Tech for Good Ten: NYC BigApps winners, new TLA tech-for-good working group, The Unusual Suspects Festival, two tech-for-good funds and more

31st May 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 | 31.05.2017



1//  NYC BigApps winners announced

The four winning apps of New York City’s 2017 BigApps Competition have been announced: DollarVan, OnBoard, nesterly and PASSNYC: Opportunity Explorer. The apps span the categories of knowledge, transportation and community resiliency. The winners from the three categories will receive $15,000 cash, admission to the Civic Accelerator program, pro bono legal services from BakerHostetler, and discounted workshops from General Assembly. Be sure to check out the winners: all excellent examples of tech for good as befits what is a prestigious competition.


2//  Special Tech for Good meetup, Monday 12th June

The next London tech-for-good meetup is set for Monday 12th June at 6.30pm. In a special event to launch the Summer of Tech for Good and celebrate both London Tech Week and the launch of the TLA Tech for Good Working Group (see below). Tickets are only £3, so don't miss out!


3// New Tech London Advocates tech-for-good working group

A tech-for-good working group has been founded within the Tech London Advocates group, with the aim of creating a community for "techies, startups, corporates, funders, policy people, experts, entrepreneurs, individuals, dogs, cats etc." to share knowledge, insights and proof points about the development of tech-for-good ventures in the UK. Watch this space, as the working group is set to become a hub of activity this summer.


4//  Animate: €200,000 tech-for-good fund

Animate 2017 is a €220,000 fund that provides grants and mentoring support to early stage projects or organisations that have come up with clever ideas to address health and social issues in their community. This year the Animate Fund will have two elements. The first will seek out early stage innovations that have smart responses to general community issues such as poverty, educational disadvantage etc. The second will have a specific focus on community health. Applications close on 7th July.


5//  iAMDigital: £1m tech-for-good fund!

iAMDigital is a £1m fund - created through a partnership between Creative England and Nominet Trust - which invests in new ventures and established organisations working to increase digital inclusion and digital skills in England, outside of London. The fund offers matched interest-free loans or equity between £50,000 and £200,000, and closes at the end of July.


6//  The Unusual Suspects festival set for 14th-16th June, in London

The Unusual Suspects festival will take place from the 14th - 16th June in venues around London. The festival will be a forum for candid debate, discussion and reflection on social innovation during these turbulent times. There will be a particular focus on power dynamics and unusual collaborations throughout. There's more than something for everybody in a very wide-ranging schedule.


7//  Open Data Barometer: tracking global open-data initiatives

Produced by the World Wide Web Foundation as a collaborative work of the Open Data for Development (OD4D) network and with the support of the Omidyar Network, the Open Data Barometer (ODB) aims to uncover the true prevalence and impact of open data initiatives around the world. It analyses global trends, and provides comparative data on countries and regions using an in-depth methodology that combines contextual data, technical assessments and secondary indicators. The ODB global report is a summary of some of the most striking findings. The full data and methodology is available, and is intended to support secondary research and inform better decisions for the progression of open data policies and practices across the world.


8// encouraging connections with political representatives is the latest project from ChangeSprout Inc., a public benefit corporation based in Brooklyn. They are committed to furthering progressive causes worldwide by engineering better software tools. They built to help the progressive community more easily connect with their elected representatives and hold them accountable. All of their tools - including Control Shift and Take Charge - are rooted in the idea that people should drive movements even when they happen online. Here is team member Nathan Woodhull explaining the rationale behind


9//  Campaigning for a mensturation emoji

Plan International UK and Plan Australia have launched a campaign to introduce a period emoji. The campaign aims to start destroying stigmas around menstruation, aiming to break the silence and shame around periods. More than 92% of the online population use emojis every day to communicate between friends and across cultures. And Plan UK’s research showed that almost half (45%) of women surveyed would happily use a period emoji, particularly to communicate with their partners.


10// Hacking voting machines for the public good

Finally, hacks are all over the news, from Democratic Party emails to Liverpudlian shopping billboards. For this reason hackers will target American voting machines - as a public service, to prove how vulnerable they are - as part of July's DEFCON conference, the world’s largest hacking conference. It's certainly worth keeping an eye on the results of that one ...


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