Tech for Good Ten: Unusual Suspects Festival, London Tech Week, Who Targets Me and the continued rise of renewables ...

13th June 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 | 13.06.2017



1//  Unusual Suspects Festival this week in London

The Social Innovation Exchange’s Unusual Suspects festival is running throughout London this week, starting on Wednesday. The festival curates and debates unlikely sources of social change, with a technological theme running throughout. Check out the amazing lineup (and fantastic range of venues) here.


2//  As is London Tech Week!

This week is also London Tech Week, featuring a superb programme with something for everyone. A fine week for technology in London.


3// Big Lottery Fund goes on funding spree

The Big Lottery Fund announced 1,903 recipients of £50 million this week. Featured on the list of projects, which can be downloaded here, are local schemes supporting carers - pertinent in National Carers Week. What a fabulous round of funding.


4//  Who Targets Me? Illuminating targeted digital advertising during campaigns

Who Targets Me is a new project aimed at shedding light on how campaigns spent their targeted-advertising money during the 2017 general election. Analysing the aggregated data has allowed the team to draw out insights about exactly which demographics were targeted and the exact media and language that campaigners used to influence votes. Let’s hope the tool continues to develop, especially with another election quite possibly just around the corner…


5//  Bethnal Green Ventures and The Children's Society announce new partnership

Bethnal Green Ventures and The Children’s Society have announced a new partnership aimed at using tech to tackle issues facing vulnerable young people. BGV are looking to support ten tech-for-good ventures through the partnership over the next two years. Support will be given through the BGV accelerator programme, which is also open for general applications.


6//  DECODE: helping people control personal data

DECODE is an EU project which provides tools that put individuals in control of whether they keep their personal information private or share it for the public good. The project was launched in response to people’s concerns about losing control of their data.


7//  Facebook's new disaster-relief maps

Facebook is working with UNICEF, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and the World Food Programme on a new maps initiative that aims to improve how communities are helped after disasters. Called disaster maps, the resource uses aggregated, de-identified Facebook data to provide key information that organisations have identified as most helpful in improving how they respond and provide relief in the immediate hours after a crisis.


8// Elephant collar that alerts authorities when poachers fire shots

A smart tracking collar, designed by researchers from Vanderbilt University, is the latest tech in the battle against elephant poaching. The collar is embedded with a ballistic sensor that can detect the shockwaves of a gunshot and then send an alert to authorities with the GPS coordinates of the event. Real-time notification gives authorities the chance to catch more poachers and reduce the removal of tusks.


9//  Renewable energy sources top 50% of UK energy production

Renewable sources of energy have generated more electricity than coal and gas in Great Britain for the first time. National Grid reported that, last Wednesday lunchtime, power from wind, solar, hydro and wood pellet burning supplied 50.7% of UK energy. The so-called Green Bang continues …


10// Delta.NYC: connecting digital professionals and social-impact organisations

Delta.NYC is a new pro-bono tech programme in New York City seeking to bridge the digital divide between the technology and public-interest sectors. This programme allows passionate digital professionals to lend their services on meaningful projects for local NYC organisations working towards a more equitable, just and democratic society.


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