One week to go!

Hi folks,
So, not long to go now until the Expo on 22nd September.

Just a few admin things:

1. The agenda has been amended slightly … check it out
2. Lunch – we think the best plan for lunch would be for everyone to bring packed lunches, and a designated dining area will be set aside in the hall for people to use when they get hungry. Drinks will be provided.
3. If you haven’t joined the test stream (8pm each day, apart from Wednesdays and Sundays), please do so:
4. Parking – early arrivals should be able to use Westleigh’s car park. If people can park all the way round we should be able to get all cars in. Alternatively there is a bit of parking further along under the bridge.

Looking forward to seeing you there, God willing.

Test Stream

OK, with not long to go before the Expo on 22nd September we now have a test stream ready. This is being fed via a Raspberry Pi in my kitchen (pointed at our fish tank)… you should hear the faint, and soothing sound of bubbles, but little else.

I’ll be activating the stream each evening for 10minutes from 8pm BST (apart from Sundays and Wednesdays).
The URL you need is:

NB this is a test stream, head to /watch to view the Live stream. You’ll need to enter the password which is the final word from hymn 123 in the Green Christadelphian hymn book.

Feel free to leave comments on the Facebook page as to how it’s working for you:

Agenda and more…

So, with just over a week to go, there’s a slight change to the agenda for the Expo on 22nd September (changes in bold):

10:00 – 10:15 Welcome and introduction
10:15 – 10:30 Dan Abson – An Amateur’s Guide To Podcasting For Beginners
11:00 – 11:10 Ben Dwyer – Overview of the Bible study tool:
12:00 – 12:20 Matt Barton – A GDPR Survival Guide
12:30 – 13:00 Working Lunch Project Meeting – Christadelphian Development Projects
13:30 – 13:50 Philip Yuile – Ecclesial web-based programme generator: Codename DelphSwap.
14:30 – 14:50 Andrew Fenner – Producing videos for social media
15:30 – 15:50 Tom Peel – An overview of ChurchBox©
17:00 – 17:20 Wrap up and next steps

A huge thanks to those who offered to take part and commit to helping out on the day. I’m really looking forward to hearing these short talks, as well as seeing some of this tech in action!

In addition to these presentations, we also have had offers to host stalls on the day which you’ll be able to wander around and look at, including:

  • Live video streaming using a Raspberry Pi
  • Audio/Video recording services
  • Adding digital audio to our printed paper magazines

We still have space on the day, so get in touch if you have an idea to showcase!

And please don’t forget to say you’re coming via the Facebook event, which will help us gauge how many to expect.

And, of course, please remember this activity in your prayers.

Three months to go…

It’s July already, and momentum is increasing in the Digital Expo, I’m pleased to say.

We now have 25 people interested via the blog, and more via Facebook. Those of you who use social media, could I ask you to visit the Christadelphian Digital Facebook page, and perhaps Like it:

Also, note the Event on that page, and state whether you plan to attend or not. I know it’s frustrating registering your interest in multiple places, but this is the best way to gather support for the event. Thanks!

Since June, we’ve had further offers of support on the day, including:

  • GDPR awareness
  • Bespoke rota management system
  • Project Management

and we’ve had some questions/wish-lists raised around:

  1. The Christadelphian web-presence
  2. Digital Marketing to convert to face-to-face
  3. CRM databases
  4. Conference call software

If anyone knows of anyone able to offer something on these four items, please get in touch.

Finally, I think Leicester Westleigh might be thinking about helping us with catering options, but we can’t expect them to do too much, so any willing volunteers would be very welcome, let me know..


Get booked on!

OK, so after a few months of having the website up and running but without doing any proactive advertising we’ve already got several people offering to present or showcase their technological ideas! Thanks everyone.

So far the volunteers seem to be around the digitisation/podcast/web sectors, which is great. We’re still looking for more though, particularly in the church-administration field. Has anyone got a slick operation for generating ecclesial programmes and address lists, or a really joined-up way of messaging members and contacts? Let us know!

Also it’s time to get booking on. A Facebook Event has been set up to let us know how many are planning to attend the day. Please visit it and feel free to share onwards.

More news soon.

Four months to go…

So, it’s just under four months to go before the digital expo 2018. We do hope it’ll be a positive and useful event that we will run each year to keep up-to-date with a fast-paced digital world.

So far we’ve had volunteers to demonstrate in the following categories:

  • Streaming AV – using Raspberry Pi and GStreamer (we hope to use this to stream the talks at the event in case you want to join us in real-time).
  • Podcasts – using podcasts to talk about God’s Word across the globe.
  • Digitisation of audio tapes into MP3 or other formats.

We’re still looking for more presenters/exhibitors, particularly in the area of:

  • GDPR – do you know a data protection expert who can give us the low-down on what we need to do as a community?
  • Graphic and illustration design
  • Managing ecclesial/church administration – software and tools to create a programme, manage voting, storing contact details etc.
  • Other…