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May’s Black Country Social Media Cafe – More than just Open Data

May 14, 2010

Open Data is one of the most exciting movements happening on the web today, and with the possibilities for a better world seemingly endless I’m personally looking forward to Tuesday’s BCSMC. However, I appreciate that those who have not yet been introduced to the Open Data may decide they have better things to do on a Tuesday afternoon. As such I thought I’d dedicate a blog post to the other reason you should come along.

As mentioned in the previous post Andrew  Burman of, has asked to talk about the opportunities Unltd offer in supporting social entrepreneurs, both through funding and other support. An example of which is their Better Net Awards:


Have you got an innovative idea to bring about positive change using the internet?

The Better Net Awards is an exciting new programme from UnLtd and Nominet Trust to provide individuals with funding and support to improve and encourage the development of a safe, educational and inclusive Internet.

Up to £5,000 is available to individuals to develop and lead Internet based solutions to the problems that affect our society.

The programme will find and support individuals who want to “make cyberspace a better place!” by addressing one or more of these specific criteria in addition to UnLtd’s normal Awards criteria:

·         Increases education about the Internet & Information Technology

·         Promotes and addresses online safety

·         Provides an Internet based solution to social, educational, health and environmental issues

·         Increases digital inclusion and the use of new media for a social purpose

Your project must not:

  • Be part of your paid employment
  • Involve political or religious campaigning
  • Involve activities outside the law or against public policy, or anything that encourages ethnic, religious or commercial disharmony
  • Involve employing people other than yourself to carry out most of the project work
  • Be used mainly to achieve academic qualifications
  • Be used to fund living expenses

For more information

If you have any questions please call Shamiela Ahmed or Andrew Burman on 0121 766 4570


So even if you don’t think you’re interested in Open Data*, but have an innovative web idea to make the world a better place, you’ll still get something from Tuesday’s Black Country Social Media Cafe.

[*you will be by the end]

Thanks to Light House who are providing the venue for the May social media cafe, and to Screen West Midlands who are paying for the coffees:

Tuesday 18th May, 2.30-4.30pm

Seminar Room, Light House Media Centre

Chubb Building, Wolverhampton

[On Google Maps]

This is a free event, and no tickets are required. Whilst we expect there to be plenty of room, if you are travelling from further afield and want to be guaranteed a seat you can always email and let us know you are coming.

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