Workshop: Designing an Ethical App for Freelance Cleaners

7 April 2018

Sat 7 Apr, 2-4pm
SPACE Mare Street
£7/5 Book tickets here

What if there was an UBER for cleaners, with a license which belonged to the cleaners rather than a profit-driven corporation?  You are invited to join collective practice They Are Here, Ekaterina Belcheva (Ultimately Eco Cleaning) and software engineers Priyanka Shah and Amelia Crowther to conceptually design and talk through an Ethical App for Freelance Cleaners.

The workshop will be about asking yourself to imagine what would this platform might look like and how people might use it. Exploring ideas about whether technology really be used to create ethical projects and how we go about building them. Ultimately asking - can we really create applications that circumvent the gig economy and truly benefit everyone?

This session is to brainstorm ideas and no technical experience is necessary.  


Priyanka Shah is currently studying for a masters degree in Computer Science at Imperial College London. Her interests include machine learning and formal verification of programs, as well as computer architecture and design.

Amelia Crowther is a London-based software engineer interested in machine learning. They study computer science and aspire to work ethically with Artificial Intelligence. They work on the interface between computation and art, to increase the physical presence of software.

Ekaterina Belcheva is CEO of Ultimately Eco Cleaning. Arriving to the UK from Bulgaria, she went from part-time cleaning work to setting up a successful ethical cleaning company of her own, turning down business offers as she kept to her principles in order to make the cleaning business a green business. 10 years later Ultimately Eco Cleaning is continuing to grow and is serving domestic and commercial clients all around London. Their motto is healthy, ethical and green cleaning.

They Are Here (f. 2006) is a collaborative practice steered by Helen Walker and Harun Morrison, currently based in London and on the River Lea.