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100 pieces of technology that made the world a better place in 2014

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The inventors of Jerry the Bear - a stuffed toy for children with diabetes

Nominet Trust, a social technology funder, has released its list of 100 innovations that have made the world a better place in 2014.

Among the list are 20 British inventions, including Teddy the Guardian - a diagnostic teddy bear that gives readings of heart rate, oxygen saturation, body temperature and stress levels - and the Gravity Light - a weight which takes only three seconds to lift and provides 25 minutes of light as it descends.

Organisations from across the world, in some of the most developed technology markets and ones that are newly emerging, sit side by side.

Those listed include Google’s self-driving car; eCompliance, a revolutionary use of fingertip-readers to record tuberculosis treatment in India; and HarassMap, an anonymous crowd-mapping platform that combats sexual harassment in Egypt.

The Nominet Trust's NT100 list (in alphabetical order) - click on the links for more information:

3D Hubs

Pooling the world's 3D printers

Big Launcher

Making big icons for people with poor vision

Bitcarrier

Making city travel easier by gathering and disseminating information from mobile devices

Black Girls Code

Giving young black girls skills for the future

Braigo

Massively lowering the cost of braille printing

BuffaloGrid

Power to the people

Carnegie Airborne Observatory

Mapping and monitoring the Amazon from the air

Casserole Club

Sharing home-cooked food with others in the community

Catchafire

Injecting professionalism - and professionalism - into charity volunteering

Circle of 6

Just two taps to summon friends and emergency services

Codecademy

Delivering free coding classes online

Coderdojo

Leading a youth coding movement

Crowdcrafting

Crowdsourcing science and social affairs research

Datakind

Tackling the world's biggest problems through data science

Dhilcare

The suffix that turns smartphones into ECGs

Digital Explorer

Using digital technology to create immersive and engaging learning experiences

Digital Humanitarian Network

A volunteer corps to process big data in disaster response

DonorsChoose

Targeting educational giving

DonorSearch

Russian blood donations matching service

DrDoctor

Interacting with the NHS

DuckDuckGo

Taking on Google’s near-monopoly online search

Duolingo

The ‘translation by stealth’ free language-learning site

E-Nable

Affordable 3D printed prosthetics

ECompliance

Fingertip tech to fight tuberculosis

EDX

Bringing the best of higher education to students around the world

Euan's Guide

Mapping accessibility for the disabled

Feedie

The philanthropic foodie app

FingerReader

Miniature wearable tech for sight loss

Flattr

Pay-as-you-go micropayments for content creators

FreeCycle

Giving and receiving items for free using simple online tools

FrontLine

Pioneering, open source software for managing SMS-based projects

GameTheNews

Developing games to introduce serious and topical issues

Global Voices

Curated and translated citizen journalism

GlobalGiving Storytelling Project

Gathering vital feedback to deliver better aid programmes

GravityLight

Super-low-cost, clean power

HarassMap

Mapping Egyptian sexual abuse

HomeHero

Carer recruitment and management

IanxenRapid

Accelerating the speed and improving the accuracy of Malaria diagnostics

ICow

Kenyan cattle knowhow

Ideas Box

Refugees’ pop-up media centres

IFixIt

A ‘make do and mend’ movement for the age of built-in obsolescence

IProBono

Building a pro-bono law network to help legal battles around the world

Jerry The Bear

A stuffed toy for young children diagnosed with diabetes

Kepler

Bringing American BA degrees to Africa

LendWithCare

Peer-to-peer lending to eradicate poverty

Librivox

The world’s books in free, downloadable audio format

Lifebox

Safeguarding surgery

Liftware

A ‘smart utensil’ to counteract tremors

MailPile

The 'holy grail of email' – user-friendly but encrypted

Maker Faire

A SXSW for the Maker Movement, the Glastonbury of DIY

Mama

Providing antenatal and health information using mobile devices

Martus

Keeping sensitive information and the people who are collecting it safe

MinecraftEdu

Teaching children through gaming on Minecraft

Mobileoct

Using smartphones to detect cancer

MPedigree

Tackling counterfeit drugs with mobile technology

Natalia Project

Protecting civil rights defenders

Ocearch

Tracking the ocean’s top predator

Open Utility

Supporting a future of abundant, clean and local energy

OpenStreetMap

Co-creating a free map of the world that anyone can edit

OpenWorm

Accelerating biological research with an open-source 'virtual organism'

Ostom-I Alert Sensor

Helping patients and their families to cope with their ostomy

Ovd-Info

Monitoring state violence in Russia

Panic Button

Providing a hidden app for human rights activists at risk in the field

Peek

The portable eye exam app

Poplus

Prefab transparency tools

Project Daniel

3D-printed prosthetics in the most challenging environments

PulsePoint

Building a CPR-trained mobile army

Radwende

Crowdsourcing better cycling paths

Random Hacks of Kindness

Matching top-flight developers with NGOs

Restart Project

Tech thrift start-up

Reverse the Odds

Allowing casual gamers to advance cancer research as they play

SafeCast

Aggregating environmental data in post-Fukushima Japan and beyond

Sapelli

Crowd monitoring extreme environments

Self-Driving Car

Travelling in autonomous automobiles

Sesame Touch Free Phone

Controlling your mobile phone, hands-free

Sirum

Connecting unopened, unexpired medications with patients

Skin Analytics

Self-monitoring melanomas

Smart Contact Lenses

Fitting contact lenses with sensors to monitor chronic health conditions

Smart Glasses

Making the world more visible for the visually impaired

Soko

Empowering Africa’s artisan women

Speakset

Pared-down Skype for the over-65s

Special Effect

Levelling the gaming playing field

Stupid Cancer

Pioneering advice for young adults with cancer

Sumall.Org

Providing smart analytics services for the social sector

Sunlight Foundation

Holding the US government to account with cutting edge technology

Talkitt

A different kind of freedom of speech

Teddy the Guardian

Huggable paediatric technology

Thunderclap

A single ‘sonic boom’ for advocacy

Together

Crowd volunteering in Russia

Tor

The counter-surveillance ‘onion router’

Trans*H4ck

Empowering the transgender community

TxtAlert

Providing appointment, medication and health information to patients by text

UTurn

Satire for Saudis served up on YouTube

WeFarm

Sharing life changing solutions to farming challenges

WheelMap

Mapping places for wheelchair users

WikiHouse

An open source construction system

WildLeaks

Whistleblowing website for wildlife crimes

Wishbone

Narrowing America’s opportunity gap through crowdfunded scholarships

WorldReader

Making digital books available across the developing world

Young Africa Live

Helping young Africans to combat HIV/AIDS with multi-format information


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