My Smarter Essex

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My Smarter Essex is an initiative led by CSES in partnership with ARU and Essex County Council.

The mission is to engage citizens of all ages in the design of a smarter future Essex, and to promote careers and opportunities in STE(A)M, through a series of interactive conferences for students, families, industry partners and the public sector.

My Smarter Essex: The Internet – What's really going on?

My Smarter Essex: The Internet – What's really going on?

Thursday 21 April, Passmores Academy, Harlow

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TikTok, Snapchat, Instagram, Yubo, are words that parents may or may not have heard of. As adults when we think about the internet we may think of funny cat videos, shopping online or sharing photos of our dinner on Facebook, but the digital world that our children are left to wander through alone every day can be very different indeed. Recent studies by OFSTED have shown that our young people can be exposed to shocking material online. Students in both primary and secondary schools said that they or someone they know had experienced online sexual abuse or harassment, with nearly 90% of female students saying that they had received unsolicited 'nudes'.

Do you really know what is going on in your child’s smartphone?

For all the parents and carers of young people in Harlow, have no fear: CSES, Passmores Academy and ECC are on the case and are here to help you get up to speed with how to protect your young person and help keep them safe in the digital world. We want to work together with you to help every young person in Harlow to navigate the internet safely by equipping parents and carers with the right knowledge and skills. We also want to showcase the amazing work of Essex-based companies in this area and reveal the breadth of career opportunities available to anyone who wants to build a better internet-enabled future.

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The Internet: is it Still Good For Us?

The Internet: is it Still Good For Us?

My Smarter Essex, Tue 15 Oct 2019 16:00-19:30, The College at Braintree

My Smarter Essex is returning to Braintree, with a second run of "The Internet: is it Good For Us?" which was last held at Anglia Ruskin University in November 2018. We are now taking bookings for this event.

We know that some students and schools were unable to make the previous event so this is an excellent opportunity to take part. The Braintree location is also intended to ease travel for schools based towards the north of Essex.

Sticking to the new format trialled previously, this session will interactively examine how data, connectivity and artificial intelligence will influence our health.

See the event page for more details.

We have limited spaces for attendees and places must be booked in advance, please contact us to book. Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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The Internet: is it Good For Us?

My Smarter Essex, Thu 1 Nov 2018 16:00-19:30, Anglia Ruskin University

We are pleased to announce that we are now taking bookings for our next My Smarter Essex event, which will be held on 1 November 2018 at 4:00-7:30pm, hosted by CSES and Anglia Ruskin University (Chelmsford Campus).

The latest in this series of successful events will ask "The Internet: is it Good For Us?" by examining how data, connectivity and artificial intelligence will influence our health, looking particularly at physical health, mental health and 'cyber health'. An exciting new, more interactive format is planned for this session.

See the event page for more details.

We have limited spaces for attendees and places must be booked in advance, please contact us to book. Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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My Smarter Essex follow-up questions

Thank you to everyone who made the My Smarter Essex event on 6 October 2016 such a fantastic success.

Poll results from My Smarter Essex
Photos from My Smarter Essex

The level of interest, enthusiasm and engagement from all parties (especially the student audience) was overwhelming and we now have a vast wealth of comments, questions and issues to pore over!

In the coming months we will discuss the big issues that face us as we move towards a smarter Essex. In the meantime, we'd like to answer some of the more specific questions submitted during the presentations:

Follow the links or read on for answers...

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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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My Smarter Essex: Braintree and Chelmsford

My Smarter Essex: Braintree and Chelmsford

Braintree: Owning the Future: Thu 2 Nov 2017, STEM Innovation Centre, Braintree

My Smarter Essex is coming to Braintree! Braintree: Owning the Future will focus on future healthy individuals and societies, places to live and energy and resources, and what this means for the north of Essex.

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My Smarter Essex: Tue 23 Jan 2018, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford

We will then repeat this event at its original home, Anglia Ruskin University, in January 2018.

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

Research undertaken by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) – one of our partners – 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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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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