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Ideascape: In Pictures

Louise Hobson,

On Tuesday (19th Sept) we hosted the very first Ideascape in Porth Teigr, Cardiff Bay – a showcase of how digital placemaking can influence and enhance major urban regeneration projects. In collaboration with sustainable developers Igloo, we presented a range of ideas that inspired people to think about new ways…

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The Calvium view on augmented reality

Kieron Gurner,

New technologies like AR (augmented reality) are exciting for developers, businesses and users. But in the early stages of technological development, the mainstream benefits are not always apparent and uptake among the general population is often slow. It’s not until apps like Pokémon Go gain global recognition, that people sit…

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How can apps encourage citizen engagement?

Jo Morrison,

People who are used to smartphones will have a natural affinity with the tech. For that reason, they are the perfect platform for building and engaging a community of citizens who want to find things out, share information, or engage with one another. It sounds counter-intuitive. How can an app…

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Ideascape

Charlie Harman,

If you’re near Cardiff next month (or simply fancy a trip to Wales), come and join us at Porth Teigr in Cardiff Bay on Tuesday, September 19th where we’ll be hosting Ideascape. This free, outdoor promenade event comes following a 6 month research project exploring ways of addressing local need and…

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Split narratives: How heritage apps challenge perception

Jo Morrison,

In history, perspective is everything. In H. E. Marshall’s classic Our Island Story, Oliver Cromwell is very much the Civil War hero, with King Charles I portrayed as a most unlikeable character. In Children of the New Forest, however, you’ll find four orphaned children whose house is burned down by…

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Why the heritage sector’s real challenge is emotional connection

Jo Morrison,

After director George Lucas’ debut movie THX-1138 flopped at the box office, Francis Ford Coppola told him the problem was a lack of emotional engagement of his audience. Lucas, rather cynically, said: “Emotionally involving the audience is easy. Anybody can do it blindfolded, get a little kitten and have some…

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Welcome to Bristol: A world-leading creative ‘digital city’

Jo Morrison,

Bristol – Calvium’s birthplace and home – is crammed with innovation and creativity. Brilliantly unorthodox, future-focused and endlessly inspiring, the city is part of our DNA. It’s one of the UK’s most significant places for tech innovation outside London, and given its history, this is no surprise. It has a…

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What is an app – and why should you care?

Charlie Harman,

Ask yourself: what is an app? Your mind will undoubtedly settle immediately on mobile apps. After all, 130 billion of them were downloaded from the Apple App Store to 2016, and a further 65 billion from Google Play. The value of the global mobile app economy is set to hit…

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React Native or web-based apps: Which is better?

Jo Morrison,

App development demands choices. Are we building a downloadable app for iOS or Android – or a web-based app that can run on any device? This question isn’t solely about compatibility or user base (although they’re definitely factors to consider) – there are rumblings of disquiet from online commentators about…

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Apps and sustainability: Utility apps for the greater good

Jo Morrison,

Businesses the world over currently face a huge number of challenges: the impact of Brexit and other political upheavals, changes in demography and sociology, and an increased focus – from the media and consumers alike – on ethics. But there’s one single issue that affects us all on a far…

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