Tech for Good Ten: New Year tech-for-good wishes, AI public-good funding, a host of competitions and more

17th January 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 | 17.01.2017

1//  What is the tech-for-good community wishing for this year?

For the past week or two we’ve been asking people working in tech for good what they hope the community will achieve in 2017. Do you agree with their hopes? And what would you add to the list? We’d love to hear your thoughts on Twitter: @techforgoodtv.

2//  New $27m fund for research into AI for the public interest

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Omidyar Network, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, and others have formed a $27 million fund to apply the humanities, the social sciences and other disciplines to the development of AI in accordance with public interest.

3// BigApps competition launched in NYC

NYC BigApps is the premier civic-innovation competition in New York City that challenges designers, developers, academics, entrepreneurs, and New Yorkers at large to apply their know-how to improve New York City. Participants can submit solutions that leverage data and technology to solve for three major issues for New Yorkers: transportation, access to knowledge, and community resiliency. It opened this week, and the deadline is 30th April.

4//  Deadline approaching for DigitalAgenda Impact Awards

The deadline for applications to the DigitalAgenda Impact Awards, sponsored by the Nominet Trust, is this Friday. There are twelve awards categories under three headings: people, places and business. On offer is guaranteed editorial coverage for a year, the obvious publicity of winning such an award, a hand-crafted trophy and further benefits, to be announced.

5//  DSI4EU accepting proposals for European social-innovation map

DSI4EU is accepting proposals for the design and development of a data visualisation of the European digital social innovation landscape. The purpose of the visualisation, which will be interactive, is to give users a better understanding of the organisations, projects, links and developments in European digital social innovation. The deadline is 30th January.

6//  Comic Relief: five design challenges around domestic abuse

The Tech vs. Abuse grant initiative is based on a six-month research project commissioned by Comic Relief in order to understand the potential opportunities, gaps and risks for technology in the context of domestic violence and abuse. On the basis of this research, five design challenges have been prioritised on the basis that if addressed effectively and safely, these solutions would make the most immediate difference to people affected by domestic abuse.

7//  Kaggle: $1m competition to improve potentially cancerous lung lesions

Kaggle, the startup that hosts competitions for data science aficionados, is hosting a competition with a $1 million purse to improve the classification of potentially cancerous lesions in the lungs. The funds are being provided by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation as part of the 2017 Data Science Bowl, hosted by Booz Allen Hamilton and Kaggle.

8//  Pfizer Oncology and Health 2.0 running metastatic breast cancer competition

Pfizer Oncology has partnered with Health 2.0 to run the Advancing Care for Patients Living with metastatic breast cancer (mBC) Challenge. This global technology challenge seeks to close the gaps in mBC care and catalyze the development of meaningful solutions to support mBC patients along the care continuum and improve their overall quality of life. The deadline is this Friday, 20th January.

9//  Deadline for Microsoft Health Innovation Awards approaches

There is around two weeks left to submit entries to the 2017 Microsoft Health Innovation Awards (deadline 26th January), open to groups and organisations using Microsoft technology to improve healthcare.

10// Liberty crowdfunds legal campaign against 'snoopers' charter

Civil liberties group Liberty has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund a U.K. High Court challenge to the bulk powers contained within a new domestic surveillance law. The Investigatory Powers Act — dubbed the 'snoopers' charter — was passed by parliament last year, gaining royal assent in November as the government sought to retain capabilities contained within earlier 'emergency' surveillance legislation, DRIPA.


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