- Side Event: Cyberdelics Society Citizens Assembly - Are we being radical enough?
This special TechforGood side-event follows on from our last meetup, which we had to cut short because of the heat: https://www.meetup.com/techforgood/events/263194160/ You don't have to have attended the first event to come along to this one, and you can see the outputs of that event here: http://bit.ly/TFGJulAllAssets For this August meetup, the Cyberdelic Society (whose co-founder Carl M Smith spoke at last month's event) will host a Collective Intelligence summit in order to explore how immersive technologies can be radically recontextualised to help tackle some of the grand challenges humanity is currently facing. The Cyberdelic Society will set the scene by sharing the outputs from our recent XR for XR event which explored how immersive technologies can be utilised to help combat the climate and extinction crisis. The full video of the XR for XR event is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzwfzwaI81Q Help us build the collective intelligence around Tech for Good solutions by sharing your opinions, ideas and skills. What are the most relevant areas of concern for you? We look forward to this process of collectively co-creating. KEY QUESTIONS: - How do we ensure technologies are part of the solution rather than the source of the problem? - How are we going to use the power of technology to radically change lives and the environment for the better? - How can we use technology to help us imagine and realise the level of transformation needed to meet the challenges we face? KEY CONCERNS: - How can we avoid replacing imagination with computer animation? - What do our current imaging and sensing technologies already do to our perception of reality? - If our senses are enhanced or augmented will we become distracted – or more mindful and connected? - What are the biological and psychological risks of altering your perception with technology? - Is transformative technology just a shortcut for people who lack the willpower for consistent work with their bodies, breath, meditation and sitting in silence? - Do AR/VR/MR/AI (XR) experiences endanger people from getting lost further inside the simulation? - Do Cyberdelics promise a 'shortcut' to a false experience of 'awakening'/‘enlightenment’? - Why rely on something external when we have all the answers, power and ability to be conscious co-creators of this 'world'/'reality' within ourselves? POTENTIAL APPLICATION AREAS: - How can we use immersive tech to both measure the impact we are having on our environment and also explore some appropriate systems change solutions? - How can we use immersive tech to expand our experience of ourselves and the reality we live in? - How can we create truly transformative experiences within these immersive technologies? - How can these technologies help us to reprogram our associations and see ourselves from other perspectives (including the non-human)? - How can we design and use these technologies to contribute to individual and collective awakening? - What is the healing potential of these technologies? - How can hybrid technological devices, of often-prosthetic alienation, help us to reconnect to ourselves and to the surrounding environment? - To what extent can we influence our internal processes and bodily sensations using external sources? How adaptable is our perception? - How much can we understand the rules that govern our minds and bodies through these technologies? - How can artificial senses be used to access a greater dynamic range of reality? If there is appetite, this may form the first in a series of follow-ups along this theme, led by the Cyberdelic Society.
- Tech for Good July Meetup - Are we being radical enough?
