Title: Bid Writing Location: MadLab Description: Omniversity bid writing course, led by Laura H. Drane Date: 27-09-2013 Start Time: 10:00 End Time: 16:00 Booking: Book a seat
If you’re an individual or small-to-medium enterprise aiming to raise funds for projects or operations, whether you’re new to the bid-writing process or want to power- or scale- up your applications, this course will equip you to win. You’ll understand every stage of the bid-writing process from identifying funds to delivering a winning bid, both in the wider strategic and policy contexts and at the nitty-gritty level of practical dos and don’ts. After completing this course, you’ll be fully-prepared not just for filling-in the form, but for the whole journey.
Who will benefit from this class?
Individuals to small-to-medium enterprises aiming to raise funds for projects or operations. The course is suitable both for those who have not been through the bid-writing process and those who have some experience and wish to improve their skills or increase the scale of their applications.
For those with existing bids in mind…
Laura will tailor the course for attendees who are targeting specific bids if they send supporting materials in advance. This is an incredibly valuable addition to the course for those working towards a specific fund, although it is not a requirement and does not affect the core content and activities of the course.
10:00 – 11:00 Strategic and policy context
Basic introduction to types and sources of funds
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:45 From application to aware to “doing it” to evaluation
Dos and don’ts, tips and tricks
12:45 – 13:30 A light lunch will be served
13:30 – 13:45 Trying your hand
15:00 – 15:15 Break
15:15 – 16:00 Plenary and finish
Equipment you’ll need
Please bring a computer, tablet or your preferred writing medium to take notes and complete exercises.
Knowledge of sources and types of funding available
Understanding of the bid and award process
Understanding of the use of language in bid writing
Experience in addressing common questions in bid applications
Awareness of broader considerations beyond filling in the form
Confidence in completing bids
Your tutor: Laura H. Drane
Laura is a producer and consultant specialising in public engagement across the arts, cultural and science/technology sectors. She’s a veteran bid-winner on all scales from from £500 to £500,000, and for organisations large and small. This course is based on training provided in-house to the RSA, Clore Leadership Programme and British Science and this is the first time these materials and exercises will be available to the public and smaller organisations.
Title: Beginning VVVV Description: Omniversity course introducing VVVV, a powerful toolkit of media technologies, boasting a glut of built in functionality, tools and examples. Start Date: 09-11-2013 End Date: 10-11-2013 Start Time: 10:00 End Time: 17:30 Booking: Grab a spot here, or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
From projection-mapping to interactive environments, VVVV is the code-free programming toolkit that opens up a world of creativity with video.
Whether your canvas is a whole building, your bedroom wall or something… stranger, VVVV will extend your creativity into the third and fourth dimensions. You’ll learn to create with motion, audio, shaders, and interaction, and be confident working with projectors and the Kinect. After completing the course, you’ll be able to take your ideas off the screen and out into the real world.
Who is the course for?
VVVV is a powerful toolkit of media technologies, hosting a glut of built in functionality, tools and examples. Using a real-time interface you can create generative, aesthetic and functional systems without using code, but also without constraints. It can interface with almost anything you want, it can generate almost anything you want. There aren’t any other media toolkits that can perform so much ‘out of the box’, having you projecting Kinect tracked video onto buildings or controlling robot arms from Twitter in days rather than weeks. The true power of the tool lies within the elegance within which it makes its features available. In the opinion of this author, it can usurp all other platforms in terms of development speed, power and flexibility.
Real World Examples
Kimchi and Chips’ installation at Design Korea, December 2010 used VVVV for:
Integrated database driven mapping system that communicates with MySQL to store mapping data / remotely controlled from custom iPad software
Threaded video playback of up to 80 videos at a time (written in custom C# plugins)
Threaded video recording of two videos at a time (written in custom C# plugins)
Management of videos
Management of projectors
Playback of motion graphics
OSC communication with iPad interfaces for people to record their own videos
What you need to be familiar with
You should be proficient with computers (know how to operate, set up, fix your mum’s).
The main thing you need is a desire to create a project using this tool. As with all forms of technical learning, having an idea of what you want to create makes your brain start working on how to realise your idea. When your brain is in this state, it is much easier to identify a purpose for everything that you learn, which makes the learning process work. Without the passion to use the tool, it becomes impossible to absorb the new technical paradigms involved.
What we won’t cover
The fundamental elegances of coding in VVVV (this is something that will slap/kiss you in the face lots of times through experience. Expect to sit down afterwards and enjoy these moments to yourself)
Programming dynamic plugins in C#
Programming shaders in HLSL
Advanced patch logic (but we’ll point you in the right direction)
Software and costs
All software is freely available for learning/non-commercial purposes, and copies will be distributed with the course materials on the day. We will be using the latest version of VVVV at the time of the workshops (currently 26, which can be downloaded from http://www.vvvv.org/downloads)
Equipment you’ll need
You will need to bring a PC Computer (ideally a laptop) with:
Windows XP/Vista/7 installed
Latest Windows Service Packs / latest updates to DirectX 9/10/11
This is a two day course, run on Saturday and Sunday.
You will learn after Sunday:
A hands on ‘by the seat of your pants’ tour of VVVV’s features and how to get started with each bit. Create a mental map of the vvvv landscape through experience, so every bit of new learning can be hooked onto an explained element of the system
Be able to work with VVVV and a projector
Be able to map content from inside your computer onto real world objects using a projector
Understanding of VVVV fundamentals
You are encouraged to confer with other participants on the day for support and to develop your learning. There is no coursework or assessment on this programme. A teaching assistant will be on hand to assist with any difficulties participants may face.
