Digital @ Waltham Forest

Digital @ Waltham Forest Connecting communities and unlocking opportunities

We had our second annual digital month in November that has successfully connected communities, fostered meaningful digital engagement and taught our residents digital skills.

We had total of 22 exciting and engaging events for residents, Members and Council staff over the course of the month, including:  

Hackathon: From 7pm on Friday 17th to 7am Saturday 18th, committee room 2 of the Town Hall was transformed into a digital hub to host Waltham Forest Digital Month’s first ever hackathon. The hack created an new community map of cultural events and landmarks

Lumen Digital Art Prize: We have brought the internationally renowned Lumen digital art prize back to the borough this November, with exciting and inspiring pieces of digital art on show in the Winns Gallery. More than 400 residents visited the exhibition across five days, and 52 attended a private viewing on the opening night.

Waltham Forest Techcamp:  From Monday November 27th to Thursday 30th, Waltham Forest Council partnered with community interest company Trax Training and Waltham Forest College to put 40 young people in the borough through a digital careers tech camp with employers such as Apple and Amazon. Watch the full video.

 

Digital Champions Network

The Digital Champions Network is an exciting initiative to create a team of volunteers who can help their local community to be online.

If you are passionate about the internet then you can become a local Digital Champion and you don’t even need to be an IT whizz!

Find out more

Fill in our digital survey

Tell us how we can improve our borough through digital innovation and services, by completing our short survey below. 

Digital month in numbers

300 children attended cyber bullying workshops and coding sessions

50+ older residents in digital skills workshops

400 residents visiting our digital art exhibition

70 businesses attending networking events, featuring Google and local tech companies

Walthamstuff maps

Our hackathon that took place last month saw the creation of a new map of Waltham Forest showcasing cultural events and landmarks in the borough. 

View the Walthamstuff map

 

Get involved – fill in our digital survey

As a council, we want to be at the forefront of digital innovation and think that this will help improve residents' lives. 

We have already implemented new digital products and services, but need your help for how we can do better.

Reflecting on your own experiences and the challenges that you face as a local resident or business, please answer the questions below to let us know your thoughts on how we can improve our digital products and services.

Digital accessibility
I prefer to contact the Council and receive information via the website, social media or mobile apps
I receive a consistent and high quality service when using the Council's online services
I have the right level of skill and knowledge to access and use online services
I have access to broadband at home and am satisfied with the speed of my connection
I can access online services 'on the go' in the borough e.g. by using 4G/3G mobile data, free public wi-fi, etc.
The Council
I think my Council uses technology to improve the lives of its residents and how it delivers services
I think my Council allows residents to voice their concerns and listens to ideas
I think my Council responds to customer complaints and enquiries and acts accordingly
I think my Council is open and honest, keeping residents informed about what it is doing
I trust my Council to protect my personal information and use it in an appropriate way

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