IET says it's "time to involve the people"

Research undertaken by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) – one of our sponsors – has found that, despite considerable investment by the UK government, local authorities and businesses, there is a basic lack of awareness among the British public about what a smart city is, does, and its potential to improve citizens' quality of life.

My Smarter Essex aims to fix that, by implementing the three objectives defined in the IET Smart Cities report.

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What is 'Cozfest' and where do I buy the t-shirt?

This article is part of a series of follow-up questions on the My Smarter Essex presentations.

Many, many people wanted to know the answer to this question. It was submitted numerous times to the question/comment messaging board at My Smarter Essex on 6 October.

Well, the short answer is here: https://www.facebook.com/landforcoz/.

Read on to find out what Cozfest is and why Adam (pictured) was wearing that t-shirt...

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Poll results from My Smarter Essex

My Smarter Essex, which took place on 6 October 2016 at Anglia Ruskin University, included a number of real-time, interactive polls that gathered the audience's opinions on some of the issues raised during the presentations. This was in addition to the free-form questions and comments submitted by those who attended.

We can confirm that 125 people took part in the polls, and their responses – along with our commentary – is now available.

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Photos from My Smarter Essex

The photos from My Smarter Essex, held on Thursday 6 October 2016 at Anglia Ruskin University, are available on our Flickr Stream. The slideshow is embedded below.

Thank you to everyone who attended and who made the event such a success. This is just the start of a major project; follow the link above for more...

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Lighting efficiency study

This article is part of a series of follow-up questions on the My Smarter Essex presentations.

Over the years illumination in houses has become more efficient. This has been achieved in three ways:

  1. The light emission medium generates more lumens (light) per watt (unit of power).
  2. The light emission spectrum better matches that of the eye receptors.
  3. The luminaire (the overall fixture) has become more efficient at directing light to its desired place.

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Our 2016-2017 programme begins...

First events to include a Raspberry Pi workshop, repair café and talk on ESA's Copernicus programme

We will shortly be announcing our programme of lectures and events for the 2016-2017 season, but in the meantime we are pleased to tell you about some events that are part of the 2016 Chelmsford Ideas Festival.

These events, in addition to My Smarter Essex on 6 October, are as follows:

  • Monday 24 October: a talk by Paul Jerram on ESA's Copernicus Programme
  • Sunday 23 October: Marconi Exhibition at Sandford Mill Science Discovery Day
  • Saturday 29 October: repair café
  • Saturday 12 - Sunday 13 November: Raspberry Pi workshop

Please see below for further details and links.

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My Smarter Essex

My Smarter Essex

My Smarter Essex: Thursday 6 October, 16:00-19:30, Anglia Ruskin University

Could your students design and build a city for the future using just their imagination and a mobile phone?

CSES, in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University and Essex County Council, is pleased to announce an exciting and interactive event – My Smarter Essex – where students and teachers will be able to understand, explore and simulate how their requirements and preferences can influence the design of a Future Essex.

Please click here for details of the event and how to book.

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CSES makes award to most promising ARU student 2016

Congratulations to Jason Kent who, as the best-performing student in Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) at Anglia Ruskin University, claimed this year's CSES Award. Jason's commendable engagement in his study has been admired both by the ARU teaching staff and his peers. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for you, Jason!

CSES sponsors an award made to the most promising student in BSc/BEng (Hons) Engineering each year. The 2015/16 award was presented to Jason by Vic Leverett, CSES Vice President at a ceremony held at Anglia Ruskin University on 12 October 2016.

Pictured: Jason Kent (centre) receiving his award from CSES Vice President Vic Leverett (left) and Professor Keith Jones, Head of ARU's Department of Engineering and the Built Environment (right).

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It's back! Marconi Exhibition at Sandford Mill

10:00-16:00, 6-7 August, 10 September and 23 October, Sandford Mill

In case you missed the original Building the Wireless Age Marconi Exhibition (see link for photos if you did), this historic event is back for a limited time only at Sandford Mill's forthcoming open days.

Click here for event details.

Ted Sinclair has kindly loaned his replica of the Titanic Radio Room. A golden opportunity if you missed a visit to the Marconi Exhibition while it was running at Hall Street.

On the hour Tim Wander will be holding a talk about Marconi and the exhibits at the museum, and a tour of the 2MT hut.

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