#SFTech4Good February 2017: Mobile Apps for Change

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Thanks for being a part of the SFTech4Good community!  Keep reading for details on our upcoming events.


Missed our January panel on impact investing?  


Watch the full length video on YouTube here (1 hour 9 min) - https://youtu.be/K1svpvXliNA and get the slides: http://bit.ly/ImpactInvestingSF 


Many thanks to Exygy for hosting!  And, by the way, they’re hiring!


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February 3: Mobile Apps for Social Change Demos

*** SOLD OUT!  You may be able to sign up for the wait list, though.  Some other options to stay in touch:


If you know anyone who would like to demo a social/environmental oriented app, or to get on the email list to be the first to hear when the next event is announced, contact Susan Tenby: susan@caravanstudios.org 


Want to learn how apps can be used to make a real impact?  Come to Mobile Apps for Change, being organized by Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup. The event aims to connect nonprofit staff with mobile app developers who have created mobile apps and prototypes that help to create a better world.


Friday, February 3

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Hack Reactor

944 Market Street, 7th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94105

FREE - RSVP required



Weekly on Wednesdays: Code for SF Civic Hack Night

Interested in helping San Francisco? Excellent! Whether or not you know how to code, you can help! Join a weekly hack (hacking = building) night focused on open government and civic tech in San Francisco.




Events we are not hosting, but you might want to know about:


January 28: Sustainability Unconference

If you care about sustainability and want to meet some great people - check out this unconference.  At an unconference, the topics on the agenda are decided by YOU! Participants will share topics for discussion, and then voting takes place to decide which topics are most interesting and important to talk about.  There will be 3 sessions of speakers with the topics chosen from the morning voting session. This event will also feature a Speed Networking session to help you collaborate with other green businesses and sustainability-minded folks.  Registration includes organic coffee, tea and delicious, healthy snacks and a healthy, vegan lunch.

$40 ($50 day of event)

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

ECO-SYSTM Coworking - 540 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105

RSVP here!


January 31: Deadline to apply for Data Science for Social Good program

The Data Science for Social Good Fellowship is a University of Chicago summer program to train aspiring data scientists to work on data mining, machine learning, big data, and data science projects with social impact. Working closely with governments and nonprofits, Fellows take on real-world problems in education, health, energy, public safety, transportation, economic development, international development, and more.  For three months in Chicago you can learn, hone, and apply your data science, analytical, and coding skills, collaborate in a fast-paced atmosphere, and learn from mentors coming from industry and academia.  January 31 is the deadline to apply to be a mentor, project manager, project partner or Fellow.

Learn more and apply: https://dssg.uchicago.edu/ 


January 31 - Deadline to Apply for the Climate Strategies Accelerator

Wanted: social, political, or cultural solutions to reduce our dependence on oil!  Do you have an idea that reimagines transit, water systems, land rights, consumer behaviors, or something else?  You’ll have access to a global network of experts, luminaries, and funders, and the chance to get funding ranging from $50,000 - $2M.

Questions: ask Nehama nehama.rogozen@gmail.com

Apply: https://www.climatestrategiesaccelerator.org/?utm_source=nr o


January 31: Deadline to get free UX help from UC Berkeley Innovation

Berkeley Innovation is an UC Berkeley design consultancy club that unites members from a wide range of disciplines behind a shared love of design thinking. Each semester, members work with startups on design projects ranging from UI/UX, branding, product design, and more.  They are looking for projects this Spring semester!  Check out their website http://berkeleyinnovation.org or their portfolio www.behance.net/berkeleyinnovation to see past work.

To apply or ask questions, email emilyysun@berkeley.edu 


January 31: Tech Salon SF on Virtual Reality and Empathy

Augmented and virtual reality can improve mission-driven organizations' fundraising efforts. But can VR lead to more inclusive, improved policies that protect and empower people around the world?  At this event, there will be Oculus Rift devices on hand to experience first-hand the empathy-building power of virtual reality and help us answer questions like:

  • How can we ensure ethical and respectful augmented and virtual reality filming?
  • What are the new power dynamics introduced with AR and VR?
  • Who is innovating the most and what are they learning?
  • Is VR the new killer app for fundraising and donor engagement?
  • How can smaller organizations leverage VR with their limited resources?


