For all the buzz that surrounds the tech start-up scene it’s easy to forget that founding and growing a successful social tech business from scratch is incredibly challenging and labour-intensive. Simultaneously developing a sustainable business, building key partnerships and pitching to funders and investors is no mean feat. Add to that the challenge of creating a product or service that effectively addresses a pressing social challenge and it is easy to feel overwhelmed.
So we had a super successful #techforgood last night with some amazing speakers. We focussed on young people on digital making and there were some interesting lessons from our speakers who were both inspiring and insightful in equal measure! more >
Monday 23rd June may have been a night for great ‘acrobatics’ for Nominet at ICANN on one side of London, meanwhile on the other side of town I was having my mind bent out of shape by the brilliance of the young people up for the Apps for Good Awards 2014. more >
‘Digital participation’ is a phrase that brings together much of our work at Nominet Trust. This isn’t just about participating in digital communities, though of course that plays a part, but about using digital technologies to participate effectively within communities important to you – whether they be local, international, interest led or action orientated.
Last week was the Citizen Cyber Summit #ccs in London a fascinating gathering of people interested in, design and running citizen science activities. From the open session it reinforced how exciting our own exploration of citizen science is, and more importantly, the potential for finding new ways of addressing some persistent social challenges. That may sound overly optimistic, perhaps even a little naive, but as James Borrell highlighted in his opening speech, these are important characteristics of starting out a citizen science based enquiry.