Although smart phones are often seen as conservation killers, technology also has ways to benefit social networks. Urban growers and makers could connect instantly to local retailers and consumers if Hyperlocal Market – a concept by Royal College of Art graduate Kayleigh Thompson – were to be enforced.

Thompson’s online London food market invites users to source and buy local food. Sellers become members, upload their products and offer them to locals. Buyers enter their postcodes to see what is available where they live. Hyperlocal Market cuts down on the energy normally used for transport and lets users know where food is made and sold. The project has an app that supports the networking process.