#SFTech4Good March 2017: LGBTQ + Allies in Tech

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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!


Important Media is a new SFTech4Good partner that is providing food for some of our upcoming events! Please check out their evening and all-day unconferences on sustainability this spring.


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


March 14: LGBTQ+Allies in Tech

Want to learn more about what it means to be LGBT in Tech? Or maybe you're an ally of the LGBT community and want to do more for your colleagues. Join leaders in the tech industry and learn about how they are creating change in the workplace.  Doors will open at 5:30pm and food will be provided.  The event will start promptly at 6:00 pm.  Panelists include:

Uli Bilke, Chief of Staff, Yelp

Tariq Meyers, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Lyft

Kenzi Connor, President and Founder of Cloud City

WeWork Civic Center - 1161 Mission Street, San Francisco

5:30-7:00 pm[a]

Free - RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/sfnetsquared/events/237746724/ 


April 17: Evening Sustainability Unconference                

This event brings together the green business community for cooperative learning.  An unconference is organized around a central theme but does not have pre-planned agenda items – the items on the agenda are decided upon by the participants the day of the event!  This event is hosted by Important Media, a premier new media group that owns 20 different sustainability news sites, including CleanTechnica, the world’s leading cleantech news site. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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

RSVP: eventbrite.com/e/mini-sf-sustainability-unconference-tickets-31945327334?aff=SFTech4Good

$20 - use the code “SFTech4Good” to get $5 off


May 6: All-Day Sustainability 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. We'll have three 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.  For an idea of what to expect, see the workshop topics from the last unconference.

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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

$20-40 - 25% off with code “SFTech4Good” - includes a delicious lunch!

RSVP: eventbrite.com/e/sf-sustainability-unconference-may-2017-tickets-31938097710?aff=SFTech4Good


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:


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


March 1: Deadline to Apply for Evolving + Emerging Economies Jam 2017

What does it take to build thriving, just, and sustainable economies?  Join 30 changemakers for a week of personal inquiry, resource sharing, community connecting and movement building.  The jam is April 11-16 and is a gathering that effects change at three levels: the internal (self), interpersonal (relationships) and the systemic (whole). It is NOT a conference, seminar, or typical meeting.  

Quaker Center, Ben Lomond, CA (near Santa Cruz)


Info and apply: http://www.yesworld.org/eeejam2017/


March 2: Entrepreneurship Film + Panel with Kiva and Venture for America

Watch the documentary Generation Startup on entrepreneurship in America.  After the film, Jonny Price, founder & director of the Kiva U.S. team, will moderate a panel discussion on entrepreneurship with one of the characters from the film and Venture for America. Light refreshments provided by SF-based, Kiva-funded small businesses will be available.

6:00-9:00 pm

Google San Francisco - 188 The Embarcadero, 1st Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103

$10 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/generation-startup-screening-panel-discussion-w-venture-for-america-ceo-tickets-32106841427


March 2: Capital Shifts for a Regenerative Economy

From millennial wealth transfer, increased capital controlled by women, and shifting demographics of racial and geographic makeup across the globe, a new distribution of money is coming.  How might we intentionally respond to these shifts and build a regenerative economic system that works for all?

7:00-8:30 pm

Impact Hub Berkeley - 2150 Allston Way #400, Berkeley, CA 94704




March 2: Civic Accelerator Application Deadline

How might we accelerate the financial well-being and economic mobility of underserved populations?  The Civic Accelerator is seeking applications from early stage for-profit and nonprofit ventures with innovative solutions to increasing financial health and economic mobility for underserved populations. This 10-week entrepreneur boot camp and investment fund will accelerate innovative, scalable ventures that improve financial outcomes and prepare families for financial success.

Applications due 2 pm Pacific time on March 2.

More info and apply: http://cvcx.org/spring2017civicaccelerator/ 


March 2: Deadline to apply for Women Who Code’s CONNECT 2017 conference

WWCode's CONNECT 2017 will focus on technical sessions by bringing together talented engineers, tech influencers and entrepreneurs.  Topics may include languages and frameworks, open source, databases, security, cloud, machine learning, data, IoT, hardware, VR, operations, architecture, app servers, tech trends etc. See last year's conference speakers to understand the landscape: wwconnect2016.squarespace.com/speakers 

To apply, share a pitch with contact2017@womenwhocode.com 

                                                                                                 March 4: Open Data Day with Code for San Francisco

Formerly branded as CodeAcross, Open Data Day is an annual celebration of open data all over the world. Groups from around the world will be gathering to show the benefits of open data and encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business and civil society.  This year, the themes are: Open Research Data, Tracking Public Money Flows, Open Data for Environment, and Open Data for Human Rights, but all projects leveraging open data are welcome!  

Have a problem that you think tech can help solve?  Write up a problem statements on this shared hackpad document in advance of the event.  Work at a nonprofit?  Invite your stakeholders and community members!

