Button to direct people facing a housing crisis to services wins Shelter Scotland ‘hackathon’ support

Written by Jenni Davidson on 15 August 2016 in News

Shelter Scotland is to develop at least two of the ideas pitched at its recent hackathon to find digital solutions for housing issues

Mobile phone - Image credit: Manu Fernandez/AP/Press Association Images

An online button directing people facing a housing crisis to the most appropriate service for them has won backing from Shelter Scotland for further development.

The ‘I Need Help’ button will use factors such as time of day and location to automatically point users facing homelessness or poor housing to the most relevant resources for them.

‘I Need Help’ is the creation of team Acey, who won Scotland’s first housing and homelessness ‘hackathon’ to develop a digital solution to a Scottish housing problem.


RELATED CONTENT

Shelter Scotland to hold ‘hackathon’ to find digital solutions to Scotland’s housing crisis

Digital projects that get children into technology awarded £250,000 of funding

Scottish world heritage site gets £150,000 of EU funding for 3D digital app


The hackthon was organised by Shelter Scotland and hosted by Product Forge in Edinburgh.

It gathered of 33 coders, designers, businesspeople and housing professionals and saw seven teams go head-to-head to create new digital solutions to some of Scotland’s most pressing housing issues.

The teams then presented their solutions to a judging panel of digital leaders, entrepreneurs and housing specialists.

According to Shelter Scotland, the judging panel was so impressed by the ideas that they decided to award a runner-up prize to another team, Xtreme, for its creation of an interactive real life story resource uploaded by people who had experience of homelessness.

Conrad Rossouw, Digital Manager at Shelter Scotland, said: “The standard of ideas, creativity and skills was amazing – it was a brilliant weekend and my thanks to everyone who contributed.

“The ‘I Need Help’ button is a great idea and something Shelter Scotland will take forward and add to our website. 

“We are also looking to use the real life story resource to help raise awareness of homelessness and how it can happen to anyone.”

Shelter Scotland intends to advance two or three of the solutions developed during the hackathon.

Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, who was on the judging panel, said: “It really is humbling that 33 participants would donate an entire weekend of their time to try and do something positive to help some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

“I congratulate all the teams on their solutions – especially teams Acey and Xtreme - and look forward to seeing their ideas in action.”

Tags

Categories

Related Articles

Keeping Scotland's homes warm and healthy is one of the best investments we can make
19 October 2017

Lori McElroy, chair of the Existing Homes Alliance Scotland, on how new regulation and planning controls, backed by market incentives, could improve the energy performance of...

Carnegie UK Trust in call to 'remove barriers to kindness'
26 July 2017

Carnegie UK Trust calls on individuals, charities, and local businesses across Scotland to take action to remove barriers to kindness to help strengthen sense of community

Related Sponsored Articles

Health Innovators You Should Know About: FlowForma's no-code, logic-only solution
19 December 2016

Microsoft partner FlowForma walks through its efforts to empower local government as part of a series that highlights local government innovators across the UK

Ready to innovate: How local government is responding to budget pressure
19 December 2016

Microsoft partner CPS walks through its efforts to empower local government as part of a series that highlights local government innovators across the UK

Transforming the Public Sector with Dynamics 365
7 December 2016

Microsoft looks at how intelligent business applications can help the public sector improve service delivery

Share this page