Tech for Good 10: BGV's new podcast, the new UN accelerator, Plantix, #metoo and more

20th October 2017 Posted by: Sam Firman

Welcome to the Tech For Good Ten, where we share the best 10 links in the Tech For Good world from the past seven days.


We’re aiming to share a wide range of links, meeting the people behind the latest digital innovations, showcasing the greatest tech for good products, looking at the future of social change technology, and exploring the themes and social issues that technology is tackling locally and globally.


Most importantly, we’ll be meeting the people and institutions who are actually using this technology, showing the positive difference it makes in their lives, their communities and the world around them.


We’re also encouraging debate around “What exactly is Tech For Good?” Join the debate in the comments below. We’re here to discuss all things Tech For Good. Got a link to share with the Tech For Good Team? Tweet us at  @techfotgoodtv  or leave a comment on our Facebook page.


Tech For Good Ten | 20.10.2017



1//  Bethnal Green Ventures launches new podcast

Bethnal Green Ventures has announced a new tech-for-good podcast, called the Tech for Good Report. It immediately goes into the "essential content” category for all tech-for-good followers.


2//  UN founds accelerator to meet Sustainable Development Goals

The UN has founded an accelerator to make its Sustainable Development Goals a reality. Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G) will convene public- and private-sector leaders to come up with solutions to major issues like climate change, access to clean water, and building sustainable cities.


3// Data2X announces winners of Big Data for Gender Challenge

Data2X has announced the winners of its Big Data for Gender Challenge: ten projects that apply data innovations to fill gender data gaps and improve understanding on key aspects of girls’ and women’s lives.


4// George Soros donates $18bn to Open Society Foundations

George Soros, the billionaire hedge fund manager and a major Democratic donor, has given $18 billion to his Open Society Foundations, one of the largest transfers of wealth ever made by a private donor to a single foundation.


5//  Plantix: helping farmers identify pest damage

Plantix is an app designed to help farmers combat disease, pest damage and nutrient deficiency in their crops. The app, designed in Berlin, is able to recognise a growing number of crop pests and diseases and give advice on how to treat them.


6//  WhatsApp co-founder to launch tech-for-good venture

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has announced that he is quitting WhatsApp to work on a tech-for-good project operating at the nexus of “nonprofit, technology and communications.” As Tom Steinberg outlines in this post, this is potentially very exciting news, providing Brian heeds some of the lessons learned as the tech-for-good world has developed.


7//  Arloesidur: new innovation hub for Wales

Arloesiadur (innovation directory in Welsh) is a website that maps innovation in Wales, developed in a collaboration between Nesta and Welsh Government. The project is born from the belief that new data, analysed and presented in new ways can create valuable information for innovation policymakers.


8// #metoo

In the wake of the mountain of allegations of sexual assault levelled against Harvey Weinstein, millions of people have been discussing experiences of sexual assault using the hashtag #metoo. A debate has since developed: is this an affecting display of solidarity, or an all-too-familiar, and temporary, moment of reflection? Or both?


9//  Recycling CO2 into everyday objects

Canadian company CarbonCure Technologies is recycling CO2 and putting it into concrete. CarbonCure takes waste CO2 from industrial emitters - such as fertiliser producers - and injects controlled doses of the liquid gas directly into the concrete truck or mixer. The reaction that takes place creates calcium carbonate particles that become permanently bound within the concrete - and make the concrete up to 20% stronger.


10// AI teaches itself to ... walk?

Finally, an AI has taught itself to walk. Terrifying, right? Well, not quite yet.


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