9:00 am - 5:00 pm        

Microsoft Reactor - 680 Folsom St, San Francisco

RSVP: www.meetup.com/Code-for-San-Francisco-Civic-Hack-Night/events/237515330


March 5: A Post-Inauguration “Do Fair”

Frustrated by democracy today?  Meet your neighbors and learn about concrete actions to get involved and serve.  ​The intent of this day is to connect Bay Area residents who want to take action to organizations serving our community and seeking support or additional engagement (e.g. direct volunteers, monetary resources, coalition and organizing power).​ ​The room will be set up for tabling, with an additional room for workshops plus space for local artists and musicians.

The Women's Building  -m3543 18th Street #8, San Francisco, CA 94110

By donation - $10-15 suggested

2:00-5:00 pm

RSVP: eventbrite.com/e/together-we-can-post-inauguration-do-fair-tickets-31346921486


March 5: SURJ Difficult Conversations Workshop

How do we approach the challenging conversations in our lives? This workshop, with facilitators from White Noise Collective, is an opportunity to practice a range of difficult conversations around highly-charged issues. We will share basic skill-building tools and explore a range of scenarios. Tickets are sliding scale $10 to $50. No one turned away for lack of funds. Email basebuilding@surjbayarea.org with ticket requests or questions.

3:00-6:00 pm

Oakstop, 1721 Broadway 2nd floor, Oakland 94612

RSVP: http://www.surjbayarea.org/difficult_convos03052017 


March 6: Deadline to apply for the Citi Tech for Integrity Challenge

The Citi Tech for Integrity Challenge is an innovation challenge to source solutions that promote integrity, accountability and transparency in the public sector. Solve for real-life problem statements that are relevant to government organizations globally. The accelerator program will run from March to April, when finalists will be selected to participate in Demo Days with cash prizes.

Side note from Katharine: Citibank is one of the banks funding the Dakota Access Pipeline. It may be worth considering how to incorporate indigenous peoples in this “innovation challenge.”

Apply: http://www.techforintegritychallenge.com 


March 8 - Award Nomination & Scholarship App Deadlines for GHC17

The Anita Borg Institute celebrates and highlights the success of women technologists and those who support women in tech.  Each year, they honor the accomplishments of women in computing at the Grace Hopper Celebration. Each winner will receive a cash prize, an opportunity to speak at GHC 17, and an expenses-paid trip to GHC 17.


March 9: Tech + Immigration Panel with the ACLU and sf.citi

Join sf.citi’s One City Forum and the ACLU of Northern California for a conversation about the impact of recent immigration restrictions on our tech community.  

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm                

LinkedIn - 222 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94105




March 15: Deadline for Hardware-Led Social Innovation Competition

Seeking sustainable and scalable hardware-based solutions and technologies that can have a transformational economic, environmental and social impact in underserved communities around the world. The global competition invites the best and brightest engineers, entrepreneurs, students, and innovators to enter their prototype solutions that focus on energy, health, agriculture, clean water, and sanitation. Designers are invited to enter one of three ISHOW competitions in Bangalore, India; Nairobi, Kenya, and Washington, D.C - 3 winners at each can win up to $50,000.

Learn more and apply: https://thisishardware.org/current-competitions/#05 


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 22: RSF Social Finance Reception

Connect with impact investors, investees and like-minded people in the RSF Social Finance community. The gathering will include a brief program by RSF President & CEO Don Shaffer to highlight RSF's work, including Community Pricing Meetings.  Current RSF borrower California Institute of Integral Studies is graciously hosting the gathering.

California Institute of Integral Studies - 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Questions? Contact John Meyers: john.meyers@rsfsocialfinance.org / 415.561.6155

7:30-9:30 pm




March 24: Y Combinator Deadline (Nonprofits/Civic Tech Startups Welcome)

The famous tech incubator Y Combinator is now seeking applications from nonprofits and civic tech startups for their summer accelerator program.  They are looking specifically for organizations addressing issues around News, Democracy, and the Future of Work.  Join a community that includes the ACLU and Airbnb.

Applications are rolling - March 24 at 8 pm is the deadline.

Info: https://blog.ycombinator.com/rfs-news-jobs-and-democracy/

Apply: http://www.ycombinator.com/apply/ 


March 24: Apps for Change Demo Day (Washington, DC)

Share this with your DC friends!  Nonprofits, advocates, volunteers, and developers: join Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup, for an #Apps4ChangeDemo of social benefit apps built by a variety of individuals and groups.  Developers can share their prototypes and apps with the subject matter experts who can provide useful feedback from direct experiences in the sector.  Get ideas from nonprofits and issue advocates, and turn those ideas into an actionable format so developers could build on them and eventually turn those ideas into apps.  This event is aimed at nonprofits and their supporters with ideas and developers who have made prototypes or apps for social benefit.  All are welcome.

