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Knight joins charity CAST list

Tech for good accelerator CAST has added to its growing reputation for delivering change through digital with the appointment of former Labour schools minister Lord Jim Knight to its board of trustees. CAST’s Fuse accelerator is open for 2017 entries until October 31.

castheader CAST, the Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology, runs the Fuse accelerator programme for nonprofits, enabling established charities like Age UK and Breast Cancer Care to build digital products that improve their service delivery.

Knight joins as CAST recruits nonprofits for the 2017 Fuse accelerator, following the summer’s announcement of £1.2m in Big Lottery funding to extend the charity programme UK-wide. It is now accepting applications for the Fuse accelerator until October 31.

CAST was set up last year to “upskill and upscale” social impact organisations to use tech for social change. It works alongside grant makers, investors and social entrepreneurs to help accelerate the growth of the UK’s growing tech for good community.

Its intensive three-month programme has already helped to create BECCA, a new app from Breast Cancer Care, that empowers survivors to find information, support and inspiration via digital flashcards. BECCA is now open to public testing.

Age UK, another of 2016’s Fuse accelerator intake, is running four pilots across the country for Steps, its new guided conversation tool that helps carers identify an elderly person’s healthcare needs.

Lord Knight has worked in technology, education and digital inclusion, and is the co-owner of XRapid, a tech for good venture diagnosing malaria with iPhones. While in government, he had cross-Whitehall responsibility for digital, and he has consulted for global tech firms including Apple.

CAST’s 2017 Fuse accelerator is open for applications until October 31.

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