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Database vendor + useful blogging
Hello everyone! I just started working for Z2 Systems, which created a web-based CRM system named NEON that is focused on nonprofits. Before that I worked for several nonprofits in the Chicago and New York City areas, where I mainly engaged in fundraising and outreach efforts. We're redesigning...
1 Dec 2011
Re: New member greeting
Hi, Charnelle. Welcome! Have you tried looking at tech-related volunteering opportunities in your area posted on any of these sites? VolunteerMatch Idealist/Action Without Borders All for Good ServeNet Network For Good 1-800-Volunteer.org Your LinkedIn profile should...
27 Apr 2011
Re: How to change web masters
Sounds like quite an unacceptable situation. It's perfectly acceptable to fire a volunteer. Call the person in, ask for all passwords and other documentation, tell him/her it's not working out, thank him/her for the time. Period. Do you have a written job description regarding this task...
21 Aug 2013
Re: Tool for online discussion forums
It's an oldie but a goodie - I still love love YahooGroups as an online forum - I think it's the best, by far. It has everything you have asked for, and much more. You can make it as private or as public, as moderated or as open, as you like. And users can decide themselves how they want to access...
9 May 2011
10 reasons to crowdtest apps & websites.
From Mithun Sridharan of Passbrains , a crowdtesting firm, comes 10 reasons for companies to crowdtest their apps and websites . Do you crowdtest your apps and web sites? I do! I've often had some push backs from the IT folks regarding such - they don't like the idea of beta testing the site...
25 Oct 2013
Re: Updating an existing web site
Hey there, Carol. Sad that this happens all the time - whether with a volunteer, a paid consultant or a staff person. Too often, a person builds a web site and then leaves, with no documentation and not enough notice to find someone else! You say you've tried to recruit a volunteer. Can you say...
23 May 2011
IT Volunteers / Circuit Riders - the movement continues
Not sure how many people know this, but TechSoup started off as an organization called CompuMentor, From the February 1997 version of the web site: Schools and nonprofit groups come to CompuMentor for affordable, appropriate help with their computer problems and projects. Volunteers come to CompuMentor...
20 Dec 2013
Re: Recent & upcoming hackathons for good
This past Fall, four members of Rackspace's Cloud DNS Team helped a San-Antonio non-profit (the Food Policy Council of SA) while participating in the annual OpenAIR hackathon, an event by Knowbility , a nonprofit which started some of the first hackathons to support nonprofits back in the 1990s ...
2 Apr 2014
ICTs play central role in advancing social good, says UN Head
Note last line of press release: "A 24-hour ‘hackathon’ will also take place both at the Summit and at offsite locations around the world." Anyone have more details? INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES PLAY CENTRAL ROLE IN ADVANCING SOCIAL GOOD, BAN TELLS YOUTH FORUM New York, Sep 9 2013...
23 Sep 2013
Volunteers, Seniors & the Internet
I spent the last week staying with one of my 90+ grandmothers in Kentucky, who lives in a senior apartment complex. My other 90+ grandmother lives down the hall. Residents have private apartments. I knew the complex provided Internet access to residents as a part of their rent, but it's not very...
24 Jan 2012
NYTechResponds web site brokering tech vols w/ orgs that need them post-Sandy
If you are a small business, organization, school, non-profit, or government entity in the NYC area that needs help with a technology-related challenge post Hurricane Sandy, or you are someone that could help with such a challenge, the NYTechResponds web site is brokering expertise with needs. ...
8 Nov 2012
Re: Recent & upcoming hackathons for good
Just found out about this per a new follower on Twitter: # HackForGood 2014, happening simultaeously across 8 Spanish cities, 3–5 April 2014: Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, Sevilla, Gijón, Valladolid and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Translated from español : Applications...
19 Mar 2014
CommuniTech & other refurbished / used computer donation programs
CommuniTech is an IMARA initiative at CSAIL that attempts to bridge the Digital Divide. CommuniTech's mission is two-fold. Through the MIT Used Computer Factory (UCF), it provides refurbished computers to underserved families. Through Families Accessing Computer Technology (FACT), it trains those...
12 Dec 2013
Re: Recent & upcoming hackathons for good
Developers throughout Pittsburgh’s technology sector came together as volunteers the weekend of Feb. 21 to solve some of the challenges faced by the city’s government agencies and nonprofits at the second annual Steel City Codefest . 55 organizations throughout Pittsburgh submitted challenges...
25 Feb 2014
CTN Digital Literacy Corps: Volunteers Bridging the Digital Divide
Community Technology Network (CTN) programs help connect organizations to individuals and resources, in an effort to enhance digital inclusion and close the digital divide throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. CTN offers a variety of programs that aim to build a community network that is increasing...
29 May 2013
Re: sex tech 2012 San Francisco April 1st-3rd
I am outraged. OUTRAGED!! Not. "They are partnering with Techsoup Global to run the first ever hack-a-thon for youth health." Really excited about this. Knowbility.org (and MAIN before it) pioneered the practice of hack-a-thons -- though it didn't have that snazzy name back then...
19 Mar 2012
SAP Takes Social Responsibility to Heart
Amanda McKeon blogs for Justmeans that SAP is expanding its activities in emerging markets by more than doubling the amount of employees it sends to disadvantaged communities through its social sabbatical initiative. The employees in this program are trained to help entrepreneurs and small to midsize...
25 Oct 2013
Advice for hackathons / one-day tech events looking for projects to hack
In a conversation with a friend participating in Myanmar's first-ever hackathon to benefit causes or nonprofits , as well as reviewing recent, similar hackathons all over the world , and other one-day tech events for good like edit-a-thons, it seems to me that the easy elements of putting together...
17 Mar 2014
Are volunteers bad for ICT4D Projects?
ICTWorks offers this: 4 Reasons Why Short-Term Volunteers Are Bad for ICT4D Projects , such as community tech centers. I had some problems with this article... here are my comments, which are also posted on the article: ------ For this article to be more accurate, the headline should say either...
5 Mar 2012
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25 Apr 2015
Wireless Networking in the Developing World
Just found this, Wireless Networking in the Developing World , a free book about designing, implementing, and maintaining low-cost wireless networks. "This book is a practical guide to designing and building wireless networks in local communities, enhancing lives through improved communication,...
30 Jan 2014
hackers for good in Uganda: a documentary
In 2009, a group of IT calling themselves as Hackers For Charity (HFC) set up a tuition-free computer school and internet café in Jinja, Uganda - and has been continuing its support ever since. "In a country where thousands live with HIV and only 67% have access to clean drinking water...
26 Jun 2013
Rails Girls - tech skill-building for women & girls
Here's a cool thing I found: Rails Girls . Our aim is to give tools and a community for women to understand technology and to build their ideas. We do this by providing a great experiences on building things and make technology more approachable. Learn sketching, prototyping, basic programming...
19 Apr 2012
Crowdsourcing & crowd funding in the news
Did a search of the phrase nonprofit technology on GoogleNews, and these three articles came up: 'Code For Good' links students with Delaware nonprofits The News Journal, Nov 3, 2013 "This weekend marked the second Code for Good Challenge , a new program created by J.P. Morgan Chase...
4 Nov 2013
Hackathons for good - benefits to nonprofits
A hackathon, according to Wikipedia , is an event when programmers meet to do collaborative computer programming. The spirit of a hackthon is to collaboratively build programs and applications. It lasts one day, a few days, maybe an entire weekend, but it doesn't require any ongoing commitment. ...
7 Sep 2011