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By Damian Griffiths at 13 Jan 2016

Hackcess

The Hackcess Hackathon, described here:

http://fablablondon.org/events/hackcess-hackathon-changing-the-lives-for-people-with-disabilities/

Was a brilliant and inspiring event held at Goldsmiths College in New Cross. 3d printing enthusiasts and designers met with people with disabilities to devise solutions for problems they face on the spot duing a competitive 2 day hackathon. This is a excellent use of 3d printing, as it makes use of the ability of this technology to acheive rapid prototyping, with the use of CAD type software, like autodesk. I went on the Sunday, and the event was not particularly well attended by the general public by this time. This enabled me to get an excellent demo of an Ultimaker 2 3d printer. I was very surprised to discover how cheap these are. About £1500. I may be joining this bandwagon

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By Damian Griffiths at 24 Nov 2015

Save Lewisham Community centres protest

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By Damian Griffiths at 12 Nov 2015

Techy Tea in the north of Lewisham

The second techy tea pop-up party was held on Friday 6th November in Conrad Court, a home for elderly people near Surrey Quays. The students were all residents in the home, and therefore, being less mobile than some of our other students, had less use for the kinds of skills we teach in our courses, and also a more limited capacity to develop them. Thus the form of the course was more like a diversion from the monotony of life in a home than a practical, results focussed session. The staff were very helpful and supportive, however, and I had a very enjoyable time with the students, and now know how to play Candy Crush. I used my tablet as a mobile hotspot once again, and this time it was sufficient in itself, so we didn't use the Mifis in the end.

By Damian Griffiths at 8 Nov 2015

Techy tea at Bego

The techy teas are run by Rosa Parker from Community Connections. CatBytes assisted with volunteering and provided the internet connection. This was acheived using a combination of Mifis purchased using the funding provided for the event, and also the huge data allowance that comes with my tablet. In the end the tether I provided through this was sufficient for the most of the attendees at the event. Bego stands for "Bellingham Golden Oldies". And the event followed their step aerobics class in Bellingham Leisure centre. We were hugely helped by a group of students from Sedgehill School who came down to buddy the elderly students.

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By Damian Griffiths at 8 Oct 2015