Tech for Good Ten: new Bethan Green Ventures cohort, landmark Apple tax ruling, an app to tackle illegal wildlife trading, Corbyn's digital-democracy manifesto and more

6th 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.


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Tech For Good Ten | 06.09.2016


1//  Bethnal Green Ventures announce new accelerator cohort

Bethnal Green Ventures have announced their latest cohort of accelerator ventures. The startups will receive an investment of £15,000 in exchange for 6% equity, co-working space at the Ministry of Startups in central London, and an intensive 12 week programme of mentoring and support – designed to accelerate the growth of their social venture.


2//  EU Commission orders Apple to repay €13 billion in illegal tax benefits

In a potentially significant development regarding the tax arrangements of tech corporations, the European Commission has found Apple’s deal with Ireland handed the company illegal tax benefits of €13 billion (£11bn). Officials have ordered Ireland to recover the “illegal aid” following a two-year investigation into Apple’s taxes in the country.


3// TRAFFIC: new app to tackle the illegal wildlife trade

Taronga Zoo in Australia partnered with the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC to create a global community action app that attempts to combat the illegal wildlife trade.


4//  Pac Man version that allows players to raise money to tackle local hunger

Last year, Namco granted developers free-use rights to their famous game Pac-Man and since then deviations have sprouted up. Gaea Solutions has taken those rights and created the game PacMan Vs. Hunger, which lets players experience the thrill of the classic game while also racking up points to fight hunger in their area.


5//  Drones in development to slash cost of reforestation

An Oregon startup is working on the development of drones that can plant and monitor trees on a large scale, using "precision forestry" and high technology to jumpstart reforestation efforts in previously logged areas. While the basic approach isn’t novel, the company is looking to add a suite of forestry applications, including mapping and monitoring, at a fraction of the cost of doing so manually.


6//  Corbyn outlines digital-democracy manifesto

Jeremy Corbyn has launched a digital democracy manifesto, aiming to democratise the internet, that he intends to take into the next general election.


7//  Fleex: helping people learn English through Netflix

Reverso has acqui-hired the team behind Fleex, which helps people learn languages by watching their favourite TV shows, and now plans to relaunch the language-learning platform with a new key feature — Netflix shows.


8//  Google's DeepMind to be applied to NHS radiotherapy data

Anonymised CT and MRI scans from 700 former University College London Hospital radiotherapy patients will be analysed by Google's artificial intelligence division, DeepMind. The aim is to develop an algorithm that can automatically differentiate between healthy and cancerous tissues.


9//  Open Data Research Symposium set for October

The 2016 Open Data Research Symposium (ODRS), an International Open Data Conference (IODC) Pre-Event, on 5th October, offers open data researchers an opportunity to reflect critically on the findings of their completed research and to create cohesion within the research community on what the future challenges are likely to be in unlocking the potential of open data to promote social progress.


10// Final chance to apply to Blue Ridge Labs poverty incubator

Blue Ridge Labs are accepting applications for their Catalyst incubation program, aimed at social entrepreneurs aiming to improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers. However, the deadline is today, so make haste!

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