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How Digitally Tracking My Sleep for Four Weeks Helped Me Doze Off for Longer

Amy Packham | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Tech
Amy Packham

Unlike my sister or boyfriend who can fall asleep as soon as their heads hit the pillow, it takes me a good half an hour to relax in bed let alone finally drift off. It also has to be dark, warm and deadly silent. But sleep is pretty important and recently, after reading a tonne of articles confirming this, I've tried to focus on getting more sleep per night.

Protect Our Scientists With Software

Jon Zibell | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Tech
Jon Zibell

We owe our scientists two things: we should help them maximize the amount of time they can devote to discovery, and keep them safe while they do it.

Two Ways the Internet Augments Euro 2016

Rupert Staines | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Tech
Rupert Staines

There are two particular characteristics of the way that fans of the upcoming European Football Championships intend to 'consume' the tournament that highlight how the internet adds to the experience of sports - both for those of us watching it and companies who want to associate with it.

How Technology Is Enabling Disabled Musicians to Play in an Orchestra Using Their Eyes

Barry Farrimond | Posted 30.05.2016 | UK Tech
Barry Farrimond

I had been running music workshops within special schools across the South-West for several years, and I started to wonder how many of the young disabled people I was working with might have the opportunity to participate in an orchestra at school? And so, on a dull and overcast March morning, I contacted about 50 different schools, all situated in the South-West of England, to ask if they had a school orchestra.

Saving Lives With the Tech That Saved Our Son

Adrian Perry | Posted 30.05.2016 | UK Tech
Adrian Perry

PulseGuard successfully alerted us to every one of Tom's seizures within the first two years of trials. Whilst talking to Tom's consultants, other Epilepsy professionals and parents, it was very clear that a lot of people were interested in having an alarm system that seemed to be as accurate as it was proving, but this would mean throwing everything we had into it.

Zenbo: The Personal Assistant Robot Who Is Too Cute To Enslave Humanity (We Hope)

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 30.05.2016 | UK Tech

Meet Zenbo, the robot personal assistant, who will read to your kids and alert you if elderly relatives have a fall. Zenbo has been created by ASUS, w...

Making a Change: How Technology Is Helping the Elderly Population in the UK

Louise Rogerson | Posted 29.05.2016 | UK Tech
Louise Rogerson

For my parents, it gives me great hope that they will be able to stay at home as they age without feeling like a burden. For me, as a potential carer, I see that technology could make a huge difference on a daily basis.

From Bored to Entrepreneurial Pharmacist in Under 800 Words

Murtada Alsaif | Posted 29.05.2016 | UK Tech
Murtada Alsaif

There would always be that one patient who seemed really nice (positive attitude to healthcare professionals) and asking about their medicines (engaging with therapy) but who I didn't share a common language with. I had to use crappy broken English, mime, rely on that patient's children or, in a worst case scenario, send them away without giving them any medication counselling.

I Saw the Struggle Young People Faced to Acquire Digital Skills - I Wanted to Change That

Simon Riley | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Tech
Simon Riley

I didn't want the next generation of young people to go through the same thing as me. I wanted to give them access to practical technology skills early, so they could start building, designing and making stuff as soon as possible, teaching them through hands on projects and engaging problems that got them thinking creatively.

London: Tech for Good Capital of the World

Paul Miller | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Tech
Paul Miller

We matched developers and designers with people who understood the problems they were trying to solve - public servants, experts and academics, ordinary people who'd experienced first hand services they wanted to improve. We fed them lasagne and supplied them with post-it notes and wifi. Quite a few of them didn't sleep.

Taking to Our Soapboxes to Tackle Gender Inequality in Science, and Beyond

Dr Nathalie Pettorelli | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK
Dr Nathalie Pettorelli

Where did all that diversity go, and why wasn't it possible to retain it? In particular, how come I began my scientific studies surrounded by women, yet these days regularly find myself being the sole woman presenting my work at scientific workshops?

Are Our Renewable Energy Methods Effective?

Frontier | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Tech

So much weight is put on us needing to be greener and more efficient with how we produce our power. Fossil fuels are depleting, the world is changing and the focus now needs to be on living sustainably. In steps solar, wind, hydro and a whole host of other renewable sources, but how effective are they?

