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Social Innovation Camp is coming to Scotland in June, and it’s your chance to submit ideas and take part in a fantastic weekend of people building, designing, thinking up new ideas that use the web to do something good, this year around the theme of Social Isolation. Here’s what they say;
“From 17th-19th June 2011 at Informatics Ventures in Edinburgh, we’re bringing together some of the best of the UK’s software developers and designers with those at the sharp end of social problems.
They’ll have just 48 hours to build some web-based solutions to a set of social problems – from back-of-the-envelope idea to working prototype, complete with software. But first off, we start with a call for ideas: we want to find the most exciting ideas for how the web could change stuff that really matters.”
You can find out more on the official website, and how to submit an idea. It was two years ago when I was about to graduate I put one of those back of the napkin ideas in for entry.
It ended up winning the weekend and receiving a level 1 award from FirstPort which gave it legs and funding to introduce the concept to the policing world. The idea was MyPolice, an online feedback tool for the public to talk to the police. Simple but now we’ve finished our first pilot and we’re moving onto phase 2 of the build.
So if you’re thinking, ‘nah, I’ll take part next time’, don’t! Submit an idea, even if it is a one liner, and get yourself along to the Informatics Forum to take part. It is a fantastic event and a great, no strings attached space to be creative and build some potentially life changing software/service/product.
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Got an idea that’s sort of social innovation? Think you can make a difference?
The folks over at social innovation camp are starting a new project called Bethnal Green ventures. They say,
“Social Innovation Camp is all about taking a back-of-the-envelope idea and working out how to make it real. We’ve learnt a huge amount about what makes an idea fly or flounder as we’ve watched projects develop after Social Innovation Camp and now we want to build a new way of helping people grow an idea that one stage further: from prototype idea to social start-up.
Bethnal Green Ventures Nightschool is the first step in doing that.”
Over a year ago I took part in social innovation camp, and won it with a fantastic bunch of people and the project Mypolice. It’s been such slow going with the project and we’ve had some great highs so far with it and some incredible lows. Something like Bethnal Green ventures could have really helped us in the stage from great idea to getting funding to launching.
So if you’re in London, give them a shout.