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M-SParc’s Eisteddfod Story - Reflecting on the Tregaron Eisteddfod

Charlie Jones

The Tregaron Eisteddfod – what a week and a half! M-SParc was responsible for the Science and Technology Village for the first time – a real experience! Here’s a chance to look back at an incredible Eisteddfod.

Community

It was special to see a community and crew of volunteers in the Village who were keen workers.  Each one pulling together and putting in hours of work to ensure a successful village at the Eisteddfod.  Of course, the planning work began years ago, before Covid became a familiar word, but the only infectious thing between this crew was their positive can-do attitude! Congratulations to the executive committee and thank you for the opportunity to work with you. It was particularly nice for me to be able to attend a small celebration event at the end of the week, where there was a cake and an opportunity to reflect. Although M-SParc and its roots are in the north it was clear that relationships had been created in the Eisteddfod which would blossom into the future. #LoveCardis

Team

In addition to organizing the Village, M-SParc also had a hut on the maes throughout the week, changing the offer from day to day. A bit of a challenge but we are so proud to see collaboration at the heart of ensuring the success of the week. From the arrangements before the event, setting up the space, to fetching lunch for each other, it was great to see. The response was also fantastic with children and families forming rows to visit us! THANK YOU to everyone who came to see us. And if the stand was quiet there was an opportunity to get to know our neighbours on the field and set about creating the lively content of ‘STEM Sydyn Steddfod’! But none of this could have happened without the team that was back at M-SParc running the show and keeping the main building operating as usual, thank you all #TîmM-SParc .

The Eisteddfod 2022

Success

From launching a Welsh learning app for one of our tenants, to celebrating the formal partnership between M-SParc and the Eisteddfod , there was hard work to celebrate and it was nice to have a platform to do this . We had the opportunity to speak with everyone from S4C, to Radio Cymru, to Pawb a’i Farn – the Welsh media celebrating Welsh expertise and innovation. Great to see.


Stars

Throughout the week different companies and individuals came to help us on the stand, Bleeper Services, Explorage, Haia and Animated Technologies, and members of the Creative North network; Cread Cyf, Galeri Caernarfon, Cwmni Fran Wen, Galactic, Bangor University, Rondo Media and Pontio Bangor! I had the opportunity to spend time with Animated Technologies and the team and I know they put great hours and heroic effort into the work! Thank you all!

Star!

There was one star carrying it all, Tanya Jones, our Skills and Projects officer. Tanya was on site for two weeks and devoted many hours to the success of the Village for months leading up to the Eisteddfod. I lost count of how many people came to me during the week to thank M-SParc and Tanya for her work. Quite the effort, quite an achievement and thank you Tanya.

Llyn ac Eifionydd

Now on to Llyn and Eifionydd! Quite a challenge following an Eisteddfod, such a special location and community but I am looking forward to working with the Committee to put on a show and a half. See you there!

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Tom Burke

Digital Innovation Manager

tom@m-sparc.com

Tom used to work at the KFC in his hometown of Colwyn Bay before it mysteriously burned down. He then spent several years “on the lam” in East Germany, where he worked as an animator in Berlin. When the wall fell, Tom came home.

He enjoys climbing and hates ice-skating.