The Top 10 Insights We Took Home From True North

In the world of tech for good, do the current opportunities outweigh the challenges?

Why It Matters

At True North Waterloo, top leaders at the crossroads of tech and social impact came together to discuss the opportunities and challenges in the field.

True North kicked off its two-day series of #techforgood chats on Wednesday, June 19. Over the course of the conference, during talks with innovators in tech, foundations, organizations, and social enterprises, several trends and tensions emerged.

In order to meet and harness society’s rapid pace of change, the tech community could use help truly bringing everyone to the table — including Indigenous peoples, youth, women, and minorities. If we don’t have proper representation, bias and injustices find their way into all of the digital systems that get built, and we leave untapped, innovative potential on the table.

At True North, we also saw that data has the power to tackle some of the world’s most complex challenges, like human trafficking — but that unless we take charge of our data and demand ownership and privacy, it can also present some serious risks to individuals and communities.

In that spirit of learning, we’re sharing five of our top takeaways from each day of True North below.

 

Day 1

Day 1 True North Future of Good

 

Day 2

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