On 2 March we celebrated the launch of the 1 Mile Project - a new initiative empowering teachers around Tech City, London to make a difference.
The 1 Mile Project is the second stage of our Rocket Fund pilot; a new crowdfunding platform for schools that enables teachers to buy the equipment or services that they think will have the biggest impact on their students' education, by raising money from local businesses and their community.
While the orginal pilot didn't concentrate on a specific area, the 1 Mile Project aims to support the 61 schools within a one-mile radius of EdSpace (a co-working space dedicated to education, based in the middle of Tech City) by bringing them together with the 4,000 businesses around them.
As part of stage two we will test whether businesses will be prepared to match fund crowdfunding projects and if locality has an impact on propensity to give.
The launch event gave delegates the opportunity to hear about the project and about the educational transformation in Hackney. Local businesses also learnt how they could help a local school in the future.
To find out how to get involved, visit our site - or watch the video below to find out how one school benefitted.
Sophie Bailey - Founder, Edtech Podcast
Michelle Thomas - Executive Head, New Wave Federation and TeachMeet organiser
Martin Buck, Head of Secondary, Hackney Learning Trust
Ben Payne - Co-Director, Ministry of Stories
Toby Martin Hughs - Education Product Manager, SAM Labs
Ben Gill - Product Manager at Nesta and Launch Pilot at Rocket Fund