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Caravan Studios Showcases Diverse Apps for Social Good
From fracking to birth control, food ingredients to encryption, seven apps were featured in the Apps4Change event. Caravan Studios , a division of TechSoup, hosted a breakfast in San Francisco's Chinatown neighborhood for nonprofits, app developers, and anyone interested in changing the world for...
Nonprofits and App Developers Combine Forces for Community Change
We use apps to capture memories, keep track of tasks, entertain ourselves, and communicate. But what if an app could be used to help nonprofits, public libraries, and other community groups organize and solve pressing problems? Earlier this month, people from the nonprofit and technology worlds convened...
Metro4All — Making All Metro Systems Accessible
Ever since the Independent Living Movement began to emerge in the 1960s to empower people with disabilities, more and more of the world has become accessible. Subways and metro stations remain a problem. Someone in a wheelchair often has no way of knowing what obstacles await — until now. Meet...
7 LGBT Tech Projects You Need to Know
In honor of LGBT Pride Month , I wanted to highlight some inspiring LGBT technology projects you should follow and champion. While diverse in their missions, these projects all have the common threads of inclusivity, support, and access. Trans*H4ck Formed in response to the growing employment and...
Video Streaming Apps — To Stream or Not to Stream
The nonprofit sector thrives on a community of rich storytelling. Whatever form that storytelling takes, from photo essay to member video, story-driven content is dynamic, shows impact, and can attract new potential donors. Many of these stories, however, are only as good as their delivery strategy or...
8 Apps That May (Actually) Change San Francisco
In San Francisco, sometimes one can feel a bit cynical about the influx of frivolous technology with billion dollar valuations. It seems like every day there's a new overhyped idea that claims to fix a problem you never thought you had, like a delivery service for laundry quarters . So it's refreshing...
LocalFreeWeb Combines Digital Inclusion with Public Transportation
Q: What happens when you bring app developers together with nonprofits and libraries along with some coffee thrown in? A: Mobile apps with a conscience! Last October, I wrote about a breakfast co-hosted by Caravan Studios and Twilio for nonprofits and app developers. Caravan Studios, a division...
Mobile Tech Connects Kids to Summer Meals
For many kids, summer means camp, the great outdoors, and best of all, no school! But for some kids, no school means no lunches — and that makes summer decidedly less fun. According to the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) , only one in seven children who are eligible for free or subsidized...
Does My Nonprofit Need a Mobile App?
To app or not to app? It's a question that never ceases to be raised and doesn't seem to have a definitive answer. I was lucky enough to attend this year's Nonprofit Technology Conference in Austin, Texas. When I wasn't meeting our amazing members at the TechSoup booth, I was running...
75 Mobile Apps to Jump-Start Your Nonprofit's Productivity in 2015
Your work doesn't stop just because you're out of the office. If you're traveling, attending conferences, or working in the field, you still need to get things done. TechSoup has put together a collection of nearly 80 great productivity apps that are available from our donor partners to...
App Review: When Instagram Isn't Enough, Steller Helps You Build Stories
At TechSoup, we're all about using technology to tell your nonprofit, charity, or public library's story. So when a new digital storytelling tool comes along, we jump at the chance to test it out. Steller (free; Apple iOS) is an app that lets you build stories with your photos, videos, and text...
The Tech Nonprofits Need to Know About from CES 2015
It's that time of year again! I'm not talking about resolutions (though those are great too!). Last week, companies, journalists, and enthusiasts convened in Las Vegas to showcase what's to come in technology. From new connected cars to "smart" baby pacifiers, CES (Consumer Electronics...
Community Tools Based on Community Listening
A big part of our work with Caravan Studios is understanding a particular community's needs. What this means broadly is the tools we develop are informed by someone outside our team. What this means in practice is we listen. A lot. We hold events, we convene, and we leave our office to understand...
Developers and Nonprofits Come Together to Make Apps for Change
One hour. Eight apps. Infinite inspiration. Last week, Caravan Studios , a division of TechSoup, and Twilio co-hosted a breakfast for nonprofits and app developers. The event not only served as a networking opportunity for these two groups, but also showcased eight social good apps already in progress...
What Apple's Big Product Launches Mean for Charities
The recent big Apple product launch has been getting lots of press, including some good coverage in Nonprofit Quarterly , Nonprofit Nate's post , and my colleague Ginny Mies' TechSoup piece, The Future of Mobile Video . I wanted to explore what Apple's new technologies, most notably the new...
The Future of Cloud Computing: 5 Startups to Watch from BoxWorks
When I attended the BoxWorks conference in San Francisco in September, one extraordinary session I attended was on emerging cloud technologies. It featured five startup companies that gave a glimpse into where the cloud is taking us. BoxWorks is the annual conference for Box.com, one of the emerging...
Why Celebrity iCloud Hacking Should Matter to Your Nonprofit
If you pay attention to the news, you may have recently heard about a major Internet hacking of celebrity phones and devices , in which hundreds of photos were leaked to the wider Internet. There was no intentional sharing by the celebrities — they were hacked. This may seem like just another...
Three Photo Editing Apps to Try Right Now
In honor of the Storymakers kick-off, I tested out three brand new (to me) photography apps for iOS and Android smartphones. Which was my favorite? Read on to find out. Faded: Bust Out of Your Filter Rut Tired of the same old Instagram filters? Faded (iPhone; $0.99) is a photo editing app that...
Mobile for Good: Net Neutrality Threats and More Bad News
The title of this column, Mobile for Good, seems like a bit of a misnomer for the crop of news I'm sharing this month. We've got net neutrality violations disguised as benefits, app security flaws, and a difficult-to-repair hot new phone. But being aware of all the negative news out there is...
Mobile for Good: Fire Phone, Locking Down Data, and Services for the Homeless
It seems like every company wants a hand in the mobile game. From apps to new devices to connected home objects that can be controlled with your phone, the market is saturated with all things mobile. For this month's column, I'm going to dissect the latest entry into the smartphone field: the...
Upcoming Webinar June 19: How to Raise More Money via Mobile
In 2013, mobile donations on PayPal increased by over 200%. Nonprofits can expect that growth to continue to skyrocket in 2014 and beyond. How do you ensure your cause is ready for mobile fundraising? Join the digital giving experts from Network for Good and PayPal this Thursday, June 19 at 11 a.m. Pacific...
Word Lens: Your New Mobile Travel Companion
Word Lens is one of those apps that seems, dare I say, magical. It's a straightforward translation app that translates printed materials, such as signs, menus, or books. Recently purchased by Google, Word Lens is free in a handful of languages for a limited time so stop reading this for a second...
5 Ways to Protect Your Privacy on Every Device
A little over a year ago, a former CIA systems administrator named Edward Snowden disclosed to The Guardian that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying on Americans by way of phone records and online communications. Reset the Net is an effort to provide individuals and organizations with...
Mobile for Good: May Edition
June is generally a very busy month for mobile with Google I/O, Apple's WWDC, and lots of summer phone/tablet releases. May is when the news starts heating up, however, so let's take a look at what's happening – and what's coming. Legislation Beat There has been some interesting...
Upcoming Webinar May 28: Help Youth Find a Free Meal this Summer
Join us next Wednesday, May 28 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern) in this free webinar, Help Youth Find a Free Meal this Summer , to learn about how you and your organization can increase the numbers of youth who benefit from free meals in your community. You can make a difference, even if you...