I’m really pleased to showcase a new programme called Social Innovation Camp , taking place on April 4th-6th, that Nesta are supporting in partnership with the Young Foundation. The idea came to us from Paul Miller (School of Everything), Dan McQuillan (Make Your Mark) and Christian Ahlert (Open Business) inspired in part by Netsquared in the US. The event blurb is as follows:
What happens when you get a bunch of hackers and social innovators together, give them a set of social problems and only 48 hours to solve them? We’re going to find out. In London between 4th-6th April 2008, Social Innovation Camp will bring together some of the best of the UK and Europe’s web developers and designers with people at the sharp end of social problems. Our aim is find ways that easy-to-build web 2.0 tools can be used to develop solutions to social challenges.
This feeds into a wider group of Connect projects we are developing and supporting around innovation clusters that harness the participatory culture of the web focusing upon the social or creative economies, and I’ll post more on this again as this evolves.