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Developing Solutions - Update - SPB

Developing Solutions - Update - SPB

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Developing Solutions
Kent Connects initiated the Developing Solutions project to demonstrate a newapproach to development - working with digital entrepreneurs to work up ideas andprototypes for ICT solutions to local needs.The
objectives of this project
were to provide Kent Connects with:
1.
Ideas and prototypes that could be used as applied research to informdevelopment of projects and services2.Methods of engagement & access to digital entrepreneurs to exploreopportunities for future collaboration & joint development of solutions
How did we develop the project?
To
open up
 
the development of ideas and solutionsto entrepreneurs,universities & colleges and Kent Connects Partners staff who have specialistexpertise on what’s feasible, we:
o
applied
 
featured by the
 Transition Institute-from blank canvas via skills dating - to stimulate people to come up with ideas
o
focused ideas on community outcomes
o
tested new ways of producing
 
to turnideas into research throughsemantic analysis a
 
 
.To understand how public services can
 adapt to the changing trends in howpeople use technology and what tools they utilise 
we designed approaches thatensured we can provide insights to partners on
o
how people can move to digital by default 
by focusing on
 
o
what new uses of technologies could be used to change behaviours:
from incentive tools, gaming techniques, real time information and linked data
o
how to stimulate the re-use of our enterprise assets
from open data andopen mapping tools provided by Ordnance Survey to developmentenvironments for interfacing with customer relationships systems by Lagan
 
How did we make sure the benefits were be realised?
To ensure that the digital entrepreneurs produced “
ideas and prototypes that beused as applied research to inform development of your projects andservices
”, we have designed an approach that
o
issued challenges
1
that were relevant to partners’ priorities and accessibleenough for the public to relate to
o
engaged target audiences to develop ideas
partnering with colleges andcommunity groups in Kent and via national networks to get almost 80 ideas
o
stimulated developers to produce prototypes 
in under a day fromwireframes,appstomashups to outline specifications (PDF attached)
o
involved representatives of our services, suppliers & partners to reviewthe ideas and prototypes
basing the criteria on financial and social impactTo ensure we test out effective “
methods of engagement and access to digitalentrepreneurs to explore opportunities for future collaboration & jointdevelopment of solutions
”, we
o
worked with existing networks
to identify and invite over 6000 of their members to take part while
getting media coverage
inUKAuthoriITy and the Guardian and High Impact Status from theGlobal Entrepreneurship Week
o
provided a competitive element
by securing sponsors
2
 to provide awards tothe best ideas and prototypes developed totalling over £3000
o
designed an approach focused on impact and sustainability
by gettingentrepreneurs to build on community ideas and secured partners to getresidents to user test prototypes and experts to support the winners todevelop business models for the applications
o
secured an online competition platform
by Government Digital Servicewith over 14,000 viewsfor the project in three months for the first ever localgovernment competition challenge
o
obtained venues & organisation of events
by Mid Kent & Thanet Colleges,Turner Contemporary & Gravesham DC with 200 people over four workshops
o
secured over 10 officers from Kent Connects partners to provide advice
on web and interaction design, user experience, development, open data andbusiness development
o
persuaded Big Lottery Fund
to filmvideo interviewsandreport the eventon new models of councils supporting civil society using existing resources
1
1.
Help people help each other in your neighbourhood and 2. Make it easier for you to report issues to your council
2
Sponsored by Kent Business School, Lagan, Geovation and Ordnance Survey

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