CAB Advice Buddy (Charley Gibbons)
David Wick from the Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship, Coventry University introduced Charley to the Coventry University’s Serious Games Institute (SGI) to develop a prototype for the CAB advice website / application. This includes five days of development work which has been funded through the “Touch Digital” ERDF project.
The intention of the system is to reduce demand on CAB face-to-face services by creating a web-based system for directing people to the right type of support (not unlike, say, the NHS Direct website); and also effectively create a bespoke Customer Relationship Management software (recording clients’ details etc, saving a lot of face-to-face time).
Coventry Ring Road Website (Rob Nickerson)
David has had some communication with Rob but sees the demand for the application as more specialised and localised — people driving via the ring road maybe using SatNavs with postcodes and therefore more research is needed to progress this app.
Community Payback Visibility (Jason Davies)
David invited Jason to demonstrate the Community Payback application to a group of 25 students at the University, and allowed the students to use the application around the City Centre.
Jason talked to and provided a demonstration of the Community Payback app to students on the course run by the Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship. The application was beta-tested by the students, who took it around Coventry for 45 minutes to stress-test the software, with Jason and others watching as the pictures came in — helping develop the processes that need to sit behind the Community Payback app (e.g. how resources are allocated to the projects, how feedback might be sent to back to people providing information for the app, etc.
The app currently only works on Android phones, so the students were split into six groups (with each group having one student with the app), and students went around Coventry taking photos of hotspots.
Coventry Greeters (Si Chun Lam)
Two meetings held between David and Si Chun – an initial meeting in December 2012 to look at funding, and a further meeting in May.
Si Chun has also met Roger Bailey (one of the blue badge guides) in relation to Coventry Greeters – and has discussed a way forward to minimise the overlap between the two schemes.
This also gave the project flexibility to use the booking system in the international Greeters programme. Si Chun is currently awaiting feedback from the international Greeters programme and launch of a press release / media release from the Council’s Communications Team. Website launched at www.covgreeters.org.uk.