Tech for Good Ten: a host of challenges and opportunities from the tech-for-good world

13th March 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 | 14.03.2017


1//  The Knight Foundation: $1 million grant pool for ideas to improve accurate-information flows

The Knight Foundation has designed the Knight Prototype fund to quickly develop and test early-stage ideas to improve the flow of accurate information. They are seeking technologists, journalists, designers, teachers, researchers or other innovators for $1 million worth of grants at an average of $50,000 per grant. The deadline is 3rd April.


2//  European Social Innovation Competition now open for tech-for-good nominations

The European Social Innovation Competition 2017 is open for applications. This year, the competition is aiming to 'reboot' equality and shape our future society by inspiring Europeans to provide fresh, energetic approaches to digital inclusion, connectivity and skills development. Three prizes of €50,000 are on offer, and the deadline is 7th April.


3// Impact Hub and AXA: €50,000 prize for risk-reduction ideas

Impact Hub and insurance company AXA have teamed up to launch a programme to find an initiative somewhere in the world dedicated to reducing risks to people and their properties. The winning initiative will receive €50,000, access to AXA executives, in-depth support from AXA Global Graduate and a custom one-week accelerator programme. The deadline is March 24th.


4//  OpenIDEO: $1 milllion fund for ideas at the intersection of peace, prosperity and planet

Working with GHR Foundation, OpenIDEO is accepting new ideas in the BridgeBuilder Challenge for how we might address urgent global challenges at the intersections of peace, prosperity, and planet in radically new ways. There is a total of $1 million of funding available, as well as workshop training and partnership support. Check it out and contribute your ideas here by April 7th.


5//  Another OpenIDEO challenge

The Fall Prevention Challenge is another OpenIDEO initiative, this time in collaboration with AARP Services, Inc. and UnitedHealthcare. The challenge is seeking new solutions to help prevent falls. There is a prize of $50,000, with the intention of taking the solution to market. Share stories and ideas here before April 20th.


6//  MIT Media Lab seeks inaugural disobedient

The MIT Media Lab is searching for its first MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award recipient. The award will go to a living person or group engaged in extraordinary disobedience for the benefit of society. Specifically, MIT would like to call out action that seeks to change society in positive ways and is consistent with a set of key principles, including non-violence, creativity, courage, and taking responsibility for one’s actions. The deadline is 1st May, with a cash prize of $250,000.


7//  The Europas Awards open for tech-for-good nominations

The Europas Awards 2017, set for June 13th in London, is now open for nominations. This year, the prestigious competition includes a dedicated tech-for-good category. So, which organisation do you think deserves the accolade?


8// SXSW festival running this week

The SXSW festival is happening this week in Austin, Texas. The creative conference is one of the world’s most famous, and includes a Social Impact track and a strong technological focus. Be sure to stay tuned online for inspiring content from tech, social impact and more.


9//  Track Trump's policy

The First 100 Days is perhaps the best place to stay updated on Donald Trump’s actions during the early days of his presidency. We’re a bit late to the party on this one, but the site contains clearly designed and thorough information on the policies and legislation that are set to have so much impact in the US and beyond. A fantastic civic-tech resource.


10// Missing-children hackathon

Cloudera, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and Intel are joining forces to host the first-ever hackathon dedicated to finding new ways to help search for missing children. The hackathon is now open, and will run until the 7th April. First prize is $900 and a host of software and partnership benefits.

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