Meet Our Volunteers: Jeff Chang, Radiologist & AI Student

With 3 hours to go until judging and our 48 hour deadline, we pried Jeff Chang away from his mac to find out a little more about him and how things were progressing on the development side.

Jeff Chang. Radiologist and Student in AI

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How did you hear about the weekend?

Online, at rookie.oven.com.

What attracted you to Impact48?

Wanted to get involved in non-profit projects, I’d been planning to work on building non-profit projects this coming year, and figure out the greatest gaps in information transfer and intelligent data analysis, as it applies to NGOs.  In the medium and long-term, I’d really like to make a stronger impact in helping the impoverished to stand up on their own, in doing whatever I can to help address poverty and issues of inequality – these issues will only worsen as our globe’s technological gap widens and the Gini coefficient increases.  It’s a chance to gain a good deal of experience over a single weekend, to build up long-term relationships with a great group of people, and to build a strong project that a non-profit would actually find useful.

Describe yourself in three words.

Sleepiness. Curiosity. Drive.

What else makes you tick?

The chance to learn, to explore new things, to meet new people and to travel.

What are you working on today and what are you hoping to bring to the challenge?

Building out the GIK social enterprise – the backend and try to tie all the functionality together, it has a lot of moving parts.  This wasn’t really a project anyone could finish in a weekend, but we’ve gotten remarkably far for the past 40 hours of work. Lucky to have worked on multiple projects over the summer that share similar components, so have been able to borrow extensively to build out the code in the timeline required.

What do you hope to gain from the weekend?

 More experience in rapidly building prototype projects, having the chance to help build this project if we can get it off the ground, keep helping out with the project if the Cyrenians decide to continue and expand Give in Kind over the year to come.

What have you enjoyed most so far?

People have been really laid back and relaxed, probably from being a small, relatively tightly knight group, and also from being in Edinburgh.  It’s been great to work with a variety of interesting people from all sorts of backgrounds, with a very wide range of skills and talents.

What is your favourite home baked treat?

Any kind of pie.

Do you think there will be a lasting impact from the weekend’s efforts?

Yes I think there will be, it may or not take the form we thought it might, but it’s a first step in the right direction.  Thinking on the multi-pronged approach where we’re addressing four issues the non-profit is interested in, at least we can bring a variety of ideas to help the Cyrenians out, so they can figure out in which direction(s) they’d like to take each of these projects.

Only 3 hours to go until our 48 hours are up! We’ll keep you posted on the team’s final achievements! You can follow us on Twitter @RealImpact48, use the Twitter hashtag #impact48. You can also sign up to our newsletter, like our Impact48 page on Facebook.

If you would like to find out more or volunteer for our next weekend please get in touch with us! Email at admin@impact48.org.

Meet Our Volunteers: Lara Fraser, Online Marketing Executive & Blogger

Lara Fraser, Online Marketing Executive, Social Media & Blogger for Impact48

How did you hear about the weekend?

The first time I heard about Impact48 was when a colleague of mine, Chelsey Fenn, sent an email about the upcoming Impact48 weekend around our office asking if anyone fancied getting involved.

Why do you want to be involved in Impact48?

As soon as I read that Impact48 was looking for someone to volunteer to write articles for their blog I saw it as a great opportunity to do something good. When I did a little more research on Impact48 and Cyrenians I knew it would be a really amazing thing to be a part of. I feel really strongly about the work the Cyrenians do. I read the stories about the people they help, often feeling so alone and in desperation. Knowing that Cyrenians is there for them and on their side fills me with compassion and hope. To be involved with Impact48 is my way of contributing, however small, to the kindness and goodness that Cyrenians spread. 

Describe your company in a nutshell.

A small, entrepreneurial Edinburgh based Online Marketing company with a uniquely fun company culture.

What has your role been over the weekend and what are you hoping to bring to the challenge?

I’ve be blogging, filming and tweeting over the weekend to keep everyone up-to-date with our trials, tribulations and progress. I’ve also been involved in the other projects, contributing ideas and my skills where I can. The weekend is being held in the Attacat office so I’ve also made it my job to make sure the volunteers have been fed, watered and looked after.

