Tech for Good 10: Comic Relief Tech for Good fund, DigitalAgenda awards, Data & Society Fellowship and more

24th November 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 | 24.11.2017



1//  Comic Relief tech-for-good fund opens

Comic Relief’s Tech for Good 2018 funding round is officially open. 12 grants of up to £47,000 are available, with the fund closing at midday on 20th December. Hurry hurry!


2//  DigitalAgenda Impact awards now open

A second amazing opportunity now: the annual DigitalAgenda Impact Awards are open once again, closing on December 18th. Which #techforgood people or organisations do you know who should be nominated in one of the 12 categories?


3// Data & Society Fellowship open for applications

On go on then, one more. Applications to the 2018 Data & Society Fellowship are now open, closing January 15th. The programme promises to equip fellows to work in a multidisciplinary way to better understand the societal challenges emerging with a data-driven world.


4// Net neutrality under major threat in the US

The US telecoms regulator has announced sweeping changes to overturn rules designed to protect an open internet. Opponents to the move, of which there are many, fear na abandonment of net-neutrality principles will favour giant corporations at the expense of everybody else.


5//  Drones designed to scatter mosquitoes to prevent spread of disease

Drones that scatter swarms of sterile mosquitoes over wide areas are being developed to help stop the spread of diseases such as malaria. Sterile male mosquitoes cannot produce offspring when they mate with females. By crowding out other males, they reduce the mosquito population. But spreading them is difficult in areas without roads, so technology organisation WeRobotics has been developing drones to do the job. It will trial the idea in 2018.


6//  Google's instant-translation tech

Mixed results, admittedly, but this instant translation tech from Google would surely be extremely useful in a range of contexts, right through from person travels to disaster-relief efforts.


7// wins WeWork prize has won the $180,000 top prize at the WeWork Creator Awards. JustFix allows tenants to submit complaints easily through an app, rather than having to go through unreliable landlords.


8// MOPA: facilitating participatory monitoring of waste disposal

MOPA is a communications platform that has been used to facilitate participatory monitoring of waste collection in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. Among other improvements, the app has helped reduce waste-removal response time from five days to fourteen hours.


9//  Data visualisation of social-innovation projects in Europe

Penultimately, here's a fantastic data visualisation of #SocialInnovation projects around Europe.


10// The bot tricking scammers ...

And finally, this might put a smile on your face: the bot convincing email scammers it’s a real person falling for the scam.


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