Tech Fest for Social Good (12-16 October 2020)

The Wales Co-operative Centre is hosting a week long virtual festival to celebrate and showcase the benefits of digital technology for social good.

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At the Wales Co-operative Centre, we are passionate about the potential of technology to improve people’s lives, livelihoods and communities and we continually seek to collaborate with others who share this passion. So, we are delighted to be hosting a week-long virtual festival to celebrate and showcase the benefits of digital technology for social good, as part of Digital Leaders Week 2020.

This free festival will bring together experts from across the Public, Private, Third and Social Business Sectors to share experience and knowledge and inspire others to explore the potential of digital technology to improve people’s lives and the communities they live in.

Below is a list of the free events we will be running during the Tech Fest, from thought provoking panel-led discussions to practical hands-on learning experiences. If you are a social enterprise, co-operative, charity,  not-for-profit, public sector body or community group that wants to explore Tech for good and all that it entails, we invite you to get involved and be inspired.

Monday

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During the Covid-19 crisis, we have seen many examples of tech’s positive potential for social good, with charities, social enterprises, voluntary and community groups diversifying or changing the way they operate in order to survive and thrive during this difficult period.

But if digital service delivery becomes the new norm post Covid, does the Welsh third sector have the required knowledge and skills to thrive in this new environment? How does the sector start to co-design, build and use tech to meet their business and social outcomes?

Join us for the launch of both Digital Leaders Wales week and the launch of Tech Fest for Social Good where we will be focussing on the question ‘What are the challenges faced by tech for good in Wales today?” 

Speakers

  • Karen Lewis – Director of External Engagement, Wales Co-operative Centre and Digital Leaders Wales Chair
  • Lee Waters – Deputy Minister for Economy and Chair of the Welsh Government’s external digital panel
  • Sangeet Bhullar – Executive Director, WISE KIDS
  • Ashley Bale – Digital inclusion and Innovations Manager, Innovate Trust
  • Karen Carswell and Jake Henry – Co-founders, VIBE YOUTH CIC
  • Dan Sutch – Co-founder and Director, CAST

Who should attend? 

Charities, voluntary and community groups, social enterprises and co-operatives that want to explore tech’s positive potential for social good.

Tuesday

Image of gentleman using VR headsett

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Over the last few years, the tech world has been telling us how Virtual Reality (VR) is the next big thing. But aside from playing games, the applications of VR are still somewhat limited, especially when it comes to the health and social care sector.

During this awe inspiring session, we will be exploring the possibilities of virtual reality tech for your organisation and the people you care for.  Two Welsh experts in this area will showcase examples of virtual reality products being used in a health and social care setting, from using VR in care homes with dementia patients to helping NHS frontline staff during the pandemic.

Speakers

  • Simon Jones and Deian apRhisiart – Digital Communities Wales, a digital inclusion project helping organisations use and access new tech and get people online.
  • Matt Wordley – CEO & CO-Founder of Rescape Innovation and creator of DR.VR

Who should attend?

Charities, housing associations, care homes, social enterprises and community groups operating in the health and social care sector that want to explore the benefits of VR.

Tuesday

Person taking photograph with phone. Digital Solutions for Arts and Cultural Social Businesses. 13.10.20 2.30pm

 

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Our arts and cultural venues have been forced to shut during lockdown. Creativity may have been unleashed, but cultural and arts venues have struggled to reach audiences and bring in cash. They may face an uncertain future. How can digital solutions help?

This session will look at digital tools that can help social businesses in the arts and cultural sector.

Virtual tours – invite visitors in to get round lockdown or accessibility issues, deliver services or attract supporters – created by Welsh social enterprise Music Art Digital

Digital Fundraising for social investment – through crowdfunding or community shares

Newsbeat – a roundup of the latest approaches in the sector, including dance and storytelling

Speakers

  • Ebony Redhead & Elizabeth Hudson – Social Business Wales
  • Geraint Turner – Music Art Digital
  • Rachel Pedley – Avant Cymru
  • Beyond the Border
  • Sam Dabb – Le Pub

Who should attend?

