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Discover a programme that brings together students, entrepreneurs & community groups to develop creative solutions to local challenges.

We help train students to co-design solutions from uncovering local needs with the community to working with them to develop projects that can be taken forward.

We evaluate the insights and impact of the needs & solutions to help public services better understand how to support communities to help each other & use technology.

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  • Stimulate collaboration between public service staff, students, pupils, entrepreneurs and communities to develop collaborative research
    Work with the next generation for whom many of the new ways of researching & designing services they don’t see as R&D methods but what come naturally to them
    Although at one workshop we worked with an intergenerational art group, one of the grandmother’s there was sketching ideas with her iPad, which I’ve never used, so sometimes the next generation is where you least expect it
  • Visualisations provide so many opportunities for public services and civil society to better communicate policies and issues to the people they serve. But often we rely on powerpoint or leaflets because that’s all we know and we write in a way that people don’t always understand!

    More at http://www.wedowhatwesee.org/tag/visualcamp/
  • Visualisations provide so many opportunities for public services and civil society to better communicate policies and issues to the people they serve. But often we rely on powerpoint or leaflets because that’s all we know and we write in a way that people don’t always understand!

    More at http://www.wedowhatwesee.org/tag/visualcamp/
  • Use of their data or systems
    Real world experience for their students
    Real world needs for their research
    Access to entrepreneurs & innovations
    Access to potential customers
    Access to case studies
  • Incubated by Kent

    1. 1. A major challenge takes place in east Kent this autumn that aims to bring people together to develop innovative ways of using technology to improve their neighbourhoods. We’re asking local people to put forward their ideas and brings them together with designers & developers to find technology solutions.
    2. 2. Activities
    3. 3. We’re working with local people… Students & professors Residents of East Kent Community groups Entrepreneurs Digital agencies & startups
    4. 4. …to tackle local challenges
    5. 5. …using creative methods
    6. 6. Prototype ideas… Brainstorming ideas… using new technologies That deliver social impact… and help people help each other Photos by www.tomphillipsphotos.co.uk & http://creativepeopleplace.info/creatabox-at-home/
    7. 7. …to design solutions Validating the usability Designing the interaction Developing the functionality Simulating the service
    8. 8. Previous winners 2011 – Customer Transformation • Help young people understand & tackle bullying • Leveraged £90K to roll out across several schools 2012 – The Sunshine Bank • Reward civic activity with a new social currency • Launched website integrating social network tools 2013 – Smoking Chimney (Kemuri) • Create connected sensor service to reduce dehydration • Shortlisted for Nominet Trust & EIT ICT Labs Challenge
    9. 9. Key statistics
    10. 10. Why sponsor the competition? Associate your brand with a pioneering way of connecting local people and innovators to develop digital solutions to meet local challenges Engage with college and university students & professors, startups, businesses, community groups and residents Promote your brand at an event stimulating digital innovation in the community
    11. 11. How could you benefit? Nominate a representative from your organisation to be a judge for the competition Add your logo & marketing in print and online literature of the competition Highlight your brand in announcements at workshops, at Digibury Weekender & Transformed by You and The Shed Makerspace launch day Shape the Support Programme for the winners of the competition
    12. 12. Gold Level Sponsorship Sponsor the support programme for winners • £3000 Sponsor a financial prize for winners • £3000 (Negotiable)
    13. 13. Silver Level Sponsorship Sponsor a financial prize for winners • £1000 Sponsor the Innovation Day • £1000
    14. 14. Bronze Level Sponsorship The different options below are in-kind support. The level of in-kind support to be negotiated with sponsor – between 1-3 days of consultancy. Research: Help carry out market & user research to understand and target potential customers Business: Help develop a business model & plan to pitch to investors and make the solution sustainable Service design: Help support in designing the end to end service for the solution Communications: Help develop a communications plan & branding to promote the solution Coaching: Help coach the team / person to take their solution forward
    15. 15. Bronze Level (continued) The different options below are in-kind support. The level of in-kind support to be negotiated with sponsor – between 1-3 days of consultancy. Graphic & web design: Help provide graphic or web design support for the solution Web & software development: Help provide development or programming support for the solution User testing: Help test the solution with users using human-computer interaction Digital making: Help advise how to make the best use of 3D printing and other digital making Other (contact us with your ideas for how you could help)
    16. 16. Supporter Level Invite your members or staff to take part in the competition Host a workshop to help people develop ideas, prototype or test solutions Provide access to your open data or APIs developers can use Host a workshop to help people get online and/or develop their digital skills Blog and/or promote the competition Other (contact us with your ideas for how you could help)
    17. 17. Support Programme To help people take forward the solutions developed, we will develop a support programme where participants can choose what specialist support they require, complemented by collaborative activities with other participants & sponsors. Winners each get assigned a coach who can help them make the best use of the programme Winners come up with joint challenges they want help with. Local people invited to fortnightly /monthly meetups to help them tackle challenges in an hour. Winners choose what support they need from the Silver Level Sponsorship and receive 1:1 support from the relevant sponsor Winners meet up with Working Group every month to showcase and peer review each other’s progress
    18. 18. Support Programme (continued) Winners also get group workshops on each module from the Silver Level Sponsorship organised by the relevant sponsor Winners take part in a field visit to a space or organisation that uses creative methods to use/develop technology or use public space Winners invited to showcase their solutions at Kent Public Services ICT Board, UKC Industrial Panel and other relevant events organised by partners
    19. 19. Previous sponsors
    20. 20. Previous supporters
    21. 21. What they said “The best entries aren't necessarily the technically brilliant applications. It is more about making something that is provides a fresh, useful way to make use of an existing service” “It’s a great opportunity to be really imaginative and yet produce something that will have a solid local impact and helped create a network of individuals” “The best elements for me included giving our activity an edge and excitement, the time-bound nature of the day, roles on hand to help us out and the facilitation making everyone feel heard”
    22. 22. Get in touch! Noel Hatch noel.hatch@kent.gov.uk enquire@kentconnects.gov.uk 03000410496

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