I've been mentoring on the Bethnal Green Ventures accelerator programme this year and it's been really exciting! Honestly, my expectations weren't high initially - I was expecting more tech-city £££ mentality and coalition-type ideas. But I was so wrong - the projects are genuinely socially innovative and their progenitors honestly engaged with the social issues their ideas are addressing. Lily Ash Sakula has also done great work to promote women's involvement and achieve a 50/50 gender balance this year. My particular favourites are the project using sensory computing to make sure firefighters are aware of the ambient temperature (as protective clothing can, ironically, end up masking danger), using mobile applications to help lift depression, an interface to make it easier to use mass education videos, a participatory project involving communities in designing the local built environment and developing a process to foster open access research publishing. If you have a great idea for changing the world through technology, get your application for 2014 in now - BGV will invest up to £15k in good ideas as well as nurturing you to develop a sustainable business model. More information and application details here.