Our mission proposed to the Nominet Trust was simple: we want to enable anyone to create their own website without need of a safety net, instruction bible, or ‘internet guru’ (shudder). We are going to create a simple-to-use, affordable platform for charities and not-for-profits to create their own websites to amplify the good they deliver.This platform, came to be named Jam.Jam exists in two parts, the technology platform (the building part) and the content strategy (or what on earth do we put on our website part).
"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.
Using data to create maps of various kinds is an intriguing and entertaining process: but is it useful? Could such maps make us unjustifiably confident that we know where we are, and where we should be going?
Last weekend was a big weekend for us. We put superheroes, techy developers, lay office types and a bunch of cool young people in a room and gave them the power to change the world through social action. Luckily for us, they knew how!
The venue: very generously donated by Forward Foundation, also came with the sharp mind of Sam, a developer there to make sure we keep a link to reality.
A poll for Bethnal Green Ventures – which supports ‘tech for good’ startups – has found that over a quarter (27%) of people would most like to run or work for an organisation which aims to make a positive social impact. Over a quarter (28%) of those polled also said they think startups will create the most jobs in the UK in the next three years.
The findings are released as Bethnal Green Ventures begins its UK-wide search for people who want to use technology to tackle stuff that matters: from health care and education to employment and an ageing population.
An online safety initiative from PICTFOR is using engaging lesson plans to educate primary school pupils how to discover all the joys of the internet without danger
Staying safe online Since the national curriculum for ICT has been disapplied, there is a risk that primary school pupils will move on to secondary school with good technical skills, but without the awareness of online safety that they need for the more sophisticated environment they suddenly find themselves immersed in.
Data Unity develop a new web tool aiming to encourage greater promotion and use of open data to help organisations better analyse, understand and increase the impact of their work.
Overcoming technical barriers If workers in the third sector don’t know how to engage with open data – or even their own organisation’s data – they may be unable to extract meaningful insights about the impact of their work and that of others. This could prevent people from unlocking the real value in data.
London 27th February, 2013 – A challenge launched today aims to uncover England’s most innovative and disruptive early-stage ventures whose imaginative use of digital technology will have a profound impact on the future life chances of young people.