San Francisco, CA

Free - space is limited. Once they reach the 30-person capacity there will be a waiting list!

RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfjYosyWDROO9AO7i9jKzylqBURIl2ssECDt7G_COK4wSNuZQ/viewform?c=0&w=1 


January 31-April 11: +Acumen courses on Systems Practice

This 10 week course with the Omidyar Group and +Acumen will provide you and your team with a set of tools to break down complex problems and identify specific points where you can make the greatest impact.  It’s a way to help your team work smarter, not harder.

Gain new perspectives and refresh your strategies with this collective process.



February 2: Excel and Civic Data Webinar with Data Analysts for Social Good

Learn how to access, transform, cleanse, query, and visualize data using Excel 2016 for Windows. Taught by Adam J. Hecktman, Microsoft’s Director of Technology and Civic Innovation for Chicago.  Adam helps Chicago’s civic leaders – and the communities they serve – use cutting-edge ideas around technology to solve the city’s biggest challenges.  Data Analysts for Social Good members ($100/yr) get dozens of useful webinar recordings!

10:00-11:00 am PT




February 2: Strategies for Impact Without Burnout

Join authors Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman for a conversation about self-care in the nonprofit sector. They will discuss their new book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit, and will provide tips for self-care to help nonprofit professionals and social change activists to embrace a healthy work/life to reduce burnout and increase productivity for greater impact.

3:00-5:00 pm

Foundation Center West

312 Sutter Street

San Francisco, CA 94108

Free - RSVP is required: http://bit.ly/selfcare17


February 7: Deadline to apply for the AT&T Aspire Accelerator

If you’re at an ed-tech startup, you should apply!  This is is open to any type of organization – for- or non-profit – working on a product or service that uses technology to support students’ educational and career success.  The 6-month program includes $100K from AT&T, flexible location (work from where you are), mentorship and other resources.

Find out more and apply: http://about.att.com/csr/aspireaccelerator


February 7: Young Women Social Entrepreneurs of SF Gathering

Alexandria Lafci, Co-Founder of New Story Charity, will share her experiences about how her nonprofit helps transforms slums into sustainable communities around the world. Learn about how to measure meaningful impact and how to involve end users in the design to improve your product.

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Women's Building - 3543 18th Street, San Francisco CA 94110

$10-15 suggested donation

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-alexandria-lafci-of-new-story-charity-measuring-impact-tickets-30824850959 


February 8: Webinar on CSR at Startups/Small Businesses

This webinar is geared towards founders/employees at startups or small/medium sized businesses that want to give back somehow, some way through their work but don't know how to get started.  You’ll get concrete, practical steps to get your company and your employees on their pathways to purpose.  The webinar will be led by Alissa May, who managed all the volunteers for Super Bowl 50, among other CSR successes.

8:30-9:30 am PT


RSVP: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3805347451206958082


February 9: Engaging Tech Talent through Pro Bono Service

How great would it be if nonprofits could fully leverage the power and agility of tech to tackle social issues? Join this structured town hall to imagine and co-design with us a future where we can meet nonprofit tech challenges with pro bono service solutions. For questions, contact Ava Kuhlen: ava@taprootfoundation.org Can’t attend the webinar? Read more from Triple Bottom Line media on Taproot Foundation or read the Pro Bono & Product Donations Playbook for companies on how to effectively couple their talent to advance the adoption and use of their nonprofit product donations.

10:00-11:00 am PT

Free webinar

RSVP: https://taprootfoundationevents.webex.com/taprootfoundationevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=e8c613302fb906257807697bef629bac8 


February 9: Impact Measurement in Philanthropy and Nonprofits

This workshop with SoPact and Ektta is designed for measurement, evaluation and learning professionals working in the philanthropic space and organizations interested in designing a strategy to assess their social/environmental impact management.

2:30-5:00 pm

Impact Hub SF pop-up - 343 Sansome St, Suite 500 San Francisco, CA 94103




February 9: Human-Centered Design in the Public Sector

This hands-on interactive session will demonstrate how empathic problem-solving and better listening can lead to more meaningful and relevant products and services. Learn from CivicMakers’ experience co-designing human-centered innovation trainings for public sector partners and how those learnings can be applied by government agencies, nonprofits and civic technology companies. Now, more than ever, the need for diverse groups of people to work collaboratively is critical to ensuring human needs are being met.

