How can technology be a tool to bring us together, to help us build the future we want?

This week Alt.Cmd launched in the Camden area — a technology project aimed at building a new type of economy supporting the local area. It was co-founded by Camden Town Unlimited, Euston Town, Dark Matter Labs, and Future Cities Catapult. The goal is to develop a new type of local, democratic institution for public good and change within the city.

We want to let people in the local area around Camden know about this exciting new project!

Introducing Alt.Cmd [Alternative.Camden] This week Alt.Cmd launched in the Camden area — a technology project aimed at building a new type of economy supporting the local area. It was co-founded by  (1).jpg

Using tech for good

Over the past decade, we have seen how cities and neighbourhoods around the world have changed for the better when people with vision and passion come together to create change. We have seen digital platforms used to organise everything from park runs to social-care; from community-led renewable energy networks to food waste reduction programmes and open source workshops. Technology has created a space for civic engagement and collaboration like never before, helping to make our cities healthier, more enjoyable and more inclusive.

This is the kind of innovation Alt.Cmd is seeking to build. We are not just another Silicon Valley-esque, tech-startup, unicorn-chasing innovation hub. Alt.Cmd will place its community at its core – residents, businesses, technologists and the public sector – and use technology to build civic innovation on our terms.

What are they going to do?

  • Start new, all-inclusive conversations about technology through co-designed and co-hosted public events, workshops and publications

  • Experiment and build prototypes of civic technology across a range of issues.

  • We will set up a testing ground to explore how shared rules and regulations – from the planning system to licensing – could change in response to new innovative technologies that require civic and regulatory oversight.

Why Camden (Euston, and King’s Cross)?

Alt.Cmd’s test site includes Camden Town, Euston and King’s Cross. The area is a snapshot of London - it's home to leading arts, culture and educational institutions, to brilliant technology and scientific research as well as to innovative local government. It’s a place where thousands live, visit and work everyday, but it also shares some of London’s biggest challenges like rising inequality, the high cost of housing as well as air and noise pollution.

It’s the perfect place to test our assumption that technology can help everyone. It means we’ll be able to share our learnings with cities across the UK and even worldwide.

But for it to work, they need your involvement.

Get Involved

If you’re actively engaged in your community, passionate about a challenge or injustice, are working within the Camden/Euston/King’s Cross area, or if you have an idea about how technology can help shape an alternative future for Camden – we want to hear from you.

Find out more on our website, read the blogs by Camden Unlimited and Dark Matter Labs and join the conversation at #AlternativeCamden.