In March we ran a stand at the Big Bang Fair, the largest annual science, technology and engineering exhibition for young people in the UK. With around 50,000 7-19 year olds spread across four days the result was an explosion of activity and a tired but happy Make Things Do Stuff crew.
Street! will be launched at The Queens Hotel, Cheltenham on 11 October 2013 as part of the Cheltenham Literary Festival (4 - 13 October 2013).
The launch will preview some of our stories, showcase the IBM Reading Companion software and provide an opportunity for people to meet the writers (John Townsend & Philippa Bateman) and the artist (Tim Quinn, Marvel Comics).
Stay posted for more details on the launch of Street!
Most organisations funded by Nominet Trust will use some form of survey or questionnaire in the process of evaluating their projects. The advantage to this approach is that it makes it possible to capture beneficiaries’ perceptions and subjective experiences, in addition to their observed external behaviours. This is an important aspect of the evaluation process as many of the changes that Nominet Trust projects are seeking to effect (e.g. increased confidence, greater awareness, reduced social isolation, etc.) can be difficult to measure purely by external observation.
Co-design approaches to systems development have become routinely established in user interface design and systems design in general. While their relative success is noted when working with engaged professional communities there is relatively little work to draw upon when working with end users at the margins of society.
Amongst all of the ‘online platforms’, ‘open APIs’, and that massive cloud that holds all our data, you will find me dazed and confused, wandering around in the maze of invisible, intangible technological innovations that somehow now seem to run our collective lives.
For that reason, this NT100 blog is dedicated to the Real, Tangible, Verifiable pieces of technology that are making our lives better and that we’ve discovered during our searches.
IARS is delighted to announce the opening of nominations for our annual Research and Leadership Awards. The Awards are supported by Nominet Trust as part of IARS' 99% Campaign E Project, the Big Lottery Fund and the "Youth in Action" Programme. The award categories are:
Armed with the researcher equivalent to detective's garb (Macbooks, cardigans), magnifying glass (Google, caffeine) and a set of leads (Charlie Leadbeater’s black book, and a significant social network of global innovators and activists from our collective consciousness), the NT100 pint sized research team has become a bona fide sleuthing operation. Just call us Marple, Mulder & Holmes.
But even despite our impressive credentials, we knew that taking on the search for the World’s Most Inspiring Digital Social Innovations was going to be a sizeable challenge.
Health outcomes data has never been more important. It's no longer enough to provide a service - commissioners expect to know how well it works, how it compares to other providers, and whether it saves money for other services. This is good news for services that disrupt traditional care models: it's much easier to persuade people to adopt new ideas when their focus is on better outcomes rather than on how things are done.
The Big Issue has long wanted to engage people from disadvantaged communities in the media. An open and welcoming media has to have voices from all aspects of society. But as editor of The Big Issue magazine it was clear the magazine wasn't the best place to do that. Sure, represent and reflect those viewpoints, but engage and develop those individuals? That's a project the magazine didn't have the resources (the time!) to do.
I used the internet to book a holiday. I am in my mid 50's and and hadn't touched a computer until around 9 months ago. The thought of them scared me! Who was looking at my details online? Would I get hacked?