"Not everything that can be counted counts."
This week I was exposed to Studio Graphene’s charity operations. The third sector is riddled with inefficiencies which persistently inhibit the critical role it plays in society. At Studio Graphene we are working to introduce modern technologies and bespoke software to charities which in turn should streamline management and improve interactions with the public.
Earlier this year Studio Graphene hosted an event for charities where a variety of software-based charity concepts were presented to us, with the offer to design and develop the best concept free of charge. The winning charity was Signalong, whose mobile app would display the sign for a word or object that is searched or photographed. On Tuesday I met Tracy from Signalong who was the brains behind the idea. The passion she had for her work was infectious, meaning Tom and I were quickly asking her to teach us sign language. We learnt the signs for many crucial words and phrases such as water and baby shark. Tracy was also educating us on the uses of sign language beyond the deaf to those with cognitive deficiencies. The work she does is truly humbling.
My time with charities did not stop there. Ritam was invited to speak at the British Red Cross’ annual fundraising event, and I was tasked with researching for the speech. The subject of the talk was the future of money (yes we spoke about blockchain). One of the themes was the rise of a cashless society, I was amazed to learn of the costs of using tangible currency (notes and coins), the vice chairman of MasterCard Ann Cairns claimed “it costs a country between half a percent and 1.5 percent of its GDP (gross domestic product).” In the talk, Ritam demonstrated both his enthusiasm for new technologies and his vast experience working with companies of all different sizes previously with Accenture and now with Studio Graphene.
Away from the third sector, I was helping to create an online marketplace for fuels. This project for Online Fuels is quickly becoming my favourite. I have somewhat overcome my initial ignorance of the vastly complicated trading operations of the UK fuel industry, and am now confident giving opinions. This week we presented our feedback from the research phase and were able to propose our ideas for the new website. The Online Fuels team were very open to the radical ideas Tom and I proposed, some of which have never been seen in the industry. I really hope the platform will be successful and It’s sad to think I will be leaving this project next week.
Catch you next week for the final post :(