>>>Tech for Good July meetup - are we being radical enough?<<< “We have developed an immensely powerful technology. We have stronger means of changing the physical universe than has ever existed before. How are we going to use it? This whole attitude of using technology as a method of fighting the world will succeed only in destroying the world. Technology and its powers must be handled by people who cherish... above all, the Earth, and treat it with the reverence that is due to one’s own body.” - Alan Watts How are we going to use the power of technology to radically change lives and the environment for the better? Tech for Good is certainly gaining mainstream recognition and popularity, but so is our collective appreciation and recognition of the scale of existential threats facing humanity. How can we use technology to help us imagine and realise the level of transformation needed to meet the challenges we face? Who is involved? Who needs to be? This event will look at some more ambitious and consciousness-shifting applications and explorations within tech. The event will start with speakers, then open out into ‘citizens assembly’ style discussion, facilitated by multidisciplinary artist and immersive technologist José Montemayor, to which we invite you to bring your ears and ideas. As always, we’ll have our community announcements at the end, which is a chance for attendees to share an update, funding opportunities, jobs and more with the community. If you’d like to share yours in advance with the organisers, email us at [masked]. We charge £3 (+VAT) to help manage numbers, which goes towards the cost of running the event. We don't want this to become a barrier to attendance, so please get in touch via Meetup messages or directly via [masked] if this causes a problem for you. If you need a VAT receipt please email [masked]. Our speakers are: Cassie Robinson, National Lottery Community Fund / The Point People / Tech for Good Global / The Catalyst / Nesta New Radicals Awards judge Cassie wears multiple hats in the tech for good space. She’ll discuss some of the key burning questions she feels we should all be asking, and who’s working to answer them currently. What are the most radical applications and interpretations of Tech for good, or those with the most ambitious visions of change? She’ll set the scene for the citizens assembly discussion around different possible futures, and the challenges we must overcome to get there. Indy Johar, 00 (project00.cc) / Dark Matter / Studio Master at Architectural Association (AA) Indy has co-founded multiple social ventures from Impact Hub Westminster to Impact Hub Birmingham, along with working with large global multinationals & institutions to support their transition to a positive Systems Economy. He has co-led research projects such as The Compendium for the Civic Economy, supporting several 00 explorations/experiments including the wikihouse.cc, opendesk.cc. Most recently he has founded Dark Matter - a field lab focused on radically redesigning the bureaucratic & institutional infrastructure of our cities, regions and towns for a more democratic, distributed great transition. Carl H Smith, Ravensbourne University London / The Cyberdelics Society / The London Experimental Psychonautics Club / Contextology Carl is a regular writer and speaker on Humanism, Transhumanism and Hyper-Humanism, and how a new mental model can help us better shape our relationship with technology and the world around us. He will share examples of where mixed reality and other XR technologies are enabling positive context engineering, as well as new modes of thinking and embodiment. He will also share the outputs from a recent XR for XR event, hosted by the Cyberdelics Society which explored how immersive technologies can be utilised to help combat the climate and extinction crisis. We hope to see you there! Dama & Ellie (Bethnal Green Ventures + CAST)
- Tech for Good x YouEqualTech meetup – powering the circular economy
Tech for Good x YouEqualTech meetup - powering the circular economy For this month’s Tech for Good meetup we’ve partnered with the wonderful people from the YouEqualTech meetup to shine a light on some exciting organisations driving the circular economy. We’ll hear from a range of speakers using tech to reshape the way our economy works – designing products that are made to last and/or ‘made to be made again’, building a restorative economy. Stay tuned and check back here for speaker announcements. We’ll be doing the usual round-up of community announcements at the end, so if you’re working on a tech for good project in this area, or you have other tech for good news to share, get in touch with us at [masked]. About the Tech for Good meetup The London Tech for Good meetups are organised by Bethnal Green Ventures and CAST, bringing together a community of profit and non-profit organisations and individuals wanting to learn more about tech for good and connect with one another. About YouEqualTech #YouEqualTech is a community and series of events aiming to drive inclusion in the tech industry by providing safe, fun opportunities for people to learn, connect and support one another. We’re kindly hosted by Google for Startups Campus, Google’s spaces for startups solving big problems.
- International Women's Day edition: Think equal, build smart, innovate for change
Toynbee Hall, Commercial Street
To mark International Women’s Day we’re running a special Tech for Good event to "think equal, build smart and innovate for change" - echoing the theme for IWD2019. We’re running a workshop for a select number of people to share insights to the challenges and opportunities working in the tech for good space. The session will include smaller focus groups, but we want this to be more than just discussions and bring about a community that provides the scope to tell their no-frills stories and learn from their peers. In order to take part in this event, we kindly ask you to fill in this brief form (http://bit.ly/TechForGoodIWD2019) and you’ll hear back from us confirming your place for the workshop. Please note in the spirit of International Women’s Day we especially would like to see women and femmes attend the workshop, though allies are welcome. Our next meetup will be in May, focused on sustainability and climate change, so get in touch via [masked] if you'd like to suggest speakers.
