Continuing our theme this December of what we are thankful for, I wanted to take some time today to reflect on how grateful I am for technology and how it has helped people across the globe in numerous ways.
CNET has come up with a page dedicated to technology having a positive impact called “Tech for a Better World”. I took some time out of my day to read a couple of articles and I wanted to share with you some of my favorites.
One featured article in this series talks about an app called “Too Good to Go” that started in Europe and is helping to reduce food waste. The app has about 22 million users across 13 different European countries and has saved 100,000 meals per day from supermarkets and restaurants since March. This is not only helping feed people at a discounted price but is also reducing greenhouse gas emissions from food that ends up in landfills every year. This is a great use of technology to change the way that food is bought and consumed. Too Good to Go is hoping to expand to the US in the near future, so keep a lookout!
As we know, the pandemic has made a lot of different things challenging, and getting a job during this time is definitely one of them. This is hard on everyone in search of work, but it can be even more difficult for someone who is visually impaired. The American Foundation for the Blind is working to make this process easier. They have put together a consulting service that works with companies to make their websites and job postings more user friendly. AFB Consulting has worked with companies like Google and Adobe to have accessibility training and PDF software that is easier to read. They are also working with cell phone companies to make them easier on the visually impaired. It is great to see technology being used to make people’s lives easier and be inclusive to everyone!
Until next Tuesday,