#SFTech4Good January 2017: Impact Investing and #Tech4Good Events Calendar for San Francisco

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SFTech4Good Newsletter, January 2017, #44: Impact Investing 101


Welcome members old and new!  Thanks to everyone who joined us for our December 14th Positive Impact Party!  We had a chance to celebrate the holidays, network, and get inspired for creating positive impact in 2017.  We had a great time and hope you did too!  You can learn more about each of our partner organizations here:

As always, thanks to Bruno at Rolling Out Cafe for a great food spread!  He’s been incredible helping SFTech4Good, so think about him for your next event or party!

Rolling Out Cafe | Baking with love and creativity
Owner: Bruno Tse - 415-513-6054
1722 Taraval Street, San Francisco, CA 94116

Keep reading for details on our upcoming events!


Looking for updates in between our monthly newsletter?  Please use the upcoming events and job board here to share events and jobs: http://www.meetup.com/sfnetsquared/messages/boards/forum/2623142



SFTech4Good and Sponsor Events


January 18, 2017: Impact Investing 101 Panel Discussion

Are you investing your IRA or 401k for social/environmental impact?  If not - come learn about impact investing more from 3 experts in SF on Jan 18.

RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/sfnetsquared/events/235788014/ 


Join us at this free discussion and learn:

  • What impact investing means and why it matters
  • How to invest money for impact - even when you're not a millionaire or accredited investor
  • About the Bay Area Impact Investing Initiative
  • How you can advocate for impact investing at your company/401(k) plan
  • About raising impact capital as a nonprofit or social enterprise


Our rockstar panel includes:

  • Lauryn Agnew, Founder, Bay Area Impact Investing Initiative
  • Jenny Kassan, social enterprise attorney and capital raising coach
  • R. Paul Herman, Founder & CEO of HIP Investor



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 8: Deadline to Apply for Scholarships for Women to Launch School

Women Who Code and Launch School are partnering to offer a scholarship to aspiring women software developers.  Launch School, “the slow path for serious beginners” to a career in software development, offers an online bootcamp learning experience that focuses on fundamentals while providing a depth that prepares students for the professional world.

They are offering 1 full scholarship and partial scholarships to take advantage of the full bootcamp experience from preparatory classes to advanced topics. The winners will be able to complete all of the classes online, over the course of one year.  Apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScHHREwG_Hv4LkO9B0Zaqc6271g-s2F57vzDKIIRt5MTAiCRA/viewform 


January 10: Free Courses from +Acumen Begin

Learn social entrepreneurship 101, Lean Startup principles for social impact, storytelling for social change, and much more!  Busy in January?  Check out the rest of the calendar for more upcoming courses on social innovation.



January 11-March 1: Beyond the Culture of Separation class series

This 8-week class uses interactive learning modalities to inspire white people to take an authentic and compassionate stand against white supremacy.  Learn about interpersonal, institutional, and structural levels of racism, understand the cost of racism to our personal and collective well being, experience an encouraging & supportive learning community, and be motivated to engage with other white people in our workplaces and communities.

Kehilla Community Synagogue                                                

1300 Grand Avenue                                                

Oakland, CA 94610

$275 – $450

RSVP: www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-the-culture-of-separation-whiteness-the-embodiment-of-a-new-story-tickets-29876637828 

(Note from Katharine: I’ve worked with 2 of the 3 facilitators for this and they’re amazing!)        

January 13-15: Startup Weekend Bay Area: AR/VR/AI

Network and build things with augmented reality, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence. Startup Weekend is a three-day startup accelerator event that encourages a fun and engaging environment for startup enthusiasts of all backgrounds. It creates a forum for creators and idealists to gain insight and relevant, real-time experience for growing a business while expanding their resumes, portfolios, and networks. Weekend activities begin with rapid-fire startup pitches, prototype building, mentor feedback from experts in the field, keynote speakers, and conclude with a Shark Tank-style judging session. Prizes are also awarded to the best new startups!  Startup Weekend AR/VR/AI and the Kapor Center for Social Impact have partnered up to make this event more diverse, inclusive, and impactful by removing barriers to attending.  Diversity scholarships give up to 75% off for the weekend. If you identify as a woman, POC, LGBTQ, or disabled, please apply here: https://lnkd.in/ggUhqq4


Info: http://www.up.co/communities/usa/san-francisco/startup-weekend/10026 

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-weekend-bay-area-arvrai-tickets-28164713416 

6:00 pm event starts on Friday - goes all weekend

Kapor Center for Social Impact

2148 Broadway

Oakland, California 94612


January 16: WTF Now? Race and Politics in Trump's America

Still reeling from the election result?  Want to know what we do now?  On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Berkeleyside is hosting a special Uncharted Berkeley Festival of Ideas evening of lively, exploratory talk to dig deep into the key issues of race and politics in the Age of Trump.  Jamelle Bouie, Chief Political Correspondent at Slate and a CBS News political analyst, and Christina Greer, Professor of Politics at Fordham University, will help us understand what happens now.

