Tech for Good Ten: NHS partners with DeepMind, Women in Innovation winners, searching for toilets, David Attenborough and more

23rd November 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.

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Tech For Good Ten | 23.11.2016

1//  NHS partners with Google's DeepMind

Google’s AI arm, DeepMind, has started working with a London NHS hospital trust. The partnership, which will involve integrating DeepMind’s AI platform, could free up to over 500,000 staff hours per year currently spent on admin tasks.

2//  Call To Action

In the wake of the US election, Call To Action is a new non-partisan digital platform that makes it easy for people to find and contact their US political representatives.

3// Student develops app for visually impaired people

Anmol Tukrel, a 12th-grade student from Toronto, has developed an app which allows visually impaired users to point their smartphone’s camera at objects in order to identify them.

4//  First Women in Innovation winners announced

Fifteen women have each collected a £50,000 prize after winning the first Women in Innovation competition. The winners exhibit a range of excellent tech for good.

5//  innovateAFRICA offering $1 million for digital journalism innovations

innovateAFRICA is offering a $1 million prize pool to find and nurture ideas that have the potential to empower ordinary African citizens by transforming journalism and the media industry into more digitally savvy civic watchdogs.

6//  Researchers turn carbon dioxide into rock

Scientists have been looking for solutions to capture and store carbon dioxide. Now, a team of researchers have successfully turned carbon dioxide into solid rock in just two years, offering a potential solution for the abundance of carbon in the atmosphere.

7//  Common Sensing develops smart pen to help manage diabetes

Diabetes, and a lack of adequate resources for patients to follow prescribed dose regimes, is a major problem. MIT spinout Common Sensing has developed a smart insulin-pen cap which logs insulin intake data on an app and in the cloud to help patients better manage their regimen. It also gives doctors a detailed view into patients’ insulin habits and how they affect blood-glucose levels, for more targeted care.

8//  Nesta announces winners of Longitude Prize Discovery Awards

Nesta has announced the winners of its Longitude Prize Discovery Awards. Twelve teams from the US, UK and India will receive small grants to develop ideas to tackle global antibiotic resistance.

9//  Google to pilot toilet-locator tool in India

Google is piloting a toilet-locator tool in India. Given 70% of Indian households lack access to toilets (even if they have digital devices), the tool could offer a simple but highly effective example of tech for good.

10// BBC Earth release David Attenborough app

Finally, BBC Earth has released a new app which allows people to make their own nature documentaries using archive footage of Sir David Attenborough. In these turbulent times, who could argue the opportunity to lose ourselves with such a national treasure isn’t important?


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