Tech for Good Ten: Prince's clean energy philanthropy, eco-innovating airports and the mobile app that aims to change how we understand fear of crime and safety

26th April 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.

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Tech For Good Ten | 26.04.2016


1//  Prince’s secret funding of solar tech In Oakland, California revealed

It turns out the late pop artist had an lesser known life as a clean energy philanthropist


2//  Grassroots environmental organisation and financial firm launch new platform for sustainable investing

Aspiration’s sustainable approach invests in companies that are reducing their carbon emissions and embracing renewable energy

3//  San Francisco becomes first major US city to mandate rooftop solar on new buildings

The City by the Bay takes a step toward its goal of powering the city with 100% renewable electricity by 2025

4//  That computer in your pocket is a weapon for fighting human rights abuse

With little more than a cellphone camera and notepad, people can defend human rights and bring about much-needed change in the world

5//  How to transform our energy system with technology

We can rapidly solve the problems of our energy system with global and exponential approaches

6//  How to use technology to sleep better

Instead of banning electronics from the bedroom, tech can help you get to sleep faster and better and wake up feeling more refreshed

7//  Mobile app aims to change how we understand fear of crime and safety

iExperience, a mobile data collection platform, bids to change the way we record how fearful we feel in certain areas of our towns and cities

8//  How social entrepreneurship is making a difference in the world

The stories behind purifying water in India, dry toilets in Peru, recycling paper in Nepal, smart education in Kenya and medical apps in Saudi Arabia

9// 10 top eco-innovating airports combined with tech

East Midlands, Toronto and Singapore’s Changi International among the airports listed

10//  Final piece of the diabetes puzzle opens the door to better screening

Researchers have successfully identified a fifth molecule that's targeted by Type 1 diabetes patients' immune systems


“Nowadays, everybody has a camera in their pocket. You’re able to make the world a better place.” - Kelly Matheson, Senior Attorney and Program Manager, WITNESS


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