4:30-5:15 pm (for this session - the conference is Feb 6-9 at various locations)

Code for America

155 9th Street, San Francisco

Session info: https://newcobayarea2017.sched.com/event/8wHi 

Tickets: https://newcobayarea2017.sched.com/tickets 

Pricing: $60 for up to 2 sessions, $550 for super VIP conference tickets (25% off” “BAY25”)


February 17-19: Wisdom 2.0 Conference

Wisdom 2.0 is the premiere gathering focused on exploring the intersection of wisdom and technology.  Their annual conference in SF has thousands of people from over 30 countries who discuss: how do we live with greater presence, purpose and wisdom in the digital age?

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

3301 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Info: http://wisdom2conference.com

Tickets: $250 (student) to $2500 (supporter)


February 22: Free Coworking/Community Day at Impact Hub Berkeley

Come for the free wifi, stay for the networking and friends!  Meet fellow change makers. Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis, donated by local restaurant favorite Sweet Green.

12:00-4:00 pm

Impact Hub Berkeley in the Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way #400, Berkeley, CA 94704


RSVP: www.eventbrite.com/e/community-day-with-impact-hub-berkeley-registration-30914647543 


February 22: Funding the Hands that Feed Us: Investing in Local Farmers

Our nourishment depends on farmers sowing, growing and harvesting the food we eat.

We're all in this together, and these challenging times call for stronger connections between urban eaters and the farms that feed us.  In addition to farmers markets and CSAs, direct financial investment is another way urban residents can support the economic livelihoods of farmers and have a stake in the future of the food system.  This gathering with Slow Money NorCal and CUESA will explore how community members can invest in local farms, learn about a successful farmer-investor relationship, and hear from farmers about current opportunities for investment.  Farmers market snacks will be served. You're welcome to bring snackables and non-alcoholic drinkables to share.

6:00-8:00 pm

Port Commission Hearing Room, Ferry Building, 2nd Floor

1 Ferry Building - San Francisco, CA 94111

$8-10 - If you'd like to volunteer (free ticket), contact the organizer on the Eventbrite page



February 25: Align Your Investments with Your Values

Marco Vangelisti, founder of Essential Knowledge for Transition, is leading a daylong workshop on impact investing.  Learn about alternatives to Wall Street investing, clarify what we hold most dear, how to support it through our investments and connect with a group of people similarly inspired to enlist their investments in the task of building a better world.

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Ecocity Builders Office                                                                

339 15th Street                                                        

Oakland, CA 94612




February 28: HigherPurpose'17 - Conscious Capitalism Bay Area Conference

Dive deeply into a more meaningful understanding and practical application of the principles of Conscious Capitalism. Enjoy a full day of thought-provoking and inspiring keynotes, interactive and actionable breakout sessions, and heartfelt connections and conversations. You’ll go home with actionable strategies and tools to infuse purpose into your business, cultivate a conscious workplace, lead with awareness, collaborate with stakeholders and advance your organization. The conference keynote will be by John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market!

To learn about becoming an event sponsor, contact Elana: elana@consciouscapitalism.org 


RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/higherpurpose17-conscious-capitalism-bay-area-chapter-conference-tickets-30259966374 


March 2-3: Accelerate Global Good Summit

Accelerate Good Global brings together tech nonprofit entrepreneurs, technology leaders, and philanthropists who believe in leveraging tech for good.  Build community, challenge nonprofit norms, and cultivate new solutions around tech and philanthropy to build a next-generation social sector.



The Chapel - 777 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


March 18: #Womenhack - The All-Women’s Hackathon

A one day hackathon for women from experienced coders to total newbies.  Come with an idea or join a team and build a great project with fun people.  You don't have to know how to code to join this hackathon. Dev Bootcamp is offering beginner coding workshops alongside the event so everyone leaves having learned a new skill and contributing to a project!  Food, fun and prizes to be won.  Bring your ideas and computers.  For sponsorship or demo table inquiries, email info@theexpatwoman.com. 9:00 AM – 11:30 PM

Dev Bootcamp - 633 Folsom Street                                                        

San Francisco, CA 94107




March 30 - What Do Millennials Want in Their Portfolios and Workplaces?

