Top #TechForGood initiatives

Technology is well known for its ability to rapidly transform industries, bringing efficiency, access and scale to the table. A growing trend in recent years has been the use of technology to tackle serious social issues by motivated entrepreneurs. We’ve created a run-down of our favourite initiatives which have huge potential to effect positive social change.

Digital Green

Digital Green is a Tech For Good initiative that evolved from the simple concept that ‘seeing is believing’. It allows farmers in rural India to share their tips and tricks with their African counterparts, and vice versa.

The idea is that communities record and upload 8–10 minute videos showcasing their farming methods. This collaborative approach on the Digital Green platform will in turn help to improve agricultural practices, and subsequently, health and nutrition in parts of the world where the dissemination of information had up until now proven difficult.

So far 3,000 videos have been uploaded, helping an estimated 400,000 people to farm and live more efficiently!

CRAM

Cockroaches to the rescue! Never thought you’d hear that did you? Recent research has found that these revolting insects could be potential lifesavers in the future. Based on these creepy crawlies, scientists have created CRAM — Compressible Robots with Articulated Mechanisms. Just like their 6-legged counterparts, CRAMs can wiggle their way through minuscule gaps (as little as 2.5mm wide) and run at high speed even when flattened in half.

It is hoped that these mini-robots can play a major role in searching for survivors following natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis.

MOM Incubators

Does every child born not deserve the right to a chance of survival? The sad reality is that every year, thousands of premature children born in war zones die because of the lack of adequate facilities. There are two main reasons for this: firstly, incubators are VERY expensive, some costing upwards of £30,000. Secondly, they tend to be large pieces of machinery, unsuitable for being rapidly dispatched to war zones.

However, the MOM incubator, winner of the International 2014 James Dyson Award, aims to solve both of these issues. Costing 20 times less than its counterparts, this inflatable incubator is the size of an average briefcase, meaning it can be easily shipped across the globe to wherever it is most needed. It is hoped that this device, which is currently still in the development phase, will save thousands of lives every year!

Project Loon

Tech giants Google have made it their duty to make sure that the internet really is accessible to all. A common misconception is that ‘everyone’ is online, there are actually over 4 billion people who are unable to regularly access the web. The Loon Project, as demonstrated in the video above, aims to bring the internet to the poorest and most remote parts of the globe.

Better access to the internet brings a variety of advantages from allowing small businesses to grow quickly to helping farmers cultivate their crops more efficiently — all of which bring fantastic benefits to their wider community!

Nanoleaf

Voice activation and ‘snuggle mode’ are just two of the revolutionary features brought to you by Nanoleaf. Founded in 2012, this multi-award winning venture claims to have created the world’s most energy-efficient light bulb.

Indeed, these game-changing bulbs boast twice the efficiency of any LED bulb currently available on the market and when used efficiently could last up to 27 years, not only reducing energy consumption but also glass waste. And thanks to their advanced technology you have the ability to dim your lights, even with a traditional fitting. Cue romantic evenings!

As well as being very environmentally friendly their origami-like design is incredibly pleasing on the eye, as you can see on their Instagram.

You could well be looking at the future of lighting here so grab yours atwww.nanoleaf.me/

Do you know any cool ‘Tech For Good’ initiatives? Let us know in the comments section below or tweet us with the hashtag #TechForGood