Tech for Good Ten: the e-commerce platform for humanitarian goods, the app designed to locate stranded migrant boats, the Tech4Good Awards finalists and more

21st June 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 | 21.06.2016


1//  The Level Market: An e-commerce platform for humanitarian goods

The Level Market is an e-commerce platform seeking to make the procurement of humanitarian products easier, quicker and cheaper for organisations tackling crises.


2//  Massive open-data boost for US nonprofit sector

In the US, the Internal Revenue Service has released a deluge of machine-friendly, digital information on the nonprofit sector. Such a major liberalisation of data is sure to mark a dramatic improvement in the extent to which watchdogs and other organisations can monitor the social sector.


3// Blinkers: The next generation of bike lights

A team of students in Zurich have developed what they are calling "the next generation of bike lights.” The lights, controlled remotely from the handlebars, include powerful head and rear lights, indicators, a brake-light function and even a laser-delineated safety zone either side of the bike.


4//  I Sea: An app for locating stranded migrant boats

I Sea is an app that combines satellite data, image-scanning and crowd-sourced monitoring in an attempt to more easily identify and rescue boats carrying migrants..


5//  BlackRock pioneering better use of big data in impact investing

The Impact team from BlackRock, the world’s largest investor, is pioneering a new approach to using big data to better inform the environmental and social outcomes of its investments. The move could mark significant progress for the impact-investing movement.


6//  Free devices and apps for NHS patients

The NHS has announced that it will soon begin issuing patients with free devices and apps to track and self-manage their conditions. The move marks an exciting digital-health development, and could significantly reduce deaths and improve patient wellbeing.


7//  The AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards finalists have been announced

The 28 finalists in the 2016 AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards have been announced. The list contains some amazing projects set to improve the lives of countless people.


8//  Nominet leveraging Internet of Things to help people with sensory impairments

Nominet has released a free Internet of Things solution, consisting of code and instructions, that will help people with sensory impairments better navigate their environment.


9//  The Space launch a new digital commissioning round

Commissioning and development body, The Space, have launched a new commissioning round. They are seeking projects that use digital technology to increase access to the arts.


10//  Hacker spamming ISIS accounts with pro-LGBT messaging

Finally, in the most poignant of weeks for the LGBT community following the Orlando shootings, an anonymous hacker has been spending time spamming thousands of ISIS Twitter accounts with gay pornography and Pride messages. Crude, perhaps, but a highly symbolic demonstration of using technology skills for progressive political messaging.

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