Tech for Good Ten: Nesta's FutureFest, MiVote, Digital Health London accelerator, TechCrunch Disrupt and more

13th September 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 | 13.09.2016


1//  Nesta's FutureFest set for this weekend

FutureFest, Nesta’s annual exploration of all things future, hits London this weekend. The festival promises to be an insightful, inspiring and entertaining look at how technology and other forces are set to shape our individual and collective futures.


2//  MiVote: rethinking how citizens participate in governance

A new app and proposed political party called MiVote aims to rethink how citizens participate in governance. Instead of voting only in elections, people using the app can share their views on every issue the government considers. The idea is that parliamentary representatives of the "MiVote party" would commit to support legislation only when it's in line with the will of the app's members—regardless of the representative's own opinion.


3// Digital Health London announces first cohort of accelerator programme

DigitalHealth.London has today announced the first cohort of its accelerator programme. Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the year long programme will provide the cohort of 32 SME digital health businesses with in-depth knowledge of the NHS.


4//  TechCrunch Disrupt gets underway, featuring social startups

TechCrunch Disrupt launches today. Disrupt is the world’s leading authority in debuting revolutionary startups, introducing game-changing technologies and discussing what’s top of mind for the tech industry’s key innovators. This includes a number of socially minded startups, including MedRepublic, Rex Animal Health and Lucy.


5//  Caribbean island set to 3D print new corals

Most efforts to preserve and rebuild coral reefs require lots of time and meticulous labor by divers. However, Bonaire, in the Caribbean has found a new approach: designing and 3D printing artificial corals that are identical in size, shape, texture and even chemical makeup to the native corals. These will attract baby coral polyps to live in and build on them, as well as attract organisms that live around coral reefs like algae, anemones, octopi, crabs and fish.


6//  Surgeons use robot to operate in eye for the first time

Surgeons have used a robot to operate inside the eye and restore sight - in a world first. A team at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital used the device, controlled via a joystick, to remove a membrane one hundredth of a millimetre thick.


7//  World's first Cybathlon billed as 'bionic Olympics'

It's being pitched as a bionic Olympics. Next month, contestants from across the world using robotic exoskeletons, electronic arms, powered wheelchairs and other tech will take part in the world's first Cybathlon.


8//  Researchers create energy harvester from fish scales

The team has created an energy harvester out of fish scales - which are usually thrown away - that could be used in self-powered electronics. Fish scales are made of collagen which has piezoelectric properties. That means that any stress placed on the collagen fibers in the scales by pressure or movement generates an electrical charge. The researchers are calling the resulting device a "bio-piezoelectric nanogenerator."


9//  Oxford University launch Oxford Government Review

Oxford University have published the first issue of the Oxford Government Review. The first issue focuses on trust in government. More widely, the review represents an exciting new development for the fields of civic tech and digital democracy.


10// U.S. Bureau launches Statistics in Schools programme

The U.S. Census Bureau has unveiled a new Statistics in Schools programme, providing teachers and students with a free digital toolbox brimming with statistics information.

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