Tech for Good UK

Organisers Network

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To us, “tech for good” is the intentional use of technology to drive positive outcomes for people and planet. We’re building a community of organisers across the UK and Ireland supporting each other to fuel the tech for good movement.

I run a tech for good network and I’d like to be involved!

Great! If you’re happy to stick to our Principles (see below) then feel free to join any of our digital forums (see below below). You’ll find us most active in the Slack.

Some background to our work:

Intro Presentation - Find out where we started and why

• Research into The impact of place-based communities and how we established a learning network with 7 initial founding member networks.

Announcement Tweet


Principles we are working to as a network (current iteration):

  • Work in the open - it makes collaboration easier. We’re here to collaborate, work together and be part of something bigger.
  • Lead by example - celebrate the radical approaches brought by everyone in the community and understand that people have different lived experiences.
  • Do no harm/ Operate responsibly - despite our best intentions, no one is exempt from making a mistake. But we strive to do our utmost best to ensure we’re accountable for our actions.
  • Don’t ponder, do. But do so responsibly.

If you’re running your own community, you may also find the Tech for Good Global Principles useful guidance.


We are a community of organisers across the UK and Ireland supporting each other to fuel the tech for good movement.


Slack Team

This is where we’re currently getting organised to become a supportive place. This will also become more of an active place for us to support each other ongoing

email [email protected] to join

Mailing List

Updates at the moment mainly consist of us self organising towards a launch, but ongoing will hopefully become a useful place for us networks to share stuff between ourselves.
Whatsapp Group

Not super active at the mo - but it’s here in case this is your thing!

Shared Drive

Where we are sharing useful documents, research and templates that might help us all become more efficient


Where we are tracking progress and updates e.g on launch 


Events for the network of organisers - not events put on by groups for their members.

April sometime Network Updates (“Community Squad”)

A place for us networks to chat and update each other on things we might find useful.

📆 coming soon

28th April 2021, 1600-1800 GMT soft launch of network

A soft launch of the network to update all interested parties on where we are at. Find out more and sign up here: 

Past Events

  • 12 Nov 2020, 1600 GMT Network Co-design Session
  • 26 Nov 2020, 1700-1900 GMT Network Co-design Session
  • 10 Dec 2020, 1600-1800 GMT Network Co-design Session
  • 14th Jan 2021, 1600-1800 GMT Network Co-design Session
  • 10th Feb 2021, 1600-1800 GMT Network Co-design Session
  • 2nd March 2021, 1600-1800 GMT Network Co-design Session
  • 17h March 2021, 1600-1800 GMT EDI playback session
  • 17th March 2021, 1600-1800 GMT D&I playback session
  • Tess from Collaborative Futures has been working with us to try and make sure the UK Network is inclusive. A chance for us to find out where this project is up to and see what we can learn from work done so far. Document here
  • 31st March 2021, 1600-1800 GMT Network Co-design Session

To do list

We’re working towards creating a democratic, self organising, inclusive community. To get there, there are a bunch of things we’re working on. We also eventually want to start working on things that will help make our lives easier as community organisers. We tend to work in Slack, that’s the best place to input if you want to get involved.


  • Launch - David Scurr working through launch trello, everyone to dive in
  • Code of Conduct - Eriol and Barry - ready before launch
  • Onboarding - Chatting to new communities/ intro Slack (Key contact Bex. Dama, Annie and Ellie happy to also onboard)
  • Restarting community squad
  • Benefits of community - Bex & others working on this Miro

Working on now:

  • Funding - Looking at what funding might be needed, who might fund it and pulling together a basic funding deck (Key contact Rebecca Rae-Evans)
  • Regular community events - (Key contact - Edward Saperia)
  • Mapping - (Annie & Bex)
  • Shared event calendar - Potential for a shared calendar of events that we all produce for our communities (Key contacts: David Van Der Velde, Edward Saperia and James Baster) Bex note: Ellie might have done some work on this already? Ellie response - there may be a shiny version coming out on the Catalyst website soon that we can use, will check. Here’s the list of Meetup links that fed Tech for Good Near You, but it’s now pretty out of date.


  • Theory of change - We did a draft theory of change just focussing on the work some of us do with charities. It might be good to get a second version that looks more cross-sector (Key contact Arielle Tye)
  • Brand - Bex
  • Network coordinator - Deciding if we need a paid ongoing network coordinator and what that might look like, initial proposal here (Key contact Annie Leggie)


  • Vision - Bex, Ed, Ellie and Dama (Need adding to this page)
  • Governance - Founding members/decision making (David V & Barry) (Need adding to this page)
  • Principles - Dama, Olivia, Sidd (Need adding to this page)
  • Google Drive started (David Scurr)
  • This landing page sorted (Edward Saperia)
  • Comms - Whatsapp, Slack and newsletter list set up (Edward Saperia & Ellie)
  • Started to get to know each other and create vision and values (Pete Burden)
  • Sociocracy Training - We have 4 semi-funded spaces on some sociocracy training to help us run the network which I think are now full (Key contact: Barry O’Kane)
  • Catalyst blog - written and gone to Catalyst (Bex)
  • Rework monthly design session - (Key contacts Annie Legge & Pete Burden)
  • Diversity & Inclusion kick off - 1:1 coaching sessions for 10 community organisations, some sessions left (Tessa Cooper is main contact)

Founding Members

Founding members are representatives of TfG networks across the UK or Ireland. Founding members have the remit to launch and activate the community in line with the vision

This remit is for 6 months only (to Sep 1st 2021).

