Tech for Good Ten: Empowering consumer safety with data ownership, sweet dreams for apnea sufferers and tech companies that are investing in creativity

26th October 2015 Posted by: Cat Cochrane

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 | 26.10.2015

1 // Solar power to light the way for Africa as low-carbon campaign launches

A chance for the continent to steer away from carbon-intensive practices of rich countries says Kofi Annan

2 // The Danish city that aims to be free of carbon emissions within 15 years

As climate change triggers more extreme weather, Sønderborg has a plan to keep homes and infrastructure above water

3 // Sweet dreams for people with severe sleep apnea

Family system improves sleep therapy for apnea sufferers through comfort, connectivity and encouragement

4 // Cooling pods are a welcome ally in fight against heat pollution

Spanish architect Nina Gonzalez Vives has designed plastic clouds as a tool for decreasing urban heat and power consumption

5 //  How data ownership empowers consumer safety

Part of a 10-week series exploring the key trends that are defining the future of digital safety and security

6 // A crowdsourced satellite image search is helping find child slaves in Ghana

Child trafficking around Lake Volta takes a hit thanks to the high-resolution images produced by DigitalGlobe

7 // Researchers want to use Google Glass to help autistic people ‘see’ emotions

The goal of the device is “to empower people with autism or families who are struggling with autism with digital devices and solutions”

8 // The tech companies that are investing in artists to improve creativity

The tech industry has been sponsoring artist-in-residency programs to tap into artists’ creative thinking skills

9 // The technologies that will wean us off carbon

Energy sources that will help decarbonize our world Q&A by Professor Lars Josefsson from the Brandenburg University of Technology

10 // Researchers developing drones to autonomously repair the cities of the future

 A new project led by the University of Leeds aims to deploy an army of maintenance robots to repair potholes and busted street lamps



As climate change triggers more and more extreme weather—and larger storms—Sønderborg is sure to see more of its roads, homes and infrastructure under water. That’s why the city has set some of the most ambitious carbon standards in the world. It wants to be carbon emission neutral by 2029.


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