Tech for Good Ten: #TrollAid trending to raise funds for refugees, reversing diabetes with lifestyle GPS and how frugal innovation is key to resilience in developing nations

15th February 2016 Posted by: Cat Cochrane

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.

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Tech For Good Ten | 16.02.2016

1//  Virtual therapy research could hold a key to combatting mental health issues

As patients embody themselves in a virtual reality avatar, experiences of compassion increase as anxiety lowers

2//  #TrollAid | Making money for refugees via abusive online posts

Calais Action has made over £1000 to help refugees by raising money every time an internet troll comments on their webpage with xenophobic messages

3//  A trio of ways we can help to avoid our seas filling up with garbage

Creating technology that allows us to more efficiently manufacture plastic via bio-based materials such as plants or captured greenhouse gasses

4//  Reversing diabetes and other diseases through the use of lifestyle GPS

By tailoring suggestions around our dietary preference and a nutritional portfolio, this app provides actionable suggestions for users

5//  Combatting the effects of China’s deadly air pollution statistics with bottled oxygen

Vitality Air aims to curb the fact that 80% of Chinese citizens currently live in conditions which massively exceed tolerable air pollution levels

6//  From potatoes to solar panels, local innovations are key to ongoing resilience in developing nations

Bottom up, frugal inventions remain a key enterprise factor to the benefit of communities with few resources

7//  3D printing on the verge of creating human muscles and tissues that could replace real ones

Researchers are getting closer to the ‘plug-and-play’ human body

8//  Why a huge army of sunken turbines in Scotland’s seas is the latest innovation in renewable energy

The windswept tip of the UK’s most northerly point hosts undersea windmills turned by the ares’s chilly waters

9//  This app supplies info of the earth’s shift pattern activity leading to early warnings of earthquakes

MyShake relies on a smartphone’s motion sensor to detect seismic tremors

10//  This drone tech is least likely to get a bad press

This solar-powered system charged by micro-solar home systems has the capacity to deliver goods to rural areas




The main component of healthcare industry disruption is the power of personal computing. There’s so much knowledge and information out there and there’s enough tech that we can hyper-specify it to individuals. - Shai Rosen, co-founder and CMO of Suggestic


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