Tech for Good Ten: legal resources for trans-gender and non-binary people, driverless buses in Helsinki, a new water-purification device and more

23rd August 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 | 23.08.2016


1//  Bro-bono legal assistance for transgender and non-binary tech entrepreneurs

Through FEMPRENEUR.XYZ, trans women and non-binary femme entrepreneurs will now be able to access pro-bono in-person or web-based services to help them incorporate their businesses and legally change their names. This is thanks to a partnership between Pipeline Angels, a network of women investors, law firm Goodwin and Riley Hanson of Inclusion Through Innovation.


2//  Two major steps for wind energy

The British government has approved plans for the Hornsea Project Two wind farm. It will be the world's biggest when it is completed, with an energy generating capacity of 1.8 GW. Meanwhile, in the US, Arcadia Power have introduced a new offering that allows households to cover half their electricity costs using clean wind energy, at no extra cost.


3// Self-driving buses to be piloted in Helsinki

Two self-driving buses have rolled out on to the public roads of Helsinki, Finland, alongside traffic and commuters, in one of the first trials of its kind. The move marks an acceleration in driverless-vehicle pilots, alongside the driverless-taxi pilot in Singapore we recently reported.


4//  Device developed that purifies water in minutes

Stanford University researchers and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have created a small device that when dropped in water uses solar energy to disinfect it in just minutes.


5//  SmartSite: tech to improve the safety of construction workers

As deaths in construction sadly rise (in the US), startup SmartSite has released hardware and cloud-based software to help the construction industry track what their employees are exposed to and take measures to protect them from harm.


6//  InterNews create rumour tracker to help provide refugees with accurate information

As refugees desperately search for reliable information, NGO InterNews has created a rumour tracker to investigate and disprove the myths circulating the camps.


7//  Nova Credit: providing immigrants to US with credit

Millions of immigrants landing on US shores - even those with successful jobs - don’t have access to credit. Y Combinator startup Nova Credit is looking to change that.


8//  AI developed to recognise depression in Instagram photos

Researchers have developed a programme that can recognise signs of depression in pictures on the social network with 70% accuracy (compared to around 42% GP accuracy).


9//  AI and satellite imagery could help eradicate poverty

A new technique using artificial intelligence to read satellite images could aid efforts to eradicate global poverty by indicating where help is needed most, a team of US researchers has suggested.


10// GHAIA: The augmented-intelligence chatbot that could revolutionise healthcare

GHAIA is an augmented-intelligence healthcare chatbot that could offer a personal solution to providing healthcare cheaply, efficiently, and with a huge range of possible applications.

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