Following this morning’s press conference at the Headland Hotel I filmed a couple of short video interviews with some local students and Richard Glover, Chief Executive of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce.
I was also able to catch a bit of Ian Livingston, Chief Executive of BT, and Alec Robertson, Leader of Cornwall Council, taking questions from the assembled media representatives. Continue reading
Fiona Campbell-Howes (@patroclus) and Aren Grimshaw (@arengrimshaw) will be attending this morning’s press conference on super-fast broadband for Cornwall. The following statement has been made available to us in advance of this morning’s announcements.
Pre- announcement statement for Social Media Café
A multi million pound project to make super-fast broadband available across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will be announced today. The project, involving a partnership of public sector and private sector organisations, is expected to be one of the largest single investments in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in recent years. Thousands of jobs are expected to be created.
Among those due to be speaking at a press conference in Newquay today will be Alec Robertson, the Leader of Cornwall Council, and Ian Livingston, the Chief Executive of BT. It is understood that the project will result in Cornwall becoming a leading rural example of super-fast broadband investment across the UK and abroad.
Cornwall already has a reputation for pioneering IT initiatives. The well-known Actnow broadband project was recognised by the EU as an exemplar project for e-business. Since 2002 it has helped more than 10,000 Cornish firms make the most of broadband through marketing, grants, advice and technical support.
The next meeting of the Cornwall Social Media Café has been confirmed for Tuesday 29th June from 6.30pm at the Vertigo bar in Truro (see map)
If you’ve never come along to a CSMC before, it would be great to see you! We’re a friendly and eclectic mix of students, businesses, academics, the public sector, artists, social enterprises and other walks of live who all share a common interest in social media.
Guests are invited to turn up and chat to other attendees from 6.30pm. Guests can usually be found in the downstairs bar or outside in the back garden on sunnier days.
If you have any questions about CSMC or this event please contact Aren, Laura McKay or Fiona.
Following on from discussions at the previous event it would be great to select a regular Tuesday in the month for future events. Please take a moment to vote in the online poll here.
We look forward to seeing you on the 29th.
As many of you will be aware, last month’s Social Media Cafe attracted a lot of discussion around the Government’s Digital Britain report – an action plan intended to secure the UK’s place at the forefront of innovation, investment and quality in the digital and communications industries.
As a group many of us felt that the report just didn’t go far enough, and in fact many felt it would not put us in a competitive position for the future. A focus for this concern was our own local situation with uncertaintly about what plans, if any, were in place for Cornwall.
To help us get the answers we need we are delighted to have Nigel Ashcroft, Director of NGA (Next Generation Access) for Cornwall and colleague and NGA Development Manager, Julian Cowans at the next meeting to answer your questions.
So far questions have been a bit light off the ground and we are keen to maximise on this exciting opportunity to gain insight from those in charge of our digital future here in Cornwall. At the bottom of this post I have copied the questions recieved so far through the EventBrite bookings. Please take a look and add your own questions to the the comments at the end of this post.
For more information or to help jog your memory why not refer to the Digital Britian report, the details of discussions at the previous Social Media Cafe or read the final feedback report submitted by the Digital Britain Unconference team available through the linked text.
We look forward to seeing you at the next event on Tuesday 16th June – Don’t forget to book your free ticket online here.
Questions received so far…
- Please can you give details of the speed of broadband Cornwall can realistically expect, and by when?
- Why do broadband speeds vary so much mine goes from 960 to 5300 download and but are constant at 368 upload?
- What are the different types of technologies being considered and what are the related speeds/throughputs/performance of each?<
- What effect do you think it will have on Cornwall and it’s economy to not gain Next Generation Access broadband?
- Do you have any evidence of how Next Generation Access Broadband would help Cornwall’s economy?
Aren (@arengrimshaw) and I attended the first event in the Professional Lecture Series at University College Falmouth last night (Tuesday May 5).
Emily Bell (@emilybell), Director of Digital Content for Guardian News and Media, provided us with a fascinating insight into the contentious subject that is the ‘Future of Journalism Ten Years From Now.’
Many fellow CSMC group members were in attendance, including Fiona Campbell-Howes (@patroclus), Andy Coote (@andycoote), David George (@dgthekneelo) and Shelley Fletcher (@shelleyfletcher) (apologies if I’ve missed anyone.)
Instead of re-inventing the wheel, Fiona Campbell-Howes has written up a fantastic précis of Emily’s lecture which can be found here.
All credit to UCF and Paul Innman, (@pinman) for organising the first of what will be a fantastic number of free lectures. The strap-line to the series is appropriately titled ‘sharing world-class expertise’ and if the first one is anything to go by then the rest should certainly live up to that.
Hope to see as many of you as possible at the May Social Media Café, next week (Tuesday 12th) at Vertigo in Truro. To book in for this event click here.
Here is a transcript of the conversation between myself (@arengrimshaw) and Olly Brand (@iOlly) over Twitter earlier today. This conversation followed the closing of the Polls for next event plans: Continue reading