Last week our GeoVation programme awarded £1000 development funding to an innovative community prototype which aims to help individuals and organisations connect with each other to exchange skills, resources and opportunities.
The winning prototype, which will use mapping from OS OpenData, was awarded the £1000 prize at a Developing Solutions Day held by Kent County Council. The exciting community prototype called ‘Sunlighting in Kent’ has been created by the founders of The Sunshine Bank – www.sunshinebank.co.uk
Sunlighting means sharing what you are passionate about with your local community. ‘Sunlighting’ is the opposite of ‘moonlighting’; doing things that you really enjoy and want to share with others in your communities, be they of interest, location or identity. Individuals, community groups, charities, businesses and council services could set up accounts and offer what they want like to sunlight and to say what they lack.
The website would match sunlights with ‘sunlacks’ (or gaps) in the following three categories – skills, resources and opportunities.
For skills, this would be subdivided into various headings including sport, music, helping others, cooking, social media etc. Resources could be subdivided into spaces, tools and equipment, while opportunities into events and meetings.
OS OpenData maps would provide information and visuals about the physical locations of members and places, helping to match sunlights with sunlacks. Members could set up alerts to stay connected. Other features could include setting up groups and inviting members.
For example, Northfleet Brass Band currently have a vacancy for a quality percussionist to complete their line up. They could search the site for individuals in the area who want to sunlight music as a skill. They could post their need to the community notice board under Sunlacks/Individuals/Skills/Music. They also want to find local places to rehearse and perform, through the website they could search under Council/Resources/Spaces and/or post up a request on the community notice board.
The Sunshine Bank team is composed of a senior web developer, PHP developer and HTML/CSS developer. If this project picks up, they will need more developers to join them. Let us know if you would like to help this exciting and innovative community.
If you are interested in innovating and finding new ways to improve neighbourhoods through technology then watch this space. In the next few weeks we will be releasing exciting information on our new GeoVation Challenges which will be appealing for entrepreneurs and innovators from across the country.