What were you expecting?

To meet lots of skilled and generous people with all sorts of expertise and ideas. I anticipated some late nights and determination and look forward to a warm and fuzzy feeling when we look back on what we have achieved.

What do you hope to gain from the weekend?

I hope to gain a sense of achievement within our team but what we really care about is what Cyrenians will gain from the weekend.

What is your favourite home baked treat?

It really depends what phase I am in. This week could be a apple pie phase next week could be a banana loaf phase, who knows! – But with Sarah’s delightful lemon drizzle cake and Karen’s homemade olive bread over the weekend, I’m definitely in a lemon olive drizzle bread phase and I hope it never ends.

With only one hour to go and the judging panel arriving a little later this evening, we can’t wait to see the final result of the Cyrenians Weekend. Stay tuned throughout the homestretch by following us on Twitter @RealImpact48 (use the Twitter hashtag #impact48) or liking our Impact48 page on Facebook.

If you would like to find out more or volunteer for our next weekend please get in touch with us! Email at admin@impact48.org and sign up to our newsletter.

The Edinburgh Cyrenians Weekend: Saturday’s Progress

On the Saturday morning the volunteers arrived refreshed and ready to get down to some hard work and with no time to waste – except for a necessary coffee and a bite or two of croissant. A quick brief of the challenges at hand was enough to relight Friday evening’s enthusiasm and determination. We got the feeling from the volunteers themselves that they were ready to push themselves to achieve something really amazing for Cyrenians and that anything less than amazing just wouldn’t do.

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A little pastry incentive to get the volunteers out of bed.

With the team, and the table, split equally into two halves the work began. One team focused on the Online Financial Reporting project while the other on the “Give in Kind” social enterprise. It didn’t take long for the ideas and suggestion to begin to fly and at this point it seemed like both teams were in competition to be the loudest. Once the teams had got this burst of thought sharing and creativity out of their system, good ideas were agreed upon and a plan for each project was beginning to take shape.

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Kathryn, Justin, Jeff, Scott, Jennifer focus on the “Give in Kind” social enterprise development

Then around lunchtime things got quiet. Really quiet, uncomfortably quiet even. This was the sound of complete concentration and great things, tangible things, starting to appear. A great example of this is this sneak peak of Scott Burns’ amazing (and super speedy) work for the “Give in Kind” social enterprise project below.

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So here’s what was achieved by the time we shut up shop and laptops late into the night on Saturday:

The online finance reporting project

A basic micro site has been created to host the new, more flexible and engaging reporting formats. An infographic had been created for the homepage, this summarises the varied services that Edinburgh Cyrenians offer. The idea is to provide a clearer picture of all that the charity does. The team also made good headway into taking the lifeless financial data and presenting it in a more colourful and accessible format.

The “Give in Kind” social enterprise development

Saturday morning the volunteers were looking at the logistics behind a new ‘Give in Kind’ project and bouncing ideas around about web design, marketing and the scope of online transactions. By 4.30 pm the basic digital structure had fallen into place and our sneaky glances at the progress for far got us pretty excited for the final revealing on Sunday. By 10 pm a working prototype of the “Give in Kind” site was in place for which 1 logo, 16 icons, 7 web pages and 1 rather large infographic had been designed. Wow. 

Tweaks to the current website

A few quick but important tweaks were made to the current website. This included embedding Cyrenians’ social feeds onto their homepage as well as improving some of the other visual elements. The aim was to increase visitor engagement as well as improve the overall user experience on the website.

With six hours to go and a lots developing to do until the final presentations this evening we can’t wait to see the final results achieved for Cyrenians! We’ll keep you posted! You can follow us on Twitter @RealImpact48, use the Twitter hashtag #impact48. You can also sign up to our newsletter, like our Impact48 page on Facebook.

If you would like to find out more or volunteer for our next weekend please get in touch with us! Email at admin@impact48.org.

Meet Our Volunteers: Computer Scientist Ricardo Honorato

We’re over 40 hours into the Impact48 Weekend in the Attacat office and it’s time to say hello to another hard working volunteer. Ricardo Honorato is a biochemist-come-computer scientist currently studying at the University of Edinburgh. Originally from Chile, he can’t resist raving about Edinburgh as he sits down for a chat. Here’s what he has to say about the Impact48 weekend so far:

Ricardo Honorato, PhD student, University of Edinburgh School of Informatics

Ricardo Honarato

How did you hear about the weekend?

