Tech for Good Ten: Zinc Transformer incubator, Newspeak House election initiatives, Big Apps deadline, meetups and more

25th April 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 | 25.04.2017

1//  Zinc Transformer: exciting new tech-for-good incubator

The Zinc Transformer is an exciting new mission-driven incubator programme in London. In October 2017, 40 social innovators will come together to solve one of the developed world’s biggest social problems. By the end of the 6-month full-time programme, they will have created and launched their brand-new tech businesses. Added together, these new businesses, built from scratch during the programme, will go on to have a big impact on the lives of hundreds of millions of people. Each 6-month programme will focus on a different mission. Crucially, no set ideas are required upon application; ideas and teams will be generated on the programme. The deadline is 30th June, although places will be served on a first-come basis to good candidates. We recommend you head over to the website to read more!

2//  Newspeak House open "Election War Room"

The folks at Newspeak House have launched an Election War Room: a "coworking space to let all the 'tech-oriented' pro-democracy people/organisations work together to coordinate and share resources, expertise, coffee, strategy, camaraderie. All are welcome, capacity is around 40 desks and the team is looking for creative ideas as to how to fund proceedings.

3// ... and a collaborative election document

They have also developed a collaborative Google Doc for people and organisations looking to build things to influence the 2017 General Election. It contains loads of useful resources and people and organisations to use for inspiration and collaboration.

4//  NYC Big Apps deadline approaches

The deadline for the NYC BigApps competition is fast approaching: 30th April. NYC Big Apps is the premier civic-innovation competition in New York City. The themes this year improved Transportation, Knowledge and Community Resilience for city youth, seniors and immigrants, and the winners will receive cash, marketing and promotion, acceptance onto Civic Hall Labs’ civic-accelerator programme and eligibility to hundreds of LinkNYC kiosks.

5//  Two tech-for-good meetups this evening!

There are two tech-for-good meetups happening today! New London will be exploring the best productivity tools for charities at 6pm, in London, and Tech for Good Cambridge will be discussing digital leadership at 6.30pm. If you’re in either of those two cities, do go along.

6//  Jimmy Wales to launch Wikitribune to combat fake news

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is launching a new online publication, called Wikitribune, which will aim to fight fake news by pairing professional journalists with an army of volunteer community contributors. Wikitribune plans to pay for the reporters by raising money from a crowdfunding campaign.

7//  Open Contracting Innovation Challenge issues open challenge

The Open Contracting Innovation Challenge has issued an open call for applicants working with open data to strengthen the integrity and effectiveness of public procurement. A share of $60,000 is up for grabs, and applications close on 24th May.

8// Google set for unprecedented Verily health programme

Google's health spinout, Verily, is asking 10,000 Americans for unprecedented knowledge of their bodies as part of its new Baseline Project, a multi-year study expected to cost more than $100 million that it says will search for clues to predicting heart disease and cancer.

9//  Researchers 3D-print tools from Martian dust

In preparation for the possibility of astronauts landing on Mars, researchers have 3D-printed a range of tools (including Lego blocks, of course) using synthetic lunar and Martian dust. Is that not pretty cool?

10// Google Earth receives Voyager update

Google Earth has received an exciting new update. The new Voyager feature lets users fully immerse themselves in thousands of wonderful sites around the world, complete with guided tours. There’s even a “feeling luck” button. What’s more, Google Earth now works Chrome, so no need for a desktop app. Happy exploring!


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