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TECH FOR GOOD PLAYLIST

The Tech For Good playlist invites you to explore innovative advancements being made around the globe, and to get inspired by the world of technological opportunity. The videos span across a range of social issues, such as access to education, and climate change; however, all suggest pushing boundaries and striving for the unthinkable. Despite the different resources available, these citizens are eager to learn and create for an ever-evolving future.

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SUGGESTED FILMS

OPEN SOURCING THE BRAIN

OpenBCI has developed a 3D-printed headset that allows our brains to interact with software. Want to measure the effect of meditation on your brain? It’s possible. Want to control a prosthetic limb with your mind? It’s possible. Right now, the only thing OpenBCI’s tech can’t do are the things we haven’t thought of.

United States | 2016 | 7 min
Languages: English

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THE SILICON VALLEY OF AFRICA

Rwanda experienced a violent civil war between its two main ethnic groups, the Hutu and the Tutsi, that killed around 1 million citizens in 1994. Militant Hutu left the country in a state of poverty after using machetes to maim, rape, and murder civilians. Twenty years later, survivors of the genocide are using technology to improve life in Rwanda.

Rwanda | 2014 | 25 min
Language: English, Subtitles: English

CLIMATE SOLVER 2014 – SOLAR TURTLE

A SolarTurtle is a small or micro for-profit business operating close or inside a poor or rural community to provide the same services as a standard utility provider. Unlike standard utilities, SolarTurtles rely on renewable energy (RE) to generate the electricity sold to their customers. The Solar Turtle was one of the 2014 Climate Solver South Africa winners.

South Africa | 2014 | 3 min
Language: English, Subtitles: Spanish

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THE PROMISE OF GENE THERAPY

When doctors told Karen Aiach there was no cure for her daughter’s brain disease, she took matters into her own hands. With no scientific background, she created a gene therapy business that can fix the faulty genes in patients like her daughter. Now she’s racing against the clock to extend her daughter’s life and improve the lives of others.

France | 2016 | 8 min
Language: English, Subtitles: English

GIRLS LIKE US

In Tanzania, women are expected to stay home, cook, clean, and take care of the children while their husbands are away at work. Like a typical teenager, Winnie needed an outlet for her curious mind and in 2013, she joined Apps & Girls, an organization that teaches young girls how to code their own websites.

Tanzania | 2016 | 9 min
Language: English, Subtitles: English

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WALKING 2.0

After a construction site accident, Robert Woo was paralyzed from the chest down. Woo spent the next four years in a wheelchair. But even as he learned how to live his new life, he couldn’t stop asking one very simple question: How could humans build skyscrapers, but not something better than a wheelchair? Then Woo heard about bionic exoskeletons.

United States | 2016 | 7 min
Language: English, Subtitles: English

SUGGESTED LESSON PLAN: THE ENTREPRENEUR

With the Entrepreneur Lesson Plan, students will explore social entrepreneurship and learn basic business strategies, while addressing socially relevant issues. These films expose students to the world of opportunity within the social impact tech industry. Students will use these videos as inspiration for creating a social enterprise that addresses their own designated social issue. Students should combine knowledge on community engagement, IT skills and creativity to carry out their projects effectively. Students will then create a visual presentation to showcase their social enterprise and present as a group to the class.

Lesson Plan Add-On
In Step 3, suggest students utilize modern technology and social media to create proposals, website mockups, and logos that enhance their Social Enterprise.

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