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19th March
10:00 to 14:00
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Tech for Good (Rise Summit)

A one-day festival exploring modern tech and how it can be used for good. Featuring inspirational talks by experts from a range of fields - investigating the good, the bad and the ugly of the digital world.

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Technology is woven into the fabric of our lives. It can be used in ways that enhance our existence, can help us do our banking, shopping and providing entertainment… but it has a darker side too. Sometimes technology can be used to abuse, can perpetuate social inequalities and might even be contributing to the climate crisis. When we’re building tech and digital products how do we make sure that we design them in a way that isn’t a danger to society? 

There are also innovations in the way we use technology that are designed to fight social and environmental injustice. 

Join an array of top experts in this area to explore how we use Tech for Social Good as the community organisation and Globally Renowned* podcast, Tech for Good Live takes over MMU’s Rise conference. 

On the 19th March 2022, Bex Rae-Evans CDO of Snook and host of Tech for Good Live will lead us through the conference exploring:

  • How some people are excluded from using technology and what we can do about it, particularly what Greater Manchester is doing to tackle the issue locally with Beena Puri and friends
  • Accessibility expert Molly Watt will talk to us about how we design technology to be accessible to all
  • Tech for Good Live’s own Greg Ashton will be talking about the newest technologies out there and what dangers we need to be looking out for, but also how they are being used for good with a panel of experts: Beth Trundle who works in gaming and with cryptocurrencies, Tech for Good investor Dama Sathianathan and BBC R&D Lab producer, Ian Forrester.
  • Hera Hussain from innovative charity Chayn will join us to talk about their work and about online harm and what we can do about it

Our Host:

Rebecca Rae-Evans

Rebecca founded Tech for Good Live, a community based in Greater Manchester and weekly news podcast with a global reach. She works as Chief Design Officer at socially focussed design Studio Snook.

Rebecca believes that designers have a responsibility to use their skills to have a positive social impact and has extensive experience in working in the responsible tech space. 

Her work has involved creating tools that can help survivors of sexual assault feel empowered to report to the police; designing interventions to reduce human trafficking, and services that will help rescue dogs (and puppies!) get the homes they deserve. 

In A Nutshell...

  • Engage online... with this unique, participatory event
  • Hear... the perspectives of industry leaders and professionals
  • Build... your knowlege and understanding of cutting-edge issues
  • Discover... how tech can be tool for social good
  • Implement... your learning in both your personal and professional life
  • Earn up to 13.5 Rise points ... which can be recognised within your degree.

Schedule

  • personal_video 10:00 to 14:00 on 19/03/22 - Takes place online
    Conference Event
    Throughout this online session, you will hear from a range of inspirational speakers, and participate in short activities.