We’re working with some of the best tech talent as part of Techies in Residence, including Metadeck, who are working with Your Derry. We caught up with their founder, Declan.

  • Tell me a little about yourself and your organisation

I am the founder of Metadeck (https://metadeck.io). We specialize in bespoke software solutions and have a range of clients from SMEs and startups to larger enterprise companies.

  • What attracted you to the Techies in Residence Programme?

I have experience working with the voluntary sector and I have built apps for JAM Card in Belfast and Studio2 in Derry.

  • What attracted you to working with (the organisation you’re working with)?

Its great to work with the Your Derry group as they are local to me and their overall goal is to improve the city.

  • Tell us a little about what’s exciting about this project?

I think the Compassion Games is an innovative way of trying to tackle depression and change the mindset of the youth within the city.

  • What challenges do you think you’re going to face in this process?

I think as our target users will be young it may be difficult to build and design an app that appeals to that demographic. We’ll try and tackle this by making the app as agile as possible in order to facilitate changes in the UI quickly during the user testing phase.

  • What scope do you see for your solution beyond Northern Ireland?

I think if this idea takes off then there is scope for this app to run anywhere in the world.

The Techies in Residence programme is an initiative of Social Innovation NI, managed by the Building Change Trust, which in turn has been funded by Big Lottery Fund and also Comic Relief. Innovate NI have been appointed by the Trust as Managing Agent for the ongoing development and delivery of Techies in Residence.