Tech for Good Ten: tech-for-good opportunities and resources galore, India's first sign-language dictionary and more

28th February 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 | 28.02.2017


1//  Year Here Fellowship open for applications

Year Here is accepting applications to its Autumn 2017 social-innovation fellowship. The programme offers graduates and young professionals an intensive year of building solutions to social problems, with tech-for-good a core component throughout. The deadline is 31st March.


2//  Blue Ridge Labs Fellowship open for applications

Similarly, Blue Ridge Labs’ New York Fellowship is also open for applications, deadline 6th March. The intensive summer programme is designed to “help top talent tackle big problems in new ways … by taking a human-centric approach and pushing our teams to iterate quickly and cheaply, we aim to build products that can really make a difference.” Sounds like some serious tech-for-good potential to us.


3// EIB Social Innovation Tournament deadline tomorrow!

The deadline for initial proposals to the European Investment Bank’s Social Innovation Tournament is this week (1st March). The tournament supports Europe’s best social entrepreneurs with funding prizes. This year’s Special Category is ageing.


4//  ALTEC seeking civic-tech proposals for Latin America

ALTEC seeks to promote civic technologies that have the capacity to improve the quality of life of Latin Americans by building spaces of collaboration between citizens and their governments. They are accepting proposals until 31st March.


5//  Introducing the Civic Tech Field Guide

The Civic Tech Field Guide - compiled by Erin Simpson, Micah Sifry and Matt Stempeck - is an excellent resource that maps the key tools, trends, processes and more of the civic-tech world (primarily in the US) in a bid to help improve understanding, collaboration and research. We urge you to go and check it out.


6//  CAST's Awesome Tech for Good repository

Likewise, Tech for Good CAST’s ‘Awesome Tech for Good’ Github is an excellent resource for finding projects, directories, funders, agencies, accelerators, events and more in the tech-for-good space, this time from a UK perspective.


7//  India's first sign-language dictionary

The Indian government is backing a scheme to create the country’s first sign-language dictionary. The dictionary, which will be available in paper and digital versions, will include the 7,000+ signs that deal with words used in academic, medical, legal, technical and routine conversations by deaf people in India.


8//  DigitalAgenda Impact Awards this week

The much anticipated DigitalAgenda Impact Awards are taking place this Thursday, 2nd March, at the Barbican Centre. Tickets for the after party are still available, although a waiting list is now in place for the ceremony itself. Either way, be sure to stay tuned on social media to celebrate the amazing tech-for-good being exhibited, celebrated and supported.


9//  Open Data Day this weekend

Open Data Day will take place this Saturday, 4th March. Open Data Day is a decentralised day of events around the globe celebrating the benefits of open data. This year, there is a $12,500 pool of mini grant funding available to help people run local events. Love open data and fancy the challenge?


10// Wikipedia Zero set for Iraq

Last but not least, it has been announced that the Wikipedia Zero scheme, launched in 2012, will launch in Iraq. This has the potential to provide an invaluable source of information to Iraqis, but is also particularly interesting because of the debates around net neutrality it throws up. What is your take?

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