#SFTech4Good May 2017: Airbnb + TechSoup and a Sustainability Unconference

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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


May 9: Learn about Airbnb's new Social Impact Experiences program!

Join members from Airbnb's Social Impact team to learn about Airbnb Social Impact Experiences. With this new platform, nonprofits can promote their causes to new audiences, build awareness and raise funds. The team will share examples of nonprofits around the world who are using the platform as a new way to build a global community and engage supporters. We'll leave time to answer your questions and brainstorm about how your organizations can leverage this new technology for good.

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

TechSoup - 435 Brannan St, Suite 100, San Francisco, CA

RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/sfnetsquared/events/239490815/


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:


May 2: Young Women Social Entrepreneurs of SF Meetup

Being okay with failure, even in front of your friends, can be very hard. Join us with Kelsey Crowe to learn how to create a wide network for influence and help, using your social support system for resilience and validation when it just feels oh so hard. Kelsey has made her way through the 'swamp' of entrepreneurship, as founder of the nonprofit Help Each Other Out, and recently published a book.


The Women's Building, 3543 18th St Room A, Second Floor, San Francisco

Donation: suggested amount $8-$15



May 2: Personal Investment for Climate Solutions: Your Money as a Tool for Change

Learn from impact investing experts - Nancy Pfund, Don Shaffer, Kristin Hull and Dana Lanza, who will share how to divest from fossil fuels and make money.

7:00-8:30 pm

Piedmont Middle School - 740 Magnolia Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611

No RSVP - just show up!


May 4: Pathways for Access & Inclusion Through Workforce Development

Participating in today’s economy depends on access and opportunity. Hear from organizations that work to bridge the access gap and create a more inclusive workforce that represents the entire Bay Area.  Speakers include people from the City of Oakland, Stride Center, Adobe Digital Academy, and others.

4:00 - 6:30 pm

Kapor Center for Social Impact, 2148 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

Free - RSVP:



May 5-6: The Sparx Summit

Learn from badass leaders who’ve figured out how to pursue their passions with integrity, without going broke. From what you learn, create your roadmap of your key next steps and walk away with a community of champions rooting for your success.

Impact Hub Oakland

2323 Broadway, Oakland CA, 94612

Info: https://oakland.impacthub.net/sparx/ 

RSVP: https://e.sparxo.com/102854151817420800 


May 8-12: Digital Inclusion Week

Digital Inclusion Week is a citywide initiative with events at 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.  Tech newbies: Expand your  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


May 9: Financial Inclusion event with Kiva, Grameen, and Net Impact SF

Learn more financial inclusion, especially for women’s empowerment, in the form of financial services, microloans, professional training/development and more.

6:30 - 8:30pm

Kiva -         875 Howard Street, Suite 340, San Francisco CA 94103




May 9: San Jose's Innovation Road Map by The Commonwealth Club and SPUR

San Jose is taking its “capital of Silicon Valley” title seriously. The city is already implementing the ambitious Smart City Vision, a plan that uses data and tech to promote safety, inclusivity and sustainability—but it’s just one of many projects in the extensive plan that will reinforce the city’s reputation as a global leader in civic technology. Hear from the San Jose Office of Civic Innovation about what’s next.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

SPUR 76 S. 1st St., San Jose, CA 95113

Free - RSVP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-joses-innovation-road-map-tickets-32452169312 


May 10: Digital Leaders Awards

If you’re an individual, company, foundation, or nonprofit that believes in the power of technology to bring social and economic change, don’t miss this.  Recognizing the change-making efforts of businesses, government agencies, grantmakers, community organizations, and volunteers, the Digital Leaders Awards with the Community Technology network will have inspirational stories in the company of the incredible people who are doing amazing work to bridge the tech divide and raise digital literacy.

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Twitter HQ, 1355 Market Street , San Francisco, CA 94103


RSVP: www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-leaders-awards-2017-tickets-32659858516 


May 10: Inclusive AI: Tech & Policy for a Diverse Urban Future

Artificial Intelligence algorithms that enable machines and systems to automate decisions and processes shape our daily lives. Yet AI can exacerbate negative effects when it reinforces social biases and inequalities--whether by design or unintentionally. Let’s explore the effects of AI-enabled technologies on labor, law enforcement, and public services. The symposium will highlight AI research and its implementation in the urban environment and will raise questions regarding effects of AI on cultural, social, political and economic inclusion.