Missed our January 18 impact investing panel?  You’ll have another chance to see R. Paul Herman, CEO of HIP Investor at this event, in conversation with Chinwe Onyeagoro, President, Great Place to Work Institute.  With a sustainable, fossil-free 401(k), Millennials are more engaged, innovative and can build a better world while saving for their future. Going beyond traditional investing, Millennials can use their forthcoming $40 trillion of inherited wealth to improve the health, wealth, earth, equality and trust of the world via their investing.  Learn how to unleash the excitement of Millennials in the workplace.

6:00-7:15 pm

The Commonwealth Club - 555 Post St. San Francisco, CA 94102

$20 - free for students



March 30-April 1: Fund and Fuel Your Dreams                                

Jenny Kassan spoke at our Jan 18 meetup on impact investing and now you can get some valuable time with her in a small group!  Join an amazing group of women entrepreneurs to learn the tools and strategies for raising capital on your own terms.  Childcare option available!

Oakland, CA




April 24-28: Foundations in Public Participation

If you work in civic engagement, in government, or want to better engage the public, check out IAP2.  The International Association for Public Participation is the main international organization advancing the practice of public participation.         This training has 2 modules: Planning for Effective Public Participation and Techniques for Effective Public Participation, which comprise IAP2’s Foundations of Public Involvement.

Oakland, CA

$650-1,800 (shorter early bird / longer regular prices)

Info: https://theparticipationcompany.com/training

Register: https://secure.jotform.us/form/63127666051151 

Questions? Contact melissa@theparticipationcompany.com 


April 29: Net Impact SF conference

Save the date!  If you care about business as a force for good, join Net Impact San Francisco at their annual conference.  At this day-long event, attendees will handpick from a variety of interactive workshops and presentations to build a personalized roadmap for creating positive impact in one’s own communities.  The 2017 NISF annual conference is designed for professionals in any stage of their career, in any industry – from technology to the social sector. Throughout the day, you will have the opportunity to connect with and learn from other aspiring changemakers, as well as fortify your skills and abilities.


June 14-18: Greenermind Summit

An annual 3-day retreat and un-conference in the Mendocino redwoods.  Using facilitated activities and unstructured time, we reconnect with deeper meaning through reflection and play. Share and learn new tools to create a thriving world.  Greenermind Summit is a community of self-driven change agents of all ages and professions, including business, government, entrepreneurship, advocacy, design, media, education, and more. Come together to build community, and we make space to nourish ourselves so that we have the energy and inspiration to better nourish the world.

Mendocino Woodlands Camp Association

39350 Little Lake Road, Camp 2 - Mendocino, CA 95460

$255-295 ($50 for kids)

Info: http://www.greenermindsummit.com/ 

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/greenermind-summit-2017-tickets-28688578310 




Resources and Volunteering/Learning/Job Opportunities


Care about education? 826 Valencia is hiring a Tutoring Programs Manager

Seeking a fluent Spanish speaker to join 826 Valencia, which creates programs that transform students’ relationships to writing, and to build an inclusive community. Help amplify young voices and cultivate wonder as part of the writing process!

Info and apply: http://826valencia.org/tutoring-programs-manager/


Free Project Management and UX Bootcamps with TechSF

TechSF is a city scholarship that provides advanced technical training, career counseling and job placement support for unemployed and underemployed individuals all at no-cost.

The Project Management Bootcamp is for individuals that have significant experience  managing people and projects and want to become certified in Project Management.  If you are interested, you can read more about the details of the bootcamp here.  

The UI / UX Bootcamps is for Experiential Designers who need to spruce up their skills. Applicants need to be able to pass four assessments (Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, HTML) along with an aptitude test. Furthermore, a portfolio that is UX oriented is required to move forward in the admissions process. If you are interested, you can read more about the details of the bootcamp here.  

If you are prepared to apply to TechSF, you can do so here.

