Techies in Residence Info Sessions

Techies in Residence Info Sessions

The Techies in Residence Programme are hosting a number of workshops aimed at the VCSE community to give people a little insight into the programme, what are the steps and what type of project would suit the programme. We’re hosting these at a range of venues across Northern Ireland, over lunch times, and the Innovate-NI team will be on hand to help answer any questions about the programme, what the supports on offer are, and also with case studies of projects that we’ve supported in the past and how Techies in Residence helped them on their journey.

The dates of the programme are:

  • Mid Ulster
    06/11/18- Burnavon Arts & Cultural Centre, Burn Road, Cookstown. 09:00-12:30
  • Derry City & Strabane- Launch of Strategic Plan for NWCN, contact Roisin to register
    08/11/18- Holywell Trust, 10-14 Bishop Street, Derry BT48 6PW, 12:30-14:00
  • Causeway Coast & Glens
    12/11/18- Garvagh & District Development Association, 85 Main Street, Garvagh, 12:30-14:00
  • Derry City & Strabane
    13/11/18- Holywell Trust, 10-14 Bishop Street, Derry, BT48 6PW, 12:30-14:00
  • Newry Mourne & Down
    14/11/18- Newry & Mourne Enterprise Agency, 27 WIN Business Park Road, Newry, BT35 6PH, 12:30-14:00
  • Greater Belfast (How to get the best out of Social Media Event)
    15/11/18 –  Conference room, Social Economy Village, Work West, 1B Hannahstown Hill, Belfast, BT17 0XS 09:30-12:30
  • Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon (Social Economy Event)
    15/11/18- Ulster Carpets, Garvaghy Road, Portadown, 12:00-14:00
  • Greater Belfast
    16/11/18- NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, BT15 2GB
  • Lisburn & Castlereagh
    22/11/18-Elm Room, Civic Headquarters, Lisburn BT27 4RL- 12:30-14:00

Each of the sessions is free, but for catering purposes, please register at the links provided. Some of these events are in conjunction with other events and are listed as such.

What is Techies in Residence?

Digital technology holds huge potential to help the VCSE sector develop new solutions to social problems. The Techies in Residence programme, now in its fourth year, brings together the respective expertise of digital technology experts and the VCSE sector to create, develop and implement new digital social innovations in Northern Ireland.

Social Innovation simply refers to the creation and implementation of new solutions to social problems, that are more effective or efficient than existing solutions. Community Foundation NI is committed to supporting the Northern Ireland Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector to expand its knowledge and practice in the field of social innovation.

Techies in Residence harnesses technical expertise from Northern Ireland’s leading technology firms to support new social innovation projects devised by local VCSE sector organisations.

The Techies in Residence programme is an initiative of Social Innovation NI, managed by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, and is funded by Comic Relief. Innovate-NI have been appointed by the Foundation as Managing Agent for the ongoing development and delivery of Techies in Residence.

In this session, we’ll provide information for the Techies in Residence Programme and outline how your organisation can benefit and get involved.


Techies in Residence Open for Applications

Techies in Residence Open for Applications

The Techies in Residence (TiR) Programme is open for applications! The Programme brings together social challenges from charities and social enterprises with digital technology professionals to produce innovative digital products and services that have potential for deep social impact.

The Programme which was originally designed by Building Change Trust has supported 19 innovative projects across Northern Ireland since it was launched in 2015. It sees VCSE organisations matched with tech professionals to help them solve a social challenge using digital technology and will be delivered by Innovate NI in partnership with the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.
With Building Change Trust completing its mission at the end of this year, the Techies in residence Programme is continuing to offer support after Comic Relief made funding of £150,000 available to the Community Foundation for another round of applications.
How the Programme works
By matching relevant VCSE organisations with tech talent, TiR is about using cross-sectoral collaboration and the latest technology to introduce and embed new ways of thinking and working to solve problems. The combined social know-how of the VCSE sector and the digital acumen of the tech sector hold huge potential to develop impactful and scalable digital responses to a variety of social problems in Northern Ireland and further afield. Check out the case studies section for examples of previous projects supported.
Who can apply
Any VCSE organisation can apply through simply submitting a challenge they want to work on where they feel digital technology and innovation support could help enhance their social impact.  The application deadline will be 5pm on Friday 7th December 2018.
The application process
Shortlisted groups will be notified within 2 weeks and invited to attend a workshop in the early New Year (date to be provided in advance) where they will receive mentoring and support to further refine their proposal.
The final stage of selection will be a pitch day in late January 2019 which will see up to 6 groups awarded with a ‘Techie in Residence’ who will be work intensively with them for a 10-12 week period, starting with a two-day launch residential where they will work with their techie to develop a detailed action plan.
As well as this, a dedicated mentor from Innovate NI works with the participant organisation to consider the wider opportunities and support available to the participant outside of the programme and to strategically develop and plan further development of their new digital solution post-Techies intervention.
This can prove invaluable in securing additional funding or helping to sustain and scale the innovation being worked on.
Please note the Techies in Residence programme adopts an ‘open innovation’ approach, which centres on the belief that any new solution could have multiple applications beyond the immediate problem for which it was developed.
This is particularly important in the resource constrained environment of the VCSE sector. There is little sense in investing multiple times in the development of broadly similar solutions. Consequently Social Innovation NI asks that all Techies in Residence participants adopt an open approach to Intellectual Property and are prepared to make their solution freely available to others working on social challenges where it could be useful.
If you think Techies in Residence could be for you, click on the apply button now!
Applications close on Friday 7th December 2018