Tech for Good 10: iAMDigital Fund open, UK Social Enterprise Awards deadline extended, National Lottery Awards voting, London opportunities and more

11th July 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 | 11.07.2017



1//  Nominet Trust iAMDigital Fund now open

iAMDigital is a £1m fund which invests in new ventures and established organisations working to increase digital inclusion and digital skills in England, outside of London. Investments are between £50,000 and £200,000, and must be matched by the company applying. Applications close at the end of July.


2//  UK Social Enterprise Awards deadline extended

The deadline to apply for the UK Social Enterprise Awards has been extended to Friday 14th of July. Applications will actually be accepted up until midnight on Sunday 16th, but after the 14th there will not be anyone to answer queries or provide assistance with the application process. The Awards span thirteen categories, including Tech for Good, new this year.


3// 2017 National Lottery Awards voting now open

Voting for the 2017 National Lottery Awards is now open. Winning projects across seven categories - Arts, Education, Environment, Health, Heritage, Sport and Charity/Voluntary - will win £5,000 and nationwide acclaim on the BBC One National Lottery Awards show.


4//  Friends of the Earth offering free desk space to tech-for-good startup

Friends of the Earth is looking for an innovative tech startup to take up residency in its award-winning South London office - rent free. On offer is six months’ free desk space, which represents an estimated cost-saving of over £8000, as well as access to internal events and networking opportunities. Applicants don’t have to be all about the environment or campaigning. Applications close on 26 July 2017.


5//  The Trampery launches startup programme

The Trampery is a network of creative, industry-specific co-working spaces. Since 2009, it has helped more than 500 creative businesses get started and grow. The Trampery is now creating a six-month programme - a combination of talks from established creative figures, peer learning and skill-sharing workshops - designed to help businesses grow and overcome obstacles. The programme, called Trampery Pathways, launches in Autumn 2017. Applications close on 18th July.


6//  CRLH Hardware Accelerator programme deadline approaches

The Central Research Laboratory’s Hardware Accelerator programme is open for applications. Optimised for hardware firms, the six-month programme includes mentoring, workshops, office space, prototyping materials, strategy support, a manufacturing trip to Shenzhen, a £5,000 startup grant and up to £100,000 investment. Applications close on 14th July, and the programme starts in September.


7//  Digital toolkit to help people run trials

The IGL Experimentation Toolkit is a useful online tool designed to help people develop an understanding of how running trials can be used to make policies and other projects more effective. The toolkit covers what trials are, when they can be used and best practice in designing and using them.


8// Living dragonflies equipped with solar-powered backpacks

Draper’s Dragonfl-eye is a living dragonfly with a solar-powered backpack that can control its movements using light pulses. That is not a typo. By genetically engineering the “steering” of the dragonfly, researchers hope to be able to use the insect to get to areas larger drones cannot reach, which could be applied to things like disaster relief.


9//  Shapr: networking app for entrepreneurs

Shapr is a networking app for entrepreneurs. That doesn’t sound original, granted, but the emphasis is on person, profile-based connections and interesting conversations based on mutual interests rather than staid events. We can definitely imagine it being of use to social entrepreneurs and tech-for-good practitioners.


10// Researchers crodwsource pungent smells

Finally, scientists at Carnegie Mellon University want Pittsburghers to put their collective noses to the task and report foul smells using a mobile reporting application called Smell PGH. Since the app launched last year, more than 1,300 users have reported foul smells more than 4,300 times — most of which they’ve described as “industrial,” “sulphur” or “woodsmoke.” The app was developed at CMU’s Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment (CREATE) Lab.


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