Tech for Good

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From telemedicine technology used to administer medical assistance to people in remote parts of the world to using drones to document human rights atrocities to 3D printing prosthetics, technology has great potential to transform the social good sector.

Tech for Good is a global network of non-profits, philanthropists and social entrepreneurs who are working to find innovative tech solutions for some of the world’s biggest problems. 

With monthly meetings, aimed at facilitating collaboration between non-profits, social enterprises and tech companies, Tech for Good has the potential to radically transform the social impact sector.  

Present in more than 120 cities, the Tech for Good network has now opened a branch in Auckland, New Zealand.

The New Zealand chapter of the Tech for Good network was launched with an event held at the Workshop, a co-working space in the heart of Ponsonby.  

 

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The launch event featured an exciting line-up of speakers, who shared their journey in implementing new and emerging technologies for a diverse range of inspiring projects.

Pat Sneddon from Manaiakalani shared about the impact of providing technology and access to the internet outside of school to children in low-decile communities.

Damian Sligo – Green, from Enspiral talked about Kaia the Kaka, a free to play, augmented reality adventure game that encourages young people to engage with the New Zealand wildlife.

Lisa King from Eat My Lunch shared how the company was able to scale by using smart tech to improve their distribution systems.  As a result, Eat My Lunch were able to transition from working in a small kitchen in Lisa’s home, to a large- scale operation, providing free lunches to more than 9,200 children across low-decile Auckland schools.   

Joel Umali from the Southern Initiative talked about their latest project of setting up maker spaces for young people in South Auckland.  

These speaking engagements were followed by a lively panel discussion, featuring Tricia Fitzegerald from the Social Enteprises Network, Nikki Gravning from Callaghan Institute, Hamish Rumbold from Cleapoint and Jackie Young from Massey University eCentre.

 

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The event was catered by WISE catering, a social enterprise supporting refugee communities in Auckland. 

For more information about upcoming Tech for Good events,  visit https://www.meetup.com/Tech-for-Good-New-Zealand. 

Madina Knight