Good Tech Conf

Good Tech Conf is a non profit conference bringing together 200 technologists with a passion for large scale computer systems, ethics, and diversity. 

But what are ethics, tech and social?  This post gives some background to the conference! There is also this talk giving some background to the conference.

We will be exploring, discovering, and inspiring ​the use of technology for social good.

We will celebrate - and contribute to - projects supporting​ the ethical application of current and near future technology.

19th and 20th November, 2018. i360 Brighton, UK.

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This year, Good Tech Conf is focusing the discussion around technology it's design, delivery and the how we can build software that is both ethical and sustainable.

After a day of tech talks from project teams using their skills for social good, you’ll have the chance to take part in workshops and hackathons to use your own talents for a worthy cause.

The sessions will give you the opportunity to build and deliver working software to one of this year’s named causes.

Note, a flight in the i360 is included for all conference attendees. There are local hotel discounts available upon request for attendees.

 

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19th and 20th November, 2018.

Brighton, UK.

 

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Featuring

Rebecca Rae-Evans

Consultant and Co-founder

Sigma and Tech For Good Live

Having spent over a decade working with international clients on award-winning digital projects, Rebecca now specialises in the use of technology for social good. A firm believer in the need for responsible product design, Rebecca champions tech ethics and accountability within the digital industry.

Rebecca co-founded and hosts the podcast Tech for Good Live and works with pro social clients at digital UX agency, Sigma.

Caroline Beavon

Caroline Beavon Ltd

Caroline Beavon is a former broadcast journalist turned visual journalist and Infographics designer.
With a focus on content and audience, Caroline works with companies and organisations of all sizes to help them communicate their information in a visual way and to ensure they are making the best of their data.
Caroline works with a broad range of clients ranging from local authorities, SME’s and charities to technology corporations, emergency services and publishers.

Anne Currie

Chief Strategist

Container Solutions

Anne Currie has been in the tech industry for over 20 years working on everything from Microsoft Back Office Servers in the 90's to international online lingerie in the 00's to cutting edge devops and the impact of orchestrated containers in the 10's.

Anne has co-founded tech startups in the productivity, retail and devops spaces. She currently works in London for Container Solutions.

Follow @ContainerSolutions

Alex Fefegha

Head Creative Technologist + Founder

Comuzi

Alex Fefegha is a creative technologist bridging the gaps between art, design and technology, the physical and the conceptual, virtual and the real worlds. Alex is a co-founder and head creative technologist at Comuzi, an experimental research agency working at intersection of emerging technology and culture. Alex’s research is focused on using future mapping techniques to investigate the ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence as outlined on http://futuresofai.com and https://aicheatsheet.comuzi.xyz.

Lizzie Hodgson

Director and Founder

ThinkNation

As Director and Founder of ThinkNation, Lizzie Hodgson focuses on how emerging and present technology impacts on young people. While building reach through partnerships, her drive is to ensure the experiences shared by young people through ThinkNation are heard and acted on.

With a background in tech startups, digital strategy, magazine editing, speechwriting and communications in UK Government, she has extensive experience in reaching a range of diverse audiences. Passionate about the impact of tech on society, she’s a Katerva Gender Equality Expert Panel Member.

Follow @ThinkNation.

Paul Johnston

CTO and Serverless expert

Paul is CTO of Movivo which is a startup working in 20 countries to provide free top up/recharge to those who struggle to afford it. He has built it on a fully serverless architecture (on AWS) and blogs about it on Medium. Paul was CoFounder of ServerlessDays (formerly named JeffCon), and ex-AWS Serverless Snr Devekloper Advocate.
Paul has previously been a consultant CTO to a number of startups as well as developing mobile products and solutions for global brands such as Sony. Paul also is a director of a community energy scheme that is aiming to take it’s community ‘off grid’ and lives a bit outside of London in Milton Keynes (there are bits of the UK that aren’t London!) with his wife and 5 kids.

Paul Brewer

Director for Digital & Resources Adur & Worthing Councils

Paul Brewer is Director for Digital & Resources at Adur and Worthing Councils, leading the introduction of government as a platform and user-centred design to the councils and their partners.  Paul is a specialist in technology strategy, service re-design and delivery, and is passionate about the role of digital in disrupting outdated business models. Paul has worked as a consultant for the public sector, has 15 years’ experience inside local government and 7 years in the private sector.

