Tech for Good 10: VR hospitals, a repeat-medication app, 3D printing against human trafficking and more

8th 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.


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Tech For Good Ten | 08.08.2017



1//  VR hospitals to inform child patients

Dom Raban is designing VR hospitals to allow child patients to better understand their illnesses. Patient’s Virtual Guide also employs gamification, augmented-reality and artificial-intelligence techniques. Raban was moved to start the project when he saw how poorly informed his daughter was after being diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewings Sarcoma.


2//  Echo: the NHS app for patients on repeat medications

Echo is an NHS that allows users to order their repeat medications digitally, delivers them for free and reminds users when to take and reorder their meds and see their GP. It has the potential to save people on repeat medication an enormous amount of time and stress.


3// Free_D: 3D printing as employment for girls at risk of trafficking

Free_D is a social enterprise that leverages 3D printing to help Indian girls who have been trafficked or are at high risk of being so. It helps turn this under-utilised workforce into skilled artisans, using both 3D printing and more traditional techniques.


4//  Ally: the chatbot helping people through the housing crisis

Ally is a chatbot that provides scalable support - in the form of housing advice, employment opportunities, access to benefits and legal advice - to young people in vulnerable housing situations. It is a graduate of the Year Here incubator.


5//  Invitation to tender: open-source tools for open-data publishing

The Open Data Institute has issued an invitation to tender for companies developing open-source tools for open-data publishing. Two awards of £100,000 will be made. Costed proposals are due by 24th August.


6//  Designing a robot to explore flooded mines

Hungarian researchers, led by Norbert Zakzon, are designing a robot to explore flooded mines, in a bid to extract leftover metals that would otherwise go left untapped. The robot will be able to travel up to half a kilometre underground, mapping out long-forgotten passages. By 2018 they hope to have a prototype robot explorer, and its first test will be to enter the flooded Kaatiala Mine in Finland.


7//  Crowdsourcing an audit of the US Secretary of the Interior

The US Wilderness Society is employing crowd-sourcing techniques to keep Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, accountable to the government’s claim that the move to reduce the number of National Monuments will be subject to public comment. Having facilitated the collection of comments, the Society is now employing crowdsourcing and machine learning to oversee an audit process to ensure those comments are heeded.


8// Higher Ground Labs launches accelerator for products for progressive campaigns

Higher Ground Labs has launched a new early-stage accelerator to help bring products for progressive campaigns to the market. The programme runs for six months and includes financial investment, coaching, networking assistance, expert feedback and access to potential investors and clients. The first deadline has passed, but be sure to stay tuned for the next cohort and check out the current portfolio of apps.


9//  Tracking Russian propaganda in real time

A former FBI special agent-turned disinformation expert has launched a website - named Hamilton 68, after US founding father Alexander Hamilton - that tracks Russian propaganda efforts in real time.


10// Tracking US press-freedom infringements

US Press Freedom Tracker is a non-partisan website that provides reliable, accessible information on the number of press freedom violations in the US.


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