Tech for Good Ten: Zuckerberg and Chan pledge to fight disease, affordable fridges, text-based vote-registration service, self-honking buses and more

27th September 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 | 27.09.2016


1//  Zuckerberg and Chan pledge $3 billion to help end disease

Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have pledged $3bn (£2.3bn) to fund medical research over the next decade. They say their ultimate goal is to "cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century”. Although their pledge has been criticised in some quarters, it represents a major contribution both as philanthropy and as a statement for how tech-generated wealth can be directed.


2//  Evaptainers: affordable fridges than run on sun and water

Evaptainers are mobile fridges that run entirely on water and sunlight. They cost under $30, and could represent an affordable, accessible refrigeration option for those who otherwise couldn’t afford a fridge. The company has recently began to gain major traction.


3// Hello Vote: registering to vote via text message

Hello Vote is a chat bot that helps register people to vote. With an enormous election imminent in the US, the impact of such a simple tech intervention shouldn’t be dismissed.


4//  Lesbians Who Tech select 40 people to attend coding bootcamps (and counting)

Lesbians Who Tech, the organization for lesbian and queer women in tech, has selected 40 people to receive scholarships to attend otherwise expensive coding bootcamps. Lesbians Who Tech has more than doubled its reach from five to 40 scholars in the last year thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $100,000. Of the 40 people selected for the scholarship this year, 67 percent are people of color, 10% identify as trans and 100% are LGBTQ.


5//  THINKTECH finalists announced

The finalists of the €1 million THINKTECH challenge to create a better Ireland have been announced. The finalists exhibit a range of excellent tech-for-good initiatives.


6//  Open Data Institute calls for young people to share ideas on social data solutions

The Open Data Institute is launching an open call for young people aged 16-30 to share ideas as to how they think data can solve a local or global problem. The winners will share their ideas on stage with Sirs Nigel Shadbolt and Tim Berners-Lee at the ODI Summit.


7//  YouTube launches Creators for Change programme

In an effort to support video creators already making a difference, YouTube has dedicated $1 million to finance videos that serve a social good but have higher production values as part of a new global program called Creators for Change. There are currently six official Creators for Change, but YouTube is looking to expand the programme.


8//  Crowdsource Europe target people's constitution for Europe

Crowdsource Europe is building a digital platform aimed at creating a people’s constitution for Europe. The project has been inspired by an Icelandic experiment in digitally redrafting its constitution.


9//  Wired set to hold one-day security event

Wired Security is a new one-day event from Wired, curated to explore, explain and predict new trends, threats and defences in cyber security. The event will gather more than 20 industry-leading Main Stage speakers, plus an exciting selection of startups and growth-stage companies working in the fields of software, intelligence and security services.


10// Volvo develop self-honking electric buses

On a more-light-hearted-but-potentially-quite-valuable note, Volvo have developed an electric (hence quiet) bus that automatically honks at pedestrians in its way. Not only that, but its honks grow increasingly aggressive if the pedestrian fails to move out the way.

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