"Let's make our government more transparent and relatable to encourage more people to participate in the democratic process".
Problem space: Team Lighthouse are wanting to make the democratic process more engaging for young people. The parliament website has loads of great information, but it can be inaccessible to those who don't know where to start, particularly young people (18–24). This is especially a problem for young people (18-24) because the only time they get to engage in this process is during the elections. During this time the information you see on the television or media is not very useful in terms of track records or votes.
So how can the lighthouse project bridge relationships between youth and their local MP's on issues that matter to them?
Our Audience says: It is very easy for young people to have the perception that all parties are the same or nobody represents them, which leads them to ask the question "Well why should I vote?" Young people have issues that they care about, but if they don't know anything about their local MPs it is easy to believe that what they stand for won't be addressed. This means our democracy is not not truly representative, because young people are disenfranchised from making their voices heard.
Our plan: Team Lighthouse plans to create a platform for people to find their local MP(s) and find out about top issues they speak about, issues they vote on, and their appearances in the media. By visualising open data we aim to present this information clearly and simply so that users can compare or align issues that are important to them with their MP. If their MP is communicating the issues that they stand for, AWESOME! If not, how can we inform young people so they take action and make their voices heard?
We would like our platform to show information clearly and visually, with the ability to drill down into supporting information if a user so desires. Users will be able to see whether their local representative is an effective MP, see their track record on issues (and see whether what an MP says matches how they vote).
What would the world look like when our youth is connected to our government: We will have a more open and engaged society. (Young) people will be able to have a transparent view of what their MPs say and do, and see which MPs' views match their own. More people will be empowered to vote, as they will be able to see that their issues can and will be represented — the key to democracy.