Introducing the Summer of Tech for Good

12th June 2017 Posted by: Ellie Hale 3 mins

The Tech for Good sector continues to gather momentum, as more startups, nonprofits, governments and techies look to create amazing new digital innovations that improve lives and the environment. 

Last year saw the launch of a Silicon Valley VC dedicated to funding social-impact tech ventures, a proliferation of meetups across the UK, and a new media outlet to cover the space, complete with a cross-sector Impact Awards to reward the organisations making impact at scale. This year sees tech for good representation at mainstream digital gatherings including this week’s London Tech Week, The Europas awards and last month's Advertising Week Europe, plus an ever-increasing number of entries to AbilityNet's annual Tech4Good Awards

As organisers of London’s Tech for Good meetup, we’re aware of the massive growth in interest in the field - we’re now at a whopping 5,500+ members - and wanted to do something to celebrate. We also wanted to learn a bit more about our community - who self-identifies as working in ‘tech for good’? How might we begin to understand more about the needs of this group and current gaps where support might help them? 

While people still to refer to it by various different terms, there has been an astonishing growth in grassroots community meetups coming together under the banner of using tech for social benefit, and an increasing number of mainstream events with a tech for good session or panel. 

So we’re launching a campaign this summer, which we hope will:

  • Demonstrate the breadth and diversity of meetup and event activity - not just in London, but across the UK - and of the organisations leading and attending these gatherings

  • Find out which communities and events identify with tech for good 

  • Test demand for different types of tech for good events and initiatives

  • Improve the discoverability of existing activity and encourage new activity.




So in practice, what does this look like? We will be using this Techforgood.global site to collate and signpost to events. To discover tech for good events near you, you can use this web app, created by CAST developers Andrew and Ivan. The app will be periodically updated with events that are added to this Google Sheet. If you are hosting or attending an event which combines both tech and good, please add it! 

The app - and indeed this whole campaign - is very much in beta at the moment, so please send us your comments and suggestions to improve it. We’ll also be adding a feedback form to this site so that you can submit ideas for how we can help build and support the field. 

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As organisers of London’s Tech for Good meetup, we’re aware of the massive growth in interest in the field - we’re now at a whopping 5,500+ members - and wanted to do something to celebrate.

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