re-think the plans to up the character limit to 10,000.
The initial plan was for users to still see 140 character chunks when scrolling through their news feed and the rest of the text would only appear when you click to expand on a tweet.
It seems that Twitter have moved far away from opening up their character limit to 10,000 but they will be freeing up some extra space and characters for users by not including links or images in the limit.
This upcoming change will give greater flexibility for all users and will certainly give brands a much better platform for engagement with their customers online.
At the moment including a link in a tweet and then tagging a few friends or work colleagues doesn’t really leave you with much room for any other content so this new move from Twitter makes perfect sense to combat this issue.
The removal of images and links in the character limit isn’t too much of a big change for the company and it’s certainly not a change that will make users freak-out, panic and complain like they did when the rumours of the 10,000 limit hit the World Wide Web back in January.
I imagine that Twitter is hoping the change will encourage users to add more media to their posts than they already are.
Another development to keep an eye out for is the big push they are making for live events. Earlier this year they paid $10 million to the NFL for the rights to stream 10 Thursday night games throughout the 2016 season and they are reportedly working on similar content deals for streaming for a variety if sports, political event and entertainment.
Weber Shandwick hosted the Engagement and Creativity Breakfast this morning at the Alliance ...
Weber Shandwick hosted the Engagement and Creativity Breakfast this morning at the Alliance Manchester Business School and it was a great insight into the changing relationship between the creative and marketing worlds.
Colin Byrne, the EMEA CEO of Weber Shandwick, discussed his ideas on “Creative Disruption” and focused his talk on “Generation Z” - the future consumers who will end up completely diminishing the traditional demographics so often used in modern day marketing.
The idea is not to create something to win awards, or to be the flashy new kid on the block, just for the sake of it – but to create a commercial advantage and customer convenience as well as serving the greater good. Always “Like A Girl” campaign is a perfect example of the previous three points.
Byrne looked at how consumers are no longer pigeon holed into a geographical location or birth date boxes and used Netflix as the perfect example. Netflix defies all the demographics that we have traditionally been taught – whilst I might indulge in a few episodes of Narcos, a binge-watch session of Making A Murderer or cheesy chick flick once in a while, it also caters to my eight year old niece’s passion for Disney Princesses and at the same time my mum can binge on as many travel documentaries as she can handle.
All of this is in one place, under one brand and unfortunately for me, the one subscription fee that I end up paying each month.
So who is Netflix’s ‘target’ demographic? Or is Netflix the first of many companies to throw the marketing rulebook out of the window and simply provide consumers with what they want in a smart, direct and engaging fashion?
But how do these companies know what consumers want? I hear you ask. Well, Byrne touched on that too. The ever-growing ‘science’ behind marketing: big data; bringing innovative customer insights and more modern demographics for marketers to utilize. Not only was his example of the Swedish online property search engine, Hemnet’s ‘The House of Clicks’ inspiring, but it also served to educate the importance of recognizing the influence and impact that big data can have on a marketing campaign.
Hemnet took the huge amount of data that they recorded from their clicks, designed and then built a home based on exactly what their consumers wanted. They guaranteed sales, drove consumer engagement to their site and did all of this in a pretty damn creative way to actually open up an entire new market. Hemnet went from being a property search engine to a property developer in one swift, scientific move.
For a generation brought into a world of mass student debt and European financial insecurity, it is necessary for brands to constantly adapt and change their marketing to appeal to the cynical and shrewd consumers of today.
These customers see straight through flashy campaigns and want to be engaged with, not marketed to, in the traditional sense. Brands themselves in turn need an authentic voice to enable them to be heard by the increasingly market-deaf consumers of today. What better way to understand what your consumers want then by using their own ‘clicks’ to tailor your product and service directly to them?
Enforcing this further, Emma Bowen-Davies, Global Marketing Director of Weber-Shandwick, presented a number of winning videos from the 2015 Cannes Lions Festival, which further instilled the idea of how it’s not about the size of your budget, but how much intelligent disruption you can make in a market place, and how much brand value you can create via authentic consumer engagement.