 A tech Meet Up mailing list – for people in the tech industry. I added my name to the list at a previous hackathon.

What attracted you to Impact48?

 I was attracted by the idea of helping a charity. I looked at the Edinburgh Cyrenians’ website and felt the whole idea of the charity was in line with my views and the things I care about.

Describe yourself in three words.

Can I list the three things I care about? Freedom, equity and autonomy.

Describe your PhD in a nutshell.

There is a language for biochemistry that we have – it helps express what happens when things interact in a cell. I’m working to extend this language; to respect thermodynamics (e.g. when you burn something, the reaction releases a lot of energy.)

What else makes you tick?

I like politics. I’m part of the democratic revolution in Chile.

What are you working on today and what are you hoping to bring to the challenge?

We’re working on the Give in Kind website. I have been developing part of this over the past 24 hours. I’m bringing my knowledge of creating programmes to the table.

What do you hope to gain from the weekend?

 A free lunch (!)

What have you enjoyed most so far?

Talking to new people. Everything has been very interesting so far.

Lastly and most importantly – What is your favourite home baked treat?

Pastel de choclo (corn pie for all you non-Spanish speakers.) It’s my favourite dish in the whole world. Cooked in a clay pot, you first add mince, onions, gravy, black olives and raisins. A thick layer of mashed corned is then added on top. You can try the dish in Edinburgh – like my friends’ Facebook page for more info.

It’s great to have you here Ricardo! That free lunch is well and truly deserved. We’re itching to see what you guys have done with the Give in Kind website later on.

Keen to get involved in Impact48?

We look for all sorts of volunteers with all sorts of skill sets, so if you would like to find out more or volunteer for our next weekend please get in touch with us! Email at admin@impact48.org.

We are also looking for other kinds of assistance. The amazing people at Innis & Gunn have again donated some delicious beers for our hard working volunteers over this Impact48 weekend. Could you or your business help? Find out more about sponsoring or get in touch with us at admin@impact48.org.

You can also sign up to our newsletter, like our Impact48 page on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @RealImpact48, use the Twitter hashtag #impact48.

Meet Our Volunteers: Social Enterprise Traveller, Karen Leigh Anderson

With the Impact48 Weekend well underway in the Attacat office, we’d like to introduce you to some of the wonderful people donating their time and expertise to Edinburgh Cyrenians. Karen Leigh Anderson has spent the past 10 years working with social enterprises in the UK and has an impressive track record of supporting over 200 third sector organisations with investment and business development. This afternoon we caught up with Karen to hear her thoughts on how the weekend is unfolding.

Karen Leigh Anderson
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Karen Anderson

How did you hear about the weekend?

Through Impact48 organiser Barry O’Kane. I was at the first weekend too.

What attracted you to Impact48?

I’m interested in new sustainable ideas around third sector organisations and seeing how you can apply this to more than just coding and design.

Describe yourself in three words.

Disruptive. Focused. Loyal.

Aside from Impact48, describe your work in a nutshell.

Developing new social enterprises and growing social enterprises through all sorts of business models and finding social investment for them.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I have an Etsy shop called MakerDifference. My friend and I both make jewellery. She has been teaching women – specifically widows and orphans – to make jewellery in Uganda and South Africa and we now sell it online.

What are you working on today and what are you hoping to bring to the challenge?

I’m good at finding tools and resources out there that can be used. I started work on the online financing report project today. We’ve identified free infographic tools to better communicate Edinburgh Cyrenians’ accounts. Not everybody wants to download a heavy PDF of figures, but the information itself is really interesting.

What do you hope to gain from the weekend?

To learn about a new idea and gain insight into how Impact48 could be rolled out to more people. I’m always interested in how things work.

What have you enjoyed most so far?

The variety and different types of people here.

Lastly and most importantly – What is your favourite home baked treat?

My favourite has to be tipsy tart – it’s full of rum (and dates.)

