Tech for Good Ten: On-the-go STD testing, the universe through the best telescopes and renewables rising above coal for UK energy

28th September 2015 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 | 28.09.2015


1 //  The ring that provides on-the-go STD testing in seconds

Medical lab on your finger, Loope, detects a full range of sexual infections on the spot


2 //  The smartphone apps that are putting Africa's fastest-growing city on the map

Global location address system What3Words is aiding citizens and businesses in Dar es Salaam, a location previously denied access to services


3 //  Brain-reading tech helps paralysed man regain movement in his legs

US-based study uses brainwaves to control the stimulation of lower muscles to amazing effect


4 //  How one great digital design is linking world change to the masses

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals given graphic treatment so as to be understood beyond illiteracy


5 //  Can hackathons really make world peace a reality?

Interview with activist and technologist, Hera Hussain, in connection with work being done to turn the UN’s global goals into reality


6 //  The telescopes promising insight into the universe's origins

Short vid looks at some of the innovations getting astronomers excited and what we can learn about ourselves from our galaxy


7 //  The Californian radio station that’s encouraging listeners to take shorter showers

The state’s water district turns to Pandora digital radio station, launching a dedicated playlist that features five minute songs


8 //  Mark II of the ethical smartphone and its modular build

Fairphone’s latest edition offers updated specs, while holding on to its ethical focus


9 //  Renewables overtake coal in the UK energy mix for the first time

Combined solar, wind and biofuel have overtaken coal, the most polluting energy source in the UK for the first time


10 //  Nuyu Sleep System automatically adjusts bed temperature for more restful slumber

Taking an active approach under the covers, this design automatically changes bed temperature through the night


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