CoTech Winter 2019 Gathering : Newcastle

I didn’t do anything on the website last time in Sheffield, I was involved in putting together a proposal for a decision making circle. I think @harry among others worked on the website.

My mistake, apologies. Wanted to tag people in to get the conversation going but don’t have anything to go on other than memory!

There is a list of the working groups on the wiki.

I remember myself and @stephen working through some of the outsanding issues on the website in Sheffield, I expect the ones marked as closed 5 months ago are the things that got done.


(from the wiki)

  • Comms and Branding
  • Governance and Membership
  • Skills Sharing
  • Website improvements

Also from memory

  • Business Development (Comms and Branding?)
  • Onboarding
  • Fund

I suppose the next step is to identify which of these should also be workshops in December, and if there are any new workshops which should be added? I think it would also be useful to have someone taking responsibility for each workshop & making sure it’s prepped?

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Regarding skills sharing, there might be some that could simply be done between us using unstructured and non-standardised text, but I also guess that lots more potential opens up if we develop some kind of shared skills or competence framework, which we started out trying to work towards at the London meeting last year. We’ve more likely to make progress if we prepare for it this time – is anyone up for that? Like, no teams of one person (sound principle I think).

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I’d be interested in the folk using Ansible getting together and sharing what we have been up to since the CoTech Hack 2018 and I’d also be interested in a discussion about co-operatives, copyright and licenses.

I’d be interested in a workshop in Ecology/sustainability & technology, (sorry but I’ve got no particular expertise to offer)

I have added a location and dates to this the top post in thread so it appears on the map and calendar.

There appears to be a bug with adding events, however since the plugin author, @angus, is setting up a Discourse co-op that will hopefully be joining CoTech I’m confident that this will soon be resolved :-). The events button not appearing has been solved thanks to @fzngagan :slight_smile:.


Thanks so much for putting this together. Will decide next week who we will send from Common Knowledge.

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I’m coming for Cetis LLP. (Payment problem was my end.)

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Updated the wiki with some more information, notably on accommodation and working groups. I got in touch with a local housing co-op asking about space, but they haven’t got back to me yet

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One of the main issues is perhaps going to be the result of the General Election :crossed_fingers:

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I will put attending on the agenda for our next general meeting, but I hope to be able to come or if not that AC will send at least 1 person.

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Poll is live for lunch/dinner arrangements

Anyone with the link can participate, suggestions are very welcome, you have until 11AM next Friday!

Thanks for that @calummackervoy, one question, what are the facilities like at the venue for catering purposes?

Apologies for the delay, got a response from the venue… the catering facilities are as follows:

  • Reasonably large space
  • Oven
  • 4 portable electric hobs
  • Toaster
  • Hot sandwich press
  • Cast iron instrument for keeping things warm
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Really sorry but we can’t get anyone there from DOT PROJECT this time… :frowning_face:

Based on the poll results I’ve arranged with the Star & Shadow that their volunteers will be providing lunch on both days, included in the ticket price (so please buy tickets!)

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Last week we decided that to help prepare the working groups we would set a deadline for the submission of a public agenda for 1 December. I’ve contacted the people who had expressed interest in the following groups (get in touch with them if you can help!):

Present in the Sheffield gathering but missing someone to take the lead:

  • Governance and Membership
  • Website
  • Onboarding

If there is anyone who would like to run one of the above working groups, or something else entirely please let us know in this thread, and submit an agenda for 1 December

The agenda should cover:

  • Objectives for the weekend
  • What will be prepared before the conference
  • Who should join this working group
  • Who to contact to get involved with the preparation
  • Timeline (if applicable)
  • Anything missing?