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Awesome tech for good Awesome

A selection of projects, organisations and useful tools for social-impact tech. Inspired by awesome-python, awesome-dataviz and all the rest.

Contents

Awesome tech for good projects

A selection of open source social good projects can be found on GitHub's Social Impact Showcase, but here are a few more for good measure:

  • A11Y - community-driven effort to make web accessibility easier.
  • Alidade - open source interactive tool that guides users to fit tech strategically into social change projects, and creates a structured PDF document for project planning.
  • CharityBase - comprehensive database of 350,000 charities + an open source API.
  • Chayn DIY Online Safety Guide - open source guide to help protect online accounts against harassment and stalkers.
  • Code for America - making Government work for the people, by the people, in the 21st century.
  • Find That Charity - search engine for UK charities, with elasticsearch back end.
  • Free Code Camp nonprofit email service - helping nonprofits manage their email campaigns without having to use third party services.
  • HelpText - open source app for SMS managment in nonprofit organisations.
  • Humanitarian Open Street Map - open, free map data for humanitarian aid and development.
  • KoBoToolbox - Simple, robust and powerful tools For data collection in demanding contexts.
  • Luftdaten.info - International citizen science project to build particulate matter sensors cheaply and network the results. Map, GitHub
  • Open Bionics - open source initiative for the development of affordable, light-weight, modular robot and prosthetic hands.
  • Open Data Kit - Free and open-source set of tools for collecting data in challenging environments
  • Open Knowledge Foundation - helping civil society groups access and use data to take action on social problems.
  • Rapid SMS - open source framework for building interactive SMS applications, integrating with Django to provide a rich reporting interface. Created by the Innovation Team at UNICEF.
  • Smart Elect - SMS voter registration, plus web and mobile tools that improve data accuracy, transparency, and visual reporting across the elections process.
  • Tech Forward - collection of tech-focused projects organisations and tools working for social progress.
  • Wayfindr - open standard of audio navigation for vision impaired people (+ demo iOS app).
  • Wevolver - hardware projects repository hosting service. Robotics, drones, 3D printers etc.
  • WikiHouse - an open-source, collaborative R&D project to bring about a digital revolution in the way we make homes.

Online directories

Accelerators, incubators and fellowships

Accelerators

  • Bethnal Green Ventures, London UK - for tech for good startups, invests £20,000 for 6% equity.
  • CARE ScaleXDesign, New York, NY - to combat and reduce the underlying causes of poverty and social injustice.
  • Climate KIC, Europe - 18-month programme for cleantech startups.
  • Digital Impact, Paris, France - 10-month programme for tech for good startups 3 years old or younger.
  • Dotforge, Sheffield, Manchester and Leeds, UK - for startups and social enterprises in the North of England.
  • EPIC Cambodia, - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - 1-year Impact Hub programme supporting Cambodian tech for good startups with $20,000.
  • Fast Forward, US - equipping tech nonprofits with the financial and human capital necessary to scale
  • Fuse, UK - product accelerator for established nonprofits, run by CAST.
  • Tech for Good Asia, Singapore - four-month tech for good startup accelerator.
  • The Engine, Boston, MA - MIT's startup accelerator offering comprehensive support for entrepreneurs committed to societal impact through scientific and technological breakthroughs.
  • Thinktech, Ireland - €1 million fund backing tech based solutions to Ireland’s critical social issues, from Social Innovation Fund Ireland and Google.org.
  • Zinc, UK - 6-month programme for social tech innovators to create and launch new businesses that tackle a specific mission.

Incubators

  • Blue Ridge Labs, New York, NY - incubator for tech for good ventures in NYC.
  • Liberte Living Lab, Paris, France - collaborative workspace for tech, civic and social innovation.
  • Norrsken Foundation, Sweden - tech for good incubator established by Niklas Adalberth, founder of Klarna.
  • Léman Innovation Numérique, Switzerland and France - a regional consortium of actors/orgs for sustainable change and responsibility in technical and digital innovations.

