Aldwyck and Catalyst new venture wins national innovation competition
The newly merged Aldwyck Housing Group and Catalyst Housing got together recently to participate on a National Housing Hackathon competition. The purpose of the competition was to create a piece of technology that could contribute towards solving the problems that housing associations and their communities and customers face.
Aldwyck Housing Group and London based Catalyst set out to combat loneliness and generate cohesion within their communities by cleverly using technology. The team designed a digital interface called “kiM!” which included a 3D graphical representation of the community and all the activities and events within it. Users are encouraged through gamification to take part in local activities and contribute to community life to earn “kiM! points” which can be redeemed at local business such as gyms and hairdressers.
The ‘National Housing Hackathon’ competition, designed by Cloud and Digital services provider ANS and jointly hosted by Microsoft, took place in Birmingham and attracted housing associations from across the UK. Other concepts included an AI robot, keyless biometric locks and reducing the amount of time a property is empty for ensuring more individuals and families with a need can benefit more quickly.
ANS Chief Technical Officer, Andy Barrow said,
We were really impressed with the kiM! concept and we were inspired by both organisations’ passion for using technology to drive social cohesion and value.
The social cohesion platform was given the name kiM! following one of the Aldwyck team members admission to hospital just before the start of the competition. The real Kim has since made a full recovery.
Aldwyck Housing Group have offices in Houghton Regis.
Kirsty Pepper, Aldwyck’s Managing Director, said: “We’re so proud of the team for being ‘highly commended’ in these awards. This recognises an amazing team who provide a dedicated, committed and genuinely caring service to the most vulnerable people in our communities. The work of our Supported Housing Team, and the sector in general, plays a key role in helping people develop the skills they need to maintain their tenancies or move to more suitable housing, and ultimately helps prevent homelessness and relieves pressure on other health and support services.”
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