Tech for Good Ten: Bethnal Green Ventures win more funding, Maker Faire UK, predictive policing debates, a new swear-detecting app and more

28th 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 | 28.03.2017


1//  BGV wins £1.3 funding

London tech-for-good accelerator Bethnal Green Ventures has raised £1.3m from Big Society Capital, Nominet Trust and Nesta. BGV will use the funding to expand operations, build new partnerships and to invest in more tech-for-good startups.


2//  Maker Faire set for Newcastle

Maker Faire UK is set for this weekend in Newcastle. It brings together over 300 hackers, crafters, coders, DIYers and garden-shed inventors from across the globe – people who love to make stuff and who want to share their passion with the public.


3// CAST to run summer-time digital fellowship

Tech for Good CAST is running another Digital Fellowship, set to start early this summer, to help senior charity staff develop a better understanding of digital technologies. Find more information here.


4//  Help shape the European digital-social-innovation manifesto

CAPSSI is creating an EU-policy-level DSI manifesto, and looking for people to contribute to its development.


5//  NESI Forum set for Malaga in April

The NESI Forum 2017 is a global forum on new economic models and social innovation, aimed at demonstrating the viability and sustainability of alternative economic systems. The forum takes place in Malaga from the 19th - 22nd April, and tickets are still available.


6//  Unbubble: creating "mini Americas" to combat filter bubbles

Unbubble is a new project that uses software to virtually group people into "mini Americas" of 100 people, each demographically and socio-economically representative of the American population. The hope is to encourage conversation and engagement beyond the various social bubbles we find ourselves concealed in.


7//  The predictive-policing debate becomes more transparent

Predictive policing is being adopted across the US, despite being riddled with issues. However, predictive-policing startup CivicScape has released its algorithm and data online for experts to scrutinise, marking a step forward for the emergent industry.


8// European Social Innovation Competition deadline approaching

The deadline for the 2017 European Social Innovation Competition is the 7th April. The competition aims to make technological change and digital transformation more inclusive. The three winners of the competition will each receive a prize of €50,000.


9//  Ufi ed-tech seed fund open for applications

The Ufi VocTech seed fund is now open for applications. Grants of up to £50,000 are available for innovative ed-tech organisations. There is a pre-application workshop on 4th April, in London.


10// A warning shot to all wasteful wipers ...

Finally, for all you potty mouths out there, take a look at Comic Relief's Swear Jar app, which listens to you and donates 20p to charity every time it hears you curse. F**king brilliant tech for good.

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