Flowers for Turing 2015! Done!

So this is what Alan Turing’s statue looked for his birthday a few days ago.
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Our rough total amount of donations came in at £720, which with £68 spent on flowers.  Meaning we have raised about £650 for Special Effect, beating last year’s total by about 50%!

This post is an extended version of  the 2015 report, that appears on the subsite for Flowers for Turing.  This version is a bit more light-hearted and looks at some of the differences between last and this year. There will be two other posts to come, one a proper analysis of things that could have been better this year, and the other the traditional transparent accounting post.

 

Flowers

In all, there were more bunches of flowers, that looked much better, and which turned out to cost less than last year.  Win all around.The credit for this belongs to, as it happens, my mum and dad for buying, fetching, arranging and generally sorting them.

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In case you are wondering – the reason that my mum and dad handled the flowers this year was that my girlfriend’s birthday is, unhelpfully, also on the 23rd June.  So I took her to the seaside, where she good-humouredly put up with me checking twitter every couple of minutes.

Twitter

On that subject, Twitter was very quiet this year.  While there were a quite a few little notes:

 

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It wasn’t anything like the storm that happened in 2013. On the other hand, we put a zero on the end of how much we raised. I’m quite happy with that exchange rate.

 

Missing Flowers

Something pointed out my one of my friends…

This is the statue as it started the day…

Screenshot 2015-06-25 12.20.23…and this is it a few hours later.

Screenshot 2015-06-24 09.57.05The question is, where have the rest of the flowers gone? There were lots more on the ground… Also some of the bunches look new (I’ll need to cross reference) were people bringing flowers and other people taking them away?

Roll of Honour

Now the important bit.

Each bunch of flowers (I expect there will be more later) was pledged by one of (where a company or university is listed this should be read as staff/students/alumni/hangers-on from company or university, rather than any endorsement from the place itself – this is very definitely a grassroots thing):

  • Royal Holloway, Computer Science PhD Students
  • Royal Holloway, Information Security Group
  • School of Computer Science The University of Manchester (separate bunch) x 2
  • Cambridge University, Computer Science
  • Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington
  • The University of Salford Computing Society
  • School of Computing at the University of Leeds
  • Paul Heideman
  • University of Aberdeen, Computer Science
  • University of York, Computer Science
  • Heriot-Watt University, Computer Science
  • Exeter University, Computer Science
  • University of New South Wales
  • Oxford University Press
  • Someone in Liverpool, UK
  • The Yeno Family
  • Someone in Yukon, Canada
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • Andy Longhurst
  • Brighton College Mathematics department
  • Elizabeth Fritsch
  • Bill Risbridger
  • Moscow High School No. 179
  • the Brin Family
  • Someone in Seattle, USA
  • Someone in Manchester
  • From someone alive because of your work
  • “With eternal thanks for helping enable us to do what we love everyday and spreading our learning to the ends of the Earth” – The raywenderlich.com team
  • Sony Evolution
  • An Admirer of Turing’s work.

I’ll put up the accounting post shortly (where we put up the receipts for flowers and the receipt from Special Effect so that it’s clear to everyone that all the money went to the right place) but right now I’m basking in the glow of a job well done. Really pleased that everyone came together on this one.

Flowers for Turing progresses to its own Subsite!

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My projects are run fairly transparently and it’s possibly to see their evolution on this blog (indeed, that’s one of the reasons to have a blog)  so you see examples like me saying it would be nice to have the ability to do your own movie editing, followed some months later by a post were I found time to build the prototype and see how it worked (one of the most highly trafficked posts of the year actually), I’ve got a few future plans for it but they are on the back burner for now.
Similarly you can see the progression of the CommuniKate project from way way back here to the thing it’s grown up into, or see how the Disability site ranking went from being a one off post, to an occasional post, to a regular post, to a significant part of the site.
My intended arc for any given project is that it should start with an idea post, tell you about the ‘prototype’ or initial investigation, then it should talk about future goals (in the case of projects within eQuality Time, it would seek funding).  Every time there is a bit of progress or a major event then a new post is added and eventually it might get promoted to being a page on the website like the teapot is.
From there projects that grow end up with this sort of ‘internal subside’ arrangement as more and more information is added.  If it makes it out into the big bad world it might even become it’s own concern like White Water Writers did.
This week I’m promoting the Flowers for Turing project to having its own wordpress installation, please go take a look!   It’s something I should have done some time ago: blogs like this are laid out very differently from events pages like Flowers for Turing ( or indeed projects like CommuniKate, which will be next to go).
I’m hoping that at some point Supertitle, which I’m putting a lot of resource into at the moment, will graduate to the same level.  Indeed, eQuality Time should as well.

