CHEST Call 3 project updates

Icelandic non-profit organisation Citizens Foundation received CHEST Call 3 funding to develop “Active Citizen”, which takes civic participation to the next level by empowering citizens with their own artificial intelligence algorithms and connecting to open big data. Individuals can have their say on the decisions affecting them and also define the political agenda or top priorities of their municipality. It uses collective intelligence to ensure improved debate through better informed opinions and decisions and ensures sustainable decision-making processes. Active Citizen has been presented at key events including the OGP Summit and the World Forum for Democracy and the technology is being utilised in other Citizen Foundation initiatives.

MoreLife, a UK based SME, received CHEST Call 3 funding to widen the reach of their obesity reduction programmes by developing “MoreLife Online”, a bespoke digital patient management system and online platform to effectively deliver safe, non-judgmental and accessible tools and information. Through the “One Life Suffolk” initiative, it was clear that many health inequalities exist due to the fact that vulnerable people adopt multiple unhealthy behaviours. As a result, the team have advanced their understanding of the tools necessary to support overweight and obese people and how to encourage behaviour change through digital tools. MoreLife director Prof. Paul Gately appeared on national TV (BBC, ITV) on several occasions during the course of the project.

Serlo, a German non-profit organisation, were awarded CHEST Call 3 funding for their “Serlo ABC” project. Using their experience from their existing open language mathematics learning platform, Serlo ABC has been developed to host free language learning materials, in order to lower the economic and social hurdles for successful integration of refugees, by combining modern e-learning tools and interfaces. The first direct result of the project is a positive change in language proficiency and literacy, with further impacts expected, such as increased interaction with local communities, use of media in a foreign language, competency with digital technology and readiness to acquire new knowledge.

Italian SME bee3ee received CHEST Call 3 funding to develop “ReadRunner” as a clinically-effective play experience that improves and encourages reading, and a comprehensive solution for efficient communication within the dyslexic’s ecosystem (clinicians, tutors, parents). bee3ee have designed, integrated and deployed iOS and Android mobile apps, developed the ReadRunner website, and conducted 2 rounds of field testing with children and teachers. Findings indicate that for therapists ReadRunner helps them to reduce their reviewing time by 60%, whilst children with dyslexia can accelerate their treatment by 57%. The project has featured in a number of publications including Wired Italia, as well as receiving support from Impact Hub Milan in conjunction with AXA.

Provenance, a UK based SME, were awarded CHEST Call 3 funding for the “Provenance Coin” project, which aimed to develop a prototype blockchain application to demonstrate the mechanics of an open registrar for access to product identifiers, asset tracking, and related product information. The prototype was tested and then piloted in the supply chains of key stakeholders in the food and fashion sectors. Provenance’s work has featured in a wide range of blogs, magazines, newspapers and websites (including BBC News and The Guardian) during the course of the project. Provenance has also contributed to UK Government Department of Science report on blockchains.