Healthcare is a major ‘tech for good’ this year, according to Nominet Trust 100
The news comes from the latest release of the Nominet Trust 100 (NT100), which is a global list of 100 inspiring ventures from around the world. The 100 projects selected are active in over 200 countries and using technology to tackle some of the world’s biggest social problems, from education and human rights abuses to climate change and health.
This year’s NT100 features a notable third of projects that are related to healthcare and accessibility, including e-NABLE, which harnesses 3D printing to create affordable prosthetics; FingerReader, a wearable tech device for sight loss; and MAMA, a global community which delivers vital health information to new and expectant mothers through mobile phones.
In the UK, there are 11 notable healthcare projects, including: DrDoctor, a simple, user-friendly health SMS and web tool for patients to interact with the NHS, SpeakSet, paired down Skype for the over 65s and SmartGlasses from RNIB, which increases the vision of the visually impaired. While in Africa and Asia, nine ventures are transforming the health of communities across 45 different countries.
Annika Small, CEO of Nominet Trust, said: “There is a striking progression in the quality and maturity of this year’s NT100, indicative of a wider evolution in the ‘tech for social good’ sector as a whole. More people than ever before are using technology to solve problems that matter to them in bold new ways. Technology is a powerful enabler of social innovation.”
Small continued: “The NT100 shows how improved access to technology is making it possible for people to take action and develop radically new solutions to the problems that they face in their communities. There are an impressive number of entrepreneurs and organisations around the world applying their digital and technological skills to make a significant impact in healthcare.”
You can find the full NT100 list at the Social Tech Guide website.