Improving online learning Although MOOCs (Massively Online Open Courses) have sparked a huge growth in the video and online learning sector, take-up to date has been skewed towards the tech-savvy and educated: Benkyo Player aims to open online learning up to less-advantaged groups.
Utilising skills People with autism spectrum disorders have unique talents particularly suited to the IT marketplace, but in the UK, these skills currently go untapped. Specialisterne aims to change this by creating a bridge between ASD people with and employers that can benefit from their skills.
Employers gain skilled IT professionals that also help them meet their corporate social responsibility goals, whilst carrying out skilled work boosts ASD sufferers’ financial independence, their confidence and self-worth.
Tackling poverty 4.5 million people in the UK, an estimated 1.5 million of them children, were living in fuel poverty in 2011.Shimmer aims to help those living in extraordinarily challenging circumstances, on low income, on benefits, in social housing and in financial and digital exclusion, to increase their financial savvy, and their disposable income by saving money on energy. It does this by bundling tools to tackle both financial and fuel poverty – issues previously handled separately – into a single platform.
Commonplace is a mobile and web tool to make it easier for communities to influence local planning decisions.
Promoting community engagement It crowd-sources how people feel about their area, and about specific projects, and aggregates and interprets this data in a way developers, architects and local authorities can understand and act on. This means plans and buildings that will impact a community respond to genuine community need –ultimately resulting in better neighbourhoods.
Monitoring care Active Alerter is designed to help those of us who would prefer to remain in our own homes as long as possible as we age. Many of us are forced into costly full-time care simply because of the risk of falls or other safety concerns.
When you become a Nominet Trust funded project, we'll invite you to spend the day with us, along with the other successful projects from your application round, to share ideas, opportunities and network.
For an overivew of what happened at our Recently Funded Partners day on 16 May, take a look at this Storify.
Inspiring a generation to use the power of the internet-of-things to tackle global challenges through an open, accessible web platform.
Collating information The world's 50 billion (estimated by large corporations like Ericsson and Cisco, and expected to reach this number by 2020) connected devices yield huge amounts of data with which to reveal and tackle challenges, from climate change, and transport, to education and ageing. But harnessing this information remains a niche, 'geek' pursuit, with too few of us knowing how to use this power to affect change.
Reducing anxiety 3 million people in the UK have an anxiety disorder and anxiety and depression causes 40% of disability worldwide. However, just 15% of those with mixed anxiety and depression – the most commonly diagnosed anxiety disorder – are receiving treatment.