Barnardo's Northern Ireland

David Shawe, CEO of Invisible Building, is proud to have been a part of the Techies in Residence program run by the Community Foundation NI and funded by Comic Relief. Through this program, Invisible Building was able to collaborate with Barnardo's Northern Ireland to create a revolutionary online tool for refugees living in rented accommodation. The tool enables these individuals to communicate with their landlords and housing management without the need for them to be able to read or speak English.

Invisible Building used visual communication and strong iconography to guide users through an app that allows them to choose the area of the house where a problem is and select the recommended place to report an issue in their home to their landlord or management company. This innovative solution will make it easier for refugees to navigate the often-complicated process of communicating with their landlords and will help ensure that they have safe and comfortable living conditions.

David Shawe and his team at Invisible Building are committed to using their expertise in technology to make a positive impact in the community. The partnership with Barnardo's Northern Ireland has been a great success and they are excited to continue working together in the future.

The Community Foundation NI's Techies in Residence program is a great example of how technology can be used to improve the lives of marginalized communities. The program has been able to bring together organizations like Barnardo's Northern Ireland and Invisible Building to create innovative solutions that have a real impact on people's lives. The program is also a testament to the power of collaboration and the importance of funding from organizations like Comic Relief in supporting such initiatives.

Overall, the partnership between Invisible Building, Barnardo's Northern Ireland, Community Foundation NI and Comic Relief is a shining example of how technology can be used to empower marginalized communities and improve the lives of those in need. The innovative online tool created by Invisible Building will make a significant impact on the lives of refugees in Northern Ireland and serve as a model for other organizations to follow.


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From no-code solutions to startup energy and deep design thoughts, Shawe's talks at events like Belfast Design Week, Digital DNA, and Belfast JS have left audiences captivated and inspired. With a focus on pushing the boundaries of technology and design

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