Tech for Good Ten: How digital innovation impacts according to your nation, streetlight health and the announcement of the world's biggest UK-based wind farm

8th February 2016 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.

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.

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Tech For Good Ten | 08.02.2016

1//  Digital technology and nations | to what degree has innovation impacted citizens according to where they live?

And the question of how can digital futures be sustainable, secure and prosperous for everyone?


2//  The story behind the Moroccan city powered by salt

Watch this short video about how the city of Ouarzazate aka the ‘Door of the Desert’ harnesses the sun’s heat to melt salt and power its surrounding area


3//  Got a burning idea for a tech for good app linked to open data? Here’s a four step guide

Who knows where extracting data, finding vulnerabilities, solution creation and development altogether could lead


4//  impactAFRICA seeks to support pioneering data journalism to tackle development issues

Africa’s first data-driven investigative journalism initiative has launched with $500K in grants and technical support for reportage that changes lives


5//  Just how realistic and achievable is zero waste?

This blog suggests why globally we should aim for zero waste, but argues why it is perpetually unattainable


6//  Run a heater, charge a device and shine a light with this soccer ball

The Soccket ball is combatting dangerous energy alternatives in developing areas where electricity is not accessible


7//  10 reasons why open data is important to many aspects of modern life

Democracy, crime fighting and saving lives just a few issues listed here as the benefits of open data access


8//  Can Britain be like Denmark? | What the world’s biggest wind farm off the UK coast suggests

Danish firm, Dong Energy, announces plans to build the largest wind farm yet, located off the north-east coast of the North Sea


9//  About time the NHS went paperless?

Watch this short vid on ministers planning to invest more than £4bn in an attempt to bring the NHS into the digital age


10//  How the colour of our urban streetlights affect citizens’ idea of safety

Cities around the world have been switching from yellow sodium vapor lights to natural white LEDs with safety and well-being proving the top benefits

 

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"We know that achieving complete zero waste is nearly impossible for most consumers. Nonetheless, adopting a zero waste lifestyle has clear environmental, social, and economic benefits that we shouldn’t leave by the wayside." - Tom Szaky, CEO and founder of TerraCycle

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