We totally won!!!
When I last posted we were frantically trying to develop the site and pull together a presentation on our ideas, and fewer than 24 hours later it was all over and Mypolice.org was declared the winning idea at Social Innovation Camp 2009.
There’s a sort of overview available on the blog we’ve set up and if you want to be kept updated on how the project progresses over the next few months you can sign up on the website. Oh, and it’s @mypolice on Twitter. Notwithstanding some technical hitches on the day, our presentation was ace as we had some video clips from some actual real Glaswegians talking about their attitudes towards the police. When they’re ready I’ll link to them as they’re really worth a look/laugh.
The prize is some money, plus some free developer days, plus some business mentoring and a strong network of people who are in the know. The idea is quite simple so I don’t think it will take huge amounts of energy to get it up and running nicely, it’s just the inevitable struggle of getting the police to dabble with the site that will need all our patience/tenacity. Let me know if you know any friendly bobbys who might be interested in having a chat about it.
The limits of geography are annoying me – most of the others on the team are based in Glasgow so being down in London while meetings are going on is a bit frustrating. Hopefully I’ll stay involved, perhaps working with the police down here as I get the impression that the Met is a whole other kettle of coppers…