Sam Warner

Consultant

Black Pepper Software

Sam is a graduate of the University of Warwick. Currently, I help make cool things happen with Black Pepper Software in my role as a software consultant. When I'm not working (or nerding out over whatever side-project I'm working on), I help maintain a couple of open-source GitHub repositories for a learning-to-program platform, attend as many hackathons as I can cram into my life, play/watch sports, and solve Rubik's cubes as fast as I can. I live and breathe software, and I'm a huge believer in coding for social good! I love chatting to anyone and everyone, hoping for new viewpoints to look at these problems from!

Jonny Rae-Evans

Co-Founder

Tech For Good Live

Jonny Rae-Evans is the head of product innovation at the Big Lottery Fund, designing and building products that enable communities and civil society organisations to flourish across the United Kingdom.

Before moving to the Big Lottery Fund he worked at a variety of award-winning design agencies with clients such as Terrence Higgins Trust, Virgin Care, Age UK, Royal Society for Blind Children, BBC Children in Need, the NHS, Manchester University and Bentley CSR. Before deciding to use his skills to make the world a better place, he used to sell his soul designing for the gambling, travel, e-commerce and sports sectors.

He believes that designing for people is a great responsibility and is an international speaker on the topic of designing for good and social change. He is a co-founder of Tech for Good Live, and guest lecturers and mentors design students at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Alex Stephany

Founder & CEO

Beam

Alex Stephany is the CEO of multi-award winning company Beam, the world's 1st crowdfunding platform that allows anyone to help a homeless person to train up and get into work. Beam is funded by The Mayor of London, Nesta and some leading UK entrepreneurs. Before founding Beam, Alex ran tech startup, JustPark, for which he raised the largest ever equity crowdfunding round for a tech startup. That was when it first occurred to him that crowdfunding might be a powerful tool to achieve more social ends. Alex has also written a book on the sharing economy, The Business of Sharing, published by Macmillan

Alan McNeil Jackson

Aptivate

Alan is an expert in the use, risks and benefits of ICTs in the international development sector. His key interests are Agile methodologies, Participatory approaches to international development and Consensus decision making.

Alan constantly drives the team to innovate and comes from a successful commercial IT background. He is a qualified paragliding instructor and experimental musician.

Lucy Shuker

Environmental Science Advisor

Cartographer Studios

Lucy is a chartered environmental advisor (C.WEM, C.Env) with expertise in environmental monitoring and data analysis for evidence building and fundraising for partnership organisations, trusts, and other local stakeholders and community groups, to support the delivery of environmental improvements and objectives.

Lucy's professional experience encompasses work on pristine to heavily modified and urban river systems. Her specialisms include river restoration appraisal; citizen science survey design and monitoring strategies; data interpretation and presentation; ecosystem services and natural capital accounting.

Miles Sabin (Mentor)

Partner

Underscore

Miles has been doing stuff with Scala for more than ten years, currently with Underscore Consulting. He is a cofounder of Typelevel and his best known project, the Scala generic programming library shapeless, is the weapon of choice wherever boilerplate needs to be scrapped or arities abstracted over.

Jon Barber (Mentor)

Principal Enginee

Infinity Works

Jon is a Principal Engineer at Infinity Works, where he helps teams solve hard problems.

He's been paid to write software for over 20 years, and is a huge fan of Extreme Programming and Continuous Delivery.
Recently he's been spending a lot of time looking after distributed systems and helping >teams adopt DevOps approaches.
Currently he's very interested in ways organizations can spread engineering maturity as a deliberate practice - it's always about the people.

Hollie Lubbock

Interaction Design Manager

Fjord

Hollie is an Interaction Design Manager at Fjord, where she focuses on helping clients create products and services that excite audiences and drive engagement.

Over the last ten years she has worked in the luxury, culture and publishing sectors, collaborating closely with clients to create user centred designs for a wide range of digital products, from large-scale collections systems to small innovative app projects.

Cassie Evans (Mentor)

Creative Developer

Cassie is passionate about web animation, SVG and pushing the limits of CSS. She is a core organiser of codebar Brighton, a non-profit initiative that runs free programming workshops to tackle the diversity gap and currently works as a Creative Developer in Brighton.

DataKind UK

DataKind UK

DataKind™ harnesses the power of data science in the service of humanity. We engage data science and social sector experts on projects addressing critical humanitarian problems and lead the conversation about how data science can be applied to solve the world’s biggest challenges.

Follow @DataKindUK on Twitter

Dave Gurnell

Partner

Underscore

Dave is a developer, trainer, and partner at Underscore. He has spent over a decade creating software using functional programming, and has authored and co-authored several books about Scala.

His current passion is building a SaaS called Cartographer that collects and reports on geographical data for environmental groups.