1:30-3:30 pm EST

Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library - 3160 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20010

Free - RSVP here: www.eventbrite.com/e/dc-apps4change-demo-accessing-ideas-for-social-benefit-technology-apps-tickets-32075434488


March 25: Citycamp Oakland

Share your ideas on how to improve local government and create a more informed, healthy, and livable community. Everyone is welcome!  We invite young people, students, community leaders, local government officials, municipal employees, artists, developers, designers, and journalists. The event aims to encourage communication, transparency, and effective local governance through active participation.  Speakers covering tech, diversity, community and innovation include Mayor Libby Schaaf, Candice Elder and Rani Langer-Croager. CityCamp run by OpenOakland and sponsored by City of Oakland, the Kapor Center for Social Impact, and the Oakland Public Ethics Commission.

8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Free - $25 suggested donation to help cover event costs. Breakfast & lunch are provided        

Oakland City Hall - 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612

RSVP: www.eventbrite.com/e/citycamp-oakland-2017-your-city-your-voice-tickets-31198157529 


March 28: Capital and the Creative Sector (SOCAP365)

Most artists lack the resources and financing opportunities needed to truly take their impact to scale. What might be the impact of radical new collaborations between cultural institutions, capital oriented organizations, and artists working for social change?


Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (Grand Theater), 2665 Mission St, SF CA 94110

Tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/investing-in-cultural-shift-capital-and-the-creative-sector-registration-28233745894 


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

Missed our January 18 impact investing panel?  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.  

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 available!

Oakland, CA




March 31: Deadline for Nonprofit Tech Startups to Apply to Fast Forward

Fast Forward is accepting applications for their 2017 summer cohort: a crash course in entrepreneurship tailored specifically to nonprofits building original tech to solve problems from education to health care to human rights. Selected organizations receive:

  • $25,000 unrestricted grant
  • In-person training in San Francisco from July-September, 2017
  • Connections to 100+ expert mentors from both the tech and social sectors
  • Demo Day opportunity to pitch to an audience of more than 200 potential donors to unlock additional capital
  • Intensive PR, fundraising, and business modeling support

Learn more here and apply: https://angel.co/fast-forward-summer-2017/apply 

Questions? Contact Jacob at jacob@ffwd.org 


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.


May 8-12: Digital Inclusion Week

Digital Inclusion Week is a citywide initiative comprised of events spearheaded by the San Francisco Public Library. The goal of the program is to promote online access and technology skill-building in efforts to reduce digital disparities in our communities.

Come expand your tech skills!  There will be hands-on classes, panel discussions, a tech expo with resources for seniors and others, a week-long Learning for Action game and raffle, digital device giveaways, keynote speakers and more!

San Francisco Public Library (Main Branch)

100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Info: http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=2000948701

Questions? Contact wenwen.shi@sfpl.org or call The Bridge at Main at (415) 557 4388


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


Jobs in Solar for Good at Angaza

Angaza is hiring an Android Developer and a Graphic Design and Marketing Lead. Angaza’s software is used by agents selling and servicing off-grid pay-as-you-go solar installations in more than a dozen countries.


Internships with Caravan Studios - Apps for Social Change

Caravan Studios builds apps for social good that help communities organize, access, and apply local resources to their most pressing problems.  Join the team 3-5 days a week for 3 months with an internships in areas of Product Development, Research and Planning, Communications, or Program Development. Larn more and apply here: http://www.caravanstudios.org/interns 


Volunteer with TechTonica - Help Women in Tech

Want to support this great organization teaching coding skills to women?

Please check out this list and sign up to help with their needs—event planning, partnership development, photography, coding, grant-writing, and more.


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.


Internships with the Autodesk Foundation - Summer 2017

The Autodesk Foundation supports the people and organizations using design for positive social and environmental impact. The Autodesk Foundation summer internship program runs for ten weeks from June - August 2017. Internship opportunities include: Value Added Services, Impact Assessment, Impact Investment, Sustainability & Foundation Portfolio Investment, Manufacturing Impact Researcher, Data Diving to Understand Customers Inside and Out, Operational Efficiencies Across Customer Lifecycle. Open to everyone, interviews  continue to on a rolling basis through March. Early submissions are prioritized.


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 March!


- Regina and Katharine

SFTech4Good event producers

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











Thanks to our awesome sponsors! OLD LIST

[a]timing may shift? 7:30 maybe?

[b]+reginawalton@gmail.com what do you think of this cleaned-up list of sponsors?  Atlassian hosted us in 2015 and a few others may be from over a year ago.

I propose that we remove sponsors who hosted us over a year ago.



Also, the newsletter is basically done so please add anything you want to add by 5 pm on Wednesday and I'll aim to get this out this week.  Or you can send it on Friday - I'm just gonna be partly offline after Feb 24.