Improving student safety – an open discussion

We want to get students involved in the conversation around improving student safety. They are the experts in when they feel unsafe and what might help students feel safer when they are out at night with friends or on their own.

Crowd-sourcing ideas feels like a good approach, so we are hosting a conversation for students to vote on statements other people have made about student safety, and share their own point of view. We will run this conversation throughout April, and then share our findings in a report in May. Please join in – the more the merrier. You can take part right here:

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New version of MyWay student safety app goes live

TL;DR – feedback from students has been built into the new version of MyWay. Key changes include the ability to report incidents of drink spiking, and a more intuituve and faster user experience.

Our student safety app (MyWay) has been co-designed with groups of women students from the University of Reading over the past 3 years, and we have just released a new version which incorporates feedback from this year’s Freshers.

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Reading Hydro is officially open!

Many congratulations to the incredible team at Reading Hydro: their amazing project to generate renewable energy from the River Thames in Reading has been officially opened!

I have been a supporter and pioneer investor in this project and am delighted to see it come to fruition. It has been a phenomenal community effort to bring renewable power to the people of Reading.

You can read the BBC News article about the opening ceremony, but if you want to get a feel for the heart and soul of the project then watch this video featuring Sophie and Tony – two of the directors whose leadership and commitment has been phenomenal.

Thingitude’s skillset skillset doesn’t lend itself to digging fish passes or painting murals, so our part in the project has been to sort out the data side of things. This has involved installing some LoRaWAN sensors, extracting data from the turbine control panel, creating a data API, and working with other members of the team to make sure all the stakeholders get the data they need.

“THE COMMUNITY ENERGYM” – ARTIST: GUGLIELMO MICCOLUPI, COMMANDO JUGENDSTIL

Our two big projects of 2020

This post looks back at our work to create a county-wide LoRaWAN network and our two biggest smart city / smart community projects of 2020 – Falls prevention system for older people, and MyWay student safety.

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#50GameChangers

Thames valley #50GameChangers – Thingitude’s Mike, Mark, Traecy and Vil

Thingitude selected as Thames Valley tech and digital future maker in ConnectTVT’s 50 Game Changers 2020 cohort

02 March 2020: Thingitude has been selected in ConnectTVT’s 50 Game Changers 2020 cohort. It joins the Thames Valley’s breakthrough tech and digital startups and scaleups, making global impact in their industries through market-changing technologies, innovation and world-class talent.

Thingitude delivers community-focused “Internet of Things” projects, and over the last year it has been working to prevent falls among older people in West Berkshire and to help women students feel safer walking home at night in Reading.

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