Tackling isolation through innovation
We’re working on a great project with Nesta Challenges at the moment, relevant to all civil society organisations working to address social isolation. Tech can be alienating or divisive for those that are isolated, so we want to help civil society translate their knowledge into good ideas for new ways to connect people.
The prize is called the Tech to Connect Challenge and is focused on finding tech solutions, in the widest sense, to social isolation. Social isolation is being looked at in a broad context here too; people can be isolated due to a myriad of reasons – from a diagnosis, to managing illness, bereavement, or a challenging life transition, to feeling held back by ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class or refugee status.
Applications are open to all charities, social enterprises and social ventures in England – the aim is to attract a wide range of digital solutions from across the board, to support people suffering from all different kinds of social isolation.
There’s £500,000 worth of business support and £500,000 in grant funding available. If you know an organisation who might be interested please share and in the meantime take a look at the website and sign up for updates, ahead of the launch:
Submissions open from Wednesday 26 June and the deadline for entries is Wednesday 7 August