Questions?  Come to an in-person orientation.


Volunteer with OpenOakland for Civic Engagement Unconference - CityCamp!

OpenOakland is seeking 5 volunteers to join the planning committee for their annual civic

engagement unconference, CityCamp. CityCamp brings Oakland's civic leaders and residents together to build a stronger Oakland.  

More info:


Apply: Email Chara and Neil at citycamp@openoakland.org with your LinkedIn profile or website and a bit about why you’re interested.


Techtonica is hiring a tech instructor

Want to share your love of tech with women and non-binary femme adults?

Techtonica is seeking an instructor!  Techtonica is a new nonprofit that offers low-income women and non-binary adults free tech training, along with living and childcare stipends, then places them in positions at sponsoring companies that are ready to support more diverse teams. Women, POC, LGBTQ and non-binary adults are especially encouraged to apply. Read more here and apply by contacting info@techtonica.org.


Tech Advisor Needed - Prenatal Care App

Mommy Monitor is a Canadian startup building a platform to help improve prenatal care for at-risk/vulnerable mothers and they need a tech advisor that can point the team in the right direction on a few ongoing issues and challenges.  The app provides increased monitoring and surveillance, culturally sensitive care and increased social support for the patient and their provider.  They are currently looking for a technical advisor to add to our advisory board and team, that would assist in advising our developers/programmers in the development of the app.  Learn more at mommymonitor.ca and contact info@mommymonitor.ca to advise.


Tech Jobs in SF City Government

Bookmark the civic tech jobs site or follow @civicjobsf on Twitter.



Find or post nonprofit jobs on the NTEN Nonprofit Tech Job Board. Find or post full-time jobs and short-term gigs for social change. NTEN Members save 50% on all job postings. You can also follow @ntenjobs for the latest jobs.


TechSoup Courses for Nonprofits!

You have a mission. TechSoup Courses can get you there. Explore new online training series built just for nonprofits and developed with Idealware: Tactical Technology Planning. http://ow.ly/BLlN305lrrn (TechSoup is a sponsor of SFTech4Good, so check them out!


Nonprofits & Tech Companies - Join Benetech’s CodeAlliance

Nonprofits - need tech volunteers?  Tech companies - need well-scoped projects for employees?  

Code Alliance from Benetech is “volunteering as a service” that puts together 8-40 hour volunteering projects from weekend to 1 week projects.  Beyond one-off hackathons: Code Alliance is creating an ‘ongoing hackathon’ to get  social impact organizations more consistent commitments to drive results e.g. on a quarterly basis.  More broadly, Code Alliance is an open source consultancy for social impact organizations by bringing together the best minds from the open source, nonprofit, corporate, and individual developer communities. We’d like to build common “operating procedures” around Social Good 2.0.

Learn more and get connected:



Ongoing - Giant Global Social Innovation Events Calendar

Conveners.org is a backbone organization building connection, co-operation, and collaboration within the impact ecosystem. Increased coordination provides network benefits and allows us to create tools, resources and products that solve the industry-level challenges we face. This enables the right people, to be in the right places to have the conversations that will change the world. Lots and lots of great events are compiled here:



Oakland Tech / Social Good events

Share info on / attend cool events in Oakland, via 2.Oakland - info here:



Invest in Women: Crowdfunding via Republic

You’ve probably heard the statistics about how women founders don’t get funded as often as male founders do.  Well, we heard about this from the Women 2.0 community - invest as little as $10 and support women founders on the Republic platform!   On Republic, startups can raise money from everyone, not just the rich (accredited investors) and investors can get a real equity stake for their investment. Republic gives preference to innovative, mission- and impact-driven companies that have a diverse teams and leverage technology.



So You Want to Be an Ally Because #BlackLivesMatter

Here is an ever-expanding resource for individuals who would like to become an ally. Please feel free to add to it and share it within your communities.




Thanks to our awesome sponsors!


Old Newsletters in our Discussion Forum

If you need to find one of our old newsletters, you can find them here in the Discussion section on our Meetup.com page.


That’s all for February!


- Regina and Katharine

SFTech4Good event producers

P.S. Find us on Twitter at @SFTech4Good and follow our events in real time at #SFN2!