HACT and techUK event spurs technology community to build for social housing

26/10/2016

Utilising new technology to develop solutions to address real world problems.

This month, in a first-of-its-kind event, HACT and techUK brought together the most forward-thinking minds in housing to explain their challenges and describe their technology wish lists. With one in five UK homes a social home, a large market exists for technology-led solutions to be applied to many of the challenges faced by social landlords today. During the discussion, HACT and techUK members were invited to explore the potential for building for this market and to develop solutions which set out to address real world problems.

Housing providers want to move towards predictive repairs, increase the use of digital communication channels with residents and bring in more automation and artificial intelligence to help run their businesses more efficiently and provide a better service to residents. This requires the support of the technology sector to make it happen and a closer working relationship between both parties can make this happen.

Jay Saggar, HACT Innovation Launch Pad Coordinator, said:

“Too often we see emerging technologies fail as they are not directly addressing a real world problem, moving from tinkering and cool ideas to a sustainable business requires a clear return on investment- the UK social housing sector has many challenges that technology can help to solve and therefore offers a great opportunity for technology community to take advantage of.”

Nick Atkin CEO, Halton Housing Trust at the event said:

“It’s a great opportunity to meet with a range of technology suppliers who may not have previously considered bringing their solutions into the housing sector. Having fresh perspectives on the challenges we face can be what it takes to generate the sort of innovative responses required to take advantage of the opportunities ahead.”

Matthew Evans, Executive Director of techUK’s IoT Programme, said:  

“We believe that smart and connected home technologies can deliver significant value to their users, be that consumers, tenants, landlords or businesses. This event allowed technology companies to really explore the potential in applications and the business opportunity in the housing association sector.”

HACT and techUK will be holding a follow up event on January 17 – where the technology community will be invited back to show off new products to an audience of UK social landlords interested in bringing the latest innovations to their businesses.

To find out more about the next event check out the event listing over at techUK

https://www.techuk.org/events/conference/item/8804-part-ii-technology-for-the-social-housing-sector

For more information, contact jay.saggar@hact.org.uk

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