Tech for Good Ten: Taking on a silent killer with wearable tech, are energy-saving settings bad for the environment and meet the activists fighting for the right to fix tech

22nd 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.

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.

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Tech For Good Ten | 22.02.2016


1//  Four ways smart cities will make our lives better

Digital technologies and the Internet of Things will change the life of the average urban citizen much sooner than we think

2//  Creating value through open data

How to measure the value of economic benefits primarily derived from the re-use of open data

3//  Could recyclable homes help ease the contentions of crisis housing?

Temporary structures that are easy to assemble could help resolve Europe's space woes

4//  Meet the activists fighting for your right to fix anything

Advocacy group, Repair Association, aim to curb multinationals dominating when it comes to finding and affording the right parts to ‘fix’ technology

5//  Imagine a human library, where you borrow people instead of books

Check out a "book" on a certain topic and have an allotted amount of time with it—the only difference is the book on this occasion is a human

6//  Are energy-saving settings bad for the environment?

“Eco” buttons popping up on a wide array of products, from automobiles and TVs to dishwashers and water heaters may not be all they’re cracked up to be

7//  This Indian company is launching a smartphone that costs only US $4

In the booming market, the Indian smartphone Freedom 251 is manufactured as part of the Made In India programme  

8//  Technology has enabled the world to finally address sustainability in a commercially viable way

Tech advances and e-commerce growth suggests the world is in a better place to achieve the aims of the Paris 2015 Sustainable Development Summit

9//  Helping to reduce the number of elderly people admitted to hospital with this pioneering new app

Purple Tuesday has developed Your Care Companion, allowing care and support staff to log patients' physical conditions in a bid to spot signs of deterioration

10//  Taking on the silent killer with this wearable tech

This new design is accompanied by research stats of increased blood pressure monitoring effectiveness up to 70%


"The policeman sitting there speaking with the graffiti writer. The politician in discussions with the youth activist and the football fan in a deep chat with the feminist. It was a win-win situation and has been ever since," Ronni - The Human Library's site.


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