Tech for Good Ten: The thousands of Chromebooks being donated to refugees, bio-wearable tattoos that monitor our vital signs and the wheelchair that negotiates stairs with ease

25th January 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.

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 | 25.01.2016

1//  25,000 Chromebooks to help refugees in Germany being donated by Google

Form-filling and learning new languages with use of new laptops can help newcomers integrate better in their new environment

2//  These bio-wearable tech tattoos monitor your vitals

The electronic tattoos collect, store and send bio data to doctors of a patient’s health report

3//  A discussion on how tech can save the NHS

The Guardian’s weekly tech podcast shares opinions on the health service’ poor relationship with technology and how it might improve in the future

4//  Wearable tech that turns a coat into a tent for use by refugees

This waterproof garment transforms into a shelter large enough to sleep an adult and a child

5//  Modularity paves the way for waste-reducing consumerism

The waste-reducing benefit of modularity could for example turn baby monitors into digital cameras

6//  Borrowing bicycles across the world is raising the bar for health, sustainability and the environment

A good deal for visitors to towns and cities who wish to cycle anytime

7//  The biodegradable bike helmet made from eco-friendly ‘styrofoam’

Made from wood pulp, this head protector gives a nod to two-wheeled lightweight sustainability

8//  Could a simple brainscan in childhood prevent the complications of depression in later life?

Researchers reveal an early warning test may highlight children who are most susceptible and eligible for treatment prior to a first bout of depression

9//  This wheelchair design offers no problem to users when it comes to negotiating stairs and steps

The TopChair-S has been created to enhance independence and maneuverability even in busy urban areas

10//  How existing technology can be repurposed to aid homeless children surviving in conflict areas

The head of Save the Children calls for tech firms to join in the fight to combat child poverty and inequality


There’s already been lots of awesome activity from the tech community to help refugees find safety and start integrating, including efforts from Google and many non-profits - TNW News


Back to Blog


blog comments powered by Disqus