Fellowships

Funders

Grants

  • Comic Relief, UK - for charities who want to build digital products and services.
  • Digital Impact Grants, Global - formerly Good Data Grants. Supports research and innovation to strengthen the safe, ethical, and effective use of digital resources in civil society.
  • Elrha's Humanitarian Innovation Fund, Global - supports organisations to develop, test and share new technologies, products and processes that will make humanitarian aid more effective and cost-efficient in the future.
  • DotEveryone Grants for Fairer Tech Events, UK - £500 grants to promote diversity and accessibility of tech event speakers, organisers and attendees.
  • ICO Grants Programme, UK - for research and solutions focused on privacy and data protection issues.
  • NESTA Innovation Lab, UK and Europe - funds and challenge prizes for innovation in education, local and central government, the arts, the collaborative economy and civil society.
  • Nominet Trust, UK - the UK's largest tech for good funder.
  • Social Innovation Fund, Scotland - grants of between £30,000 to £50,000 for partnerships between at least one social economy organisation and one academic/research institution.
  • UNICEF Innovation Fund, Global - for startups in emerging markets building open-source technology that can benefit children.

Angels and impact investors

VC

  • Ascension Ventures, London/Birmingham, UK - early-stage VC backing social tech businesses. Creating a new £15m 'Fair By Design' fund (June 2017) to eliminate the 'poverty premium' by 2027.
  • Fifty Years, San Francisco, CA - an entrepreneur-run early stage VC, funding companies that, if successful, will be both massively profitable and make a serious dent in achieving one of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • NESTA Impact Investments, UK - investing in ventures with inclusive and scalable innovations run by outstanding entrepreneurs.

Agencies and consultancies

Agencies

  • 3 Sided Cube, Bournemouth UK - mobile app studio, makers of Charity Kit app builder.
  • Agile Ventures, Virtual, International - UK charity delivering crowdsourced agile software development and training for nonprofits.
  • DEV, Solihull UK - The Developer Society, a not-for-profit co-op digital agency working exclusively with charities, NGOs, activists and changemakers across front end, back end and design. Formerly Blanc Ltd.
  • DWYL, London UK - community of people dedicated to helping people solve real problems with technology.
  • Neontribe, Norfolk UK - tech for good product agency.
  • Outlandish, London UK - co-op of designers and developers working on projects that make a difference.
  • Podnosh, Birmingham UK - helps government, housing and third sector orgs use social and digital media to create civic good.
  • Rareloop, Southampton UK - digital studio specialising in websites, mobile apps and bespoke software.
  • Reason Digital, Manchester UK - websites and digital for charities and public sector orgs.
  • Shift, London UK - designs consumer products and builds social ventures to help solve social problems.
  • SimpleWeb, Bristol UK - digital studio specialising in SaaS and mobile.
  • Snook, Glasgow & London UK - design agency solving problems that matter, with people at heart.
  • Squareweave, Melbourne Australia - full-service digital agency specialising in social good.
  • Super Being Labs, London UK - creating social impact using entrepreneurship, creativity and technology.
  • Thoughtbot, London UK - Ruby on Rails and iOS development studio, offer pro bono dev work to charities.

Consultancies

  • CAST, UK - working with funders, nonprofits, startups and government to scale tech for good impact.
  • CITA, UK - IT consultancy and tech surgeries for charities.
  • GRID Impact, Worldwide - Collective of behavioral science & Human Centred Design specialists focused on social impact
  • Super Global, London - matches social enterprises with creatives/technologists around the world to amplify impact.
  • The Engine Room, Worldwide - helps activists and social-impact organisations make the most of their data.
  • Wonderwerk, Austria and Germany - combines design-thinking, strategy, technology, and organisational expertise to deliver creative excellence and innovation for social impact.
  • Fabriders, Worldwide - helps advocates use technologies as part of long-term strategies, on issues including empowering marginalised communities and improving governmental transparency and accountability.
  • The Dot Project, UK - supports social impact projects and organisations to strengthen their approach by integrating effective and appropriate digital solutions.

Regular meetups and events

Meetups

Events

Contributing

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Thanks for your suggestions!

License

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