How Can Technology Help Communities Be More Resilient?

Ben Matthews

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s post on the Hack the Highway event,  the Nominet Trust and the Design Council are holding a community resilience prototyping weekend: “The recent floods showed us how unexpected environmental events have devastating impacts on all levels of communities.  Everything from transport, crime, insurance, help, health.  How can technology help…

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FutureGov Heads to West Sussex for Hack the Highway

Ben Matthews

The FutureGov team recently headed down to sunny West Sussex for a two day hack to help the council manage information in a time of crisis. Here Marius Kynaston from West Sussex Council gives us his experiences from the event. With the recent crisis of the UK floods still fresh in our minds, the West…

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Scout, an easy way to find local services that help with your finances

Ben Matthews

How might we help local service providers to support people, giving them the knowledge and confidence to direct clients to the correct financial support for their needs? Scout is the result of FutureGov’s research report into personal finances in Lewes District at the end of 2012 and since, six months of work with the Lewes and Eastbourne Lab, building…

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Accessibility: Understanding, Designing and Coding Accessible Products

Laurence Berry

Accessibility is important to us at FutureGov. Understanding and ensuring a high standard of accessibility helps our projects grow from hacks and prototypes to stable products that everyone can benefit from. Accessibility to me is about ensuring every one of your users get a similar experience. These users could be people new to the web, people living…

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Tech Heroes for Good: 10 entrepreneurs combining tech talent and social good

Ben Matthews

The Internet is more than just LOLcats and photo sharing. If you look at FutureGov’s tech products – from Patchwork to Casserole to Popcash – you can see how technology can make significant, lasting positive change to people’s lives. But for that change to happen, it needs visionaries to create the products and services that make it a…

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Global Service Jam London Creates 6 Prototypes in just 48 Hours

Ben Matthews

After a very energetic weekend, the Global Service Jam London is over for another year. Global Service Jam is an event for people who are interested in services and using a design-based approach to problem solving and creativity. In a spirit of experimentation, co-operation and friendly competition, teams have 48 hours to develop brand new services…

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Popcash: Behind the Prototype

Ben Ashman

This is the third in our series of posts looking at the design and development of Popcash, a simple app for complicated personal finances. Read the first on the Popcash Research Report and the second on Popcash User Testing. FutureGov is looking for partners to develop Popcash in to a full product. If you are interested in a further discussion, please…

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How Popcash Evolved Through User Insights and User Testing

Ben Matthews

This is the second in our series of posts looking at the design and development of Popcash, a simple app for complicated personal finances. Read the first on the Popcash Research Report and the third on the Popcash prototype. FutureGov is looking for partners to develop Popcash in to a full product. If you are interested in a further discussion,…

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Popcash Research Report: Payday Loans, Debt Culture and Banks

Ben Matthews

This is the first in our series of posts looking at the design and development of Popcash, a simple app for complicated personal finances. Read the second on Popcash User Testing and the third on the Popcash prototype. FutureGov is looking for partners to develop Popcash in to a full product. If you are interested in a further discussion, please contact…

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ServDes explores how Service Design is developing into Service Futures #servdes14

Ben Matthews

ServDes, the Service Design and Innovation conference, was born as a yearly Nordic conference. It has now become a bi-annual international event with the aim of bringing Service Designers together to discuss, share and evolve the emerging discipline of Service Design, and design-related service innovation. The next ServDes is taking place 9-11 April 2014 in…

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