Tech for Good 10: post-hurricane pollution tracking, BGV's latest cohort, a new Tech for Good app and more

15th September 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 | 15.09.2017



1//  A tool for reporting post-disaster pollution

After Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, SkyTruth launched a tool for citizens to report pollution caused by flooding. Built on the crowdmapping platform Ushahidi, the Harvey Spill Tracker maps reports of oil, chemical, or hazardous waste spills and other incidents based on satellite images, eyewitness accounts and National Response Center alerts.


2//  Bethnal Green Ventures announces latest tech-for-good cohort

Bethnal Green Ventures has announced its 11th tech-for-good accelerator cohort. The nine teams represent challenges to a range of social issues, with all solutions holding technology at their heart. Be sure to read about the ventures now and stay tuned to see where they go after the programme. BGV has long made a habit of producing impactful tech-for-good businesses!


3// Visualising tech-for-good events near you

Reckon you could benefit from a visualisation of tech-for-good events near you? Check out this excellent new Tech for Good app!


4//  Inaugural Data for Black Lives Matter conference set for MIT

The inaugural Data for Black Lives Matter conference will take place from November 17-19 at MIT. If you’ll be in the US during that time, the conference is sure to represent a symbolic and important step forward for the civic-tech world.


5//  MarHub: a student-designed chatbot helping asylum seekers

MarHub is a new chatbot developed by students at the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business to help asylum seekers through the complicated process of applying to become an official refugee – which can take up to 18 months – and to avoid using smugglers.


6//  Quill: machine-learning helping students improve their writing is a piece of machine-learning-powered software that helps students learn to write in real-time. Algorithms scan for errors, offer corrections and improve their corrective processes as more students use the software. One of the key goals of is to reduce pressure on teacher time, freeing teachers up to work in more depth with students who need more than the nudges offered by the software.


7//  Google facing lawsuit over gender pay discrimination

In the wake of James Damore’s Google memo, three women who used to work at Google have filed a lawsuit against the technology giant, alleging it pays women less than men for comparable work. It is the latest development in a growing backlash against sexism in the tech industry.


8// UN report warns against growing global digital divide

The digital divide separating developed and developing nations is in danger of becoming a chasm, warns a UN report. 52% of the world's population still has no access to the internet, the report states, even though improved net access is a key driver of other social goals. A powerful reminder that tech for good is required all over the world - not just for the privileged few.


9//  Resistbot reaches 1,000,000 users

Resistbot, created by Jason Putorti six months ago, recently crossed the 1 million user milestone. The 'bot makes it easy for US citizens to contact their local political representatives in a number of ways. As well as reading this reflective piece by Putorti, we recommend checking out the bot here.


10// A case study in Guerrilla Archiving

The Environmental Data Gathering Initiative (EDGI) is a self-titled Guerrilla Archiving project launched in the wake of the US election result last year, designed to preserve online data sets at risk of being taken offline or destroyed.


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