What we're about

We care about how digital technologies can create positive social impact locally.

Why Tech for Good?
Brighton has a dynamic digital scene. It also has an active charity/voluntary/social sector. And a burgeoning social enterprise scene. Brighton also has loads of social challenges. Digital tech can help in many ways. Let’s join forces!

Who is it for?
Whether you work or volunteer at a charity, community group, non-profit organisation or social enterprise, are a programmer, a data geek or just curious about responsible tech, Tech for Good Brighton is here to help you make connections and feel part of a community which uses digital technology to create positive social impact locally.

CHARITIES/COMMUNITY GROUPS/SOCIAL ENTERPRISES will find a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for those who are keen to find out how they can use digital technology to improve their organisation or social impact project.

TECH CREATIVES/DESIGNERS/DIGITAL MARKETERS will find opportunities to put their expertise to local social good, as well as the potential for lasting relationships with organisations delivering projects in the local community.

What kind of events can you expect?
Our programme is a varied mix of 'Tech for Good' talks, practical workshops and socials.

Is there an online space to share different needs and offers?
Yes, join our Tech for Good Brighton Slack workspace to post any help you need or can provide, to take part in discussions and to network online. Join it here (https://bit.ly/2LVFPCp).

Tech for Good Brighton is supported by Citizens Online, a digital inclusion charity; Clearleft, a design and innovation agency; and part of the global NetSquared and Tech for Good movement of innovators in more than 70 cities around the world. NetSquared gathers together nonprofits and activists, tech leaders and funders, and everyone who's interested in using technology for social change.

Learn more about NetSquared and find your closest group at http://www.NetSquared.org (http://www.netsquared.org/)

Upcoming events (4)

DIGITAL TRAINING - Tech and Diversity: Digital tools to support inclusion

DIGITAL TRAINING WORKSHOP Workshop run by Atif Choudhury, CEO of Diversity & Ability & David Scurr, Project Manager, Citizens Online Digital tools can play a big part in taking an inclusive approach to supporting independence and increased wellbeing of both staff/volunteers and service users. This workshop will showcase a range of free inclusive digital tools that can be empowering and transformative, ultimately improving organisations and the support they provide. The workshop will also showcase different Digital Champion approaches and free support available in Brighton and Hove, ensuring that this learning can be put to practice as soon as you step back into your organisation! About Atif: Atif is an award-winning social entrepreneur, with a background in economic justice and disability inclusion projects. He is co-founder of DnA and Zaytoun CIC and a trustee for Disability Rights UK. DnA works to minimise the social exclusion of disabled people across the UK, in education, charitable and corporate sectors. This workshop is organised by the Digital Brighton & Hove network in partnership with Community Works and Brighton and Hove City Council, and in collaboration with Diversity and Ability (DnA) and Tech for Good Brighton. REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/technology-and-diversity-essential-digital-tools-supporting-inclusion-registration-73270244273

