Tech for Good Ten: a new gov-tech accelerator, Creative Commons Summit, Google's new fact-checking tech and loads of opportunities

11th April 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 | 11.04.2017


1//  Gov Start: new gov-tech accelerator programme

GovStart is a new growth programme to help startups do business with the public sector. The programme is tailored to startups based on their product, knowledge gaps, market and time constraints, but includes investment, business support, networks and intelligence in exchange for 3% equity.


2//  Creative Commons Summit set for end of April

The Creative Commons 2017 Global Summit, from 28th - 30th April in Toronto, will provide a collaborative and fun space for anyone in the world to explore the future of the Commons and sharing for users, creators, and activists. Even better, it’s free!


3// Google adds fact-checking feature to search results

Google has added its fact check feature to search results globally, in a bid to help tackle the spread of "fake news". The search giant will now highlight "authoritative sources" in search results, with a summary of claims that have been fact-checked.


4//  Call for organisations using data science to promote US democratic freedoms

DataKind and Omidyar Network are calling for project proposals from organisations interested in using data science to promote democratic freedoms and civil liberties in the U.S. If your organisation is selected, you will be matched with a team of pro-bono data scientists to help you maximise your impact.


5//  EU funding for innovation platforms

There is just under two weeks to submit a proposal for EU funding around Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainable, Social and Digital Innovation. The funding is primarily targeted at larger projects, requiring over €200,000, but is open to all projects that can improve Europe’s digital-innovation capacity.


6//  Data Pitch: new European digital startup accelerator

Data Pitch is a new European-funded project bringing together established businesses and startups to meet today’s challenges with data. Data Pitch will provide up to 50 European startups and SMEs with world-class business support, including: up to €100,000 equity-free funding, expert mentoring, investment opportunities and access to data from established businesses and the public sector. Data Pitch is also recruiting businesses and other organisations to share their data via a new, secure data innovation lab, based at the University of Southampton.


7//  Call to the Open Data Champions Programme

The Open Data Champions Programme has issued a call for applicants working with open data in the public sector in Europe to take part in an exciting three-day programme of training and peer support in London, from 22nd - 24th May.


8// Harvard's bionic leaf can now produce fertiliser

The bionic leaf created by a Harvard research team is already ten times more efficient than real plants at turning sunlight into fuel. Now, the leaf can also produce fertiliser.


9//  Using smartphones to detect Zika within 30 minutes

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed a battery-operated device that works with a smartphone app to detect mosquito-borne viruses like Zika and dengue within 30 minutes. The small device weighs less than a pound and only costs $100. This is a major improvement over an MIT device that came out last year that could diagnose Zika in hours instead of days.


10// Code for Canada launches

Finally, Canada this week announced the launch of Code for Canada, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to helping governments build more efficient, digital public services. This is exciting news for Canadians - especially those working in the civic- and gov-tech sectors, which are sure to receive a boost.

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