- Tech for Good in 2019
New year, new tech for good? We're pleased to announce a special Tech for Good meetup with some fantastic speakers exploring the hot topics of 2019. We’ll hear from Nesta about their future scoping work highlighting some trends and tech predictions, talk about the changing nature of tech for good and the funding ecosystem and hear key highlights from Ann Mei Chang’s newly released book Lean Impact. Our speakers are: Matt Stokes, Nesta Matt is a Senior Researcher at innovation foundation Nesta, where he works on digital social innovation (DSI), tech for good and civic tech. Matt leads the EU-funded DSI4EU project (digitalsocial.eu), which supports the growth of DSI in Europe through research, policy and practical support. Previously he worked on education, employment and economic inclusion at Nesta. Cassie Robinson, Big Lottery Fund / The Point People / Tech for Good Global Cassie is the Head of Digital Grant Making at the Big Lottery Fund, Co-founder of the Point People and a Fellow at the Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose. Previously she was Strategic Design Director at Doteveryone and Co-founder of Tech For Good Global. Ann Mei Chang, Lean Impact Ann Mei Chang is a leading advocate for social innovation and author of LEAN IMPACT: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good. As Chief Innovation Officer at USAID, Ann Mei served as the first Executive Director of the US Global Development Lab, engaging the best practices for innovation from Silicon Valley to accelerate the impact and scale of solutions to the world’s most intractable challenges. She was previously the Chief Innovation Officer at Mercy Corps and served the US Department of State as Senior Advisor for Women and Technology in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. We’ll have the usual round-up of community announcements at the end, so if have any tech for good news or requests to share, get in touch with us at [masked]. Many thanks to Zopa for hosting us. Zopa pioneered peer-to-peer lending globally, giving people access to simple, fair loans and investments. Find out more via www.zopa.com We charge £3 (+VAT) to help manage the number of people who show up on the night, which goes towards the cost of running the event. We don't want this to become a barrier to attendance, so get in touch via Meetup messages or directly with us via [masked] if this causes a problem for you. Furthermore, if you need a VAT receipt please email [masked]. We look forward to seeing you there!
- Immersive Tech for Good
Immersive technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, 360 video and virtual worlds offer a new medium to engage people on issues that matter, and also to deliver direct support. But what makes them more effective than plain old video? We’ll be exploring what makes these new technologies the best tool for the job when tackling certain social-impact challenges. Our excellent speakers will explain how charities and entrepreneurs are leading the way in creating immersive tech for good, and what their biggest lessons are so far. Speakers include: - Hannah Blair, researcher into virtual reality experiences for people with dementia https://twitter.com/erhannah After exploring potential social applications of virtual reality as part of her computer science degree dissertation, Hannah founded a healthtech startup that is geared towards helping those with dementia through a therapeutic VR experience. She'll give us an overview of some of the latest research on how immersive tech is being applied to social challenges - Moh Alkhateeb and Adam, AUTUS https://www.autus.org.uk/ AUTUS is a charity that creates 3D virtual worlds to help young Autistic people raise their aspirations, harness their potential, and improve their lives and prospects through confidence building, skills development and work related experience - Dr Katy Stubbs, Alzheimers Research UK http://awalkthroughdementia.org/ A Walk Through Dementia by Alzheimer’s Research UK was one of the first virtual reality experiences of a health condition, and puts users in the shoes of someone with dementia. This immersive insight into the condition has enhanced storytelling, helped to engage with supporters and grown people’s understanding of the condition. We'll hear about the development of the experience, the benefits it has brought to the charity and the future direction of the project - Sean Rodrigo, VR artist virtualrealityartist.co.uk Sean is excited by the potential of VR as a democratised design tool. He's used accessible 3D design software to prototype physical tech for good including a customisable backpack for people with Scoliosis and a wheelchair trolley as part of the VR Diversity Initiative. As this is such a hands-on type of technology, we’d also love to showcase immersive experiences (AR/VR apps etc.) from our community in the networking sessions before and after the speakers. Get in touch via Meetup messages or at [masked] if you have something you’d like to demo at this event! We’ll have the usual round-up of community announcements at the end, so if have any tech for good news or requests to share, get in touch with us at [masked]. We charge £3 (+VAT) to help manage the number of people who show up on the night, which goes towards the cost of running the event. We don't want this to become a barrier to attendance, so get in touch via Meetup messages or directly with us via [masked] if this causes a problem for you. Furthermore, if you need a VAT receipt please email [masked]. We look forward to seeing you there!
