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DadShed enrols onto GCHQ Accelerator programme

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The #SafeCitizenAccelerator is a programme focused on technology products that improve citizen safety and is run in partnership with UP Ventures at the The Landing in Salford.

Buildings can be made safer if relevant and publicly available information can be made easily accessible. Imagine, if when logging into a residential or commercial building’s WIFI that you, as an occupier, instantly have the option of knowing if that building is legally compliant for that jurisdiction? This could mean knowing if the electrical or gas certifications are up to date, are the smoke detectors working or tested recently and have the fire escapes been checked by the local emergency service? Additionally, does everybody know where the fire escapes are, is the external cladding non-combustible and are those installed sprinklers working; What else what be useful to have at your finger tips?

At DadShed, we believe that some building data could be and should be made publicly available, initially in a format that can be manually or physically requested, though long term integrated into technology platforms.

DadShed aims to be in the single truth for information of at any place, collecting data from numerous sources; To find out more about how we are doing this or if you wish to get involved, please get in touch.

DadShed partners with Gnatta’s technology platform

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DadShed partners with Gnatta to deliver unified communications for the property sector. 

Dadshed have partnered with fellow North-West company Gnatta to improve the communication technology available to the property sector. Gnatta offers products to unify messaging across social media (Facebook Messenger; Twitter), email, telephony, webchat, and more, into a single user interface. With big-name existing clients including ASOS and Cancer Research UK, Gnatta is already used by organisations from industries as diverse as retail, utilities, and the charity sector. Now, combined with Dadshed’s expertise, both organisations are excited to enter the property industry.

“The real estate community has been conservative on how they handle their customer communications, still preferring to use letters, email, and the good old-fashioned telephone call, though things are changing. With the advent of new technology in homes and a new tech-savvy generation of younger occupiers, the most forward-thinking property companies are actively looking for better solutions. Gnatta will provide homeowners and tenants with a way of communicating through a channel of their choice, whether it be texting or using social media with their apartment concierge, letting agent or property developer,” advises Russell Mills, Head of Partnerships at DadShed.With innovation in property technology (proptech) increasingly coming to the industry from new sources – often without a property background – Gnatta and DadShed are joining a growing trend. With plans to target the UK property (real estate) sector, the partnership also offers capabilities to expand into both international English-speaking territories and other languages.

Can you share your knowledge & insights around PropTech?

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In 2019, DadShed started organising a bi-monthly Meetup focusing on the world that is the PropTech at venues within Manchester.

Check out https://meetup.com/dadshed for more detail, and how to register this is a way to be kept informed about future events and see who has presented in the past.

The ambition is to host the largest and most active PropTech meetup in the UK we believe that we are well over halfway there having nearly 220 members in the group (the largest UK group that we are aware of has in the order of 400 members in London).

Our next Manchester PropTech event is on Thursday 26th of September, we are looking forward to exploring how design plays an important part both internally and externally within developments.

We do have a plan for future speakers and events in 2020, and would appreciate any feedback that people might have we are also keen to engage with anyone wishing to share their expertise within PropTech and property development, welcoming conversations to explore how we add value to this sector ‘together’.

You can see future event topics at https://www.meetup.com/dadshed/events

Digitising the Home User Manual

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Most people around the world still manage their homes and offices using the trusted tools of a pen, paper, telephone calls and on-site visits. As far as we are aware, in general, homeowners currently do not use any technology to manage properties other than e-mail or cloud-based storage service.

As examples, how do you as a property occupier gain access to the warranty details of a washing machine, have somebody fix that broken handle or view the rental contract in a digital format?


Building insurance companies have advised DadShed that 1 in 3 trips to manage properties are just to look at the issue, not to repair or resolve anything, wow! Additionally, property management challenges are growing due to the increasing complexity of buildings and advent of technology within homes. The DadShed app enables property developers to create a better experience for their purchasers, helps them organise their documentation in effect a Home User Guide and connect their approved suppliers to that building. Additionally, we believe this will also provide any occupier with a platform to organise their home, not only for new build property developers, though for the secondhand and commercial markets too.

The questions for everybody that live in a a home is:
1. What other uses of this digital data could be found beyond just making managing your home easier?
2. Are there any other methods people use to manage their homes beyond what we have discovered? We have also heard examples of property managers using Facebook Group and WhatsApp Group
3. We welcome your thoughts on anything else we have not considered with regards to improving and championing the occupier experience?