Software can create social impact, but only if it is sympathetic to the intricacies of our lives

Rich Daley / Fish Percolator — member of the Urban Sustainable Development Lab

How do you take an idea that is in someone’s head and then get a computer to do it? I love this challenge.

Prior to becoming a freelance developer, I spent 13 years in the corporate world. In my last role, I was managing a team to develop cloud-based software for one of the world’s largest consumer security firms. It was a great learning experience, and it taught me about developing software at scale. For instance, some of our products had up to a million users.

It’s a simple development project, but a big step in terms of what can be achieved, if we get it right.

Not a lot as it’s been designed to be hidden. Sometimes, software is designed with the best of intentions. However, it requires the end user to make a quantum conceptual and operational leap. Our solution is for people in vulnerable situations. It mirrors established procedures for working with victims to collect evidence against the perpetrator. The innovation is that this solution makes it harder for the abuser to realise that evidence is being gathered, or that their victim is receiving support. In due course we will evaluate this application as part of ongoing support programmes across the city of Leeds.

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Abhay Adhikari

Abhay Adhikari

I am interested in the context & values of our Digital Identities.