Tech for Good Ten: An app for sign-language communication, taking direct action upon reading articles, two big summits and more

18th October 2016 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 | 18.10.2016


1//  Speakable: allowing readers to take direct action on online articles

Speakable is a startup that allows readers to take direct action upon reading online articles that have moved them. The Action button was introduced this week, and allows readers to send a message to legislators, sign a petition or even make a direct donation to an appropriate NGO. Speakable vets the NGO’s it works with to ensure impact, and has already found support from The Guardian US, The Huffington Post and VICE.


2//  Five App: virtual sign-language communication

Five App is a new app that allows people to communicate virtually using universal sign language. The app is currently in use with the biggest organization for the deaf in Poland, Migaj.pl.


3// Last chance to register for the Code for America Summit

There’s just a few days left to register for the Code of America Summit, a roll-up-your-sleeves civic-tech conference that brings together government innovators, civic-minded technologists and entrepreneurs.


4//  Tickets on sale for the Open Data Institute Summit

Tickets are now on sale for the Open Data Institute Summit and Awards 2016. The Open Data Institute will be joined by governments, charities, banks, supermarkets and many more who are empowered by the web of data to become more open, more efficient and better connected. Tickets are also on sale for a pre-summit training day.


5//  The Impossible Foods plant-based burger spreads to California

The Impossible Foods burger has been released in California. Although the plant-based burger has gained significant traction already, the move, especially in light of excellent reviews, marks a major boost for the company. More importantly, it takes humanity a step closer to widely consumed meat alternatives.


6//  Google launches new fact-checking feature

Google has launched a new feature, fact check, which will add a label next to news stories in search results. Fact check will appear with other news organisations in Google News and will, Google says, "shine a light on its efforts to divide fact from fiction."


7//  Kelly Oxford triggers feminist Twitter outpouring following Trump tapes

In the wake of the recordings of Donald Trump bragging about sexual assault, author Kelly Oxford triggered an avalanche of brave tweets from women detailing the first sexual assaults they were subjected to. Using the hashtag #notokay, at one point she was receiving up to 50 replies per minute. A fine example of how the social-media echo chamber can be used positively.


8//  Amnesty Decoders: crowdsourcing human-rights research

Amnesty Decoders is an innovative platform for crowdsourcing help with human-rights research by allowing people to use their computers or phones to sift through pictures, information and documents.


9//  Brigade launches comprehensive social-ballot guide

Brigade, the world’s first network for voters, has announced the nationwide availability of the most comprehensive social-ballot guide ever built.


10// Champions of the Shengha: gameplay controlled by emotions

Champions of the Shengha is a ground-breaking mobile game played with an ear clip that senses the players' emotions, training them to stay calm and focused in the game and everyday life. This Emotionally Responsive Game is an exciting ‘new way to play', putting a player’s control of their mental state at the core of gameplay.

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