Using Digital Technology to Achieve Better Social Outcomes

IIEA14th April 20182min
The panellists discussed how they use digital technology to address the social issues of food poverty, marginalisation from mainstream education, and social isolation.

 

 

FoodCloud, iScoil and ALONE are three leading not-for-profit organisations, dedicated to addressing the pressing social problems of food poverty, disengagement from mainstream education and social isolation of older people, respectively. As part of their efforts, each of these organisations employs technology-based solutions to varying degrees. FoodCloud uses an app to link businesses with surplus food to food charities; iScoil offers an online learning platform and community, as part of an alternative path to learning; and ALONE uses a combination of apps, sensors and human interaction to assist older people to live independently at home as part of its ALONE Platform.

The CEO’s of FoodCloud, iScoil and ALONE  gave a short overview of their organisation’s mission and work, successes so far and the challenges ahead, particularly in the context of rapid technological change.

Eoghan Ryan, Social Impact Manager at Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI) concluded this session by illustrating how SIFI was one of the enabling factors for these three initiatives, and discussed challenges for the future and how SIFI is working with others to create a world class accelerator in Ireland.

 

About the Speakers

Iseult Ward founded FoodCloud in 2012 with Aoibheann O’Brien, and the company has since grown to a team of 44 employees based in Dublin, Galway, Cork and London. In 2017, Iseult was included on Forbes 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs European list.

Seán Moynihan has been CEO of ALONE since 2008. During this time, ALONE has more than trebled the amount of older people supported at home. Prior to ALONE, Seán was a Director of Services for a large homeless charity and has worked with various drug task forces.

Brian Fitzsimons has worked with iScoil since 2016. As Programme Manager, he is responsible for the delivery of iScoil’s learning service to partner agencies and young people across Ireland.

Eoghan Ryan graduated from UCC with a degree in Civil Engineering and then worked in the sector for over ten years. In 2014, he founded the not-for-profit, Reimagine Cork, which fuelled his passion for social enterprise and societal issues.