Doing good doesn't have to be limited to a couple of hours spent volunteering here and there, it can be a full time job that also contributes to positive social change. What if we could convert footsteps into energy that powered homes, or use an app that allows communities to share bikes, tools and household items, or provide therapists with data on their patient's moods and help reinforce positive behavior?
Tess Riley, "Building offline communities using online networks"
Streetbank is the UK's largest neighbourhood sharing website and a key player in the collaborative consumption movement. Every day, people are using the site to lend and give away things, and share skills. Tess Riley will be giving a short introduction to Streetbank in the context of the UK's sharing economy before going on to look at the benefits of building offline communities using online networks, as well as the challenges.
Tess Riley is the Communications Director at Streetbank and has helped build the project from 12,000 to its current 28,000 members over the past two years. When not working at Streetbank, she writes about the sharing economy, the environment and communities for a range of publications, cycles everywhere and advises pro-social organisations on anything comms, PR and marketing related.
Ed Money, "Renewable Energy from Footsteps"
Pavegen have globally pioneered a flooring tile that converts the kinetic energy from people's footsteps into renewable electricity. When stepped on, the Pavegen surface flexes a near imperceptible 5mm, generating up to 8 watts of power over the duration of the footstep, enough to power local applications such as street lighting, advertising displays, and communications technology. Installed successfully at sites around the world, including the 2013 Paris Marathon and London 2012 Olympic Games, the Pavegen flooring tiles are also able to collect, monitor and communicate live data using its unique API wireless interface. The software can calculate the amount of power generated and the number of footsteps on each tile, as well as control energy efficient lighting and send out live updates via social media channels. The highly engaging off grid technology has the ability to transform smart cities of the future, by providing a low-carbon energy contribution and realtime data analytics in high footfall areas.
Ed Money is a MEnvSci Environmental Science graduate from Sheffield University and now is the Business Development Executive at Pavegen. As a member of the Institute of Environmental Science and former Project manager at IX Power, Ed has extensive experience working with eco products within the energy & sustainability sector. Ed is the founder of the social enterprise, Launch, and he now applies these skills as part of Pavegen’s growth strategy, demonstrating the technology to global clients and at high profile speaking events. Most recently he was the keynote at the BASIS Conference in Twickenham Stadium, speaking about Pavegen’s involvement in improving sustainability in sport.
Omar Qureshi, "Balancing technical debt and features in a one man tech team"
In small tech teams, the requirement to deliver features may mean that your application will start to smell a little as time gets on. As many have experienced, technical debt, or the consequences of poor software architecture and development, can be a painful debt to repay. Hear about best practices - learned the hard way - from BuddyApp's CTO. Isn't it better to prevent fires in the first place through both technical and non-technical solutions?
Asi Sharabi, "Sidekick School: An Incubator for non-profit's digital businesses"
In his talk, Asi will give an overview and learnings from their unique startup incubator programme called Sidekick School where they helped four charity organisations launch their own spin-out digital businesses. Asi Sharabi is the Managing Director of Sidekick Studios, a product design consultancy and social incubator. Sidekick creates its own social startups as well as with/for their clients.
Andrew Devlin, "Becoming a Rainmaker"
In 2013 Essence teamed up with The Rainmaker Foundation to help their marketing strategy and create a digital brand that encourages people to make a difference, by becoming a Rainmaker. In his short talk Andrew discusses Essence's approach to the project, and the impact of how digital was used for the power of good.
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