Tech for Good Ten: How digital currency is promoting fitness, Toronto's solar-powered pop up libraries and how to donate unwanted clothes online over the festive holidays

24th November 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 | 24.11.2015


1// Bitwalking: the digital currency concept designed to keep citizens active on foot

Companies taking advantage of the trend for fitness trackers by offering an additional incentive to keep fit


2// This tiny Toronto pop-up library is powered by the sun

The Story Pod uses energy-efficient LEDs generated by concealed solar lights on its roof


3// Inside the world’s first fully accessible water park specially designed for young people with special needs

This fully accessible park offers wristbands with tracking technology for parents to keep tabs on their kids as they enjoy the rides


4// The New York airport that boasts its own farm

The once exclusively concrete JetBlue’s Kennedy International terminal is host to 26 varieties of plants


5// Does Microsoft Kinect hold a key to future stroke rehabilitation?

The software allows stroke patients to continue their recovery at home while receiving supervision


6// To promote reading in Brazil, these books double as train fares

The country’s biggest pocket book publisher has designed a collection of paperbacks that allow access to subway journeys


7// Levis are helping brand wearers to donate unwanted clothes online over the holiday period

Free shipping labels available as donations can be made in partnership with the Goodwill charity


8// Underwater balloons could provide a new way of storing renewable energy

These pressurised balloons store renewable energy until it's needed, reducing the need for diesel or gas as a back-up


9// Functional vocal cord tissue grown in the lab for first time

Scientists have successfully grown vocal cords with tests showing the engineered tissue to be functional


10// A New York Times Science Times special: being well wired

Tracking the best in Tech for Good apps related to family, food, mind and fitness


 

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On World Book Day last April, LandPM gave away 10,000 free books at subway stations across Sao Paulo. Each book came with ten free trips. When all the trips have been used, commuters can recharge them via the Ticket Books website and use them again or gift them to a friend to encourage even more people to read. 

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