Delighted to have you back for the second Impact48 Weekend Karen! We’re excited to see the progress everyone has made by the end of day one.

Keen to get involved in Impact48?

We look for all sorts of volunteers with all sorts of skill sets, so if you would like to find out more or volunteer for our next weekend please get in touch with us! Email at admin@impact48.org.

We are also looking for other kinds of assistance. The amazing people at Innis & Gunn have again donated some delicious beers for our hard working volunteers over this Impact48 weekend. Could you or your business help? Find out more about sponsoring or get in touch with us at admin@impact48.org.

You can also sign up to our newsletter, like our Impact48 page on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @RealImpact48, use the Twitter hashtag #impact48.

The Edinburgh Cyrenians Weekend: Friday Evening’s Kick Off & Welcomes

The Cyrenians Weekend has well and truly kicked off! On the Friday evening volunteers gathered in the Attacat Office to brainstorm, discuss and strategise the most effective use of the volunteers’ time, skill and energy. The aim was to come to a decision on the best way to use the resources at hand to move Cyrenians forward in one or more of the three main areas identified by the charity; the Cyrenians Farm produce branding revamp, the “Give in Kind” social enterprise development and the online finance reporting project. Read about each of the project challenges here. The aim of the Friday evening kick off was for the volunteers to choose which challenge or project to pursue based on where they think they could realistically make the most real and long lasting impact in 48 hours.

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Here’s what happened

After some refreshments, snacking and mingling the volunteers settled down to listen to a presentation by Phil Reilly from Cyrenians.  Phil talked the group through the wide number of diverse and innovative services Cyrenians have to offer, from Cyrenians Farm to the Homelessness Prevention Service and not forgetting all the wonderful services in between. Phil then talked the volunteers through the potential projects and explained how these areas are where their help would be most beneficial to the Cyrenians cause. These areas were:

Cyrenians Farm Produce Branding

The Challenge:  To design and fully develop a “Cyrenians Produce”  brand that can be used on labeling everything from chutneys to bags of mixed leaves, from jam to garlic and from potted herbs to bird boxes. The aim is for the brand to be shared by the farm and all three community gardens to facilitate the move towards the two sections sharing produce and serving shared customers.

“Give in Kind” Social Enterprise 

The Challenge:  To facilitate the development of this new social enterprise Edinburgh Cyrenians requires a basic functional webpage/site and a system which enables the posting of requests for unwanted items as well as the transaction of these goods between a private individual and recipient registered with the charity.

Online Finance Reporting Project

The Challenge: To increase success and awareness raised by online reporting with the addition of new formats and interactive elements. Improving these online reports is vital in furthering the Edinburgh Cyrenians cause as these reports contain valuable information at a detail not presented anywhere else on the website.

After the presentation the volunteers split into two groups and started to discuss which areas to tackle and how to best match the challenges proposed against the team’s skills. It was soon evident just how much skill we had managed to squeeze into one room. We had a whole host of expertise and skill at our fingertips – digital marketing, social media, graphic design, marketing, web developing, writing, content management, IT, strategic management and social enterprise to name a few!

With only 48 hours to come up with something real and actionable for Cyrenians there was no room for “umming” and “ahhing.” To get things into motion cut throat decision making was required and by the end of the evening the team had decided on three areas to pursue. These were:

  • The online finance reporting project
  • The “Give in Kind” social enterprise development
  • A project to achieve quick but important wins on the current website

With these decisions made and a focus gained the team was raring to get started. However, the decision was made to leave things at that point and to come back refreshed and ready to tackle the challenges in the morning. So after the beers, teas and some home baking had been polished off the volunteers left the Attacat office to return at 10 am the next day.

With a team so skilled and full of energy for the challenge at hand, we can’t wait to see how the weekend unfolds. We have a feeling the team may surprise themselves with what they can achieve in 48 hours. We’ll keep you posted! You can follow us on Twitter @RealImpact48, use the Twitter hashtag #impact48. You can also sign up to our newsletter, like our Impact48 page on Facebook.

If you would like to find out more or volunteer for our next weekend please get in touch with us! Email at admin@impact48.org.

