Tech for Good Ten: London Mayor crowdfunding opportunity, drones combatting beach plastics, popping the filter bubble and more tech-for-good opportunities and news

21st March 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 | 21.03.2017


1//  £500,000 of mayorial crowdfunding to improve London

The Mayor of London is offering £500,000 of crowdfunding to support ideas to improve the city. The competition is open to all, and more details will be released in April.


2//  Twipes win 2017 London Mayor's Entrepreneur Competition

In other London-Mayor-related news, Twipes have won the 2017 London Mayor's Entrepreneur Competition. Twipes designs (genuinely) environmentally sustainable, flushable moist wipes. Registration for the 2018 competition is also now open.


3// Plastic Tide: using drones to better understand beach plastics

Plastic Tide is a project aiming to develop drone software, using crowdsourcing and machine learning, that enables drones to automatically detect and getter a better understanding of the plastic washed up onto beaches.


4//  Data Fest set for Scotland

DataFest17, a week-long festival of data innovation, is happening this week in Scotland. Events will be hosted across the country from the 20th to the 24th of March 2017.


5//  $5 million Global Challenges Prize 2017 opening

The Global Challenges Prize 2017 opens next week, offering a $5 million funding pool for ideas that "re-envision global governance for the 21st century." It's open to all, so be sure to find out more online!


6//  Nupinion: popping the filter bubble

Nupinion is a startup developing a "smart news toolbox" allowing digital citizens to break through the so-called filter bubble in consuming news. They've been going for three years, so aren't merely reacting to recent events, and are currently running a Kickstarter campaign, which you can support here.


7//  Reducing pressure on hospital beds

In a fantastically simple example of tech for good, an online system is being used to reduce hospital bed blocking by allowing real-time bookings of care-home beds.


8// New Berlin-bases digital-health accelerator

Startupbootcamp Digital Health Berlin is now open for applications. The programme supports innovative startups that combine medical knowledge with smart technologies. It provides mentorship, funding, logistic support and access to a huge network of industry-specific mentors, corporate partners, angels and VC’s to up to ten high-potential digital-health startups from around the world.


9//  The portable EKG device utilising big data to combat heart disease

Heart disease accounts for 1 in 4 fatalities (in the US). The Kardia from AliveCor is a portable EKG machine, around the width of two sticks of gum. Users can place it in their pocket and place a few fingers on it for 30 seconds to get a medical-grade EKG reading on their phone. What's more, AliveCor then use the data generated to identify patterns that may change how cardiologists diagnose patients.


10// A warning shot to all wasteful wipers ...

And finally, in perhaps the most important tech-for-good story we've shared this year: a park in Beijing has installed toilet-paper dispensers with facial-recognition software to prevent visitors taking too much toilet roll. We joke, but there is a clear environmental message there.

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