London named Europe's 'tech for good' capital

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London has been named the leading European hub for 'tech for good'.

The city had a "significant lead" over its nearest competitors, according to British innovation charity Nesta.

Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Paris rounded out the top five, with cities ranked according to their nurturing of tech for good and social innovation ventures.

Tech for good projects leverage emerging technologies to address social issues such as democratic participation or climate change.

Nesta gave Romanian charity Monitorizare Vot as an example. The Bucharest organisation provides technology solutions to allow for more effective monitoring of activity at polling stations during elections.

But tech for good ventures are just as likely to be for-profit businesses as not-for-profit charities.

The Nesta research considered each city's investment landscape when compiling its rankings, along with 31 other factors such as infrastructure and available skills.

Commenting on the research, Nesta senior researcher Matt Stokes said: "London is the tech capital of Europe from a commercial technology point of view, so there is a lot of spillover for supporting tech for good."

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