Tech for Good Ten: opposition to the 'snooper charter', a 3D-printed lung, funding opportunities and some toilet reading

29th 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.


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 | 30.11.2016


1//  Mapping hate crimes and harassment in the US

A new collaboration between CrisisMappers, Harvard University, MIT and UCLA is seeking to collect and map reports of harassment and hate crimes against minority communities in the wake of the US election.


2//  Scientists develop 3D-printed functioning lung model

Czech scientists have developed a model of a functioning human lung that can be used to simulate problems like asthma or other chronic diseases and their treatments.


3// Petition against Investigatory Powers Act to be debated in parliament

A petition asking the UK government to repeal its new Investigatory Powers Act now has more than 118,000 signatures. This means that it must now be considered for parliamentary debate. Regardless of one's position in the debate, this is a significant moment for online privacy in the UK.


4//  Researchers develop potentially ultra-long-term battery

A team of physicists and chemists at the University of Bristol have used nuclear waste to develop a new type of battery that could change the way we think of long-term energy storage. They calculate that it would take 5,730 years to reach 50% power. Not bad, given the huge array of potential applications.


5//  Siren Care develops smart sock for diabetics

Diabetic health tracking startup Siren Care has created smart socks that use temperature sensors to detect inflammation — and therefore injury — in realtime for diabetics.


6//  Emerge Education: ed-tech accelerator deadline approaching

Emerge Education is a 3 month, London based accelerator programme for startups aiming to improve educational outcomes worldwide. The application deadline closes in the coming weeks, so be quick!


7//  Tesla acquires SolarCity and announces new project

Tesla finalised its $2.6 billion acquisition of SolarCity this week. Seemingly to demonstrate the potential power of its solar capabilities, it also announced that it has wired up the entire island of Ta’u in American Samoa with solar power. Could the acquisition mark an acceleration in Elon Musk’s intended clean-energy revolution?


8//  £10,000 competition to promote impact of digital research

The RCUK Digital Economy (DE) Theme is running a competition designed to help capture and promote the impact of digital-economy research. Three prizes of £10,000 are available to support researchers to further tell the story of research impact in an interesting and engaging way to a wider audience. The deadline is Thursday 1st December!


9//  MAGIC: funding for digital post-stroke innovations

In another tech-for-good funding opportunity, there is just ten days left to apply for the £2.7 million MAGIC Post-Stroke challenge fund. The project is open to applications from organisations with ideas as to how to improve care for stroke patients at home.


10// A bit of toilet reading ...

And last, although by no means least, The Great British Public Toilet Map have launched a new project. Great British Public Toilet Analysis reveals insights about the current state of UK provision. One to keep in mind the next time you’re caught short.

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