At this stage:

  • A “network” is self-defined. It is assumed that each “network” will have a single representative and that person will take responsibility for communication to and from any other organisers of their network.
  • We have a lot of outstanding questions about the community. The remit of the founding members is to clarify these questions and start the process of building a valuable community as set out in the vision.
  • After the initial period of 6 months the founding members will present their proposal(s) for the next stage

The founding members who represent their network organisers in the initial 6 months are:

  1. Rebecca Rae-Evans - Tech for Good Live (Manchester)
  2. Annie Legge -  Tech4Good South West
  3. Arielle Tye - Creating Conversations by ProMo-Cymru (Wales/ youth)
  4. Chris Ashworth - Tech for Good Oxford
  5. Barry O’Kane Digital for Good, Scotland
  6. Michael McAndrew, Netsquared Exeter
  7. David Van der Velde Social Tech North East
  8. Pauline Roche - Netsquared Midlands
  9. Kate White - NetSquared London
  10. Dama Sathianathan - Tech for Good London/ Tech for Good Global
  11. Ellie Hale - Catalyst/ Tech for Good Brighton/ Tech for Good London/ NetSquared London/
  12. David Scurr - Tech for Good Brighton
  13. Edward Saperia - Newspeak House

Time we have

Add a rough figure for how much time (in hrs per week) you think you can give to the Tech for Good UK Network over the next few weeks.





Notes/ questions

Rebecca Rae-Evans

4 hours

4 hours

Annie Legge

4 hours

4 hours

Arielle Tye

2-3 hours


Chris Ashworth

2-3 hours

4 hours

Barry O'Kane

Michael McAndrew

David van der Velde

Pauline Roche

2 hours

2 hours

Kate White

1 to 2 hrs

1 to 2 hrs

Dama Sathianathan

Ellie Hale

2-4 hrs

1-4 hrs

I will be mainly representing Catalyst as there are other reps from my local meetups :)

David Scurr

2-3 hours

2 hours

Edward Saperia

Decision Making

The members will use Decision Making by Consent. This process is as defined in Sociocracy* and is summarised as:

  • Proposal can be put forward by any founding member 
  • Initial clarifications and initial responses are sought (either in meeting or asynchronously via Slack)
  • Critical concerns may be addressed by adapting the proposal
  • Proposals are agreed when they are considered good enough for now and safe enough to try until the next review
  • Input is welcomed, however the founding members are responsible for consent.


Proposal details are logged in the shared proposal folder. Those in black are successful proposals that have become policy. Those in red are yet to pass. Discussions for each proposal are held on Slack, unless otherwise stated. Where possible, link here to proposals and discussion and then fully document outputs in the relevant place in this document or in the shared proposal folder. Anyone can take responsibility for this task, but particularly the proposer should make sure this is up to date.



Proposed by



We introduce a numbering and versioning system for proposals

David van der Velde



Membership Criteria

David van der Velde



Membership Responsibilities

David van der Velde



Defining a Tech for Good Network

David van der Velde



Quorum for async proposals on Slack

Ellie Hale



Slack proposal amendments

Ellie Hale



Launch event aims

David Scurr



Created by a group of the founding members on the place-based communities project.

Volunteer onboarding resources:

Governance resources:

Event organiser templates:

Mapping tool (password: d0tpr0ject!t4good).


We’re trying to get a list of who’s doing what in the UK tech for good community organising space. If you organise a UK Tech for Good type community, add yourself to the list!


Tech for Good Live

Main contact: Bex Rae-Evans

🦄 Organiser 

💼 Director

🏠 Manchester

🐦 @RebeccaWho

📧  [email protected]

Other organisers

Sacha [email protected] (Newsletter/ blogging)

Harriet [email protected] (Volunteers)

Fay [email protected] (Social Media)

Jonny [email protected] (Podcast/ brand)

Greg [email protected]  (podcast and finance stuff)

Alina  [email protected] (research, blogging and newsletter stuff)

Marie Wilson [email protected] (Connection with SalfordCVS and 10GM)

Hera, Sophie, Tom, Harry, Paul, Mille, Sam (Podcast contributors)


Tech for Good Global

Dama Sathianathan

🦄 Tech for Good Global

💼 Bethnal Green Ventures

🐦 @dama_yanthy

📧 [email protected]

Tech for Good London (meetup)

Dama Sathianathan & Ellie Hale

🦄 Tech for Good London

💼 Bethnal Green Ventures & CAST

🐦 @techforgoodtv

📧 [email protected] / [email protected] 

Newspeak House

Edward Saperia

💼 Dean Newspeak House

🏠 London

🐦 @edsaperia / @nwspk

📧 [email protected]

