BEACONING in Barcelona!

The whole Beaconing consortium met together for the first time since kick off earlier this year to discuss Work Packages 3.1 and 3.2 in the beautiful Spanish city of Barcelona.  The meeting took place on 1st April and was hosted by consortium member Geomotion Games, who are based in the city.

“This was a great opportunity to share knowledge gained over the past few months with all of the partners in one room” says Lawrence Howard, Managing Director.  “Skype has been great in the interim, but you can’t beat face to face meetings for developing rapport and building the relationships between the various partners that is vital for long term, complex projects” he continues.

beaconing table

Many subjects were covered during the one day workshop, however there was a focus on the types of pilots that will be undertaken, agreeing the numbers of students, teachers and parents required to provide sufficient feedback as well as designing the questions to ensure the feedback can be measured and monitored while still avoiding being too prescriptive about the feedback given.  The feedback, which will be ongoing, is vital to enable us to develop solutions that will have the maximum impact to improve the take up of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) subjects and to compliment or change existing methods of teaching currently adopted.

Lawrence Howard explains further that “Our role within this project is to ensure that the multi platform solutions developed to help 16-24 year old students study the STEM subjects can use what has been created, irrespective of disability.  Because this is a pan European project, the challenge is to ensure that what Hands Free engineers develop interfaces that can work in multiple languages. This will include speech output, text to speech and speech input”.

beaconing trio

Left: Hossein Jamshidi Farsani, Integration Technician; Middle: Lawrence Howard, Managing Director; Right: Neil Judd, Quality Assurance Leader


If you are a school, college or university with students, parents or teachers that would like to be involved in this project please contact us.  Likewise, we would also be interested to hear from DSA Assessment centres who would like to be involved.  If you’d like to know more, please contact us at

The next meeting of all consortium members will be held in Porto in June 2016 with an update to follow shortly afterwards.

For further information on Hands Free Computing’s involvement in the BEACONING project, click here!