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Website Hackathon

Monday, October 19, 2015

Fifteen brave souls congregated last Wednesday in a theatre rehearsal room in Hackney with plenty of flipcharts, marker pens and laptops, to build the SolidFund website.

Despite having no external promotion, except word of mouth, the worker cooperative solidarity fund now has 461 members and £18,000 nestled in the ICOF coffers. This is just a start.

There are many people out there who, we believe, want to help build a world of fair work. To hook them up, hopefully in their thousands, we need a website linked to automated administration. We start as we mean to continue; as close to zero admin costs as possible. So it is brilliant that our friends at Agile and Outlandish are giving so much of their valuable time freely to this project.

We had grizzled techies and 'most definitely not' techies present, Agile, Outlandish, Unicorn, New Internationalist, Calverts, Suma, AltGen, Co-operatives UK.

Maria from Agile and John from Co-operatives UK kept us on track and in order and by the end of the day, we had the bare bones of a functional website and a roadmap for future development. It is no longer a good idea, it is a half completed jigsaw. Best comment of the day? "Normally these jobs take months." That's the power of co-operation of course, when we dare to harness it.

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