Instagram Is Censoring Hashtags Such As #Lesbian, #Gays And #Bi, Here's Why

The Huffington Post | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Instagram is filtering out lesbian, gay and bisexual content, by censoring images collated under a range of hashtags. Earlier this month, The Data Pac...

Technology Can and Should Level the Playing Field for Children With Sight Loss

Florence Orban | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Tech
Florence Orban

At the moment, if a vision impaired person wants to travel by tube, they have the option of seeking assistance from a member of staff, a service that works well for the most part. However, it is the prospect of being able to get from a to b independently and without need for advanced planning, that is so exciting for these youngsters.

What Twitter's Change Means for Them, Brands and You

Rupert Staines | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Tech
Rupert Staines

You can easily argue that Twitter's changes should be seen as positive because they're merely evolving to compete with the various other publishing platforms available to everyone (such as Facebook and LinkedIn). Furthermore, particularly in the case of removing the limit, it's extremely brave to take down a strong legacy feature.

How We Developed an App to Keep Sex Workers Safe

Ed Cox | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Tech
Ed Cox

We went out to speak to sex workers, tested and tweaked our designs and app functionality in response to feedback. We were able to release a product that was usable and practical for sex workers because of their involvement at all stages of the development process.

Changing the Game for Players With Down's Syndrome

Cara Jessop | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Tech
Cara Jessop

Our inspiration for making these games is of course our brother Tommy. He was always a pretty good learner, with a fantastic mind for curious facts and ludicrous jokes, but maths was one of the last things to click and we noticed how this impacted on his independence right up to his late twenties.

Connecting People to Build Better Places

David Janner-Klausner | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Tech
David Janner-Klausner

Really smart cities make decisions in partnership with their citizens - even the toughest and most controversial ones. In fact, the more controversial, the greater the need for an inclusive, transparent conversation. Smaller, local decisions - where to place a pedestrian crossing, for example - also benefit from having a wide input from different types of road users.

Tech for Good: Aparito's Story in Health Tech

Elin Haf Davies | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Tech
Elin Haf Davies

Wearable devices are evolving rapidly, and with increased battery life and a prettier feel and look (rather than clunky medical looking like devices) now available; adherence in using such devices is also improving rapidly. Especially in disease where disease morbidity is high, and patients are motivated to learn more about their disease progress.

Bringing Social Purpose to the Digital Revolution

Annika Small | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Tech
Annika Small

The UK has the opportunity to lead the world in bringing a social purpose to the digital revolution. Let's realise the original promise of the Internet where people work consciously, collaboratively and creatively to solve social problems in bold new ways.

Making the Inaccessible, Accessible: How Social Tech Is Changing Lives for the Better

Vicki Hearn | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Tech
Vicki Hearn

For many people facing personal challenges, tech is the perfect enabler to make aspects of everyday life that many of us take for granted more accessible. A number of these organisations using tech for good approach us for help in reaching the next stage of their development, and our funding programmes like Social Tech Seed give them the support they need.

The Printing Privilege: The Company Claiming To Make Life Cheaper For Students

Alex Gatenby | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Tech
Alex Gatenby

From my experience as both an undergraduate and post-graduate student, I think I speak for the majority when I say I warmly welcome any company that wants to help reduce student costs.

Why Aren't More Graduates Considering Careers With Start-Ups?

Morwenna Jones | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Morwenna Jones

Six months ago, I lost my job. Sitting in an office with the CEO and Founder of the company I'd been working for, I heard the words no graduate wants to hear: "We're sorry, but we can't keep you on".

Help Defeat Dementia Using Only Your Thumb

Tim Parry | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Tech
Tim Parry

Everything we do at the charity - whether that's our innovative research programmes, or our campaign work - considers how we can do things differently to reach our ambitions and create change more quickly. If there's one health issue that demands some different thinking from all of us, it's dementia.

From the Sea to Cyberspace and Beyond

Julia Ellis-Kahana | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Tech
Julia Ellis-Kahana

With a spirit determined to trail blaze through the clouds, reminiscent of Amelia Earhart's landmark solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932, the world's first Abortion Drone flew from Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany across a river to Slubice, Poland. The drone delivered packets of abortion pills, prescribed by a physician.