#Brighton - 2019 Highlights and What's Next for 2020?

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A message from David Scurr of Tech for Good Brighton

Hi everyone,

I hope you had a great start to 2020! 

Thanks to those of you who filled in our feedback survey last autumn, really appreciate your time. We've done a bit of reflection on our Tech for Good events since we launched just over a year ago...

2019 Highlights 

  • We’ve run 9 meetups since we launched, attended by 525 people (this doesn’t include the digital training workshops we’ve collaborated on)
  • We covered a range of themes including responsible tech, civic tech, platform coops, ethical tech, inclusive design, digital inclusion, homelessness, user-centre service design, etc. 
  • We partnered up with Brighton Digital Festival and Platf9rm to run a session on Tech for Democracy in the lead up to the elections…and we also partnered with Meaning Conferenceto run a session on Responsible Tech as part of their Fringe programme.
  • We heard from 15 speakers - 7 of which identified as women, 8 as men – from great organisations like Nesta, Dot Everyone, Dot Project, CAST, Wired Sussex, Clearleft, AbilityNet, Diversity & Ability, Possability People, Citizens Online, Community Works, MySociety and Delib. 
  • We’ve tried out different formats including co-facilitated collaborative sessions, talks and panels, workshops and training, networking and social events.
  • 658 members have joined the meetup space since; 125 also joined the Tech for Good Brighton Slack workspace
  • We’re very grateful for the great support from our venues which offered to host the sessions: Clearleft (68 Middle Street) and Platf9rm.

What’s next?

  • For 2020, we’re kicking off with our new Tech for Good Breakfast Club, a digital surgery style session on 13th February at 68 Middle Street. It’s primarily aimed at supporting those working on social impact projects but we’re always looking for more ‘Digital experts’ who are keen to share their skills so don’t hesitate to get in touch if interested. 
  • A pick of themes suggested for future sessions (from the survey): AI for Good, VR, loneliness, diversity & digital, accessibility building cross-sector partnerships, use of tech in developing countries, what’s Tech for Good?
  • We’d love your input to help shape our 2020 programme of events! Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you can help organise a session. And if you haven’t already, you can still share your feedback with us through this surveyYour input is super valuable and we’ll hope you’ll be back for more events this year.

Last but not least, thank you so much to everyone who made it to our meetups in 2019, spoke at our events, shared skills/knowhow, shared community updates in-person and on Slack, live-tweeted and more. It’s been a great 1st year!

Looking forward to more collaboration in 2020…

Cheers,
David (Citizens Online)