Things – enabled and promoted social technology for social change in Istanbul, Turkey.
In TechSoup Europe we mix the crowd of different backgrounds and expertise and build peer-to peer communities, which inspire and support learning by doing. It is thanks to the community that innovation becomes really social.
Goals of the Things project:
- Build a sustainable community of young people, developers, activists and NGOs in Istanbul, Turkey
- Crowdsource and incubate applications which serve social good
200 students and graduates from Istanbul, 30 NGOs working with youth, IT networks (from Turkcell to CoderDojo) and activists engaged in the entire process
87 crowdsourced ideas, 3 winning projects:
Things lives on
Things community in Istanbul continues to meet and exchange ideas.
• An informal group inspired by Things in another Turkish city – Ankara has kicked-off their meetings.
• Things was nominated to the Deutsche Welle Award for the Best of Online Activism 2015
Online and offline community building methodology:
A timeline including:
An international and diverse team working together:
Things would not happen if it wasn’t for the generous support of our funders: