Digital round-up: CAST to run free digital workshops for charities

Plus: Contributions wanted for cancer AI support service

The Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology (CAST) is offering free, half-day "Design Hop" workshops for charities.

Starting in London (22 November) and Manchester (6 December), the Hops are designed to build confidence and motivation for charities to take digital forward in their organisations. Further workshops are planned.

In a statement, CAST said that attendees would be given:

  • An accessible introduction to tech and digital design processes.
  • A chance to unpack a key organisational challenge and identify how digital might help.
  • Connections to peers, experts and funders.
  • Tangible next steps in order to make progress, including follow-up support from CAST and its partners.

More information and registration is available on the CAST site.


Cancer Central logo

Cancer Central is inviting questions and contributions from the public about cancer to train its artificial intelligence support service.

The social enterprise company, which launched last month, points patients to organisations that can provide services such as benefits advice, counselling, nutritional information and a range of information, all based on location and the patient’s cancer type.

It has already received information from more than 100 people and 20 organisations, including Givey, IBM Watson, Expedia, American Express and reThink Digital Gurus. Now Cancer Central is requesting contributions that will help develop its digital employee, Ave.

"Ave is learning" said Avril Chester, founder and chief executive of Cancer Central. "We all have different questions and, even if we have the same question, we ask it differently.

"We need your help to train Ave with all variations so that she can help and guide those in need."

Cancer Central is also appealing to businesses and charities that provide products or support to register to its service for free so that they can be found easily by patients.

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