Details of the government Innovation Hub, which I trailed the other day, have emerged sooner than I expected with news from Rewired State of an event in mid-November.
“Weekend for developers who want to work on challenges and solutions put forward through the Innovation Hub. The Innovation Hub is a virtual innovation space launching early October 2010, that brings together digital innovators, investors, service users and government decision makers to discuss, shape and build radical new digital solutions to social challenge.
“Developers have the option to contribute to solutions gaining backing and popularity through innovation hub or to post a brand new solution against a challenge area.”
The site explains:
“For the first quarter the challenges available are likely to be (but we don’t know for sure yet):
- Building a framework to enable localised civil action (Big Society)
- Using digital channels to get people online; building network of digital champions and apps to help get people online (Race Online)
- Supporting carers and cared for and keeping people at home longer
- Supporting young people through a changing employment landscape and helping them with challenges youth face today (sexual health, teenage pregnancy and gun and knife crime)
- Creating innovative funding models: exploring how solutions like peer-to-peer micro-contributions could fund Innovation Hub solutions
- Ways to improve the Innovation hub or better deliver its objectives.
“This is a paid developer event, with money shared in bounty format. Everyone who produces a solution will be paid a percentage of the bounty (money) for creating a prototype on the weekend – with the remainder awarded as cash prizes to the winners in each category”.
A group of us have already started discussions over on SocialbySocial in hopeful anticipation of the opportunity to promote the use of social tech for social action …. the subject of the SocialbySocial book you can read and download for free here.
Although the challenge is framed in terms of Big Society – because it is a Govenment project – I hope this doesn’t put off those who don’t like the politics of Smaller State – Bigger Society. My sense is that it will be a totally non-partisan initiative and a great opportunity to bring together people interested in how we can use a mix of tech and non-tech methods for social benefit … whether that’s in Big Society or Good Society, or just the smaller, local societies most of us live in.
My earlier post has ideas on how a challenge process could help create a knowledge ecology, as well as many news projects.
Update: I believe the dates are November 12-13, not 13-14 as on the site