Tech for Good Ten: Comic Relief tech-for-good funding, Google's new diversity lab, water from thin air and more

11th 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.


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Tech For Good Ten | 11.10.2016


1//  Comic Relief launches new tech-for-good funding programme

Comic Relief, with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, has launched another excellent UK Tech for Good funding programme. It will fund ten digital projects, each with up to £46,500, plus £3,500 to enable access to expert support.


2//  £1 million fund to reduce UK digital-skills shortage

A £1 million UK fund has been launched to help companies outside of London address the digital-skills shortage. The cash will be invested in scalable SME’s, with awards ranging from £50,000 to £200,000. Those applying to iAMDigital must show that they will be improving young people’s digital skills.


3// White House releases new tools through Opportunity programme

The White House has released 29 new tools developed as part of its Opportunity programme, which sees the government partnering with a range of companies committing to producing tools to tackle everything from traffic fatalities to unemployment.


4//  Google opens computer-science lab to improve diversity in tech

Google has officially unveiled Code Next, its computer science lab for youth. The programme is designed to improve diversity in tech by offering young black and Latino people interested in tech an opportunity to learn how to code, as well as the fundamentals of computer science.


5//  WaterSeer: drinking water from air

WaterSeer is a low-tech, low-cost atmospheric water condenser that could help create water self-sufficiency in communities around the world. Developed by VICI-Labs in collaboration with UC Berkeley and the National Peace Corps Association, the device can produce 11 gallons of clean drinking water per day from thin air.


6//  Nesta launches i-school public-innovation initiative

Nesta has announced a new initiative called the i-school. The i-school is a new way of developing and supporting public innovation learning for creating public impact. The objective is to strategically support the people inside government with a mandate to innovate or improve innovation capacity.


7//  TransparencyCamp: civic-tech unconference set for Cleveland

TransparencyCamp is an ‘unconference’, where hundreds of people gather together each year to share their knowledge about how to make our government work better for people and how to empower people to connect with government. It’s happening this weekend in Cleveland.


8//  Knight Cities Challenge: $5 million grant pool for ideas to improve cities

The Knight Cities Challenge is offering a $5 million grant pool for innovators with ideas as to how to improve U.S. cities. The challenge is open for applications from October 10th until November 3rd at noon (Eastern Time).


9//  Deloitte set for $20 million Cancer XPRIZE

XPRIZE, the huge incentivized prize competition for breakthrough science and technology, has announced three new prizes. Among them is Deloitte’s $20 million Cancer XPRIZE.


10// Poland develops glow-in-the-dark cycle path

Finally, Poland has developed a new cycle path that glows in an eerie blue. The path is made of a light-emitting material that charges in the sun and can glow for up to 10 hours in the dark to keep cyclists safe. Just in time for Halloween, it seems. Except Poland doesn’t celebrate Halloween.

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