In 2013 Nominet Trust received a grant application from Open Utility through the Social Tech, Social Change funding programme. Their vision - to build the world’s first peer-to-peer energy marketplace. This revolutionary online platform would enable individuals to buy energy directly from small-scale renewable energy producers, encouraging greater uptake of clean energy in the fight against pollution and climate change. more >
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.
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.
In case you missed it, yesterday was #floodhack. A very rapidly put together (planned on Friday!) hack to see what the technology community could do to support victims of the floods, hosted by Tech City UK at Google Campus and organised with the Cabinet Office. more >
When we conceived of the NT100 our starting point was the simple recognition that around the world digital technologies are being deployed in amazing ways to solve intractable social problems: social exclusion, lack of access to healthcare, education, culture, community; disenfranchisement; abuses of human rights.
We were already aware of a pretty sizeable number of inspiring projects but also conscious that for every innovation we had come across, there were probably many more that were unknown to us. We felt that little had been done to build a truly global picture. more >