Tech for Good Ten: Web Summit 2016, communicating by thought, a USB that performs HIV tests and more

15th 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.


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 | 15.11.2016


1//  Lisbon hosts Web Summit 2016

Last week saw Lisbon play host to Web Summit 2016, an enormous tech gathering of over 50,000 people from 166 countries. There was a strong tech-for-good focus throughout the summit, and highlights can be found on the website.


2//  2016 Wired Innovation Awards winners announced

The 2016 WIRED Audi Innovation Awards this week celebrated the extraordinary achievements of UK entrepreneurs, scientists and companies. They showcased a range of excellent tech for good, including Open Bionics and What3Words.


3// Paralysed woman uses brain implant to communicate using thought alone

A paralysed woman has learned to use a brain implant to communicate by thought alone. It is the first time a brain–computer interface has been used at home in a person’s day-to-day life, without the need for doctors and engineers to recalibrate the device.


4//  Scientists create USB stick that performs HIV tests

Scientists in the UK have developed a USB stick that can quickly and accurately measure the amount of HIV is in a patient’s blood. The medical device was created by scientists at Imperial College London and tech firm DNA Electronics. All it needs is a simple drop of blood to measure HIV-1 levels.


5//  Missing Maps: crowdsourcing humanitarian maps across Africa

Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help to map areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people.


6//  US Government open sources its software

Code.gov is a new platform, still in beta, designed by the US Federal Government to improve access to the federal government’s custom-developed software in a bid to improve innovation.


7//  Food for All: tackling food wastage

Food for All is the latest app looking to facilitate the purchasing of restaurant food otherwise going to waste. It remains to be seen how successful the Boston enterprise will be, but it represents growing efforts to stem food waste in developed countries.


8//  Safariseat: all-terrain wheelchairs

Safariseat is a revolutionary all-terrain wheelchair for people in developing countries. It gives people independence, unlocking access to education, employment and a life beyond the confines of their own home. The team are currently running a kickstarter campaign, where you can support a fine example of (non-digital) tech for good.


9//  Facebook accused of biasing US election

You may have noticed last week that Donald Trump won the US election. There has been lots of tech talk during the fallout, including allegations that Facebook biased the result by allowing misinformation through its new news service.


10// Friends of the Earth offering digital social-enterprise residency

Friends of the Earth is looking for a digital social enterprise to take up a six-month residency in its London office. This excellent opportunity closes on 11th December 2016.

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