Take for example, Volvo’s Superbowl Twitter campaign, an idea so simple yet so effective it causes the jaw to drop and the mind to think ‘I really wish I had thought of that’. Volvo didn’t join the legions of car manufacturers making multi-million dollar sleek, stylish adverts to play during the Superbowl. No, they simply intercepted every single one of their competitors adverts instead. They did this by running a Twitter competition that encouraged consumers to tweet #volvocontest and tag a loved one they would love to win a Volvo for every time they saw a car advert during the Superbowl.
Volvo diverted all audience attention to their brand at the exact moment their competitor’s should have been the focus. Genius. This was exactly what Byrne meant by intelligent disruption, with Volvo’s XC60 having a 70% sales increase in the months following the Super Bowl.
Everything that was presented during the seminar is very encouraging for SME’s, start ups and public sector organisations who might not have a giant PR firm promoting them, or an enormous marketing budget; as all that is needed is a couple of ideas that can create value, connection and meaning for the consumers of tomorrow.
We’ve decided to put together a collection of some of our favourite packaging projects that ...
We’ve decided to put together a collection of some of our favourite packaging projects that we’ve recently come across. The first collection includes Dominos, everyone’s favourite pizza takeaway, some very fancy jams and ...
Britain’s favourite pizza takeaway has recently undergone a massive overhaul with the brand being taken back to it roots with its logo as the focal point on all of their pizza boxes.
All the unnecessary information that was on the previous box packaging has been removed and they’ve been stripped back down to a solid red or a solid blue box. Once the new boxes are put together they then resemble a domino and the only copy that now adorns the boxes is Domino’s name.
The rebrand was carried out by branding design agency Jones Knowles Ritchie, and they were given the task of creating a fresh design for the pizza boxes that would increase consumer engagement and make an instant, recognisable impact as soon as they arrived at the customer’s house.
Lee Rolston, Global Strategy Director at jkr, explained that: “Domino’s is the biggest pizza chain in the world and during our research we discovered that 96% of all Domino’s pizzas sold in the UK are sold as a pair, this is due to the numerous ‘two for one’ offers and combo deals offered to customers.”
With that sort of information to hand and the brand’s name as inspiration, we think jkr have done a brilliant job on Domino’s new packaging – now where is that menu, it is Tuesday after all.
Little Blue Pot
Serbian creative agency Coba & Associates were tasked with bringing to life the packaging of Little Blue Pot’s unique jam jars. Each of Little Blue Pot’s jams is a very interesting combination, which includes cherry and black pepper, apricot and thyme, and plum and rosemary.
Jam isn’t really something that springs to mind when you think of a luxurious product but these jams are created for those people who enjoy their food on an exclusive basis.
With Little Blue Pot offering more than just your traditional jam flavours, the packaging for their jam had to live up to this premium quality and it certainly has. Watercolour illustrations, sans serif fonts, very simple typography along with a reduced style have helped create a very elegant border on the front label of each jam.
The gold foil on each jar catches the eye and certainly helps elevate the brand to where they want to be. We’re not 100% sold on the flavours ourselves but these jars would certainly catch your eye on any supermarket shelf.
Pepsi recently unveiled “Mix It Up” – an immersive, interactive space that is dedicated to design collaborations and exhibitions by leading talent during Milan Design Week.
There was a variety of different pieces on display at the event but a series of sleek aluminium bottles labelled “The Prestige Bottles” were the biggest stand out. Karim Rashid designed them, and the packaging structures were kept to a very minimal design to help elevate the Pepsi brand. These Prestige design will be used for upcoming special events hosted by Pepsi.
Each trademark of Pepsi; Pepsi Max, Pepsi Diet, and Pepsi Light were given their own individual colour along with an abstract pattern that was etched into the surface of each bottle.
The Prestige Bottles were then placed into exceptional podiums that stretched from the ceiling to the floor for display purposes and were accompanied by some barware accessories, which included an ice bucket, glassware and tray.
Are there any new packaging products you’ve come across recently that you’d like to see featured here? Let us know in the comments or over on Twitter.