Net Squared London

Sidd Bannerjee

🦄 NetSquared London


🐦 @spannerjee

📧 [email protected] 

Kate White

🦄 NetSquared London

💼 Superhighways


📧 [email protected] 

Charity Digital

Jonathan Chevallier

💼 CEO Charity Digital

🐦 j_chevallier

📧 [email protected]

Covid Tech Support

Marc Sloan

🦄 Covid Tech Support

🐦 MarcCSloan

🐦 CovidTechHelp

📧 [email protected] 

Climate Action Tech

Sandra Pallier


💼 Designer at Microsoft

🐦 tweetsofsandra

📧 [email protected]


Code the city

Ian Watt

🦄 Code The City

🏠 Aberdeen

🐦 @watty62

📧 [email protected]


Digital for Good

🦄 Digital For Good

Barry O’Kane

📧[email protected] 

Jane Griffin

💼 AND Digital

📧[email protected]

Maddie Stark

🦄Digital For Good


📧 [email protected]

Dwayne Pascal, Milosz Falinski


Tech for Good Brighton

David Scurr

🦄 Tech for Good Brighton

💼 CAST/Catalyst

🐦 @David_Scurr

📧 [email protected]

Ellie Hale

🦄 Tech for Good London

🦄 Tech for Good Brighton

🦄 NetSquared London

💼 CAST/Catalyst

🐦 @eg_hale

📧 [email protected]

Digital Brighton and Hove

Bryan Rossi-Anderson

🦄 Digital Brighton & Hove

💼 Citizens Online 

🏠 Brighton

🐦 @iBringIntoExist

📧 [email protected] 

North East

Social Tech North East

David Van Der Velde

🦄 Social Tech North East

💼 Land Digital


🐦 @david_vd_velde

📧 [email protected]

William Mortada

🏠 Newcastle upon Tyne


📧 [email protected]

South West

Tech 4 Good SW

Annie Legge

🦄 Tech4Good South West and


🏠 Bath

🐦 @annielegge

🐦 @tech4goodSW

📧 [email protected]

Ed Howarth

🦄 Tech4Good South West and


🏠 Bristol

🐦 @edhowarthbs5

📧 [email protected]

Helen Woodcock

🦄 Tech4Good South West and


🏠 Bristol

Eriol Fox (they/them)

🦄 Tech4Good South West and

💼 Open Food Network, Open Source Design & Newcastle Uni PhD

🏠 Bristol

🐦 @erioldoesdesign

📧 [email protected]

Other organisers

Maria Lenoard, Tech4Good South West coordinator

NetSquared Exeter

Rebecca Tregenna

🦄 NetSquared Exeter

/💼 Third Sector Design

🏠 Exeter

📧 [email protected]

Michael McAndrew

🦄 NetSquared Exeter

/💼 Third Sector Design

🏠 Exeter

📧 [email protected]


Netsquared Midlands

Pauline Roche

🦄 Digital WM News

💼 RnR Organisation

🏠 Birmingham

🐦 @paulineroche

📧  [email protected]

Devon Geary

🦄 This Is Our Brum and Birmingham Tech Week

🏠 Birmingham

📧 [email protected] 


Arielle Tye

🦄 community organiser ProMo-Cymru in Wales

🏠 Cardiff

🐦 @Little_Ari

📧 [email protected]

Community of practice (Youth) as well as being location based


Tech for Good Oxford

Chris Thorpe

🐦 @jaggeree

Chris Ashworth

🐦 @ChrisAshworthNT


Tech for Good Leeds


To Reach Out To


Other people who might like to join!

Matt Moorut

🐦 @mattmoorut 

📧 [email protected] 

Anne Fry

🐦 @annefry_

📧 [email protected]

Andy Crosbie


📧 [email protected]

Ashley Bale

🐦 @AshleyBaleUK

Bruce Scharlau

🐦 @scharlau


Tech For Good Sheffield
Tech For Good Dublin
Tech For UK

Tech Vets

Service Design London Meetup
Product for Good

Hack The Police
Open Knowledge
Open Tech Will Save Us

Open Charity
One Digital Meetup

Open Government UK

Bureau Local
Hacks Hackers


Engineers Without Borders

Software and Tech Effective Altruism

Edtech Developers Meetup

Local Gov Digital

London Open Data Meetup[a]

London Gov Design Meetup

DataKind UK 

DataKind Dublin
Coko Foundation
Citizen Beta
The Maintainers

Fintech For Good

Impact Founders

Humane Tech London[b]

Act Build Change

AI Ethics London

London ICT4D

Mozilla UK

Medtech London

Netsquared Cambridge

Platform Coop
Democracy Club
Women Hack for Non-Profits




Wikimedia UK


Cooperative Technologists


UK Gov Camp

Open Data Camp


AI For Good


Campaign Lab
Design + Climate
e-Campaigning Forum

Internet Governance Forum
Interoperability and the EU Digital Markets Act
Open Tech Will Save Us
BattleMesh v13
1st International Workshop on Distributed Infrastructure for Common Good, Delft, Netherlands (or online)
rC3 – remote Chaos Experience
Mozilla Festival