Meet Our Volunteers: Web Designer, Copywriter and Blogger, Justin Reynolds

With only 3 days to go until the Impact48 Weekend kicks off in the Attacat office on Friday evening, things – and volunteers for that matter, are slotting neatly into place. Here is one such volunteer. Justin Reynolds is an Edinburgh based web designer, copywriter and blogger with more 15 years of experience of designing websites and developing content management solutions to a whole host of clients. He is also the man behind analogue76.com, the home of his web design portfolio and blog. If you have already read Justin’s guest post “The promise and limits of civil hacking,” on our very own Impact48 blog then you’ll know we’ve excelled ourselves with this one. If you haven’t, put the kettle on and settle yourself down for a particularly insightful read. This week we caught up with Justin to hear more of his musings over the Impact48 Weekend.

Justin Reynolds, Web Designer, Copywriter and Blogger.

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How did you hear about the weekend?

My friend and Impact48 organiser Barry O’Kane told me about the first weekend, which I unfortunately had to miss. I’ve followed Impact48 on Twitter since then, and was glad to be around for this one.

Why do you want to be involved in Impact48?

I have great admiration for the work of the Cyrenians, and I hope we can develop something useful and a little bit different for them. Also, having been self-employed for some time now I’m curious as to how I will get on working in a close knit team: I’m looking forward to it but am somewhat out of practice.

Describe yourself in three words.

Bookish. Unworldly. Tolerable.

Describe your company in a nutshell.

Somewhat indescribable at the moment I’m afraid. I’ve been a self-employed web designer for about 10 years now, and I still provide web design services. But lately I’ve rekindled a long standing interest in the written word (I used to be a journalist) and am thinking about tacking in that direction again: doing some kind of writing, perhaps in parallel with a bit of design. So I blog regularly and have started to volunteer written articles here and there. Perhaps one day I will find a way of getting paid for one of them.

What do you perceive your role to be over the weekend and what are you hoping to bring to the challenge?

I can write and design, so I’m happy to do whichever of those is most needed.

What are you expecting?

From what I’ve heard of the first weekend I’m expecting it be quite busy, but enjoyable.

What do you hope to gain from the weekend?

It will be great to work with Barry and one or two others I know again (I did some work with Barry’s company Ezone Interactive a few years back). And to meet and work with new people.

Lastly and most importantly – What is your favourite home baked treat?

Capricorn night octopus lemon drizzle cake. But chocolate chip cookies also OK.

We can’t wait for the Impact48 weekend to get underway and we are so pleased to have you on board Justin! … We’ll see what we can do about sourcing the ingredients for that extravagant sounding Lemon Dizzle cake.

There is still time to get help with Impact48 this weekend!

We are still welcoming all the help we can get for the next Edinburgh Cyrenians Impact48 Weekend on October 4th-6th. We are looking for all sorts of volunteers with all sorts of skill sets, so if you would like to find out more or volunteer for our next weekend please get in touch with us! Email at admin@impact48.org.

We are also looking for other kinds of assistance for the weekend such as perhaps fuel for the volunteers! The amazing people at Innis & Gunn have again donated some delicious beers for our hard working volunteers over the Impact48 weekend. Could you or your business help? Find out more about sponsoring or get in touch with us at admin@impact48.org.

You can also sign up to our newsletter, like our Impact48 page on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @RealImpact48, use the Twitter hashtag #impact48.

The Edinburgh Cyrenians Weekend: Stepping Up To The Challenge

The aim of an Impact48 weekend is to provide a charity, lacking resource, with ideas, knowledge and new technologies to further their cause. When Impact48 approached Edinburgh Cyrenians as the chosen charity for the next Impact48 Weekend there was no shortage of potential ideas or areas where help would be a great benefit to them. The idea is that this help should allow them to develop areas of their charity that they might not be able to otherwise.

The goal is for the volunteers to decide how they can use their skills and time to develop something that will help Edinburgh Cyrenians move forward in one or more of the areas identified. It will be up to the volunteers to choose which idea they pursue based on where they think they can make the most real and long lasting impact.

Here is a sneak peak of the ideas and challenges which will be presented to the team of volunteers to kick of the weekend and to stir up some creativity.

