The development and adoption of digital technology has the potential not only to enhance productivity and boost economic prosperity, but it can also be harnessed by people, organisations and communities to facilitate social change and provide solutions to some of society’s most pressing problems.
First popularised in the UK by Paul Miller, formerly of Social Innovation Camps and latterly CEO at Bethnal Green Ventures, Tech For Good began as a series of hack weekends which saw web developers come together with third and public sector representatives to hammer out solutions to social issues.
While many such meets might not have progressed much beyond the discussion phase, others sowed ideas and created prototypes pointing to the power of digital technology to address some of our biggest socio-economic challenges.
Today the Tech For Good ecosystem has matured into a thriving marketplace of needs, problems and solutions with AI, IoT, Blockchain having the potential to tackle some of the most pressing problems of our time, from climate change and resource depletion, to inequality and disease – including Covid-19.
FutureScot’s Tech For Good session will examine the latest thinking regarding innovative use of digital technology to create social impact across public and third sector services in Scotland.