Social Tech NE


In partnership with Consult and Design we've been hosting a series of events which aim to bring the social sector together with the tech sector to promote innovation, collaboration and digital transformation. The events have been made possible by funding from the ERDF.

So far we've held three events in different locations around the North East and over 70 people have attended to hear from each other how technology can be used to drive social action.

Through the conversations which have taken place a variety of resources, tips and suggestions have been made and we've created this online space to house them. If there is something that you'd like to share please email

If you've not attended one of our Social Tech Meets yet you can read a little bit more about what the events are like.


Digital charities:

  • The Charity Digital Code of Practice aims to help charities increase impact, develop skills and improve sustainability. The Code's website contains information about the Code itself and a range of resources linked to its seven principles.
  • The Charity Digital Skills Report 2019 is an annual barometer of the state of digital skills within the charity sector.

Tech for Good from the Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology CAST:

  • Six Tenets of Tech for Good - Dan Sutch, CAST (10 minute read). A more detailed recap of the messages from the Design Hop, charting the underlying drivers of massive digital transformation that have impacted our lives, and how we can look to embrace/foster them in the social sector.

  • Winning Tech for Good funding - Joe Roberson + guests (several 5 minute read articles). When you feel ready to apply for funding, first have a look at this collection of advice on the Comic Relief/Paul Hamlyn Foundation Tech for Good Hub.

  • Riskiest assumption tests - Rik Higham, Skyscanner (5 minute read). If you're still pondering what to prioritise, this blog offers another good way to think about 'skateboards' or 'minimum viable products' in terms of 'riskiest assumption tests': what's the riskiest assumption you're operating under and how can you test that? It's just as applicable to charity projects as it is to a private sector product or service.

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