Social Innovation Camp call for ideas has opened!
The Social Innovation Camp June 2009 call for ideas is now open!
Once again, we’re looking for the best ideas that, in the words of Tim O’Reilly, use the web to tackle stuff that matters.
Over one weekend from 19th-21st June 2009, we’re bringing together some of the best of the UK’s software developers and designers with those at the sharp end of social problems at the Saltire Centre, Glasgow.
Their mission will be to turn six back-of-the-envelope ideas that could change the world into social start-ups in under 48 hours – complete with working software.
You’ve got until Friday 22nd May 2009 to send us your idea that uses the web to create social change and you could be joining 100 other participants to try and make it a reality.
Find out how it works here and check out all the details of how to enter your idea here.
So what are we looking for?
Absolutely anyone can enter an idea: if you’re a hacker with an itch to scratch, we want to hear from you – but you don’t have to be technically skilled to get involved. We’re looking for software developers and designers, people with business brains and seriously creative minds, together with those of you who simply know about a problem you want to solve. And there’s no need for you to be based in Scotland – or even the UK – to enter.
We’re looking for the best ideas that use the web to change stuff that matters – be that in education, health care, the environment; it could be something on your doorstep or stuff that effects the world as a whole.
There’s only one thing that every idea must have in common: that it uses the web to help people do something for themselves.
You can read more about the Big Idea behind Social Innovation Camp over on our main site. But if you’re after some inspiration, take a look at some of our past winners from Social Innovation Camp April and December 2008. We’ve also suggested a couple of big themes you might want to think about.
We’ll be in and around Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and elsewhere in the next couple of months. If you’d like find out more, catch up with us when we’re in your area or keep in touch with what we’re up to then you can either join our mailing list, follow us on Twitter, join our Facebook group or sign up to our Meetup group.
So get thinking: you’ve only got eight weeks to send us your idea.