28 Jan 2011
This week I represented Intohand at an awards day for the Millenium Development Award from Unltd and Nominet that Kieran and I were awarded last September at the Over The Air conference in London. The app we hacked together was an interface for Freecycle/Freegle groups called Freeuse.me. Kieran made an iPhone app that geocoded and uploaded a photo, and i made an Android app that allows you to save keywords to match against incoming emails and places these offers on a map by parsing the location. I then made my (first ever) Keynote presentation and presented the idea.
Unltd Award Winners (Elliot is on the left)
UnLtd, a trust that funds “social entrepreneurs” was impressed by the idea and how it had the potential to improve social inclusion, as well as improve environmental conditions by promoting the freecycle model to more people, and awarded us with a £2500 investment to take the project forward. As a result, Intohand has taken on the idea as a project, and we have planned out the project and i have begun putting together the back end.
The awards day was a good opportunity to meet about 30 other entrepreneurs, working on some really interesting projects. A few of them were working on mobile apps too so we found some good synergies. When discussing the project with people there, i was gratified to see that like most people i speak to, they universally agree on the need for something like what we’re doing. Unfortunately I don’t have a working prototype to show them but it shouldn’t be too long now. Once i have something it will be useful to have a network of forward thinking people to help us get the word out!