- Tech for Good data as public resource
Tech for Good London goes Mozfest. Ahead of next week's Mozilla Festival, we're inviting you and the Mozfest community to band together and explore how we can use data on tech for good funding and investments as public resource for good. We’ll hear from field-builders in the tech for good ecosystem and data experts and examine how we can use data for social impact. Places are limited, so please sign up on the official Mozilla Festival page for our free MozHouse session: https://ti.to/Mozilla/Techforgood-mozfesthouse
- Tech to support an ageing population - stepping into the future
By 2050, one in five people will be 60 or older. According to data from the World Population Prospects: the 2017 Revision, the number of older people (60+) is expected to grow from 962 million globally in 2017 to 2.1 billion in 2050. With a rapidly ageing population and technology becoming an essential part of our lives, there are some fascinating examples of technology used to tackle loneliness, enable social contact and participation amongst older people and many more. But many need ongoing support to navigate the often new technology landscape, especially when technology is not designed for older people. 1st of October marks the International Day of Older Persons themed “stepping into the future” and celebrated across the world. We want to use the opportunity to bring you a meetup that looks at emerging technologies that support an ageing population, and indeed step into the future to see what’s in store for us all. This month’s Tech for Good meetup is hosted at the Health Foundry venue, a collaborative workspace and community for digital health. Our excellent speakers will include: Umesh (uMe) Pandya - Co-founder of Wayfindr Wayfindr is an award-winning, social tech, not-for-profit that empowers vision impaired people to navigate the world independently. Umesh will share the story behind Wayfindr and how they designed and validated the worlds first open standard for audio navigation to help blind and vision-impaired people to navigate the world independently. Tom Casson - Co-founder and Chief Product Officer of How Do I? How Do I? is the app that makes places more accessible to a wider range of people. How Do I? uses tap to launch video to teach a new skill or remind someone how to do a task. They are currently finalists in the Essex Challenge Dementia Prize and semi finalists in the AAL Active Ageing programme. Phoebe Innes-Wilson - London Aging2.0 community lead Aging2.0 supports innovators taking on the biggest challenges and opportunities in ageing. Aging2.0 is international, interdisciplinary and intergenerational - focused on changing the conversation from 1.0 (focused on local, clinical, siloed approaches) to 2.0 (collaborative, lifestyle-oriented, opportunity-driven.) David Lethbridge & Adam Vaughan - Founders of Unforgettable Unforgettable is the world’s leading marketplace for those affected by dementia. It brings together products, services, practical advice and a supportive community to improve the lives of those living with dementia and their caregivers. Simon Tucker, Innovation Lead, and Neil Gunn, Head of Digital, Independent Age. Independent Age is a national older people’s charity that supports older people to remain independent and enjoy a fulfilling life. It provides national information and advice, local volunteer delivered friendship services and evidence-based policy influencing and campaigns. Is it currently going through a period of dynamic growth investing in innovation and new approaches. We’ll be doing the usual round-up of community announcements at the end, so if you’re working on a tech for good project in this area, or you have other tech for good news to share, get in touch with us at [masked] We charge £3 (+VAT) to help manage the number of people who show up on the night, which goes towards the cost of running the event. We don't want this to become a barrier to attendance, so get in touch via Meetup messages or directly with [masked] if this causes a problem for you. Furthermore, if you need a VAT receipt please email [masked] We look forward to seeing you there!
