We’re looking for the best tech talent to help Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations in Northern Ireland create great new digital products through the Techies in Residence Programme. Each project comes with £8,000 toward salary contribution, as well as opening up potential partnerships in new areas for your business.
The Techies in Residence (TiR) Programme brings together social challenges from charities and social enterprises with digital technology professionals to produce innovative digital solutions, products and services that have potential for scalable social impact.
Funded by Comic Relief, the programme which was originally designed by Building Change Trust as part of the Social Innovation NI collaboration 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. The programme is managed and delivered by Innovate-NI in partnership with the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.
We have shortlisted from 34 challenges to 6 projects this year and we’ve opened our call for tech talent- to enable us to match the projects with the required skills and expertise. Some of these projects will turn out to be commercialisable and it is expected that they can potentially be further developed between the VCSE organisations and their tech counterparts post-Techies in Residence support. Over the course of a 12-week placement period, the techies will build, as a minimum, a prototype solution to the issues outlined within this catalogue, as well as helping to bring different ways of creative thinking to the organisations they work with.
We’re interested in hearing from people with a range of technical skills and possible solutions to the problems. If you work in any tech role and want to express interest in the programme, please complete the form below and we’ll send you through the project catalogue.
9 January 2019 – Expression of interest Call for Techies Opens
22 February 2019 – potential Techies meet with the VCSE challenge owners
5/6 or 6/7 March 2019 – Final Date TBC
To register your interest- please click here
The Techies in Residence (TiR) 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.
We’re looking for the best tech talent to help VCSE organisations in Northern Ireland create great new digital products through the Techies in Residence Programme.
The Programme which was originally designed by Building Change Trust as part of the Social Innovation NI collaboration 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.
While we haven’t chosen our projects yet, we’re opening our call for tech talent- if you work in any tech role and want to express interest in the programme, please complete the form below and we’ll be in touch with more information soon.
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.
Six participants from the Techies in Residence social innovation programme celebrated success today after securing over £85,000 in funding from a panel of experts at Digital DNA. The programme, which had over thirty initial applicants, will provide £85,000 in support to Mencap NI, Children’s Law Centre, Shelter NI, uHub, Housing Rights NI and Parenting NI, all of whom will take forward delivering on their respective social innovation projects.
The programme supported by Building Change Trust brings together social challenges from charities and social enterprises with digital and technology professionals to produce innovative digital products and services over up to twelve weeks. This the third year the programme has been run by Innovate-NI with support from Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund.
This morning ten VCSE organisations pitched for additional funding, having started the process in early 2018 and received support and mentoring at various milestones. Like the Trust’s ‘Social Innovation Skills’ programme, charities and techies go through a creative problem-solving process, where the needs of the end user are the focus, rather than what the charity or the techie thinks they might be.
Successful projects include a one stop online resource developed by uHub which will enable those with mental health difficulties to self-support and access services and a Housing Rights NI resource to help make it easier for tenants to navigate the private rental sector. Funding was also awarded to Mencap NI who will harness virtual reality to enable people with learning difficulties to be engaged with society, and Parenting NI who want to reach as many parents as possible and make them aware of the help and support available to them through a new app. In addition, Shelter NI have secured funding to deliver a trusted trader scheme for vulnerable housing tenants, and the final recipient the Children’s Law Centre will create an anonymous chat bot to provide information to young people on their legal rights.
Reflecting on the Techies in Residence programme and the funding announcement, Paul Braithwaite, Programme Leader at Building Change Trust said,
“We’ve been so impressed by the quality of the pitches today, it was difficult to make a decision from the ten shortlisted. Those who have been successful demonstrated that their 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.”
Congratulating the winners, Clare McGee from Innovate-NI added;
“This is our third year running the Techies in Residence programme. We are delighted that so many organisations want to make real progress in addressing these social challenges. This seed fund will support the final six to continue their journey and reflects the appetite for social innovation within the VCSE sector.”