Dave got his start in geographical information systems by developing a database and suite of web tools for scientists involved in the Urban River Survey project at Queen Mary University of London.

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Agenda

  1. 09:00 AM - 09:20 AM : Welcome Coffee
  2. 09:20 AM - 09:30 AM : Welcome Talk
  3. 09:30 AM - 10:20 AM : Social Problems have Social Solutions: A Case Study with Homelessness - Alex Stephany
  4. 10:20 AM - 10:50 AM : Digital Consensus: Using consensus decision making in a distributed technology team - Aptivate
    What is Consensus Decision Making and why is it so useful?  Who’s using it? How does it work in a distributed digital agency?  What are the opportunities and risks of using I.T. to support this kind of organisation?
  5. 10:50 AM - 11:10 AM : Coffee Break
  6. 11:10 AM - 11:40 AM : The Companies We Keep - Datakind UK
    Using network graphs to map corporate control, with DataKind UK and Global Witness
    How many companies did you control as a toddler?
    Stupid question, right? Yet according to UK public data, there are over 4,000 people under the age of two listed as beneficial owners of corporations – with one still yet to be born.
    This was just one of the findings revealed when DataKind UK and Global Witness teamed up to tackle the largest ever analysis of UK beneficial ownership company data. Over seven months, a team of four pro bono data scientists helped Global Witness to produce the world’s first network graph mapping all UK public data on those who control corporate interests in the UK – with more than 4.5 million companies and 4 million individual people represented.
    In this talk we’ll tell you how we did it, what we found out, and most importantly, what happens next.
  7. 11:40 AM - 12:10 PM : Algorithmic Bias in Machine Learning Systems - Alex Fefegha

    This talk will unpack the research done by Alexander Fefegha on racial bias and gender bias in AI products and systems.  Alex will take us through a particular case study concerned with algorithmic bias in software used in court environments.

  8. 12:10 PM - 12:30 PM : Morality and Ethics: Caring is Everything - Sam Warner

    Technology has had a bumpy year.

    In recent times, a sudden explosion of unethical technology seems to have hit the headlines. You only need to look at the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica involvement, Volkswagen’s emissions scandal or to the thousands of people failing to receive breast cancer screening reminder emails. These are just a minor selection from a minefield of unethical or uncared-for technology.

    How can we prevent unethical technology being made and put into the public realm? It’s a tough question, but something we need to face – and face it now.

    While there might not be an easy one-size-fits-all solution, I’ll be talking through a collection of top tips I’ve curated and I personally believe are great ways we can stunt the undesirable growth of unethical software.

    From using the gift of technology to create accessible (and useful) services for all people, regardless of social status, ethnicity, gender or generation to encouraging diversity across nationality, gender and ethnicity in our development teams, *everyone* can make an impact for good. It is not only multinational billion-dollar companies that are capable of doing this – the smallest contributions to ethical technology build up to create local networks of carers, eventually funnelling into a global community which can tackle larger scale problems.

    By ensuring a people-first approach to making technology, it can not only not cause harm, but actually benefit humanity. In recent years, we have looked towards technology as a way to enhance our humanity. For us to continue this trend, we must focus on the design of accessible and widely available ethical technology. Together, we can all help in the fight against guns-for-hire software developers.

  9. 12:30 PM - 13:30 PM : Lunch
  10. 13:30 PM - 13:50 PM : Design for humanity not for humans - Hollie Lubbock

    Humanity is feeling the effects of huge changes due to design and technology but often is left out of the considerations when we create that world. What does it mean to design ethically, and how can we do it?

    Hollie will explore how and why we should switch from a focus on individuals to focus on humanity.

  11. 13:50 PM - 14:20 PM : Ethics, Datacentres and Green Energy - Anne Currie & Paul Johnston
  12. 14:20 PM - 14:50 PM : Designing for good, and the subtle art of not killing anyone - Jonny Rae-Evans

    In light of the shift in politics and public opinion sweeping across the United States and Europe in recent years, it’s of no surprise to see more and more designers pursuing a career in ethical design.
    “Tech for good” is no longer merely a niche topic, and instead we’re finally seeing the great impact that ethical design can have upon the lives of people.

    However, “designing for good” is often synonymous with “designing for the vulnerable” and with that comes a weight of responsibility. If a designer on a tech for good project makes a mistake, it isn’t a case of a client losing some money, or a company losing brand appeal, but it could actually result in a loss of life.

    This talk will explore what it means to be a user experience designer in the tech for good sector, how to approach designing for vulnerable people, and how to avoid killing anyone.