Cyrenians Farm Produce Branding

Cyrenians Farm is a social enterprise with dual objectives. The first objective is to support homeless individuals with shelter and much needed work-based opportunities. The second is looking for opportunities to make an income so the farm does not have to be fully reliant on grants or donations. The farm provides accommodation for a number of homeless individuals aged from 16-25 and offers them a safe and enriching environment to settle and in time, grow. Watch the Cyrenians Farm films here “Sowing Dreams.”

challenge1 The Challenge:  

To design and fully develop a “Cyrenians Produce”  brand that can be used on labeling everything from chutneys to bags of mixed leaves, from jam to garlic and from potted herbs to bird boxes. The branding should also be visible throughout the Cyrenians website and other marketing materials. The aim is for the brand to be shared by the farm and all three community gardens to facilitate the move towards the two sections sharing produce and serving shared customers.

“Give in Kind” Social Enterprise 

Edinburgh Cyrenian Trust is considering the establishment of a new social enterprise, “Give in Kind.”  The enterprise would enable private individuals to donate unwanted goods to Cyrenians clients in need of them (a form of online charitable recycling).

challenge 2 The Challenge:

To facilitate the development of this new social enterprise Edinburgh Cyrenians requires a basic functional webpage/site and a system which enables the posting of requests for unwanted items as well as the transaction of these goods between a private individual and recipient registered with the charity. Cyrenians require a basic secure system at this stage, but it must have the capacity to be edited and built on in the future. Longer term Cyrenians anticipate requiring a search facility, matching facility, details and listing of fulfilled postings, the ability to produce statistics, advertising, name and brand banners and page tabs.

Online Finance Reporting Project 

Cyrenians produce annual Financial and Impact Reports, which are always presented in the form of a PDF and is available as an attachment on their website. Edinburgh Cyrenians believe that the information within these reports could be of interest and benefit to a larger audience than at present.

Impact-2011The Challenge:

To increase success and awareness raised by online reporting with the addition of new formats and interactive elements. Improving these online reports is vital in furthering the Edinburgh Cyrenians cause as these reports contain valuable information at a detail not presented anywhere else on the website.

Do you have something to bring to the challenge?

We are still welcoming volunteers for the next Edinburgh Cyrenians Impact48 Weekend on October 4th-6th. We are looking for all sorts of volunteers with all sorts of skill sets, so if you would like to find out more or volunteer for our next weekend please get in touch with us! Email at admin@impact48.org.

We are also looking for other kinds of assistance for the weekend such as sponsors or perhaps fuel for the volunteers! Could you or your business help? Find out more about sponsoring or get in touch with us at admin@impact48.org.

You can also sign up to our newsletter, like our Impact48 page on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @RealImpact48, use the Twitter hashtag #impact48.

Images courtesy of cyrenians.org.uk

Meet Our Volunteers: Social Stampede’s Jennifer Tough

With not long to go until the next Impact48 Weekend (4th – 6th Oct) we are still busily seeking creative and skilled volunteers. Our volunteers are vital in making the Edinburgh Cyrenians Weekend a success, so we are pleased to share the exciting news of our next volunteer!

Jennifer is a Digital Marketing, Social Media & PR Strategies Consultant and Director of Social StampedeSocial Stampede is a full-service Digital Marketing firm, specialising in digital marketing and social media strategies tailored to small and medium-sized businesses. I tracked Jennifer down to find out a little bit about her involvement with Impact48.

Jennifer Tough

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How did you hear about the weekend?

Through social media – I saw some action from participants from the last Impact 48 on Twitter and Facebook, so signed up for the newsletter to be part of the next one.

Why do you want to be involved in Impact48?

I come from a charity background and the third sector has always been a passion for me. I love being involved in bringing people with different skills together to create something for the greater good.

Describe yourself in three words.

Hard question! Usually sociable, often dorky, and sometimes intrepid.

4) Describe your company in a nutshell.

Digital Marketing for small businesses. (that’s the very compact nutshell version)

What do you perceive your role to be over the weekend and what are you hoping to bring to the challenge?

I have no idea! But I hope I can bring my experience in charity and digital marketing to benefit the team.

