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ODI Leeds Digest - August

We could make a comment about 'the summer' but that would just be cruel. Whatever the weather, we've been hard at work with project proposals and overseeing the space refurb, leading us into one of our busiest autumns ever!

It's also been a year since we started sending out monthly newsletters to our sponsors (and recently, turning them into blog posts for everyone to enjoy). We are always keen for feedback about frequency and content for these newsletters, so please let us know how we're doing :)

At the start of the summer, Tom Forth shared the 'tech innovation index' - a joint project between the ODI and Digital Catapult - which was picked up and shared even further online, getting featured on the ODI blog, Verdict, UK Tech, the Manchester Evening News, Computer Weekly, and more. A success in itself, it will now also inform a further piece of work. Data City - a unique entity driven by ODI Leeds and Bloom - has been successful in its proposal to ODI headquarters to help people better understand technology clusters, and also to update the IoT Nation DataBase with IoT UK. The work starts now, with everything wrapping up in November.

We're delighted to be the venue of choice again for Climathon in Leeds. Taking place over the course of 24-hrs from 27 October, people are invited to take part to help tackle pressing environmental issues on a local scale with a global outlook. Register your interest on the Climathon website here.

Wuthering Bytes is a yearly tech conference set in the rolling hills of Hebden Bridge. We had the immense pleasure of sponsoring and being invited back to help host Things Happening, a day of innovative talks about the Internet-of-Things. We'd like to say a huge thank you to those who came along and to all of those who helped make the event possible. This is part of our membership of the developing Things North organisation - a collaboration of Things networks from across the North (Things Manchester, Things Calderdale, Things Leeds/Bradford) working to make an inclusive, welcoming community that can provide a LoRAWAN network for the inventors of the future.

CodeMill is a brand new meetup coming to Leeds, with the aim of exploring and promoting digital skills. They want to work closely with organisations to identify skills gaps whilst also highlighting some of the brilliant digital jobs out there and the skills you need to get them. Their launch night took place on Thursday 14 September and had a space theme with engineer Katie Hassell.

The bid process for 'Leeds - Capital of Culture' comes to a close in October. As a joint celebration of this and of the large creative network in the Quarry Hill area, there is to be an 'open house' event. Organisations such as Yorkshire Dance, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Northern Ballet, Leeds College of Music, and more have already pledged their support to the event and will be planning activities for families and stakeholders.

#TravelHack has been one of our most successful innovation pathways to date and the conversations didn't stop at the end of the day. Paul Connell wrote about what had happened in the month since #TravelHack and we are thrilled to say that we have another event lined up! #TravelHack 2 - Fare Enough will focus on fares data and the better presentation of fares information for customers. We encourage anyone who came to #TravelHack to come along again or help spread the word about #TravelHack2. Further details can be found on this blog post and you can register via Eventbrite.

And finally, we'd like to introduce Doug Phillips who will be working with us for a at least four months on an energy data infrastructure for Leeds. The project builds on previous work completed by SmartKlub Leeds and will draw on the active and engaged network of ODI Leeds. Good energy data could be the key to fighting fuel poverty and reducing carbon. We want to build the data infrastructure that will let anyone create new products or services or that will simply help real people tackle their energy worries. We will be documenting the project openly, as we always do, so keep an eye on our blog. If you want to get involved, get in touch.

And finally, Phase 1 of the refit (painting the walls, ceilings) is complete! There is still work to be done but this will now mostly take place over evenings and weekends to keep disruption to a minimum. The space is back to its welcoming self, so pop in to check out the new look :) Still to come - huge white-wall ready for your ideas and sketches, brand new screens for your presentations, new furniture, a 'Nook' pod, and even more.

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