How simple tech can be used as a force for good

10th December 2019
We are big believers that innovative, game-changing tech doesn’t have to be expensive, overly complicated or take ages to build.

We put this thinking into our work every day and love nothing more than seeing the same happen around us all over the world. Here are some good examples of some world-improving technology based on a solid idea and some simple tech:

What 3 Words

The company – founded in 2013 – is looking to change how we understand the world’s locations. They have divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and assigned each one a unique three words address. This makes finding an exact location easier and more accurate and makes sharing it quick and without less ambiguity. This is especially important when delivering goods, services and essential humanitarian aid to those who need it most and that often live in remote regions that are harder to find and reach.

What 3 Words

Peru’s drinkable Water generating billboard

A university in Lima, Peru, wanted to inspire more young people to pursue a career in engineering and to do so, they set out to solve a pernicious local problem in an ingenious way. Lima has an extremely dry climate and therefore lacks running water in the area. Its atmospheric humidity, however, is at 98%. The engineering teams had the ingenious idea to create a billboard that works through a reverse osmosis system capturing the air humidity, condensing and purifying the water, which can then be drunk by hundreds of families in the area.

Facebook’s Safety Check feature

The social network might be in the news for reasons other than doing good recently, but there’s no arguing that its Safety Check feature has brought relief to thousands of families of people living in areas affected by natural or man-made disasters and terror-related incidents. The company will identify users who live in the affected parts of the world, allowing them to quickly check themselves in as safe and sharing the status with friends and family, saving them from having to rely on the overstretched phone networks.

Facebook Security Check visual

Sign Studio App

Last year’s winner of our Build My App competition, Sign Studio, is an AI-enabled app built over the extensive sign language database of communication charity Signalong. The app allows users to take photographs of everyday objects with their smartphones and tells them the right sign to use in return. It’s an incredibly useful app that helps both the hearing impaired and their carers to communicate more efficiently.


One of the reasons that stop people from giving money to charity is the worry that their donation will not actually help the people in need but will end up in the wrong pockets. By utilizing blockchain technology, AidCoin allows donors to follow their money all the way to its destination and find out exactly how its used and the real-world impact it’s having.

Because at SG we love tech for good, we’re building a non-profit / charity app for free! If you’ve always had an app idea that you think would make the world a better place, now is your time. Apply to enter here:

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Ritam Ghandi, Founder, Studio Graphene

Studio Graphene are a team of inventors, experimenters and creatives. We turn ideas into show-stopping designs and designs into market-ready products.

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