Tech for Good Ten: transforming disabled people's lives, tech's role in the growth of the sharing economy and the problem with a technology revolution designed primarily for men

22nd March 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 | 22.03.2016


1//  How technology is transforming disabled people's lives

With the help of assistive technology, disabled people can do things that would have never been possible before

2//  Can the newly improved Micro Bit inspire a million young people?

Year Seven pupils across the UK are being told it is theirs to take home and later share their feedback

3//  How the sharing economy is growing beyond Airbnb and Uber at grassroots level

Is the sharing economy set to become completely embedded in society?

4//  Cities to use commuter data to improve transit equity

Flow is a transport co-ordination platform that gathers data analytics and citizen engagement feedback for positive outcomes

5//  Green Microcycles bike generators could help bridge the gap between learning and exercise

Why the creator of the Green Microgym hasn't been sitting back on his pedal-powered laurels

6//  Achoo!! Reach for sustainable tissues this allergy season

How a simple tissue can support sustainable forestry

7//  How this restaurant app can help the homeless and break a world record at the same time

That's the basic idea behind TangoTab, a Dallas startup that connects people and food when they need it

8//  New York moves to properly value clean, distributed energy

The decision is crucial for New York’s clean energy future as utilities are now challenged to value the environmental benefits of distributed energy sources

9//  Protective bubble ferries prostate cancer drugs to their target

Research uncovers a number of promising drug targets to halt the progression of prostate cancer

10//  The problem with a technology revolution designed primarily for men

The dispiritingly common problem in technological to make sure women’s needs don’t become an afterthought


“The sharing economy will expand to include not just tools, rides, homes but sports and camping equipment, board games, and children’s toys, in the same way libraries free you from the burden of owning your own books.” - Lawrence Alvarez, co-founder of The Toronto Tool Library


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