Current projects

Do tank

The lockdown has shown that we need to skill up as a nation. Thanks to new funding and partnerships, anyone in Eastbourne can now get free and low cost help with digital skills.

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Laptop loans

The lockdown has made decent kit, software and connectivity vital for individuals and businesses. We’ve created a free or low cost way for them to get connected Read more

One Eastbourne

We’ve launched an online marketplace to make it easy for independent retailers to sell, and we’re keeping commission rates low so more money stays in their pocket Read more

Settled Status help

The UK government application for Settled Status is complex, requiring specific kit and skills to complete. We’re providing hands-on help, and our sessions will restart soon Read more

Previously in 2020

3D printed over 1,200 face shields for local NHS and care staff

Making badges and mugs to raise money for face shield printing efforts

Set up a Discord server to support local teens

Contributed to the Eastbourne cross sector COVID-19 and recovery teams

Advised Adur & Worthing Councils on the launch of a coding and making space at Colonnade House

 

2019

Piloted and rolled out support for EU citizens applying for Settled Status. Trained other volunteers to do the same across Lewes, Newhaven, Seaford and Peacehaven

Ran coding and making taster sessions for young people in Hastings

Ran “Marsh Rover” making sessions at West Rise School

 

2018

Won Heritage Lottery Funding to help explain Eastbourne’s Wish Tower to visitors

Assembled sensors for Clean Air Eastbourne

Ran “Marsh Rover” making sessions at West Rise School

Helped Devonshire Collective artists develop their digital skills

 

2017

Supported East Sussex Libraries to run coding and making sessions

Moved our HQ to East Sussex College in Eastbourne

 

2015 and 2016

Thanks to Coastal Communities funding we were able to help all sectors of the community:

  • Created 20 new full time local tech and digital jobs, and safeguarded 8 existing jobs
  • Secured pledges of £1.5m to bid for an office building to convert into a tech space (sadly we were outbid!)
  • Opened a new HQ at Kestrel House in Devonshire ward, Eastbourne
  • Ran coding and making sessions for 180 students
  • Ran a “TechMatch” scheme to mentor ‘A’ level computer science students on real life projects (which won a SPARK award)
  • Convened a round table of local industry, education and government leaders
  • Helped Boho 2015 winter event participants with making skills
  • Ran #MondayMoney business support events
  • Ran #DigitalDrinks social events

 

2013 and 2014

Ran “Start up BBQ” event with Urban Industry boss Dan King

Launched #WiredEB socials series

Launched coding and making sessions staffed by volunteers and borrowed kit!

Mentored Theo to create NowScreen (now a Ltd company!)

Supported ‘Hour of Code’ event

Converted to a Community Interest Company (we started as a Ltd to get up and running quickly)

 

Any questions?

If you have a question, or if there’s something we can help with, please get in touch.