Civic Exchange – Nesta

civic_exchange320For four months in 2014, I worked on the Civic Exchange project for Nesta, the innovation charity.

The site was founded as a directory of “civic technology” apps and tools, designed to help local services be more efficient and responsive to people’s needs.

They include apps for reporting flytipping, making streets safer and taking part in local democracy.

As content editor, where I interviewed people who worked in the field – whether they were in local government, software development, or just keen volunteers.

Civic Exchange ended in December 2014 when the project’s funding finished. But the 25 interviews I carried out can be found on the Nesta website.

My favourite pieces include:

  • Cycle Hackney, an app to help cyclists (and the local council) in the east London borough.
  • EdinburghApps 2014, a contest for budding developers in Scotland.
  • Save-A-Selfie, an Irish scheme to spread the word about defibrillators.
  • Code for All, a profile of a worldwide project featuring volunteer “brigades” who create software for local government.
  • Love Lewisham, an app for reporting flytipping and other street issues.

I also wrote two blog posts for Nesta: Can civic technology make cycling safer? and Civic technology – what’s that all about?