Digital round-up: Studio Republic chooses theme for Hack Day after public vote

Plus: RideLondon breaks Virgin Money Giving record; Web-Buildathon provides free websites for 30 organisations; digital conference delegates raise funds for homeless

Studio Republic has chosen homelessness as the theme for its hack day on 10 August after running an online poll.

As previously reported in Third Sector, the digital agency is working with other tech agencies to create something for social good. With the theme now decided, the teams will look at ideas to develop. These could include specific homelessness donation ideas, overcoming barriers to opportunity and services, or highlighting the struggles of people who are homeless. To help make these decisions, Studio Republic is inviting input from homelessness charities and organisations to suggest ideas for specific challenges for which the developers could try and create solutions.

In a statement, Studio Republic said: "The hack day is an opportunity to unleash creativity, brainstorm digitally and develop skills that can carry into future projects. Ideas for products, services, gadgets or gizmos that could be tackled on the day would be very welcome."

A 24-hour Web-Buildathon run by a Cornish web company managed to create 30 websites free of charge for local charities and not-for-profit organisations.

The Bodmin-based company MacAce invited charities and other community groups to register to have five-page websites built for free. Many of those who contacted MacAce were local to the area, but requests came in from further afield.

Nineteen websites were built on the day – the quickest built in one hour three minutes – with another 11 completed after the event.

Gary Hall, chief executive of MacAce, said: "It was a privilege to be able to help such a range of fantastic causes get their websites off to a flying start – from sports and youth groups to mental health support services and raising awareness of conditions affecting men and women.

"We understand that many of these worthy organisations just don’t have the budget, resource or time to dedicate to their websites. Now they will benefit from all that WebMate has to offer."

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The Prudential RideLondon has so far raised £3m online through the fundraising platform Virgin Money Giving, a 13 per cent increase on last year’s event.

For the main Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 event more than 3,800 riders raised money on Virgin Money Giving for about 750 good causes. The total raised through the platform is expected to be in excess of £3.25m.

Hugh Brasher, event director of Prudential RideLondon, said: "Prudential RideLondon is the world’s biggest one-day cycling fundraising event and has raised more than £53m in its first five years. This is a great new record fundraising total on Virgin Money Giving, and our thanks go to everyone for their wonderful support."

cheque presentation

Delegates at a digital conference in Nottingham have raised more than £15,000 to support local homeless people.

The Nottingham Digital Summit drew more than 600 delegates who, in lieu of conference fees, made donations to support local homeless people at the request of the event organiser, Hallam.

The £15,280 raised will be used to support the regional charity Framework, which works with people sleeping rough in Nottingham, and will help to fund specialist staff, including an NHS nurse and a social worker.

Framework chief executive Andrew Redfern, who was presented with the cheque by Hallam chief executive Susan Hallam, said: "This is an extraordinary sum of money that will be put to very good use. Homelessness is a problem that no one agency can solve alone; it is truly a community issue that demands a community response. It is heart-warming that Hallam is leading the way on this issue in the digital community and championing the cause of homeless people."

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