Tech for Good 10: London Office of Technology and Innovation, UK Innovation Index, Fab Lab International and more

1st 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.


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 | 01.08.2017



1//  Contribute your ideas towards a London Office of Technology and Innovation

Future Gov, Arup and Stance have been asked by the GLA to scope out a London Office of Technology and Innovation. The first stage is to gather the best and most challenging ideas from across the city to discuss what LOTI could become. If you are a digital leader in London, or a leader with an interest in digital developments, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Future Gov about your ideas.


2//  5th UK Tech Innovation Index published

The Open Data Institute and the Digital Catapult this week published the UK Tech Innovation Index, demonstrating which UK cities are the most innovative according to various technological metrics.


3// iAMDigital Fund deadline extended

The deadline for the Nominet Trust’s iAMDigital fund has been extended to 18th August. The £1m fund is designed to increase the digital capacity of UK residents by investing in ventures and organisations working to boost digital inclusion and skills.


4//  13th International Fab Lab Meeting this week

This week sees the 13th International Fab Lab Meeting, gathering in Santiago, Chile. The central theme is Fabricating Society. Be sure to follow the website, the hashtag #fab13 and other releases from after the event to stay tuned with the latest thought leadership from the world’s leading digital maker-space network.


5//  CivicHive: Lagos' new civic-tech hub

CivicHive is a new tech-for-good community hub in Lagos, Nigeria. It offers a six-month residential fellowship, a consulting arm, support services to civic-tech individuals and organisations and an open door to CSOs and NGOs seeking to build collaborative tech solutions. CivicHive is definitely a place to watch as the African tech-for-good scene continues to develop.


6//  School for Social Entrepreneur's new programme for community ventures

If you run a (tech for good) organisation that benefits your community, the School for Social Entrepreneurs’ new Community Business Trade Up Programme could be for you. The programme offers a fully funded learning programme, a grant of up to £10,000 and access to a community of people running similar projects. Applications are now open, until 11th October.


7//  Nesta announces 13 Discovery Award winners

Nesta has announced the thirteen winning teams receiving Discovery Awards between £10,000 and £25,000. Many of the teams are working on technology that will be able to detect the susceptibility of bacteria to antibiotics, which will be invaluable in guiding specific antibiotic treatments for bacterial infections, helping to further reduce the spread of drug resistance.


8// Information for Action: take action on what you are reading

Civic Hall’s Information for Action app won Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas competition in May this year. Now, the free platform, which allows people to take action related to what they are reading online, is launching in New York City on August 10th. Even if you can’t attend, keep an eye on the platform and the effect it has on translating digital content into meaningful action.


9//  Concrn: training residents to respond to emotional crises

Concrn is an app that trains San Franciscan residents to respond to people in emotional or behavioural crises. It also allows people to identify neighbours, either homeless or otherwise, in such a position and trigger the dispatch of a trained respondent.


10// Crowdfunding an all-terrain, flatpack truck

The Global Vehicle Trust is crowdfunding for an all-terrain, flatpack truck. Initially intended as a non-profit initiative, the crowdfunding campaign is designed to prove the truck’s viability in improving mobility in humanitarian situations in Africa. GVT then intend the project to expand into a commercial project to support its humanitarian work. Hurry - the campaign closes on 17th August.


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