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Spur Projects

Who: Spur Projects

When: June 2016

Where: Brisbane

Website: oldmate.spurprojects.org

Code: https://github.com/spuradmin/oldmate

Men aged 80+ suicide at a rate twice the national average, but as a community we can change that: This is the ethos behind #oldmate a project to encourage 100,000 Australians to take a pledge to spend one hour per month with an Old Mate in their life. This simple hour can improve their self-esteem, skills and mental health, whilst reducing isolation and other factors that contribute to poor mental health and suicidality. 

Once the pledge is taken, the #OLDMATE website contains over 100 activities that actively breaks down contributing factors of suicide. 

#OLDMATE simply wouldn’t have happened without RHoK. We originally had an idea for an entirely different project, but through RHoK's enquiry and feedback process, the final concept and platform was more more relevant, specific and powerful. It was our first taste of a hackathon and we can’t sing RHoK’s praises highly enough. It was a fantastic experience that not only lead to a great project, but lasting, meaning connections, too. 

Right Click Community

Who: Right Click Community

When: Summer 2015

Where: Melbourne

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/rightclickcommunity/

Existing Code: https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/rightclick-ios.git

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Right Click Community is a social enterprise that runs tech classes for seniors, taught by teenagers. It aims to bridge the generational divide while helping seniors find supportive, non-judgemental technology help at a price they can afford. They aim to be a sustainable community program that will run using the pay what you can business model. This will allow them to cover costs, pay their teen volunteers and ensure that all seniors will be able to participate in a class or drop by to have a tech question answered.

At the Summer 2015 Melbourne Hackathon RHoK volunteers helped them develop an IOS app that functions as a notetaker. It allows teens to take photos of each step they are showing their senior - on any device - and create a set of visual, digitally annotated notes that they can send to a wireless printer or email right away. We also put together a web application back-end to the app which will collect important metrics about how teens teach the seniors, what questions are most common and how long each session runs for. This app and back end is going to allow Right Click to be so much more effective. Seniors will remember what they have been taught and the organisers will be able to monitor what strategies the teens are using that are most effective. They will also now be equipped with metrics and data about their successes that will help them greatly in grant applications and forging new partnerships with local communities.