6:15-9:15 pm

David Brower Center - 2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704




January 17: Expat Women in Tech Talks

Come for an inspiring evening of networking, a job search presentation with recruiters from Yelp and a fireside chat with women working in top tech companies.  Whatever your background if you’re interested in learning more about working in the tech industry, check this out!  This event is open to expats and Americans, women and men of all professional backgrounds.  Must be 21+ to attend.

6:00 – 9:00 PM

Galvanize - 44 Tehama Street

San Francisco, CA 94105        




January 18: Making Complex Collaborations Work (Webinar)

We live in a world of problems that are so complex — so tangled up with other problems, so non-linear, ambiguous, and interpenetrating — that they defy solutions and cannot be effectively addressed by any one organization or even by any one sector. To address these complex problems, complex collaboration is a necessity, though also notoriously difficult in practice.  Join Conveners.org to review principles and tools for making complex collaborations work. This webinar will explore how to effectively manage collaborative networks or efforts. Come with questions and your own collaboration challenges to explore.

9:00 am PST




January 18: Deadline for Nonprofits to apply for Board Match event on April 6

At a nonprofit, and need board members?  Want to be on the board of a nonprofit?  Come network here!  About 150 nonprofits meet 1,000+ corporate professional candidates who want to serve on boards.

$250-400 for nonprofits (apply: www.theboardmatch.net)

Free for prospective board members

Hilton SF Union Square

333 O'Farrell St

San Francisco, CA 94102

Questions? Contact info@theboardmatch.net 


January 19: The Future of San Francisco and Activism for the Homeless        

Join a conversation about the future of San Francisco by reviewing how we can use local activism to help those experiencing homelessness.  This event is run by Activist University and Care2, the world’s largest social media network for good.  Attendees will get a step-by-step guide to grassroots organizing, then networking, drinks, and snacks!

6:30 - 8:30 PM

Impact Hub San Francisco Pop-Up

343 Sansome Street, Suite 500

San Francisco, CA 94104

$10 - donation to Lava Mae which provides mobile sanitation and showers to those in need. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-of-san-francisco-activist-university-powered-by-care2-registration-28672137134


January 19: How to Use Technology Mindfully                

Do you control your digital devices, or do they control you? Learn tools and insights for being more relaxed, attentive, emotionally balanced, and effective while online.

7:00 – 9:00 PM PST                

California Institute of Integral Studies - 1453 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103




January 25: Nominations open for the ABIE Awards

Nominate someone for an ABIE award. These honor the accomplishments and contributions of women and men who advance women technologists. Winners receive a cash prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration in Orlando, Florida.  The categories include areas such as Technical Leadership, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Students, Junior Faculty, Innovative Educator, Social Impact, and Change Agents.

Learn more: http://anitaborg.org/news/perspective/celebrate-tech-abie-award/ 


January 26: The Future of Work                                                        

What are the social and economic impacts of technology, robotics and AI on work and employment? Will human beings be completely replaced in the work force? What new jobs will be created and which industries most affected? What will we do with time on our hands and how will we "earn a living"? Two experts in this field will sort out these complicated dynamics, dispel misconceptions, and offer both the short and long view.                        6:30 – 9:30 PM

Mechanics' Institute Library and Chess Room

57 Post Street, 4th Floor Meeting Room

San Francisco, CA 94104




January 31: Deadline for Survey: Can SF do better in government use of tech?

Every other year, the City publishes a 5-year strategic plan describing the future of technology in the City. The plan identifies strategic priorities, upcoming projects, and investment strategies.  In an effort to improve the planning process, the City and County of San Francisco Committee on Information Technology is organizing their first public survey. They are eager to learn you - residents, visitors, and businesses - feel about the current state of technology in San Francisco’s city government.  Feedback will be incorporated into the City's IT Strategic plan, which sets priorities for things like citywide broadband, SF wifi, technologies to make City services accessible, and more.  Please share your thoughts here:



January 31: Conscious Entrepreneurship

Today more than ever there is a new brand of entrepreneurs seeking to lead companies with mindfulness and social intelligence.  How do we receive or come up with an innovative idea that serves a real need?  How do we develop teams that support bringing this into the world?  How do we consciously bring forth a new product or service into the world?  Take a deep dive into the art of conscious entrepreneurship - how we can create successful & innovative companies that align with our greater purpose.  

6:30 – 8:30 PM

LinkedIn – 222 2nd Street

San Francisco, CA 94105




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 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, up to $550 for super VIP conference tickets


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 28: 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 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 on-site and spend the day building a great project with enthusiastic, 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




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 




Resources and Volunteering/Learning/Job Opportunities


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 Jobs in SF City Government

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


Nonprofits: Get Autodesk software for free!

TechSoup helps nonprofits with tech resources, including free software.

Use Autodesk products to design buildings, infrastructure, products, entertainment content, and more. Everyone — from design professionals, engineers, and architects to digital artists, students, and hobbyists — can use Autodesk software to unlock their creativity, solve important challenges and create a better world.

Find your local TechSoup partner at http://TechSoup.global



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 January!


- Regina and Katharine

SFTech4Good event producers

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