The Techies in Residence (TIR) programme is as an initiative of the Building Change Trust, which in turn has been funded by Big Lottery Fund. CultureTech have been appointed by the Trust as Managing Agent for the ongoing development and delivery of Techies in Residence.
Techies in Residence is a 15-month programme, launching in April 2015, which will harness technical expertise from Northern Ireland’s leading technology firms to support six new social innovation projects devised by local VCSE sector organisations.
The project will incorporate a 10-week placement alongside a variety of mentoring support, networking opportunities and industry events. The “Techies” will work with their host organisations to develop a clearly defined social innovation project. These projects will not only serve to address key challenges faced by the VCSE sector but also act as detailed case studies and learning opportunities – building stronger links between the tech and community sectors.
The whole project will connect NI’s sector with the global digital social innovation conversation and culminate in a major international digital social innovation conference in Belfast in June 2016.