Technology and social purpose event with O2

Hosted at Wayra, the event brought together industry experts from across the housing and digital sectors, with the aim of broadening conversations around the role of digital transformation in housing, particularly in the community investment space.

Here are some of the speeches from the day, as well as some of the presentations. 

Opening remarks: Gavin Cansfield, Chair, HACT


Social Innovations in the Housing Market: a Funders' perspective

Emma Steele, Investment Manager, Ascension Ventures









How can technology support our social objectives

Panel discussion with: 

  • Gavin Cansfield, Chair, HACT
  • Emma Steele, Investment Manager, Ascension Ventures
  • Julie Alexander, Director of Technology and Innovation, Places for People
  • Tom Way, Innovation Manager, L&Q Group
  • Matt Spencer, Head of Public Sector Sales, O2
  • Hanif Osmani, Programme Manager, Poplar HARCA

Connectivity at the core of the digital housing experience

Bev Wright, O2

An introduction to Wayra

Alyson Edmunds, Head of Digital Innovation, O2








Three minute lightening pitches from six tech start ups:








Our transformation to Notting Hill Genesis

Elly Hoult, Programme Director, Notting Hill Genesis


"I was interested in some of the innovations and stats around digital engagement. I also found the talk by Elly very interesting as she was able to speak from a clear housing perspective." 

"The event was full of real world examples of issues & solutions, as well as a broad mix of different HAs and use cases."

"The service design session helped to think about problems in new ways."

"The event included potential applications for my organisation."

"It was a thought-provoking day. Good opportunity to network and talk about issues affecting social housing/tech."

"It was a useful day and good to catch up with people from HACT."