Flowers for Turing Update

So this is where are right now:

A little while ago, I wrote this:

In 2013, we thought we were going to do something small and cute, and we ended up doing something that was incredibly successful and made a lot of people happy. (You can read more about the project and the reaction we got on http://joereddington.com/projects/flowers-for-turing/)

We’re doing it again this year. We’d like to get 102 bunches of flowers for his 102nd Birthday. We’re looking for people working in Universities/organisations/groups and we’ve also started taking pledges from individuals. Last year people paid £14: £4 for the cost of the a bunch of flowers and the rest as a £10 donation to Bletchley Park Trust. We’re going to keep the same cost, although I’m hoping that I’ll be able to reduce the cost of the flowers (so more goes to charity).

We’re going to have a slightly more enabling charity this year – SpecialEffect is a UK based charity which uses video games and technology to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities, I’ve spoken with them and they are very happy to support. If we get 102 bunches of flowers, then we raise over £1,000 for SpecialEffect and that will make a big big difference.

…the event is now in 7 days, so we should let you know where we are.

This is the current state of the paypal account:

Screen Shot 2014-06-15 at 10.55.39…which I’m very proud of, but I really hope we can do more. This is made up of pledges from the following (where a company or university is listed this should be read as staff/students/alumni/hangers-on from company or university, rather than any endorsement from the place itself – this is very definitely a grassroots thing):

  • Aberdeen University (several bunches)
  • Andy Longhurst (independent)
  • Auckland Bioengineering Institute
  • Audionary special projects
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Cambridge University
  • CrankyFlamingo (Reddit)
  • Edge Hill College(several bunches)
  • Goldsmiths
  • Harvard University
  • Washington
  • Heriot-Watt
  • IT University of Copenhagen
  • Leeds Univeristy
  • Newcastle University
  • Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Technical University of Denmark
  • Spies-Sabin family
  • United states of Awesome (Made up. I think)
  • Univeristy of Iceland
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Toronto
  • University of York

This is only the people who have definitely paid – there are a wide range of people that have committed but haven’t yet sent funds though.

To give some accountability information: we’ll be releasing a) the donation going to Special Effect b) the receipt from the followers and c) the set of participating universities/organisations/individuals, which should be (I think) the right balance between accountability and letting people have (relative) anonymity (with a note if there are more than one bunch from a group). Because we’ve had some much larger donations we are also going to have to release the set of donation amounts to make that work. So there will pictures of the format:

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If you’d like to get involved please mail me at joe@joereddington.com – if you’d like to make it *really* quick you can pledge directly with PayPal (joe.reddington@gmail.com). If you are doing a direct PayPal pledge please make it clear how you would like to be credited (for example your university company or just your name) because that makes my life *vastly* easier later on 🙂

 

Flowers for Turing 2014 – do you want to be involved?

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I’m running the Flowers for Turing project again.

In 2013, we thought we were going to do something small and cute, and we ended up doing something that was incredibly successful and made a lot of people happy. (You can read more about the project and the reaction we got on http://joereddington.com/projects/flowers-for-turing/)

Turing’s 102nd Birthday – 23rd June

We’re doing it again this year. We’d like to get 102 bunches of flowers for his 102nd Birthday. We’re looking for people working in Universities/organisations/groups and we’ve also started taking pledges from individuals. Last year people paid £14 – £4 for the cost of the a bunch of flowers and the rest as a £10 donation to Bletchley Park Trust. We’re going to keep the same cost, although I’m hoping that I’ll be able to reduce the cost of the flowers (so more goes to charity).

We’re going to have a slightly more enabling charity this year – SpecialEffect is a UK based charity which uses video games and technology to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities, I’ve spoken with them and they are very happy to support. If we get 102 bunches of flowers, then we raise over £1,000 for SpecialEffect and that will make a big big difference.

Manchester city council have confirmed they are fine with it, and I’ve got a couple of volenteers in Manchester who will help handle the set up and clean up.

How you can get involved

I’ll be doing various emails out and other ways of contacting people. But the long and short of it is, if you want to be involved, if you’d like a bunch of flowers placed at the statue in your name on the 23rd of June, then mail joe at joe@joereddington.com.

(Of course, if you are in Manchester, then you don’t need us, you can wander down on the day (as many people did last year) and add your own flowers, but we’d appreciate the charity donation)