Tech for Good Ten: The refugee community of makers, electricity from tomatoes and integrating women’s voices into the tech industry

29th March 2016 Posted by: Cat Cochrane

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Tech For Good Ten | 29.03.2016

1//  Zaatari refugee camp near the Syrian border in Jordan houses a vibrant community of makers

Despite the incredible hardships many have faced, there is an  entrepreneurial spirit among the residents

2//  Will smart energy meters be worth the money?

Millions of energy users in Britain are about to receive a new metering systemyet the technology has been rejected by Germany

3//  Why it’s crucial that tech integrates women’s voices into the industry

How the male-dominated industry is failing to consider their female counterparts

4//  The non-profit donates phones to wi-fi dependent refugees

Digital Reliance is aiming to supply mobile phones and SIM cards to newly arrived migrants to Sweden

5//  How wearable technology is making parenting simpler

Parents can record what medications they are giving their children with the Pacif-i app, which they can refer back to with the child’s pediatrician

6//  The smartphone that just got smarter – by testing water and treating food

Mitra reveals impurities in foodfrom glass and sand to potentially dangerous microorganisms like listeria and cholera

7//  Compact prefab hub transforms derelict spaces into offices and homes

Installations of prefabricated hub units, with all the basic amenities including a bathroom, kitchen and internet connection, in one compact 161 sq ft package

8//  Rotten tomatoes? Could they be a new source of electricity?

Demonstrating that the damaged vegetable need not go to directly into waste refuse—especially if they can generate electricity

9//  The 360° cameras giving young cancer patients an adventure of a lifetime

With the help of live-streaming technology and adventurous volunteers, a way was found to bring the world to youngsters at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis

10//  Solar-powered "sterile box" targets hospital infections in developing countries

This project is the culmination of a long-standing search for a method to sterilise surgical instruments with sunlight as the source of power




“If a baby is too hot, they have trouble regulating their temperature and they can’t get to sleep. This application provides parents with a very easy way to monitor their child’s temperature and take action.” - Richard Hancock, CEO of Blue Maestro


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