TFG Ten: Smart Trousers, Space Probes and Policies Not Personalities

24th 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

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Tech For Good Ten: 24.02.2015


1. Vote for policies, not personalities

“Policies are what actually change our lives - and what politicians are promising to do. By focusing on policies we can ignore the media spin, negative campaigning and personality battles that distract our politics from what really matters - improving how we live.”



“ catalogs the active human-made machines that freckle our solar system and dot our galaxy. For each space probe, we've affectionately crafted a short-and-sweet summary as well as hand picked geeky hyperlinks we think are worth exploring.”


3. Constitute Project

“New constitutions are written every year. The people who write these important documents need to read and analyze texts from other places. Constitute offers access to the world’s constitutions that users can systematically compare them across a broad set of topics.”


4. Linking up isolated older people as language tutors

“This is a wonderful project wherein Brazilian children learn to perfect their spoken English by conversing with older people in the USA over video conference links. I want to make something like this happen involving older people in the UK. Who can help me make it a reality?”


5. UK robotics experts developing 'smart trousers'

“Many existing devices used by people with mobility problems can cause or aggravate conditions such as poor circulation, skin pressure damage or susceptibility to falls, each of which is a drain on health resources. Wearable soft robotics has the potential to improve many of these problems and reduce healthcare costs at the same time too.”


6. New Ways of Solving Old Problems - and Can Business Help?

“Last year, the Nominet Trust celebrated 100 leading ventures that are using technology to solve the world’s biggest social problems – from fighting human trafficking with data to harnessing the power of the crowd to beat cancer. But despite this growing wave of solutions, it seems that we’re only scratching the surface.”


7. Technology must be a part of a Dementia strategy

“There’s an assumption that the future profile of people living with dementia will be similar to those of today. In fact they are likely to be very different; they have grown up with technology all around them, they are comfortable with augmenting their lives with information from the web, apps, sensors and wearables and expect responsive, personalised information streams to inform, improve and manage day to day living.”


8. Google’s elite are living in a parallel universe

“The gap between the richly rewarded few of tech firms and banks and the rest of us is growing wider.”


9. Andiamo Adventures

“Naveed and Samiya founded Andiamo so no other family would have to go through what they did. Their mission is to solve this problem globally, using new 3D technology to bring hope to millions of families with disabled children.”


10. Has the world of commerce encroached irrevocably on our civic spaces?

“How much do we care? How much is civic exclusion growing because of what participation demands or expects of us? Civic Radio is on the road, seeking out the people and organisations that are exploring these topics in different ways.”


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