Nominet Trust, which funds philanthropic technology projects, has just launched the 2014 NT100 List to recognise inspiring tech endeavours around the world.
All the projects are using tech for social good, from improving educational opportunities to providing innovative health solutions. In fact, the latter category is especially full this year, in part inspired by advances in mobile technology.
Innovations include Teddy the Guardian, a cuddly toy diagnostic tool that provides a no-stress way for doctors to monitor children’s vital signs, Peek, a portable eye examination app and smartphone attachment designed to be used in developing countries, and eCompliance, which uses fingertip-readers to keep track of tuberculosis treatment in India.
Other impressive projects include the Gravity Light, which creates light from gravity in just three seconds (!), UK-based low-cost 3D printed housing venture Wikihouse, and HarassMap, an Egyptian anonymous crowd-mapping platform for sexual harassment.
The list is now in its second year, and Nominet Trust says they’re seeing increasingly sophisticated ideas. Lucy Bernholz, Senior Fellow at the Stanford University Centre on Philanthropy and Civil Society, says: ‘The NT100 captures the diversity of digital social innovation. People all over the world are putting digital tools to work for good in ways that inspire and amaze. The innovations in the NT100 help us imagine a better future.’
Image via Peek.
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