£200 for the full two days. Included in this price is a hot lunch, with vegetarian options (please notify us in advance if you are vegetarian or if you have other dietary requirements). Additionally, you will receive an electronic copy of the teaching materials, software, and patches for the course on a USB stick.
Your Tutor: Elliot Woods
Elliot is half of Koreo-Brittanic interaction design studio Kimchi and Chips, as seen in Wired, Endgadget and the BBC. He’s a leader in the international projection mapping scene, creating the tools and techniques used from experimental art projects to multi-million dollar marketing campaigns. Elliot has taught professionals, students, children and led the professional projection mapping course at VVVV’s own digital arts forum.
Title: Beginning WordPress Location: MadLab Description: A hands-on introductory course to building a website or blog with WordPress. Start Date: 19-09-2013 End Date: 20-09-2013 Start Time: 10:00 End Time: 16:30 Booking: Sign up here.
A hands-on introductory course to building a website or blog with WordPress
We’re thrilled to tell you that WordPress co-founder Mike Little will be leading our two-day introduction to the site.
WordPress is the publishing platform of choice for more than 73 million websites and blogs – including some of the most high-profile sites in the world. It has a Content Management System (CMS) market share of 54%. WordPress is quick to install, and simple to get started on, with little configuration and setup.
But, as an incredibly powerful web publishing platform, it takes some knowledge to truly get the best out of it.
This course will give you a great start. It will take you from the installation of the software, adding content (including multimedia), interacting with your reader, through customising the look and enhancing the functionality of your site.
Who will benefit from this class?
This class is ideal for someone who wants to set up their first website, whether you have heard of WordPress or not. If you have heard about blogging and want to start your own blog, this course will get you started.
If you have a small business – maybe, for example you’re involved in a scout group or local church and you want to get started with a web site – this course will be ideal for you.
You might be a freelance journalist wanting to show off some of your writing, an acupuncturist hoping to attract more clients, or a gardener finding small ads in the free paper less and less effective.
You may have already tried to set up WordPress but got lost in the technical stuff.
Introduction To WordPress: What is WordPress? A little history
Installing WordPress: Demonstration
Anatomy of a website: Headers, footers and sidebars
Exercise: Sketch your site layout
The WordPress Dashboard: Logging in and looking around
Content types: Posts, pages and more
Publishing your first content: It’s that easy!
Exercise: Adding content to your site
The look of your site
Exercise: Changing things around
Settings: Configuring WordPress just how you want it
Comments: Engaging with your readers
Exercise: Commenting and moderation
Plugins: Playing with plugins
Exercise: Logging in and looking around
Exercise: Trying some themes
Multiple users: Let someone else do some work
Exercise: Co-authoring, editing, and workflow
Free for all, Q&A, show & tell
Equipment you’ll need
Please bring a laptop computer with Windows, Linux or Mac OS installed (if you do not have your own laptop and would like to borrow one from a friend or family, that’s ok, too! You will not need to install any software, but you should have a modern web browser installed. Our preference is for the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome, but the latest Internet Explorer or Opera will be fine too).
You may want to bring some sample images that you will be able to upload to your website as you follow along on the course.
If you feel more comfortable using an external mouse, please bring one, too.
After completing the class, you will have:
The ability to install and configure WordPress on a hosting account
An understanding of the main content types of WordPress and their differences
The ability to configure WordPress to your preferences
An understanding of how to tweak your theme settings and alter the look of your site
The ability to install new themes and plugins in to your WordPress site
An understanding of how to make your site more secure
Costs and times
£200 for the full course. You will receive an electronic copy of the teaching materials. You will also receive one month’s free hosting courtesy of MadLab to test and refine your site. Lunch and refreshments are provided.
Title: Short Story Writing Location: MadLab Description: Omniversity course exploring the short story. Dates: Tuesday evenings: 8 October, 12 November, 10 December, 14th January, 11th February, 11th March Start Time: 19:00 End Time: 21:00
Over the course of six workshops, you’ll get a handle on the predominant narrative structures used by short story writers and learn how to apply them in your own work. Completing set writing tasks – and receiving structured, peer-driven feedback – you’ll develop three stories to completion. You’ll receive tailored advice on how to shape the story and how to improve characterisation, dialogue and narrative voice.
Workshop 1: Introduction & Voice
Introduction to the short form. We’ll be looking at what the short story can do that the novel can’t, and examining some archetypal short story structures. There’ll also be a writing exercise to help you generate some new ideas, and a set task for the next session.
Workshop 2: Character
We’ll look at the ‘lyrical’ short story structure and set your second writing task. There will be a discussion of the use of language and imagery in a couple of examples of lyrical stories. We’ll also be critiquing your first short story, with feedback from the tutor and the other group members.
Workshop 3: Setting
We’ll look at the ‘reveal’ story structure, discuss examples and set your third writing task. We’ll also be critiquing your second short story.
Workshop 4: Conflict
We will discuss how character works differently in the short story in relation to structure in two examples. We will critique your third writing task and set your fourth.
Workshop 5: Structure & Style
The anti-story. We will discuss some examples of short stories that reverse, subvert or play with the above structures. We will critique your fourth task. You can do a fifth task or redraft one of the previous tasks.
Workshop 6: Editing & Publishing
We will look at how to increase your chances of having your stories accepted for publication, where they can be published and discuss and critique the fifth task or redrafts.
Your Tutor: Anneliese Mackintosh
Anneliese was selected for The Best British Short Stories of 2013, and her work has appeared in The Edinburgh Review, Gutter, Causeway/Cabhsair, Valve Journal, and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and Radio Scotland. In 2012, she was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, and won first place in the Unbound Press Short Story Award. Her first collection will be published by Freight Books in 2014.