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Tech For Good Ten | 01.11.2016
Uber has lost the right to designate its drivers as self-employed in the UK. The landmark employment tribunal ruling also stated the firm must pay drivers national living wage and holiday pay, with huge implications for the gig economy.
From a total of 1,095 applicants from 36 countries, Cucula, The Machine to be Another and Project Virtuous Triangle have been announced as the winners of the 2016 European Social Innovation Competition, which focused on refugees and migrants.
Outlandish, the digital co-op behind the grassroots tech-for-good funding program The Outlandish Fellowship, are holding an event this Friday in London (2.30pm - 7pm) to explore what tech-for-good is and how we can cultivate more of it.
Nesta has announced funding and incubation for new collaborative platforms that create social impact and a socially minded collaborative economy. Nesta's new initiative, ShareLab, has a mission to grow evidence and understanding of how collaborative digital platforms can deliver social impact.
Iceland’s Pirate Party - pioneering in its use of direct democracy and civic-tech in a mainstream political context - has tripled its seats in the Icelandic parliament following an election triggered by the resignation of Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson.
Nesta, in partnership the the Waag Society and SUPSI, has launched www.digitalsocial.eu in an attempt to map and grow the European social-innovation community.
With the US election fast approaching next week, Facebook has launched a new tool to help people access all the information they need to make their decision and cast their vote.
Yingli Solar has released what they call “the world’s most affordable quality solar light.” With an end cost to buyers in Africa of just $5, the light retails in the UK for £10 through a cross-subsidisation model.
Kenyan civic-tech activists have launched a campaign on Twitter that uses the hashtag #whatisaroad to crowdsource and map necessary pot-hole replacements.
Researchers at Harvard University have created the world's first 3D-printed heart-on-a-chip, a sensor-integrated device that contains engineered cardiac tissue that fully mimics the actual organ. This breakthrough along with other organ-on-a-chip devices could effectively eliminate the need for animal testing as it gives scientists the ability to carry out both short and long-term studies of how different stressors affect the human body all while data is gathered by the sensors in real time.