Tech for Good 10: the pedestrian crossing of the future, disaster-relief tools and the world's first national tech-company ambassador

10th October 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 | 10.10.2017



1//  Pedestian crossing that responds to hazards designed

A "pedestrian crossing of the future" that can quickly react to large groups and risky situations has been unveiled in London. The tech can change the road markings if a child suddenly runs into the street or a large crowd attending an event suddenly arrives.


2//  How Meetup avoids reinforcing sexist biases

Jessica McKenzie of Civicist reported this week on how Meetup, the popular site for finding people and groups to hang out with, ensures its algorithmic recommendations don’t reinforce sexist biases.


3// One Concern: more focused disaster-relief efforts

This Time article profiles a tool called One Concern, developed by Ahmad Wani. One Concern uses big data to predict the toll of natural disasters and, using geological and structural data and machine learning, allows more targeted response efforts in order to save more lives.


4// Denmark appoints world's first tech-company ambassador

Denmark have appointed the world’s first tech ambassador, whose role it is to engage with giant tech companies, in certain cases regarded as more powerful than countries!


5//  VR as therapy

This weekend saw a special technology of the Guardian Magazine. It’s well worth checking out. Included was this overview of some of the emerging ways virtual reality is being used as therapy.


6//  VR video illuminating life with autism

Also from the Guardian: the paper’s latest VR film offers a glimpse of how a person on the autistic spectrum copes with a stressful environment - in this case a party.


7//  Tracking Puerto Rico's recovery

Philip Bump of the Washington Post has built a simple tool that is tracking the rate at which Puerto Ricans are regained access to essential services in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The tool is not only useful, but political: it came in response to FEMA removing the same information from its website as Trump has come under fire for his handling of the crisis. Double tech for good.


8// New York Mayorial Office creates service-design toolkit

The New York City Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity has launched the nation’s first-ever Service Design Studio, along with a release of a Civic Service Design Tools + Tactics guide. The resource serves as an introduction to service design for public servants or (hint hint) potential tech-for-good agitators. You certainly don’t need to be American to benefit from this one.


9//  Campaign Con set for Johhanesburg

Campaign Con 2017 is set for Johannesburg, South Africa, for 7th - 9th November. It’s an annual global skills-sharing event where activists, technologists, organisations and social movements share ideas, co-create and hone good practices through participatory exploration of modern campaigning theory and practice. That sounds pretty amazing to us, if you’re in the region and able to attend!


10// 2017 HITLAB World Cup now live

The 11th annual HITLAB World Cup is now live. The competition is an international challenge where innovators, entrepreneurs and students alike are invited to submit original ideas to improve healthcare access, delivery, and outcomes through technology. The international competition offers participants a high-profile stage to showcase their work with up to $75,000 in prize money for winning solutions. The deadline is October 11th!


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