Tech for Good Ten: the future of digital social innovation, HIV in the UK funding, TED2017 and more

2nd May 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 | 02.05.2017


1//  Nesta: what does the future of digital social innovation hold?

On 16th May, Nesta is hosting an event for policy makers, funders and practitioners on how we can make the most of the opportunities in digital social innovation through new approaches to funding, policy and partnerships with public services. Tickets are free, but you must register your interest for what is sure to be a fascinating and popular event. What’s more, following the event, on the 17th, there will be a digital social innovation tour of some of London’s most exciting DSI centres.


2//  Six Fifty: data transparency in the UK general election

Six Fifty is a Five Thirty Eight inspired project bringing together data scientists, software engineers and political operatives to bring transparency to the data coming from the upcoming UK election. Want to get involved? They’d love to hear from you!


3// UK funding to combat HIV

HIV in the UK: Think Digital is an initiative funded by the M.A.C. AIDS Fund and Comic Relief, established to support organisations using technology in innovative and inspiring ways to respond to the ever-changing HIV landscape in the UK. Grants are available for between £20,000 and £80,000, and over a period of 6 - 18 months.


4//  TED2017

TED2017 took place last week, in Vancouver. The conference brings together leading thinkers across a range of disciplines, including technology, and is a fantastic place to find inspiring and educational content on the ideas changing the world. Check out the highlights from this year’s talks, including Elon Musk’s vision of the future ...


5//  Doteveryone: grants to improve access to tech events

Doteveryone has launched a new Grants for Fairer Tech Events program. Three times per year, they will give out three grants of up to £500 to help make it easier for people often excluded from tech events to attend, speak at and run tech events. Be sure to spread the word and apply if you are eligible.


6//  Mexico City announces crowd-sourced, progressive new constitution

Mexico City has announced a highly progressive new constitution which, amongst all the excellent guarantees, was partly crowdsourced by the city’s residents.


7//  Using data science to reduce traffic deaths

Data Kind and Microsoft have recently applied data science to powerful effect in helping three US cities in their Vision Zero efforts to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries to 0.


8// Digital mapping and machine learning to combat malaria

Disease Surveillance and Risk Monitoring (DiSARM) is a project using digital mapping and machine learning to project and intercept the spread of malaria.


9//  My Society announces spin-off civic-tech conference

The My Society Impacts of Civic Technology conference, hosted last week in Florence, has announced a spin-off event from 11th - 12th September in Taipei, hosted by Civic Tech Fest.


10// Holland's latest cycling-tech innovation ...

Finally, the Dutch city of Utrecht is pioneering a new system called Flo, designed by Springlab, which detects cyclists’ speeds and advises on whether to go faster or slower to make the green lights. This could be the latest cycling innovation to come out of the Netherlands.

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