Tech for Good Ten: Over-the-phone lung monitoring, how data makes us more human and bringing light to an entire country with thousands of solar lanterns

3rd May 2016 Posted by: Cat Cochrane

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 | 03.05.2016

1//  The German city that has designed special warning lights for 'smombies'

Augsburg has came up with a warning solution for those so obsessed by their smartphones they don’t notice urban dangers

2//  Can speech recognition software help prevent repetitive strain injury?

There are several causes for RSI, including badly designed devices and work practices. What softwares might reduce the problem suffered by many?

3//  The story behind the portable ‘desolenator’ makes seawater and rain fit for human consumption

Dutch engineer William Janssen has created the ‘Desolenator,’ a self-powered device that can make salt and contaminated water safe and drinkable

4//  Virtual interviews help people with autism land that job

Virtual Interactive Training Agentis is a tech-based solution featuring characters with different disposition settings which mimic various interview styles and personalities

5//  The idea behind donating your voice to the speech impaired

VocaliD is building digital voices for those unable to speak without assistance

6//  Sharing how data makes us more human

Data designer Giorgia Lupi challenges designers to 'visually listen'

7//  Concrete companies embrace environmental issues linked to carbon by capturing technology

The idea behind CarbonCure, a technology which injects CO2 captured from nearby smokestacks into concrete products during the mixing phase

8//  This project aims to bring light to an entire country with thousands of solar lanterns

The campaign intends to help illuminate the lives of millions of Dominicans facing the daily blackouts, as well as those who don't have electricity

9//  Breathe easy: over-the-phone lung monitoring soon to be just a free call away

Users of the SpiroCall service call a 1-800 number from anywhere in the world and perform a hard exhale, just as they would when using a commercial spirometer

10//  Philanthropic impact apps: Epic Foundation shows donors the change their charity is making

Epic Foundation helps you pick credible NGOs and social businesses that are making an outstanding difference


"Learning how to 'visually listen' to the world is essential. Learning to see and to understand what are the aesthetic qualities that attract our eyes about our surroundings is essential for creators of any kind" - Giorgia Lupi, PSFK Data Designer


Back to Blog


blog comments powered by Disqus