TFG Ten: Bioengineered rhino horns, voting apps and civic tech

5th May 2015 Posted by: Ben Matthews

Welcome to this week’s Tech For Good Ten, where we share the best 10 links in the Tech For Good world from the past week.

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Tech For Good Ten: 05.05.2015


1. Votr: an app to scrutinise your election candidates

Are your election candidates up to scratch on community issues? Whose opinions really chime with your own? And are ingrained allegiances clouding your judgement? Two teenagers have developed an app to help you find the answers.


2. A drone aims to deliver temporary refuge

The Muppette project aims to explore how far the boundaries of current technology can be pushed, starting with a drone which can deliver 3D-printed concrete-like material to provide people with temporary refuge.


3. How Nepalis are using crowdsourcing to aid in quake relief

Nepalis at home and abroad are leading initiatives that harness digital technologies and social platforms to assist their countrymen in relief efforts.


4. Tesla ventures into solar power storage for home and business

Tesla Motors says it is making a foray into the challenge of how to use the sun’s energy when it isn’t shining, with a fleet of battery systems for homeowners, businesses and utilities.


5. CODE: Debugging the gender gap

A documentary that examines the reasons why more girls and people of colour are not seeking opportunities in computer science and explores how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles and sexism all play roles in the tech sector’s gender gap.


6. Turn Signal Gloves for Cyclists Will Save Lives

A Google engineer turns his attention to bicycle safety with Zackees Turn Signal Gloves. A blinking turn signal will pulse at the back of your hand, letting motorists know you’re going to turn or pass, and on which side.


7. Using social media to improve patient care

We may be bored of Facebook but don’t underestimate how it’s being applied to good use in the NHS


8. Bioengineered rhino horn is designed to counter poaching

Pembient, a startup from Seattle, is trying its best to reverse this trend using biotechnology to fabricate genetically genuine rhino horn at prices below the levels that induce poaching. The demand for rhino horn is extraordinarily high, especially in China, where it is a valuable component in Chinese medicine.


9. Data Landscape

Since the “data community” in Europe is already strong albeit very diverse, dispersed in several communities, Data Landscape wants to move from disparate communities to developing a vibrant and innovative data ecosystem in Europe.  


10. Civic Tech is ready for investment

Civic tech is not a new concept. People have been using technology to empower citizens and improve government operations for more than 10 years. However, there are a growing number of entrepreneurs, innovators, and private- and public-sector leaders breathing new life into an industry ripe for disruption.


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