Our story

A couple of years ago four of us decided to try and do some stuff which might be good for our home town, Eastbourne, and coastal communities like it.

Theo, then 15, had an idea. “Why don’t we give new purpose to the often redundant TV screens in public buildings and hotels by creating a network that shares community information”, he thought…

We used low cost technology (Raspberry Pi) and made sure we talked to our users and built what they needed.

Today, funded through community grants, this project has breathed new life into scores of screens which no longer need to show rolling news (or nothing at all). Now they share centrally managed community info plus whatever the screen owner wants to show visitors and residents.

Simple tools empower even worried technophobes and our architecture means the sky’s the limit for network owners like Eastbourne Borough Council.

Now we’re looking for the next three progressive local authorities to join the story as development partners. Find out more.

Meet our team

Theo Pilbeam – a then 15-year-old student at Cavendish School, looking for a suitable digital project in pursuit of a Crest Award. Now 18 and university bound.

Will Callaghan – a product manager who at the time worked for Government Digital Service and also set up Eastbourne Can a voluntary community action group.

Adam McNaught-Davis – a design/brand/content marketing consultant and supporter of Eastbourne Town Team.

Rob Price – a senior developer with Bauer magazine group and member of various community groups.

Theo in action

Here are some pictures of Theo installing NowScreens around Eastbourne

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New Wilmington lounge trial

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People Matter nowscreen install