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 | 23.05.2017
The deadline to apply for the next Year Here Fellowship is the 11th June. Year Here is a platform for graduates and professionals who want to build smart - including tech - responses to social problems. Over 10 months, you’ll learn from, and design with, people at the frontline of inequality – in care homes, hostels and youth services across London. Full disclosure: our Editor is a Year Here graduate, and can emphatically vouch for the programme. Apply here.
The B-Hub is a new initiative which puts new tools in the hands of individuals and organizations working across the globe to improve people’s lives. It is not an index of lengthy research papers; it’s a curated collection of innovations. Each innovation describes a behavioural product or design that has been rigorously tested in the real-world, all with a rich collection of implementation details to make replication in your own context possible. Improving access = good, in our eyes.
Spirit AI hopes to help developers support players and discourage bullying behaviour with an abuse detection and intervention system called Ally. The software monitors interactions between players—what people are saying to each other and how they are behaving—through the available actions within a game or social platform. It’s able to detect verbal harassment and also nonverbal provocation—for example, one player stalking another’s avatar or abusing reporting tools. Where Ally differs from existing moderation software is that rather than simply send an alert to the game’s developers, it is able to send a computer-controlled virtual character to check in with the player—one that, through Spirit AI’s natural-language tools, is able to converse in the game’s tone and style.
Colab is a Omidyar Network funded civic-tech platform which gives citizens an opportunity to report local issues and suggest urban improvements to the government. It also allows citizens to proactively participate in the decisions that will impact their future. For local governments, Colab offers a workflow management and engagement tool, as well as a data analytics system to manage and respond to citizens’ requests and to better evaluate their own performance. Colab has already reached over 130 municipalities in Brazil and enabled citizens to submit more than 85,000 reports, with local governments responding to over 75% of those. Especially in light of Brazil's recent scandals, this is an experiment well worth monitoring.
Nesta has announced its Share Lab grantees: organisations working to make the so-called sharing economy more socially minded. There are some excellent projects being funded, so be sure to check them out and follow their progress. Watch this space...
The deadline for Dot Everyone's inaugural Grants for Fairer Tech Events award is this Friday. If you, or somebody you know, is excluded from making a positive difference by attending tech events - whether through a lack of funding, child care, training or any other problem - be sure to apply!
The Longitude Prize is a £10m prize fund that will reward a competitor that can develop a point–of–care diagnostic test that will conserve antibiotics for future generations and revolutionise the delivery of global healthcare. The test must be accurate, rapid, affordable and easy to use anywhere in the world. If you’re ready to submit an application for the Longitude Prize, this is your friendly reminder that our next submission deadline is 31 May 2017!
Allia Serious Impact is accepting applications to its East London impact incubator. The programme includes nine months' office space, a blend of bespoke workshops and sessions, expert advice across business areas and peer-to-peer support. And all for zero fees or equity! The deadline is fast approaching though: this Thursday, 25th May.
The Open Contracting Innovation Challenge is looking for entrepreneurs, government innovators, data journalists, civic technologists, hackers, open data enthusiasts, citizen activists who understand the transformational impact on people’s lives that data and better public contracting can have in terms of scale and impact. Each successful team will receive $5,000, incubation and mentoring, and one team will win $30,000.
Ufi is launching a new round of its Seed fund to promote digital solutions for vocational learning. VocTech Seed is working to create a pipeline of new approaches to vocational learning by supporting innovative and creative projects at a relatively early stage of development. By funding the design and development of novel approaches to digital vocational learning, it will help to take new ideas through basic prototyping to the next stage or to extend an existing approach to a new market, industry or community of learners. Up to £50,000 is available for projects of up to 12 months duration. Hurry, though: the deadline is this Thursday!