Tech for Meaning: Putting Responsible Tech at the heart of our organisations

What if we were all a bit ‘better’ in how we used the internet and tech? What would ‘Fair Trade’ for tech look like? And what is the role for 21st century businesses and civil society organisations in ensuring tech is more ethical and drives real positive change? This special ‘Meaning Fringe’ (https://meaningconference.co.uk/) Tech for Good event aims to explore how we can put positive meaning back into tech. With Big Tech companies gradually taking over both our private lives and workspaces, questions around trust, privacy and ethics have become all too common. The ‘techlash’ offers opportunities for emerging technologies to be designed in a more transparent and inclusive way. It also provides an incentive for both 21st century businesses and civil society organisations to ensure digital tech is used more ethically and drives real positive change. There will be talks from: - Hannah Kitcher, Communications Manager, Doteveryone https://doteveryone.org.uk/ Doteveryone is the responsible technology think tank. They research how technology is changing society, create products and prototypes that show what responsible technology looks like, and catalyse communities to create change. Hannah is responsible for increasing awareness of responsible technology and for championing this important work across sectors. - Jenni Lloyd, Senior Programme Manager, Government Innovation, Nesta https://www.nesta.org.uk/ Nesta is UK’s Innovation Foundation. Jenni runs the ShareLab Fund which has a mission to grow evidence and understanding of how collaborative digital platforms can deliver social impact. Prior to Nesta, Jenni founded PurposeLab - an experimental consultancy designed to explore purposeful work. We’ll get some reactions from leading ‘tech for good’ advocates the tech/business sector including: - Ellie Hale, Communities Lead, Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology (CAST) http://wearecast.org.uk/ - Rich Denyer-Bewick, Operations Director, Citizens Online https://www.citizensonline.org.uk/ - Digital agencies (TBA soon) And we want to hear about your 'tech for good' projects in our community shout-outs – not to forget the usual drinks, tunes and informal networking! This event is part of Meaning Fringe (https://meaningconference.co.uk/fringe), a week of events and opportunities to learn, share and laugh with fellow travellers on the road to better business. At the heart of Meaning Fringe is progressive business conference Meaning (https://meaningconference.co.uk/) Happening on 14 November at Brighton Dome, Meaning is the unmissable event for people who believe that business has a critical role to play in addressing the challenges of our time..

DIGITAL TRAINING - Design Hop: Introduction to service design for charities

DIGITAL TRAINING WORKSHOP Workshop run by Ellie Hale, Communities Lead at Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology (CAST) Design Hops are the first step into exploring the role of digital in charitable services. By demystifying technology and design, and placing the focus on people not tech, the free half-day workshop and follow-up support helps you start your digital journey on the right foot. This is the first of four sessions as part of our ‘Service Design’ series. Who is it for? Those of you working for local charities, voluntary/community groups and social enterprises who are interested in exploring the role of digital. Ideally, we’re looking for decision-makers who will be able to put the methods learnt directly into practice and are in a position to further develop their ideas. You should also have a good understanding of your organisation’s existing services and the challenges in providing them. Please note that unfortunately this workshop is not suitable for organisations with an income below £10,000. How does it work? An energetic and practical half-day workshop where you will unpack a key organisational challenge, map existing responses as well as your organisation’s assets, then identify and test points where digital might help. You’ll also be connected to local networks, experts and tools that can support the next step of your digital journey, as well as live funding opportunities, where relevant. We also make introductions to great digital partners for those who need that, and signpost to live funding opportunities and local networks. If you're interested in taking part, please: 1) Register your interest with CAST following this link: http://bit.ly/CASTDesignHops 2) RSVP to this meetup event! This workshop is organised by the Digital Brighton & Hove network in partnership with Community Works, the Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology (CAST), Brighton and Hove City Council and Clearleft.

DIGITAL TRAINING - CRM or no CRM? Using data for greater impact

Clearleft, 68 Middle Street

DIGITAL TRAINING WORKSHOP Workshop run by Becky Smitn, Solutions Consultant at Economic Change Is data dragging your charity down or helping to drive you forward? From dealing with service user contact details (and worrying about GDPR!); to having the right information to hand to manage projects effectively; to being able to produce outcome reports for trustees and funders - many small charities are challenged by data. How can you best manage your organisation’s data? And how can digital tools like a CRM (Customer Relationship Management System) help you use data more effectively? This session will cover: • How to get the most of your organisation’s data • What is a CRM, and why you might need one • How to manage data effectively on a tight budget • How to develop a CRM strategy • An opportunity to ask questions and share knowledge with others About Becky: Becky has worked for several small charities and understands the challenges of managing data in unconnected systems. Following successful CRM implementation at her previous job with Lewes-based arts and wellbeing charity, Culture Shift, Becky now works for Economic Change CIC as a Solutions Consultant, advising non-profits on implementing Salesforce. This workshop is organised by the Digital Brighton &Hove network in partnership with Community Works and Brighton and Hove City Council. REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/crm-or-no-crm-using-data-for-greater-social-impact-registration-73271602335

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