Tech for Social Good - Combined Seminar Report
April was a busy time for the Building Change Trust’s work to raise awareness of ‘Tech for Social Good: Digital Social Innovation’.
Following on from BelTech 2014 and an event held at NICVA to discuss recently released research on the potential for digital technology to be used for social good, the Trust has produced a combined report from both seminars.
The report, which can be accessed here, highlights the input from key note speakers including Ashely Elizabeth Ball from the Young Foundation and the Lord Mayor of Belfast.
Both events were vital opportunities for the sector to have significant input into the wider social innovation strategy being developed by the Trust and others. The combined report considers the accessibility of and the attitude to technology, the availability of funding and resources and the practical considerations required to push digital social innovation forwards in Northern Ireland.
Stephen Gray, Head of Information Management at NICVA, the umbrella body for the Northern Ireland third sector, gave a response to the ‘Turning Up the Dial’ research report at the 10th April seminar.
He said: “The Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector is innovative but maybe not in relation to digital technology.
"There is little space for digital research and development within the sector and a fear of digital exclusion may have held the sector back from digital innovation”
Those interested in being part of a working group that takes forward the various actions identified should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The prospective date for a first meeting is Wednesday 4th June over a bite of lunch.