Tech for Good Ten: Uber drivers win landmark case, European Social Innovation Competition winners announced, funding for collaborative platforms with social impact and step forward for direct-democracy in Iceland

1st November 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.


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Tech For Good Ten | 01.11.2016


1//  Uber drivers win landmark judgement

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.


2//  Winners of the 2016 European Social Innovation Competition announced

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.


3// Outlandish set for tech-for-good event in London this Friday

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.


4//  Nesta announces funding for collaborative platforms with social impact

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.


5//  Iceland's Pirate Party triples its seats

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.


6//  Help map and grow the European social-innovation community

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.


7//  Facebook launches new election tool with one week to go

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.


8//  Yingli Solar releases extremely affordable solar light

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.


9//  Kenyan people are crowdsourcing their road repairs

Kenyan civic-tech activists have launched a campaign on Twitter that uses the hashtag #whatisaroad to crowdsource and map necessary pot-hole replacements.


10// Researchers develop 3D-printed heart-on-a-chip, which could dramatically reduce animal testing

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.

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