  13. 14:50 PM - 15:10 PM : Coffee Break
  14. 15:10 PM - 15:30 PM : Tech, the future and young people: Why we need to nurture a narrative of possibility - Lizzie Hodgson
    We’re all doomed: Technology is biased. Algorithms perpetuate inequality. All the jobs are going to be taken by robots. Our world is burning. We’ve destroyed the environment. Democracy is dead. And the billionaires are moving to New Zealand.

    We need to change the narrative. Especially for young people inheriting our world.

    Drawing on the outcomes of ThinkNation’s recent Brighton Digital Festival and New York tech for good events, Lizzie explains how we can do this – and why it’s all our responsibility.

  15. 15:30 PM - 16:00 PM : Improving our Environment Through Software and Collaboration - Dave Gurnell & Lucy Shuker

    In this talk we will discuss the issue of monitoring and evidence building in the environmental sector, the increased role of citizen science, the ways in which software tools are helping, and the challenges that software developers are being invited to address. We will frame our discussion around the pressing issue of plastics pollution in water environments, along with other areas that we have experienced in our work on Cartographer (https://cartographer.io).

    Scarcity of funding, combined with increasing public awareness and public demand for transparency, mean that organisations such as planning authorities and regulatory bodies like the Environment Agency are turning to local charities and volunteers to help monitor and raise awareness of environmental issues. In this era of citizen science, good software tools are essential to help local and national organisations work together productively.

    Plastics pollution has recently emerged as a priority environmental campaign. It inspires action at many levels from government legislation to local voluntary clean-ups at hotspots where litter blights local nature. It also provides an interesting case study of the new ways in which organisations and developers can work together for the greater good.

    How can all of these parties work together effectively on such a pressing issue, when goals and responsibilities are slightly different in every organisation? The answers are many-fold, relying on mutual collaboration, strong science, and effective software able to gather, process and share meaningful outputs from raw citizen science data. In this talk we will explore this space, offering some thoughts on how we can work together to preserve and rehabilitate our fragile surroundings.

  16. 16:00 PM - 17:00 PM : i360 Flight
  17. 17:00 PM - 17:45 PM : Panel Discussion + Drinks

    Featuring: TechforgoodLive, Lizzie, Paul Brewer, Anne, Alex

    Tech for Good Live will be recording an episode of their regular podcast LIVE from Good Tech Conf.

    A bunch of best friends in the tech for good and social sector gather around a table, drink a bit too much, and talk about what is new in the tech for good scene. From rampant AI’s and gamification to social fundraising and new ways of donating. Join us on a meandering ramble through the ever changing landscape of tech that makes the world a better place.

    They’ve had guests such as Mike Monteiro, Dr Sue Black, Steve Portugal and Sara Wachter-Bottcher and been invited worldwide to record their podcast live.

  18. 17:45 PM - 17:55 PM : Closing Remarks
  19. 17:55 PM - 18:00 PM : Leave Venue
  1. 09:30 AM - 10:00 AM : Welcome
  2. 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM : Infographics Workshop
    This workshop will help you begin using infographics to communicate. Caroline will guide you through the process of sorting your information and developing a structure which will engage your audience and get your message across. She’ll also advise on useful tools as well as some simple tips to give your work a professional edge. Plenty of discussion, hands-on tasks and examples!
  3. 11:30 AM - 00:30 AM : Hack for good: voting / planning
  4. 12:30 PM - 13:30 PM : Lunch
  5. 13:30 PM - 16:30 PM : Hack!
  6. 16:30 PM - 17:00 PM : Review

Venue

britishairwaysi360.com/   |   +44 (0)3337 720 360

Join us at the base station of the world’s tallest moving observation tower.

We have the ultimate beachfront venue with unrivalled views of the sea and the iconic West Pier.

Your conference ticket includes a trip up to enjoy stunning views of Brighton, the South Downs and the beautiful Sussex coastline.

Support

The Good Tech Conf team are keen to promote diversity, opportunity and inclusion for both speakers and attendees to the conference. As such, if you are a member of an under-represented group in tech, the team are happy to provide financial assistance,  mentoring and coaching support and advice.

Please get in touch providing some detail and a member of the team will contact you.

 

Sponsors

Partners

The Good Tech team are proud to support and collaborate with the following groups and events:

Coed Ethics

A conference about practical tech ethics from a practitioner's perspective

(London, 13th July)

Meaning Conf

Inspirational conference for people who believe in better business

(Brighton, 15 November)

Think Nation

Humanising the impact of technology on young people

P3X: the evolution of Agile Testing and BDD eXchange. People - Maximise human potential, Product - Explore products and align vision, Process - Deliver world-changing outcomes.