Digital Communities: Week 8 Overview

by O2 Business

Last week was the penultimate week of our Digital Communities project in St Helens. We’ve really enjoyed our time here running workshops for the local community and small businesses, and we’ve got one more week of sessions before the Digital Hub closes. So before we begin our final few days, let’s take a look at what went on last week.

On Tuesday 1st December, our very own Sean Vijars repeated his popular session on The Future of Digital. The internet of things, or IoT, was one of the hot topics of discussion. We’re moving to a world where everything is connected – people and technology. Your phone will work with your car for hands free calling, your wearable will work with your diet app to track your health and your smart home meter will work with your phone to adjust your heating even when you’re out of the house.

Incredibly, there are 64 million people in the UK, but 74.8 million phones. The number of people using the internet and social media has continued to rise, but the number of mobile subscriptions has actually declined. The world is going digital. And businesses need to respond to this to make sure they are communicating with their customers in the right ways. This is where our sessions such as The Power of Social Media can help.

On Wednesday, we ran a new session on Helping people with sight loss get online. One of the main objectives for Digital Communities is making sure that the possibilities of technology are open to everyone. In this class, we helped people with sight loss try out a number of tablets, smartphones and eReaders. And we offered advice on how to use them and how to make the most of accessibility settings.

And finally, on Thursday we repeated our very popular Keeping families safe online workshop to help families learn the skills and gain the knowledge they need to keep their children safe online. You can find the lessons from this workshop here.  And of course, throughout the week we had locals and commuters alike making the most of the hotdesks available.

Our final week in St Helens approaches so come and see us while you can. We’ll be running another The Power of Social Media session next week. We’re also lucky enough to have startup businesses from Wayra, our startup accelerator, visiting us to advise small businesses on how to pitch like a pro. And, better still, if you attend one of the workshops you could be in with a chance of winning an iPad.

It’s your last chance! So to get involved, visit the website or search for #HelloStHelens on Twitter.