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 all communities.

Theo, then 15, had an idea. “I’d like to kill the notice board, he thought…

We used low cost, scalable 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 300 screens in Eastbourne which no longer need to show rolling news (or nothing at all). Now they share centrally managed, often automated, community info (using local data triggers like weather, tide times and sea conditions) plus whatever the screen owner wants to show visitors and residents. It’s an engaging blend.

Simple tools empower even worried technophobes and our architecture means the sky’s the limit for any community network.

Now we’re looking for others to join the story 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

 

New Wilmington lounge trial

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People Matter nowscreen install