The Tech for Good movement is inspiring and exciting. It brings a great sense of hope to how technology can be used with purpose.

What does Tech For Good mean?

Tech for Good (AKA Tech4Good) is defined as the deliberate use of technology for social good. Tech For Good includes businesses, as well as not-for-profit organisations, projects, and individuals who seek to use technology to have a positive impact on the world and people's lives.

Sustainable development goals

Projects that use Tech for Good usually address one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (UN SDGs). The ability of technology to solve these issues on a large scale is one of its many benefits.

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Projects that use Tech for Good usually address one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Digital tools for solving problems

Technology presents opportunities for digital innovation and creating products ‘for good’. From healthcare to education, biodiversity to climate change, equality to ethics. We’ve never had more tools available for problem-solving than in the digital era.

Why do we care about Tech for Good?

Building Tech with Purpose is at the heart of what Milo does as a business. We design apps and digital services that transform lives and empower our clients to make a positive impact. Apps and digital platforms that deliver social impact have been our central focus since we started in 2002.

Positive impact

We work on initiatives that in some way improve the world. We love opportunities to collaborate with organisations that have wonderful ideas but need assistance with ux, design and technology. We have helped many organisations make a positive impact. From games that help autisic teenagers develop healthy relationships, to intelligent exercise-prescription apps for people with long-term health conditions.

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The EXi exercise prescription app supports people with long-term health conditions.

Tech for Good during the Covid-19 crisis

The Covid-19 crisis accelerated the need for organisations to explore new digital and design approaches. In particular how to use digital services to create more impact for the people they work with. We’ve been working with Tender, AVA and Pedagoog as their technology partner to deliver new digital products and services. The projects are supported by the Tech for Good funding programmes from Comic Relief and the UKRI. The programmes support organisations that use technology to explore different approaches to delivering better services.

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The Relationship Goals games helps teenagers with SEND practice healthy relationships.

Useful Tech for Good organisations

There are alot of organisations that are helping startups and organisations find great success within the tech for good space.

  • Tech4Good Awards: AbilityNet’s Tech4Good Awards recognise organisations and individuals who use digital technology to improve the lives of others. They highlight charities, businesses and volunteers that harness the power of technology to benefit the community.
  • Bethnal Green Ventures: BGV are Europe’s leading early-stage Tech for Good VC. They invest in ambitious and diverse startups using technology to create positive impact at scale. 
  • Think Social Tech: Think Social Tech is a research and learning consultancy for the UK Social Sector. They bring expertise in emerging practice in the UK Tech for Good and social sectors.
  • Nesta: Nesta is the UK's leading  innovation agency for social good. They design, test and scale new solutions to society’s biggest problems, changing millions of lives for the better.
  • Innovate UK: UKRI offers funding and support across all academic disciplines and industrial areas. From the medical and biological sciences to engineering, social sciences, economics, environmental sciences, and the arts and humanities.

Get in touch 

We’re a team of designers and developers with a passion for helping organisations make a social impact. We love collaborating with client teams to make apps that improve lives and people love to use . Since 2002 we’ve been at the forefront of Tech for Good because of our ability to design creative solutions. Have you identified an issue that can be helped with technology? If so then please get in touch to see how we can be your technology partner.

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Paul Argent
Nov 2022

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