There’s a ton of people we’d all like to trade places with from the world of television and ...
There’s a ton of people we’d all like to trade places with from the world of television and film and here at Orchard we’ve decided to put together a collection of people that have jobs and lifestyles that we’d like to sample, ...
Imagine being able to spend a week in the life of Willy Wonka, your teeth might not thank you for it by the end but what an experience living in that factory would be. Trading places with someone like Jordan Belfort, aka the Wolf of Wall Street, for a week initially seems like a great idea with his extravagant lifestyle but you’d probably need the following month off work to recover.
Here are a few more famous faces from both the big and the little screen that some of the Orchard team wouldn’t mind being for a week.
Sidney Reilly AKA “The Ace of Spies” – Chris Ashley
Sidney Reilly is the real-life MI6 spy who was in operation from 1898 – 1925 that Ian Fleming used as a prototype for James Bond. He was a serial womaniser, out of this world charisma who travelled the world under many pseudonyms, made and lost fortunes many times over and single-handedly nearly toppled Lenin and the Bolsheviks communist party in Russia. This was before the Bolsheviks stumbled across his plans, murdered anyone and everyone close to him and then put a contract out on his head before murdering him when he returned to Russia years later although rumour has it he may have made a deal with the Russians to help with their International spy network. We’ve all dreamt of being James Bond one time or another so why not the real thing?
Ironman - Kirsty Williams
On the face of things it would be amazing to be Iron Man; he gets to fight crime and defend his country from a host of bad guys and then gets to hang out with Thor, The Incredible Hulk and Captain America. One down side could be the total cost and upkeep of actually being Ironman. The suit alone would set you back about £110,302,000 and many other millions in the actual upkeep of his suit. Then there’s another £10,000,000 for his Jarvis Super-Computer and a cool £25,000,000 for his house and then around £3,500,000 for his fleet of supercars that includes an Audi R8 Spyder, Bugatti Veyron Hyper Sport and a Rolls Royce Phantom. If you were actually Ironman, the cost of this would obviously be no issue to you as he’s clearly very well off and getting to sample his lifestyle would be no short of amazing.
Jeremy Clarkson – David Ochwat
If you like travelling the world all expenses paid, driving fast cars, the occasional scrap and earning a nice salary on top of all this then spending a week in the life of Jeremy Clarkson is one for you. Jeremy Clarkson was the driving force (no pun intended) behind the BBC’s Top Gear show before being sacked after a confrontation with a producer and is currently working on his latest car show for Amazon Prime. You could spend all day, maybe even two days, listing the cars that Jeremy Clarkson has driven during his Top Gear days not to mention the countries that he has visited alongside Richard Hammond and James May. There are plenty of people eager to see what the new Amazon Prime backed show will offer and there’s a few of us here at Orchard who’d love to spend a day behind a supercar as its cruising across America or somewhere of a warmer climate.
Bruce Wayne / Batman – Alastair Jackson
If you were given the chance of three wishes then we reckon being a billionaire, having fast cars and your own personal butler would all be up there. Add into the equation an underground den filled with gadgets, guns and automobiles and you’ll be suited to being Bruce Wayne / Batman (obviously the Christian Bale version).
Yes it’s another superhero added to our list but who wouldn’t want the chance to be a superhero? Fighting crime, chilling out with both Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine, being able to fly a bunch of ballerinas across the world at the drop of a hat and getting to do this, arguably the coolest scene in any Batman film ever.
Jordan Belfort – Cain Wilkes
The Wolf of Wall Street did make an effort to show that money doesn’t particularly buy happiness but that’s why we wouldn’t want it full time. Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the film, starts his own firm, which focuses on defrauding wealthy investors out of millions; once his company takes off he throws himself into the stereotypical world of sex, drugs and rock and roll. If you were to take out all of the illegal stuff that happens in the film it would probably be a job you’d like full time but where’s the fun in that?
If there's a film or TV character you’d like to trade places with for a week, who would it be? Let us know in the comments or over on Twitter @OrchardTweets
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