TFG Ten: International Women’s Day, Tech For Bad, and The museum of the future

3rd February 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.

Two particularly important links this week that you can get involved with:

  1. Tech City International Women’s Day showcase - Get your tickets now!
  2. Tech for Bad? - Vote for our panel as part of Digital Shoreditch 2015!

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: 03.02.2015


1. Tech City International Women’s Day showcase

“We are celebrating International Women’s Day 2014 but we also believe it is important to provide a platform for women who are not necessarily heard and not visible to younger generations of women coming through the education system. This is a platform to inspire those following in our footsteps.”


2. Tech for Bad?

“As the digital world rules our lives, we dig deep to discuss just how much power do the creators of digital services have and who is being forgotten as the digital world blazes ahead. We take a look at the subtler side to tech for bad – the unconscious consequences.”


3. Our cities shouldn’t rely on Uber to devise new transport choices

“Instead of letting the company hoover up extensive details about who is going where and when, cities should find a way to get this data on their own. Only then should the likes of Uber be allowed to step in and build a service on top of them.”


4. How to build the museum of the future

“What ‘digital' in the museum means is really that everything is available whenever you want. Wherever you want, whenever, however. How does that play out in the museum, physically? How does that begin to change the exhibitions and the ability of the exhibitions to do just different sorts of things and different ways of presenting the collection?”


5. This machine guides your hand to teach you how to draw

“Computers can be as gentle and persuasive teachers. But they also have the power to be creepy and overpowering. There’s a fine line between helpful and uncanny. As these systems become more common in our world, experiments can help us understand the nuances of the physical relationship between human and machine.”


6. Charitable techies can now donate their skills to nonprofits in need

“Technology is a mixed blessing for many of nonprofits. While apps such as SnapDonate and Charitweet make it easier than ever for people to make donations, tech development and upkeep can cost NGOs a lot of money which is desperately needed elsewhere. With this in mind, a new platform called #charity is encouraging IT professionals to donate their time and specialist tech skills to nonprofits in need.”


7. Complaining on Twitter correlates with heart disease risks

“Tweets prove better regional heart disease predictor than many classic factors. This week, a study was released by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania that found a surprising correlation when studying two kinds of maps: those that mapped the county-level frequency of cardiac disease, and those that mapped the emotional state of an area’s Twitter posts.”


8. Why I am not a maker

“When tech culture only celebrates creation, it risks ignoring those who teach, criticize, and take care of others.”


9. Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job

“I think this will change history forever. The ability to bring software up and running into any browser window will enable instant, clear recall and reference of the experience to millions.”


10. Economy of Hours

“The unique aspect of being able to trade in time, skills and help makes such a contrast to trading with money. The sense of achievement and helpfulness, coupled with promotion of trust and building of communities is a really refreshing way to approach things.”


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