Tech for Good Ten: #GE2017, the AbilityNet Tech for Good Awards, conferences, funding opportunities and a new zero-waste lifestyle store

18th 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 | 18.04.2017


1//  Snap UK General Election announced for 8th June

Two hours ago, Theresa May announced a snap UK General Election on 8th June. The next few weeks will be manic, impassioned and important. Be sure to use excellent emerging digital tools to make the best decisions you can. My Society's TheyWorkForYou is an excellent place to start.


2//  Monzo granted unrestricted banking license

Monzo is a new digital bank characterised by ethical investments, transparency and excellent UX and tracking features. Last week Monzo was granted its unrestricted banking license, paving the way for current accounts and other benefits. Now would be an excellent time to join!


3// AbilityNet Tech for Good Awards deadline approaches

The AbilityNet Tech 4 Good Awards recognise people and organisations using tech for the betterment of society. Nominations are open until Monday 8th May, and there are a range of categories. Who do you know that deserves recognition?


4//  Re:Publica digital-culture conference set for Berlin

Re:Publica is one of the largest and most exciting conferences about digital culture in the world. Since its foundation in 2007, it has grown from a cozy blogger meeting with 700 participants into a wide-ranging “society conference” with 8,000 visitors. Representatives of digital culture share their knowledge and decision-making tools, and discuss the future of the information society. The conference is in Berlin from 8th - 10th May, and tickets are now on sale!


5//  And the Personal Democracy Forum for New York

The Personal Democracy Forum 2017 is set for New York from the 8th - 9th June. There is already a fantastic and important array of speakers announced at what is clearly the most pertinent time in recent political history. Get your tickets before they run out!


6//  Interactive European digital-social-innovation visualisation

DSI 4EU have launched the newest, interactive version of their European Digital Social Innovation Map. It's an excellent place both to register your organisation and explore the burgeoning scene more widely for potential collaborations and inspirations.


7//  Zero-waste pop-up store to open in New York

Lauren Singer, champion of the zero-waste lifestyle, is joining forces with fashion designer Daniel Silverstein to launch New York's (and the world's?) first entirely zero-waste lifestyle store.


8// Indivisible release Trump-resistance chapter template

Indivisible, the national US network of groups seeking to resist and hold accountable the Trump administration, have released a "Chapter Website In A Box" to make it easy to launch your own group. Think your area could do with such a group? Join the fight!


9//  Open call for ideas to improve civic space

The Gehl Institute are issuing an open call for proposals on how to improve civic life. The Institute will offer learning resources, consultancy and funding to select projects with the aim of equipping those projects to make convincing, evidence-based cases to grant funders and other audiences. Applications are open to US organisations, and close 1st May.


10// Data and Society wins $850,000 of funding

Data and Society, a research institute focused on the social and cultural issues arising from data-centric technological development, has won a two-year grant of $850,000 from the Omidyar Network to continue their excellent research, thought-leadership and collaboration work.

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