Will is a marketing and communications consultant in the technology industry. With a background in the emerging mobile sector, he helps early-stage businesses develop go-to-market propositions. Fascinated by the ingenuity of mobile social innovations emerging in the developing world, he is convinced of the power of mobile tools to affect positive social change in the developed world too. He hopes that by learning from these examples Homeless SMS may begin to do just that.
Ohyoon is a masters student at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at the University of Technology in Delft, the Netherlands. As a trained architect, Ohyoon is fascinated by the urban environment and in particular the way in which specific communities interact with the city. He is working on scoping the potential of the Homeless SMS project for his thesis. ohyoon.wordpress.com
Without Leo, there would be no Homeless SMS. Leo is a gifted law student and a childhood friend of Will's. It was Leo who first thought of mobile as a channel for good Samaritans to check availability of beds in hostels. Knowing Will worked in mobile, he mentioned it over a beer and together they began to thrash out the ideas that underpin it. When not studying for his law exams, Leo continues to support the project.
Advisor: Julie Bretland
Julie is passionate about the application of mobile technology and tools to generate social benefit, as a result of working on a mobile finance project in Africa and seeing the positive impact of using the mobile ecosystem to deliver services directly into people’s hands. She is currently applying her experience of developing innovative and sustainable business models, partnerships and propositions in mobile-entertainment, media and finance, to health and social care.
Advisor: Andy Starnes
With a Fixed and Mobile Communications Engineering background, Andy has many years experience in Management, Business Development, Innovation and International Sales. Aiding a number of enterprises, large and small to restructure and define their strategies exposed Andy to the positive personal and social impact that technology can have and sparked his interest and engagement in projects like Homeless SMS and The Ghana Maternal Health Programme.