What are you expecting?

I try not to carry expectations when I do new things. It’s a feng shui lifestyle thing… But I expect good things!

What do you hope to gain from the weekend?

I certainly hope that we can produce a result for the charity, and also have a great weekend ourselves and collaborate with some new people I don’t otherwise get to work with.

I’m also helping to organise Startup Weekend Glasgow in October, so hopefully I can carry some lessons from Impact48 to apply to SWG13.

What is your favourite home baked treat?

Haven’t met one I don’t like… But of course the favourite is apple crumble.

We are delighted to have Jennifer on board! With her skills, experience and expertise we can wait to see what Jennifer and the other volunteers will achieve for Edinburgh Cyrenians over the weekend. Without the time and energy of our wonderfully generous volunteers, the Impact48 weekends could not take place. So we would like to take a moment to say a huge thank you to Jennifer, we’ll see you soon!

There is still time to volunteer with Impact48!

We are still welcoming volunteers for the next Edinburgh Cyrenians Impact48 Weekend on October 4th-6th. We are looking for all sorts of volunteers with all sorts of skill sets, so if you would like to find out more or volunteer for our next weekend please get in touch with us! Email at admin@impact48.org.

We are also looking for other kinds of assistance for the weekend such as sponsors or perhaps fuel for the volunteers! Could you or your business help? Find out more about sponsoring or get in touch with us at admin@impact48.org.

You can also sign up to our newsletter, like our Impact48 page on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @RealImpact48, use the Twitter hashtag #impact48.

Meet Our Volunteers: IfLooksCouldKill Designer, Scott Burns

With two weeks to go until the Impact48 Edinburgh Cyrenians Weekend (4th – 6th Oct) we have been working hard to rally up some skilled and creative volunteers. So we are beyond delighted to be announcing IfLooksCouldKill’s involvement!

IfLooksCouldKill is an Edinburgh based design and digital studio with a strong reputation in the arts and culture, creative and technology sectors. Representing the company is Designer, Scott Burns. I caught up with him to find out a little bit about him before the Edinburgh Cyrenians Weekend.

Scott Burns, Designer

Scott Burns

How did you hear about the weekend?

My colleagues Jonathan and Sarah have been involved with Impact48 and worked with Ezone Software before. News of the upcoming weekend has also been on Twitter.

Why do you want to be involved in Impact48?

Getting to use my skills and knowledge to help out with a worthy cause interest me, plus I’m sure it’ll be a fun experience to create something in such a short, intensive time frame.

Describe yourself in three words.

Creative, Geeky, Tattooed.

Describe your company in a nutshell.

A close-knit team of designers and developers, problem solvers and imaginative thinkers.

What do you perceive your role to be over the weekend and what are you hoping to bring to the challenge?

I’ll bring my experience in design to the challenge, so imagine I’ll be working in that capacity, whether it’s with other designers, or in conjunction with developers, marketers etc. I would hope that the power of good design will have a positive impact on the charity going forward with the results from the challenge.

What are you expecting?

Creativity, pressure and some fun!

What do you hope to gain from the weekend?

I think for me it’s more about what the charity will gain than me personally, but if it’s a fun and interesting weekend, with some nice pieces of work emerging at the end, that’ll do for me!

Impact48 are delighted to have IfLooksCouldKill and Scott Burns on board! Without the help of generous organisations and the people who work within them, the Impact48 weekends could not take place, simple as that! So we would like to take a moment to say a massive thank you to Sarah Robertson and Scott Burns at IfLooksCouldKill! We can’t wait to see what the hard work of our volunteers will achieve for Edinburgh Cyrenians over the weekend.

There is still time to get involved!

We are still welcoming volunteers for the next Edinburgh Cyrenians Impact48 weekend in October. We are looking for all sorts of volunteers, so you don’t need to fit into the techie, creative, designer or developer “type.” If you would like to find out more or volunteer for our next weekend please get in touch with us! Email at admin@impact48.org.

We are also looking for other kinds of assistance for the weekend such as sponsors or perhaps fuel for the volunteers! Could you or your business help? Find out more about sponsoring or get in touch with us at admin@impact48.org.

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