Taking place from 13 – 19 October, Get Online Week 2014 saw more than 1,100 centres run over 5,000 events that supported 80,000 new people to find out about what they could be doing online, more than double the figure for the 2013 campaign! We concentrated on outreach and partnerships, with events taking place in locations as diverse as supermarkets, doctors surgeries, bingo halls and pubs, as well as UK online centres themselves.
The campaign marketing was focussed around the stories of 8 inspirational learners for whom getting online had already made a life changing difference.
From the mum of three who used the internet to help diagnose and manage a long term health condition, to the pensioners who formed a close friendship while bonding over their love of gardening at a computer class, these honest stories connected with centres and learners alike, to make Get Online Week 2014 one of our biggest campaigns yet.
Our second campaign of year – Be Online – kicked off on 23 February 2015. Hundreds of members of the UK online centres network – as well as Jobcentres, libraries, housing providers and others – registered events, which reached out to their clients, customers and tenants, encouraging 44,000 people to try their first taste of the internet and how it can benefit their lives.
“Tinder Foundation’s work to affect social change through online technology is inspirational here and abroad.”
Simon Milner, Policy Director – UK and Ireland, Facebook
The theme for our Digital Evolution conference in 2014 focused on closing the digital gap, and how we can overcome the main barriers of motivation, access and skills.
The night before we hosted an unconference at Google’s London headquarters. The setting provided the perfect backdrop to get stuck into talking about digital inclusion, with delegates from a broad range of sectors and organisations debating issues, including “what will digital inclusion look like in ten years time”, ably chaired by founder of Talk About Local and Tinder Foundation board member William Perrin.
Jim Knight, Chair of Tinder Foundation opened the conference the next day by talking about how “we learn best when we collaborate” – a theme that ran throughout the day – and highlighted the amazing work happening in our network to help people improve their lives.
Some fantastic speakers joined us for both the panel and plenary sessions, including Rachel Neaman, CEO at Go ON UK and Natasha Clough, Head of Business Development for BT’s Connected Society team who discussed BT’s investment in digital skills. Maggie Philbin, Journalist and CEO at TeenTech CIC, captivated the auditorium with her enthusiasm and passion for technology innovation and helping people.
Later on in the day, Steven Roberts from Barclays and Dominic Campbell from FutureGov shared their invaluable knowledge and experiences; from Steven’s work with the Barclays Digital Eagles programme, to Dominic’s involvement in supporting organisations to develop services that really help people.
It was our best conference yet, but don’t just take our word for it – why not watch some of the highlights?