TFG Ten: Homelessness, health apps and future female tech entrepreneurs

21st April 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.

We’re aiming to share a wide range of links, meeting people behind the latest digital innovations, showcasing the greatest tech for good products

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.

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Tech For Good Ten: 21.04.2015

 

1. Extreme Living: Podcast on Homelessness and Technology

This is the first podcast in a new series of films, podcasts and writing from Tech For Good TV that will explore themes of housing, home, homelessness.

 

2. They monitor hearts, count calories, but are health apps any good for you?

The Apple Watch is just the latest step in a fast-growing industry gathering data on our wellbeing.

 

3. Start a mini factory in your home

We got a sneak preview of Makerversity member Ben Redford's rotomolder, which is totally mesmerizing as it whirls around in two directions to create an even mold. This is the first mini-machine and he has a few more in the pipeline so you can start a manufacturing line in your home.

 

4. The vibrating pen fighting Parkinson's disease

Students at the Imperial College London and Royal College of Art have developed a vibrating pen that hopes to help patients with Parkinson's disease.

 

5. How Nicaraguan villagers built their own electric grid

Modern infrastructure had bypassed Nicaragua’s northern highlands, so locals took matters into their own hands.

 

6. Can the internet be saved without harming democracy?

A new report wants to foster a digital age underpinned by human rights and calls for greater transparency from global giants. But will we ever trust the internet?

 

7. The Web is bringing people into politics, but are politicians keeping up?

A revolution in technology over the past decade has shaken up business models underpinning everything from how we share and consume news and ideas, to how we shop or find a date. We live in an on-demand world, and as we enter the final weeks of the 2015 election, we're seeing how democracy is also being reshaped by the web.

 

8. Five tips for future female tech entrepreneurs

I often wonder why I don't come across more female entrepreneurs in the technology industry; while the general gender bias in the IT industry still exists, it's getting more attention and scrutiny now - but the female entrepreneurs are still few and far between.

 

9. Podcast: Impacts of Civic Technology Conference

Tech for Good TV headed down the river for The Impacts of Civic Technology (TicTec) Conference hosted by MySociety a few weeks ago. We wanted to find out more about what's going on in the Civic Tech space globally and how people know that the technologies they are using have an impact.

 

10. What the future holds as Moore's Law turns 50

It's been 50 years since Gordon Moore published his paper detailing a simple theory that revolutionised computing, making all the technology we see as fundamental to life today possible. Moore predicted that the number of transistors on a computer chip would double every year. Not only was he correct, but remarkably, this exponential growth trend has continued until this day.



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