Tech for Good Ten: more accessible food labels, Open Data Awards, digital resources for carers and more

30th 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.


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 | 30.08.2016


1//  Sage Project: making food labels more accessible

Sage Project is a label platform that takes complex food data and turns it into easy-to-understand, personalised, actionable information that fits our own health goals. Much more needs to happen to encourage people to eat healthily, of course, but making nutritional labels more accessible and informative is a good start, and a good use of tech.


2//  Nominations for the 2016 Open Data Awards are now open

The ODI has announced that nominations for the Open Data Awards 2016 are now open. The awards recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals and businesses working with open data – both in the UK and worldwide. Nominations are open until September 18th.


3// University of Washington's Data Science for Good programme produces excellent tech-for-good work

The University of Washington runs a summer programme called Data Science for Good. The work resulting from this year’s programme, themed ‘Urban Science’, demonstrates that students are in many cases producing data-for-good work that exceeds the work of industry and government. This emphasises the potential value of students as tech-for-good agents.


4//  Leading technologists visit White House to discuss how LBGTIQ community can help solve world's problems

Almost 200 leading technologists, representing firms like Apple, have visited the White House to discuss how the LGBTIQ community can help “tackle some of the world’s biggest problems."


5//  Google announces crackdown on intrusive advertising

Google has announced that it will punish websites that use intrusive advertising in its search-results algorithm. This may not immediately seem like a huge tech-for-good move. However, if it signals a greater crackdown on intrusive advertising, it could lead to internet users dropping the ad-blockers that are currently harming many websites doing excellent work.


6//  Carers UK release Digital Resource for Carers

Carers UK has just launched the Digital Resource for Carers, a solution that combines their own digital products and online resources with links to local information and support, providing a comprehensive online tool for carers which can reach them – and which they can use - at the click of a mouse.


7//  NETmundial Solutions Map seeks institutional home for internet-governance map

The NETmundial Solutions Map is a unique effort to tap into crowdsourced wisdom to map the emerging field of Internet governance. A call is now open to solicit proposals from entities interested in becoming the new institutional home for the Map. The deadline is 30th September.


8//  Gov Lab Academy announces Data in Criminal Justice Innovation coaching programme

Gov Lab Academy has announced a free coaching programme this September for government officials, researchers and professionals hoping to use data to innovate in the criminal-justice sphere.


9//  MIT and Singapore University of Technology and Design create structure that can 'remember' its shape

MIT and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) have co-created a new kind of structure that can “remember” its original shape, and return to that state even after being deformed or otherwise bent out of shape. This could be hugely beneficial in applications like creating drugs that can lie dormant until they detect a change in body temperature indicative of a fever, for instance, or in building an actuator to change the angle of a solar cell to better capture the sun’s light over time.


10// Microsoft announces new resources to tackle online hate speech

Microsoft has announced new online resources to report hate speech. The move is representative of a welcome wider move against cyber-bullying by major tech firms.


11// Japan hopes to produce 2020 Olympics medals from recycled e-waste materials

Finally, as the Olympics turns into the Paralympics, Japan has announced that by reclaiming precious metals from its 'urban mine' of obsolete electronics, it may be able to produce the medals for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics from recycled e-waste materials.

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