9 things you need to know about Hacks

Hacks are a new way for us in the third sector of approaching challenging social issues, by working in teams with people from different sectors and by harnessing technology - here's some insights from our experiences of them

What is a hack/hackathon? Hackathons, or to use the more well-known abbreviation, ‘Hacks’, are a fairly new concept to most people in the UK third sector. Originating in the software development industry, hacks are events where people from different backgrounds and sectors choose to get together with others, or are encouraged to come together, to work […]

Tech Talks And Tips From YouTube: Jan 2017: Wakelet

First Net Squared Midlands meetup of 2017 and we're looking at learning from YouTube

The 2nd largest Search Engine in the world, YouTube processes more than 3 billion searches a month. 100 hours of video are uploaded every minute. We spent some time at the beginning of this Net Squared Midlands meetup talking about how we search YouTube using filters etc, and then co-organiser Pauline shared some short ‘How to’ […]

Inspiring Fifty: Europe 2017 award winner

Our MD, Pauline Roche, has been listed as one of the 50 most inspiring female influencers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics and policy makers from across Europe.

          WHAT IS INSPIRING FIFTY? The best and brightest women in technology in Europe in 2017 are listed here in alphabetical order. Because they are all true role models. Inspiring Fifty is an not-for-profit that aims to increase diversity in technology by making female role models more visible. ROLE MODELS Recent […]

Outstanding Contribution to Technology award winner

RnR MD wins a West Midlands Women of the year award 2016

We are celebrating! Our Managing Director, Pauline Roche, won the award for Outstanding Contribution to technology at the 2016 West Midlands Women of the Year Awards held on Friday November 11th at the Novotel Birmingham on Broad St. Pauline is an information science professional specialising in community building, outreach and developing better processes for the […]

Digital skills: looking at the data in 2017 – Part One

Part one of two posts which looks at some data on online and digital skills in the UK population in 2017

Originally published in Sept 2016, this post was updated to reflect the 2017 data in various reports, including the second annual Lloyds Bank UK Consumer Digital Index 2017: Benchmarking the digital and financial capability of consumers in the UK, and the fourth annual UK Business Digital Index 2017: Benchmarking the digital maturity of small businesses and […]

Tech companies and VCS organisations making social impact together

Tech companies and VCS organisations can build mutually beneficial relationships, or Another view on CSR

All people in tech companies want to improve the lives of their stakeholders, and this can include helping organisations in the charitable or voluntary and community sector (VCS) low or pro bono, an activity usually known in business as Corporate social responsibility (CSR) or Corporate responsibility (CR). This can include giving the VCS organisation support […]

Digital governance

A version of this article was first published in bvsc Update Dec 2015-Jan 2016 as the second in a series of three articles on the role of digital technology and data in the transformation of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) in Birmingham and beyond; article links updated for accuracy Nov 2018

Strategic processes In this article we will concentrate on the strategic processes which are needed to help us in the VCSE sector to begin the transformation which will benefit our beneficiaries and our organisations. Establishing, developing and overseeing strategy is the remit of the board. They need to be supported in identifying the strategy to drive their mission, develop it during […]

Smart Cities and open data

A brief overview of our past, current and proposed future involvement in this critical area

We have been undertaking research and taking part in event since 2012 into the impact of ‘Smart Cities’, ‘Smart technology’ and open data processes on third sector organisations, service delivery and future funding programmes. Between 2012 and 2013 we: participated in Smart City events organised by Digital Birmingham, including organising several briefing sessions for the […]

Virtually at OpenTech

The importance of using a hashtag

I did sign up to attend Open Tech, the “conference[s] about technologies that anyone can have a go at” and at the time I had every intention of heading to London on a Saturday morning to be amongst other people who have an interest in ‘open’ – source, data etc. I only decided not to […]