Undoc Camp took place at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation in London in July 2012 as part of the creative phase of their Supported Options Initiative. The 2-day event brought 100 people together from different professions and backgrounds to tackle the challenges faced by young people and children without regular immigration status in the UK. Since then, we’ve seen three ideas develop into solutions using the web and mobile technology including 2ndFriend and ‘First Start’. To read about their progress so far and activities since Undoc Camp see the ‘Winning ideas take shape…’
On 6 December, Second Friend, winning idea developed at On Road‘s Undoc Camp was pitched at the Google Campus. This ‘Interactivism // Think Kids’ Pitch Day was organised by Google and the NSPCC in partnership with FutureGov and Coadec. The three ideas pitched were shortlisted from Future Gov’s Simple Challenges. This specific challenge asked how technology could help children and young people get the most from the internet whilst staying safe and positive.
Second Friend, pitched by Florian Rathgeber is supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The website is an anonymous and confidential single access point for young people to chat with counsellors from different organisations who can provide a variety of support and advice. It also aims to support young undocumented migrants via the web and SMS text. Unfortunately, it didn’t win resident membership at Google’s tech startup hub but received some great feedback. Here’s FutureGov’s Storify from the day.
The idea that won was Twoten, an online service helping parents and children by guiding and filtering content appropriately and keeping the web safe. The third idea, Digital Disruption, uses three digital tools; visual guidelines, a game and an infographic survey to empower young people to become savvy and use the internet responsibly.
Since Undoc Camp in July this year, the winning teams have been working together and developing their ideas with support from Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Here’s a wee update on each project.
Exceptional Funding Project (previously Migrant Hope)
What is it? A secure, online referral system that helps young people apply for an exceptional funding scheme from April 2013. This website will help young people up to the age of 21 to access advice and support on their individual cases and match them with volunteers to help them apply for legal aid.
The Public Law Project will oversee the development of this project, starting in November 2012.
What is it? A website that provides anonymous mentoring for young people in need of support. It is a secure and confidential communication channel that connects users with volunteers or organisations that can provide advice. This month, the idea was presented to the Google UK Youth and Tech Summit in London and at the Safer Internet Forum in Brussels as part of the ‘Better Internet for Children Coalition’ workshop, where it received positive feedback. You follow Second Friend on Twitter.
On Road Media will host the grant for the team of developers and designers who are working on the concept.
First Start (previously First Help)
What is it? A website for young migrants who are finding their feet in the UK. Users can receive information about the website via mobile text message, in their own language. The website, currently in development, provides information for the young person about the services in their area. It has videos of migrants speaking about their experiences when they first came to the UK and visiting local support services, shops, parks, and post offices, encouraging the user to get to know their area.
Three organisations are working in partnership on this project, which is currently in development: Coventry Law Centre, Islington Law Centre and Plymouth Red Cross.
We’ll keep you posted as these projects develop!
We hope that you managed to catch the article in the METRO last week about Undoc Camp but if film is more your thing, please have a look at this and share. Back in July we invited a film crew to Undoc Camp to capture some of the goings-on and here are the results. Enjoy!