- Tech for Good Summer Party
We are delighted to invite you to our Tech for Good summer party. Get ready to mix and mingle with people working or interested in the tech for good space over a drink or two. You’ll have the opportunity to hear from some tech for good funders and field-builders, and find out who is actively involved in this space. We’ll kick off at 6.30pm with a short round of introductions of tech for good funders and field-builders, dive straight into community announcements and use the rest of the time to socialise with some quality people in this community. *Many thanks to Newspeak House for kindly hosting us. Newspeak House is a hub for political technologists and like-minded people. Check out their website for more info: https://www.nwspk.com/ **We charge £3 (+VAT) to help manage the number of people who show up on the night, which goes towards the cost of running the event. We don't want this to become a barrier to attendance, so get in touch via Meetup messages or directly with [masked] if this causes a problem for you.
- New ways to support innovation in public services
We’ve recently seen a flurry of new startup programmes aimed at supporting tech innovation in public services - from accelerators and incubators to catalysts and challenge prizes. In this joint CitizenBeta + Tech for Good Meetup we’re bringing together some of these programmes to discuss how they’re supporting startups and public service innovation. What are the opportunities and challenges for startups in govtech and civic tech? How do these programmes help startups tackle the challenges of developing and selling tech for public services? What do they look for when they select startups? Doors open at 6.00, talks start at 6.30. Speakers: GOVTECH CATALYST CHALLENGE Nick Tait, Lead delivery manager for GDS Govtech catalyst, Nick will talk about the £20 million GovTech Fund programme and the challenges being created to help public sector bodies take advantage of new and emerging technology. MAKING LONDON A 'TEST-BED CITY' FOR CIVIC INNOVATION Nick Swanson, Senior Policy Officer, Technology at Greater London Authority. Nick will talk about the Mayor's new flagship innovation programme, the Civic Innovation Challenge, which matches startups and SMEs with big business and public bodies to solve some of London's biggest challenges. LESSONS FROM THE US BLOOMBERG PHILANTHROPIES 2018 MAYORS CHALLENGE Robbie Bates and Ashley Evans, Uscreates, a leading service design company specialising in public sector innovation. Robbie and Ashley will share insights, lessons and learnings from work supporting the Mayors Challenge 2018, a programme led by Bloomberg Philanthropies to help 35 US cities develop and test new ideas to citywide challenges, from homelessness to climate change. With your hosts: Imeh Akpan, GDS GOV.UK. Imeh leads the user research team on GOV.UK and is one of the curators for CitizenBeta and a Newspeak house fellow. Jessica Stacey, Bethnal Green Ventures. Jessica helps to run the BGV tech for good accelerator programme and is working on the design and delivery of the Mayor of London's Civic Innovation Challenge. She also co-organises the London Tech for Good Meetup. **Don’t miss out** These funding opportunities close soon: Apply by July 8th for the Mayor of London’s Civic Innovation Challenge. Offering £15,000 plus partnerships for solutions in 7 challenge areas: dementia, housing and data, active travel, physical activity, isolation and loneliness, electric vehicles and financial inclusion (https://www.civicinnovation.london/). Apply by July 18th for the 2nd GovTech Catalyst. Offering up to £80,000 to develop a new digital solution to help track waste from source through treatment to end destination (https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/175/overview). Apply by 25th July for Social Tech Trust's (formerly Nominet Trust) new £0.5m grant fund. Offering up to £45,000 and support for early stage ventures that can demonstrate how tech can reach its transformative potential when it’s driven by one of the greatest opportunities of our time – equality. (https://socialtechtrust.org/investing/apply-for-investment/) Thanks to Newspeak House for hosting us, and Bethnal Green Ventures for sponsoring drinks.