Connecting Devices for Impact

December 20, 2019 12:00 AM
  • Connecting Devices for Impact

Digital technology and Connective devices are uniting the world. Combined solutions are now addressing real-world challenges. 

The concept of using technology for social good is steadily becoming popular. As a result, a large number of nonprofits are now adopting different technology solutions to connect for good. 

ICMEC (The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children), an NPO based in Virginia is combating child trafficking and sexual harassment using an AI-powered platform that utilizes Amazon’s biometric technology to find missing and abducted children. Amazon's hardware biometric installations in public spaces recognises missing children and reports back with data that are, in most cases, instrumental in finding them. Examples like these are evidence to the fact that devices that connect technology has high potential in solving an array of social problems. 

Connecting devices are seen as a harbinger of development, especially in India where digital technology is on the rise and the government’s digital initiatives are working in sync to bring in sustainable transformation. Various Government organisations and NPOs are going digital to assimilate and analyze the data that help them expand their scope and work efficiently to support those who are in need.

Recent times have seen the rise of the development of morse codes into apps and other devices. Using Morse Code, assistive technology has been helping people suffering from stroke and paralysis or any other kind of illness that renders an individual incapable of speech, to communicate via morse code. Google Keynote 2019 showed a glimpse on how Google collaborated with developer Ms Tanya Finyalson to create ‘Hello Morse’ - an exclusive Gboard configuration of the morse code on the android platform. 

Apps like Body Organ Donation and Donate my time are connecting NGOs and people across the country to work together for social impact. These apps are connecting people via mobile technology that even safeguards identity.   

Connecting devices are helping various organizations to come together and help people world over by spreading awareness, garnering help as well as creating new and innovative, feasible solutions that have the potential to impact many lives.

A simple computer and an internet connection is also a step forward for those in need to gain skill learning and boost employment chances, thereby giving them the opportunity to lead a better quality of life. Be it any device, when used with proper training, it has the potential to light new pathways, aiding individuals to solve everyday problems. 

It’s only a matter of time before technology integrates completely with our lives, and hopefully this will mean equal opportunities for all in days to come.

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