Social enterprises, co-operatives, community groups and third sector organsiations operating in the Arts and Culture industry.

Thursday

Person pointing game console control at screen. Gaming for Social good. 15.10.2020 10am

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Most of us are aware of the challenges we’re facing engaging young people within our communities. But could gaming provide part of the solution?

Research has shown that, in the right context, games can provide an effective and engaging medium that allows us to explore personal interests, actively participate in learning, build social connections and take part in problem solving and decision making in a “safe-fail” space.

Join us for this hands-on participant-led session which will unite game creators, academics, social entrepreneurs and educators.

Speakers

  • Nathan Roberts – Senior Lecturer in Computing, Glyndwr University

Who should attend? 

Charities, voluntary and community groups, social enterprises and co-operatives working with or looking to engage with young people in their communities.

Thursday

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Developments in digital technology have transformed the lives of people in Wales over recent years, and the COVID-19 crisis has rapidly accelerated adoption of digital technology. It is now essential that we nurture digital leadership and skills in the Third Sector.

The Welsh Government has recently launched its Centre for Digital Public Services to develop new solutions to public service delivery. The key questions we want to address during the 90 minute session will be:

  • Do we need a Centre for Digital Services in the Third Sector, including for social enterprises and co-operatives?
  • How do we ensure that third sector organisations are able to access the new opportunities that are made possible through digital technology?
  • And what is the best way to make digital leadership training available, to ensure that those working in this crucial sector are able to develop skills within their organisations and networks?

We will also be inviting questions and recommendations from the audience, so please get involved.

Speakers

  • Derek Walker, Chief Executive, Wales Co-operative Centre (Chair)
  • Zoe Amar – Founder and Director, Zoe Amar Digital
  • Ross McCulloch – Director, Third Sector Lab
  • Tim Daley – Programme Manager, Digital Public Services

Who should attend? 

Charities, voluntary and community groups, social enterprises and co-operatives looking to access the new opportunities that are made possible through digital technology.

FRIDAY

Hand shaking a digital hand through a laptop screen

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During the Covid-19 crisis, we have seen many examples of tech’s positive potential for social good, with charities and social enterprises diversifying or changing the way they operate in order to survive and meet their clients’ needs during this difficult period.

Hosted in the fantastic Digilounge, The Tech Fest for Social Good Hack is a 3 hour hands-on event that will bring people together to come up with creative tech-based ideas, solve problems, and find some sustainable solutions to social issues in their communities.

Over the three hours we will be demystifying technology and design, and placing the focus on people not tech, including idea generation, market-testing, working with different groups, and how to create impact for local communities.

Are you passionate about making a difference? Do you have ideas to tackle social problems but not sure where to start? This workshop will help you kick start your digital journey on the right foot.

Speakers

The event is being facilitated by CAST, Promo Cymru and Wales Co-operative Centre

Who should attend?

Anyone who feels that they can bring ideas, and energy to the table! Problems are best solved together, so you will be working as a team. We would encourage you to sign up with others, but you can also sign up as an individual and join up with others at the start of the hack.

Who we are

The Wales Co-operative Centre is a not-for-profit co-operative organisation that supports people in Wales to improve their lives and livelihoods. For more than a decade we’ve been helping people to gain fundamental digital skills so that they can access information, services and jobs. As well as our work on digital inclusion, we are working with the charity and social business sector to help it harness digital technology for social good.

What is Tech for Good?

‘Tech for social good’ describes a movement and a community of people who care about harnessing technology to effect positive social impact. It’s about seeking technological solutions to make things better for people, society and the planet and at the heart of this lies the commitment to putting people first. The number of people and organisations thinking and operating in this space is increasing and the type of the activity they engage in is constantly evolving.