The Tech for Good scene in the UK is growing fast, with active Meetups in Cambridge, Manchester, Sheffield and London - and soon to come in Glasgow and Bristol. But what about the rest of the world?
This Meetup will showcase stories of tech for good communities in other parts of the world, how they came into existence and the different problems they are seeking to address. It will highlight some of the exciting projects which have emerged from these communities and what we can learn from them. We’ll also hear about projects tackling social challenges that are unique to particular parts of the world.
We'll be welcoming the following speakers:
Seth Bannon - a co-founder of Impact.tech, a community of entrepreneurs in San Francisco, combining purpose with profit. Seth is also the founder & CEO of Amicus, a startup that builds digital organising tools for nonprofits and political campaigns and a Founding Partner at Fifty Years, a seed fund that backs entrepreneurs solving the world's biggest problems with technology. A graduate of Y Combinator, Seth was named twice in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Social Entrepreneurship.
Audrey Jarre works on education and public policy at Liberté Living-Lab, a Paris-based collaborative workspace for tech, civic and social innovation, whose ambition is to accelerate projects addressing key social challenges. Headquartered in the popular tech hub of Le Sentier, the Lab provides a cross-sector, intergenerational space where the tech for good community can grow. It brings together people from very different backgrounds - such as startups, corporate intrapreneurs, nonprofits and artists - to co-create social-impact solutions through design sessions.
The NT100 is Nominet Trust’s annual celebration of the world’s most inspiring examples of tech for good. The 2016 NT100 features social tech ventures working in 65 different countries across 6 continents and the oceans. Programme Development Manager Annie Radl is delighted to bring you (via video) thoughts from some of the social tech pioneers behind the ventures. They will share what it’s like to do tech for good in their part of the world; and Annie will show you how to use the NT100 as a horizon scanning tool to find out who’s doing what, where, and how you can connect with them.
If you run an international tech for good community, or have a tech for good project which responds to a problem faced in another part of the world, then get in touch with us through the Meetup page.
We'll finish the talks with the usual roundup of community announcements - providing you with a forum to promote projects, events and job opportunities to the tech for good community at large.
We have started charging a £3 fee to help manage attendance numbers and cover the costs of running the Meetup. We don't want this to be a barrier to entry, so if you have any problems with the fee, please do let us know.