Tech for Good 10: coding programmes for refugees, identifying Charlottesville racists, gendered job ads, various opportunities and more

16th August 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.


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Tech For Good Ten | 16.08.2017



1//  Coding programmes for refugees

Code Your Future is a non-profit organisation providing refugees with web-development training. Following the success of a six-month programme last year, Code Your Future now offers classes in London and Glasgow. The team are looking for students, coaches and volunteers.


2//  The Twitter accounts identifying Charlottesville white supremacists

Twitter accounts, most notably @YesYoureRacist, are helping identify white supremacists involved in the recent Charlottesville protests. Identifying and exposing bigots does not contravene Twitter’s policies.


3// Checking job ads for gender bias

Gender Coder for Job Ads is a piece of software designed to check job adverts for gender bias. Research shows such bias often deters women from applying for jobs - a particularly pertinent fact given the recent Google memo and other tech-gender controversies. Be sure to run your tech ad through the software before posting it online.


4//  Nesta's Inventor Prize now open

Nesta and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have launched the Inventor Prize, designed to inspire and harness the potential of home-grown UK inventors. The prize, which closes on 22nd October, will offer ten finalists £5,000 and bespoke mentoring to develop their ideas. The winner will be announced in September 2018, and will receive £50,000.


5//  Applications for Open Data Leaders' Network now open

The Open Data Institute has issued a call for applications to the Open Data Leaders’ Network, a five-day programme in London from 9th - 13th October for people working with open data in government. The programme aims to develop participants’ skills in open-data leadership, advocacy and communication, innovation and user understanding and practical data management and tool proficiency. Applications close on 13th September.


6//  Bill Gates donates $6.4 billion to charity

Bill Gates has donated $6.4 billion to charity in his biggest donation since 2000. The recipient is not known, although is presumed to be the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation he set up with his wife in 1994. The donation is the latest instance of growing (tech) billionaire philanthropy, and is sure to stimulate debate around both the efficacy of such philanthropy and its relationship to the wider, more mixed impact of enormously powerful tech firms.


7//  eHealth Ireland launches open-data portal

eHealth Ireland has launched an open data portal that aims to bring together around 300 different open-date sources to make it easier to access data from across the Irish Health Sector.


8// Vida: matching platform for finding carers

Vida is a tech-based matching service that aims to provide people with excellent carers, for a range of needs, on the basis of a personalised assessment process. The service is currently available in London and Sussex.


9//  Blue Ridge Labs' Catalyst incubator now open

Blue Ridge Labs is running its annual Catalyst incubator programme for social entrepreneurs with ventures to improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers. The six-month programme provides financial support, mentoring, hiring support, strategic advice and more. Applications close on 1st September, and for anybody suitable but not based in New York, Blue Ridge Labs may be able to assist with relocation.


10// Investor Allstars 2017 Tech for Good Award

The Investor Allstars 2017 awards ceremony is set for 27th September in London, and includes a Tech for Good category. Be sure to nominate an organisation you think to be worthy of recognition.


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