Tech for Good Ten: a folding bicycle helmet, deadline for the Bethnal Green Ventures accelerator, three medical-tech advances and more

3rd January 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.


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. Got a link to share with the Tech For Good Team? Tweet us at  @techfotgoodtv  or leave a comment on our Facebook page.


Tech For Good Ten | 03.01.2017


1//  EcoHelmet: foldable helmet for bike-share users wins James Dyson award

The EcoHelmet is a new durable, safe, eco-friendly helmet for bike-share users designed by Isis Shiffer. It’s made from recycled paper and constructed in a radial honeycomb pattern that is said to distribute blows from any direction as effectively as traditional polystyrene. The $45,000 Dyson Award will be used to further develop the helmet to be released at an estimated market price of just $5. Given up to 90% of bike-share users don’t wear helmets, this represents a fantastic example of simple, effective tech for good.


2//  Bethnal Green Ventures accelerator programme closes this week

The deadline for applications to the Bethnal Green Accelerator programme is this week. The team are also holding a final drop-in session this Friday from 9.30am - 11.30am, in case you have any questions.


3// Wearable tech helping understand high-speed impact in sport

Sensors built into mouthguards or worn on the body are helping researchers understand how high-speed impacts damage the human body. Wearable tech looks poised to offer valuable insights into concussion and resulting chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in athletes.


4//  Researchers develop device that can diagnose seventeen diseases by reading breath

An international team of researchers led by Professor Hossam Haick of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology has developed a device that uses an "artificially intelligent nanoarray” to inexpensively diagnose seventeen diseases, including cancer, with 86% accuracy by identifying their unique chemical signatures in people's breath.


5//  Two weeks to apply for DigitalAgenda Impact Awards

There is just over two weeks left to enter the DigitalAgenda Impact Awards, sponsored by Nominet Trust. There are twelve categories - all free to enter - under three broad headings: people, places and business.


6//  Researchers develop way to block side-effects of powerful gene-editing tool

Researchers have discovered a method that could block the effects of a powerful gene-editing tool to protect genes that scientists don’t want accidentally altered in the alteration process. UC San Francisco researchers found a way to turn off the effects of the CRISPR/Cas 9 gene editing system. While CRISPR is thought to have great potential to alter crops, viruses and even human cells, it also sometimes alters cells the researchers didn’t want changed, which causes unintended side-effects.


7//  Video footage of Tesla Autopilot predicting crash

Video footage has emerged of a Tesla Autopilot predicting a crash seconds before it happens - much quicker than the human driver was able to - and bringing the car to a safe stop some way short of the collision. Although not as impressive as the statistics around driverless-car safety, the video offers a visual reminder of the power of vehicular AI.


8//  NHS England make microprocessor prosthetic knees freely available

NHS England recently announced that it is making ten more treatments freely available to patients that were previously only accessible to those on private healthcare, including microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knees. It’s great to see the NHS offering more medical tech for good.


9//  Happiness Hackathon

The Digital Catapult Centre, in collaboration with the Royal Society, are running a two-day happiness hackathon. The central focus is exploring how machine learning can be used to measure, understand, predict and increase happiness.


10// Platform cooperative conference and competition

As part of Open:2017 - the UK conference dedicated to platform cooperatives in London - The Hive are running a competition for entrepreneurs with digital-cooperative ideas. On offer is a £2,000 startup grant, four days of bespoke business advice, one day with The Open Co-op and free tickets to the conference.

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