Tech Fest for Social Good (14 – 18 June 2021)

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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Tech Fest For Social Good 14-18 June 2021

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.

We are delighted to be hosting another week-long virtual festival to celebrate and showcase the benefits of digital technology for social good, as part of Digital Leaders Week 2021.

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.

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 take a look at our free events below and to get involved and be inspired!

Day one inclusion 14th June 2021

14 June – 10am | Making Wales an exemplar for Digital Inclusion

For this year’s opening event for #TechFest4SocialGood we will be putting some of the Digital Inclusion Alliance for Wales’ (DIAW) highest profile members in the spotlight to ask what progress is being made on this pressing and urgent issue. What practical steps are being taken so that everyone in Wales, who needs and wants to, can access and benefit from the internet and digital technology?

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14 June – 1pm | Let’s get serious about accessibility

Come join us for this fascinating session where Digital Accessibility Centre (DAC) will guide us through what regulations you need to follow, and how. DAC will also be inviting one of its current clients to talk about the major benefits that come with making services easy to use – not only for people with disabilities or impairments, but for everyone.

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14 June – 3pm | Meeting the needs of people with disabilities in the digital age

During this session we will be hearing from two inspiring organisations that are committed to supporting the independence and wellbeing of people living with learning disabilities through digital technology.

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Day two - communities, 15th June 2021

15 June – 10am | How to achieve successful community engagement online

During this event, we will be hearing from organisations that have successfully engaged with their communities online. From sharing their journey and top tips, to the challenges they’ve faced along the way, this session promises to be one of the best takeaways you will consume this week!

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15 June – 2:30pm | Helping people to re-engage with their community post-Covid

Inspired by the actions of the Get There Together project , this session will be looking at how we can use tech and digital resources to help people to reengage with their community post-Covid.

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Day three trading, 16th June 2021

16 June – 9:30am | Trading together online

Digital tools have played a crucial part in helping local businesses work together to find new routes to market. Hear about the inspirational story of one Welsh valley and how their online marketplace soon became an essential service. This session will premiere a short film about Cadwyn Ogwen, and Q&A with the project leaders, and other voices from innovative trading partnerships across Wales.

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16 June – 11am | Using online tools to generate voluntary income

Hosted by Third Sector Support Wales (WCVA and the County Voluntary Councils) this event will highlight the different ways charities can use different platforms and tools available on the internet to raise unrestricted income. Guest speaker Amy Kordiak from Local Giving will highlight the benefits of using digital to attract donations, and we will identify the varied ways to generate additional income online.

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16 June – 1pm | Strengthening local food supplies with tech

Our food networks bring together social businesses across Wales growing or serving food and many organisations supporting them. This event will look at tech solutions to developing local food systems from platform to plate and vertical vegetables. Can technology help us create a healthier Wales and fairer food system? Come and join in the conversation and bring a packed lunch!

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Day four - Diversity, 17th June 2021

17 June – 9am | Tackling diversity and inclusion in the digital age | All day drop-in

For this all-day drop-in session on our new Virtual Conference Platform, we will be hearing from a range of inspiring organisations that are committed to tackling diversity and inclusion in the digital age. From meeting Veterans and Asylum Seekers needs to finding digital solutions for Welsh language and BAME communities, this session promises to inform, inspire and educate.

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Day five - Digi skills for good, 18th June 2021

18 June – 9am | Digi Skills For Good: Live Demonstration Day (All day drop-in)

Final day of our #TechFest4SocialGood. This all-day drop-in event is dedicated to all third sector organisations interested in acquiring the digital knowledge, tools and skills to improve the lives of their clients and communities.

Delivered through a series of bite-size demonstrations and masterclasses (15 minutes each) we will be exploring a range of digital solutions, ideas, innovations and technologies to help increase your organisation’s impact.

We promise the day will be informal, fun, practical and highly interactive. So please join us and finish your #DLWeek with a virtual bang!

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What is Tech for Good?

Tech for 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.

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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.

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