Alice Newton works for the Innovation team at the Government Digital Service and is interested in finding new solutions to old problems.
Annie Dare is special adviser to UK Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox & Go ON UK, a radical new partnership – of Age UK, Post Office, Lloyds, Eon, Big Lottery Fund, Talk Talk, the BBC – to bring the benefits of digital to everyone and every organization in the UK – with a particular interest in building the digital capability of charities. http://www.go-on-uk.org Before this she was a journalist at UK national newspapers and has worked probono for a number of charities including Switchback, PhotoVoice, Toynbee Hall and Save the Children.
Ben is the Groups/Activities Worker at the Connection at St Martin’s, a large homeless day centre in central London. Ben is interested in creativity, new creative technologies, and mental health. He’s also interested in discussing ways of creatively working with homeless people, and learning from the experience of other homeless people and the people that work with them.
Irene McWilliams is the Partnership Development Officer within the Information Services Department at Westminster City Council. Irene has developed the Westminster Digital Inclusion Framework which includes initiatives such as Community Computers and the IT Support Forum for voluntary organisations serving Westminster residents. Irene is working on the Metro Wireless project putting free wifi onto the streets of Westminster and re-procurement of ICT services for the Tri-borough partnership.
Jon is supposedly a full time student, but seems to spend far more time doing things like this. He’s interested in communications, tech and innovation relating to government, charities, and the murky bit in the middle. He’ll be taking a year out from his university course next year – working with FutureGov for 6 months, and somewhere else for a (hopefully) similar period after that.
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Mark works with the Strategy & Architecture team at the Home Office developing relationships across government and leading projects to enable better public services. He understands technical issues and is good at presenting complex information in an easily digestible format. Mark is interested in digital technology and appreciates the difference that great innovations can make. He is proud to use his skills and expertise to organise Homeless Hack day.