To mark Carers Week here in the UK, we at Nominet Trust would like to celebrate some of the projects we’ve supported which are working to improve life for carers. This year’s theme is “Building Carer Friendly Communities”, and these projects are all making different contributions towards that goal.
I recently had the pleasure of talking to Amarah Khan – one of Apps for Good’s first award winners, back in 2011. Now 17 and oozing with enthusiasm, Amarah told me about how the whole experience has given her confidence and opened new doors.
If you’re yet to discover it, where have you been? Apps for Good is a technology education movement that aims to grow a generation of problem-solvers and digital makers; students who can create, market and launch new products that change their world.
Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Digital Leaders 100 Awards and it was both an honour and a pleasure to sit alongside some of the UK’s most inspiring digital leaders who are at the forefront of digital innovation – not just in the social technology sector, but across all of the UK’s public, private and non-profit sectors.
When Zambian-born Londoner, Sebastian Theil realised that his dream of having a career in basketball wasn’t going to materialise, he needed another focus. Little did he know then, that just a few years on, he would be leading an award-winning film production and online broadcasting company, with a talented team of creatives.
Working in marketing, I appreciate the amazing value a website brings, but also why it’s so important for young people to develop digital skills.
I’ve been inspired by Youth Web Builders - a project from the Digital Youth Academy in partnership with O2 and Nominet Trust, which provides a qualification and a set of resources in web design and development. It gives young people digital skills and experience in the workplace, whilst helping UK SMEs and charities get online.
I found out about the impact Youth Web Builders is having on their beneficiaries.
This Saturday sees HRH The Duke of York, KG and Nominet Trust founded initiative iDEA, meet their second cohort of short-listed digital business start ups. The selected 100 teams from hundreds of competition entries, will gather at Barclays Bank HQ in London for a series of workshops run by Free:Formers to progress their digital business ideas further.
"In December, we finished the first (if you don't count the prototype) Nominet Trust Academy. A 16 week, one week on, one week off programme, for any Nominet Trust funded project to attend. The main purpose of the Academy was to create a learning environment that would build the capacity of participants’ projects to be scaled and/or sustained.
As part of Internet Week Europe, education company General Assembly held a week-long event entitled European Buffet. My lovely funder for the Digital Assistant Academy, the Nominet Trust, kindly paid for me to attend the first day’s event on Digital Business Models.
At the end of 2010, CDI Apps for Good received a grant from Nominet Trust to develop an e-learning and networking platform to support and scale the Apps for Good programme. The funding provided for an 18-month project scope and build of our organisation’s first product. The project taught me valuable lessons about product management, particularly when building a product essential to your organisation’s survival.