Doing what we can: #TechForUkraine 🇺🇦
#9 2022 | Sparkmate
If you’re reading this, you probably love the world of tech, product and engineering like we do. You might even build with it, and have the knowledge or skills in one area or another - skills that could help Ukraine build tech infrastructures that can support in their humanitarian response and empowering their country.
#TechForUkraine is rallying support, and if you can offer your skills, see if you can help! More about this below.
Here’s what we’ve put together for your weekly Spark reads:
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💭 TECH FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Ukraine is winning the information war 💻
In times like these, we’re reminded of the power that the Internet and social media plays in being the biggest source of information (long gone are just TV’s, radios and newspapers!), with wide varieties of news and updates, factual and false ones, and many points of views.
Thanks to its accessibility, and to a bigger ratio of factual information, Ukraine continues to win the hearts and support of countless worldwide, even from those within the borders of Russia. The constant flow of updates and communication has helped pose a stronger resistance, and has allowed Ukraine to continue reaching out to outside nations who are sympathetic to their cause and can help out.
Although Ukraine is winning the information war, sustained attention is needed. “I am afraid that this sense of shock that we are feeling right now is going to dissipate with the longer this goes on,” said Konaev. “And if the attention shifts, and the momentum shifts, then Ukraine’s in real trouble.”
🌱 TECH FOR SUSTAINABILITY
Disposable face masks turned into roads 😷
Around 6.8 billion disposable face masks are used across the world, every single day during the pandemic - all of which mostly end up in landfill or in our oceans.
The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) have found and made a new way of recycling them: by using 3 million masks for every 1 km of a two-lane road, saving 93 tonnes of waste!
Roads are made up of 4 layers, subgrade, base, sub-base and asphalt (the top layer). In the study, they used masks in the base layers. It produced a super durable base material for the roads, and met all civil engineering requirements!
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Doing what we can: #TechForUkraine 🇺🇦
Any one of us can support Ukraine in our own ways - and if you’re in the tech realm, #TechForUkraine needs your help! Whether you specialize in digital marketing, cyber security or website development, they have a wide range of projects you can contribute your skills to. Share it with friends who you might know can also help!
In our case, we’re going to squeeze in the extra hours to help Ukrainian NGO’s build their tech infrastructures. We’ll share what we know, do what we can.
Exciting things are happening every day ⚡️ Follow us on social media to stay tuned!