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  1. Camden Challenge Day Winners Announced
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    Thu 11 Jul, 2013

    Last weekend, Camden Council teamed up with FutureGov to ask people to develop some great project ideas in response two important questions:

    1 – “WHAT CAN WE DO TO ENABLE PEOPLE ON LOW INCOMES IN CAMDEN THRIVE?”
    2 – “HOW CAN WE USE SPACE BETTER IN CAMDEN?”

    Over 50 ideas were submitted to the Camden Challenge on Simpl Challenges before the deadline, with 9 fantastic projects taken forward to the Camden Challenge Day that took place last weekend at the Arlington Conference Centre in Camden Town on Saturday.

    The day itself was brilliantly hot, but over 60 people, including local residents, council officers, designers, and people who work and study in local universities, turned up, managed to keep their heads and focus on the day ahead in the cool space of the hack day.

    The FutureGov facilitators worked with each team to help them develop their projects by creating user profiles and user journeys, sending members of the teams off to conduct research interviews with members of the public and to start to think about what they would need to make their projects happen and how they would become sustainable and independent.

    At the end of the day each of the teams had to pitch their projects by answering the following questions:

    - What is the problem you are trying to solve?

    - How do you know there’s a need?

    - What’s the project name and tagline?

    - What is your approach?

    - What do you need to make it happen?

    - How will you get people to use it?

    - How will you make it sustainable?

    The four winners who will go on to receive the summer of support are (some have changed their name):

    SPACE:

    CAMDEN POP-UP FACTORY

    A project to make 3D printing accessible to local people and to build the local collaborative economy.

    SNOOP DOGGY DOO

    An offline community and online platform to change attitudes to dog poo in public places

    THRIVE:

    WHIPROUND

    A Zopa-esque community lending service for Camden.

    YES+ CAMDEN

    Building the skills and confidence of young people, connecting them to local businesses via an online platform.

    The winners all get an month’s support from FutureGov to help develop their projects even further and get them in shape for a Dragon’s Den-style pitch to Nesta, the Nominet Trust and UnLtd in the early autumn.

    The rest of the projects put forward will all be given the opportunity to have further talks to discuss their projects.

    To stay in touch with the Camden Challenge news join our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CamdenChallenge or follow @simplco on Twitter.

    There’s more challenges happening right now on Simpl Challenges, so head over there and get involved to help more great ideas come to life.

  2. Shortlisted ideas announced
    Fri 28 Jun, 2013

    Shortlisted ideas:

    1. A Camden Zopa?

    2. UCL+ Employability Website

    3. Shared Access to Employment

    4. Clothes Talk

    5. Free Food Cafe and Essentials Shop (subject to confirmation)

  3. Deadline closes midnight on Saturday!
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    Fri 21 Jun, 2013

    The deadline for submitting your ideas for projects closes at midnight tomorrow. Make sure you enter your idea by the deadline and comment and like any others up there.

    Camden Council and FutureGov will be meeting on Monday to shortlist the best ideas to take to the Camden Challenge Day on 6th July and will notify the idea owners whether their ideas have been chosen or not during the week.

    You are welcome to come to the Camden Challenge Day even if you haven't submitted an idea - so please sign up for your free place here: http://camdenchallenge.eventbrite.co.uk/