10:30 am - 5:00 pm

310 Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720




May 10: Female Filmmaker 50/50 Film Screening

Let’s have a global conversation about #GettingTo5050, a truly gender balanced world. At this event, there will be food, film and a lively debate on women’s leadership and what it takes to achieve genuine equality among the genders in all spheres of leadership. Hosted by Illuminate, Women's March of SF, & DiverseCity Ventures and CINESHARES. Watch the 2 min trailer to find out more: https://vimeo.com/206148991

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

WeWork SOMA - 156 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Free - RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-funding-network-hosts-5050-day-women-power-tickets-33978744339 


May 11: Tech Volunteer Mixer, SF Public Library Digital Inclusion Week

As part of Digital Inclusion Week, the Library's Volunteer Services will host a volunteer information & recruitment mixer for the community at large, helping link tech-savvy people who want to volunteer with organizations who need their skills. If you’re looking for an opportunity to volunteer, come mingle and maybe meet a match! If your organization needs volunteers, register here!

Questions? Email volunteer@sfpl.org

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Free - RSVP: www.eventbrite.com/e/tech-volunteer-mixer-tickets-34039038681?aff=eac2


May 13th: Tech Playground

Oakland culture meets tech inspiration. The Tech Playground transforms everyone into inspired technologists through resources, bootcamps, workshops & mentors, as well as fun hands on experiences with music, virtual reality, games and code.

1:00 - 6:00 pm

Taste of Oakland Festival

Dunsmuir Hellman House, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA 94605

Learn more at: https://www.techplayground.in/ 


May 15-16: Causecast +IMPACT East Conference

Join your fellow professionals to shape the future of workplace giving + volunteering, meet nonprofit leaders, and see how to create strategic impact during changing times.

Edgewood Arts Center - Monroe Street Market

3415 8th Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20017                


Learn more and RSVP: http://bit.ly/ImpactDC18 


May 15: Tech Resistance 101: Action for the Current Political Climate

Tech workers can show up as citizens, as change agents, as allies in the struggle for justice. Learn how frameworks for understanding how social change occurs and craft a personal action plan to support vetted grassroots organizations that are resisting the economic and social systems that disenfranchise them. Proceeds will go to grassroots organizations building community alternatives for a more just and equitable Bay Area. The TechEquity Collaborative and Blue Heart will be leading this workshop.

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Tickets on a sliding scale, $0-$100



May 16: Farms and Ranches Forever Fest 2017 by Greenbelt Alliance

Greenbelt Alliance works to create a sustainable and inclusive Bay Area, protecting our local agriculture and open spaces and promoting smart growth in our cities and towns. Enjoy appetizers, tacos, margaritas, wine, beer, dessert, and coffee on the waterfront.

The Ramp, 855 Terry A Francois Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94158

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM





May 17: Decolonizing Social Innovation

Social innovation as a force to provide solutions to our most pressing problems is fundamental to driving change. The field of social innovation can also act as a colonizing movement -- having negative impacts on communities, disrupting existing support structures, pushing people out of housing, and exacerbating tensions across demographic divides. How might changing this narrative help provide solutions to issues like gentrification, immigration, education, health services and more?

6:30-8:30 pm

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




May 17: The Startup Conference (Redwood City)

With 1,000+ attendees, The Startup Conference is one of the larger tech conference for entrepreneurs. Hear from founders and investors.

9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063

$50 - $250



May 17-18: Global Election Technology Summit

ROCK THE VOTE-ing machine! The GET Summit is your chance to make an impact and change the way government designs, develops, and manages election technology. Engage and work with technologists, election officials, and policy makers to bring election technology into the twenty-first century. Summit activities include speaker sessions with industry leaders including Alex Padilla (Secretary of State of California), Ann Ravel (Former Commissioner of FEC), and Chris Kelly (former head of Global Public Policy at Facebook); networking opportunities; and workshops around improving data, accessibility, and security across our voting systems. It’s civic tech at its best! For being a Community Partner, Startup Policy Lab is offering SFTech4Good 30% off regular priced tickets. Use code GET_SFT4G at checkout.  


UC Hastings College of the Laws, 198 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102


Info: https://www.getsummit.org 

Tickets: http://bit.ly/GETxT4G


May 19-21: ElectionTech SF Startup Weekend

Elections are a critical part of Democracy but are often broken or light years behind other technologies. The ElectionTech StartupWeekend is bringing together technologists, election officials, policy makers, innovators and challenges from Tableau and RockTheVote to build new systems and processes that support accessible, open and transparent elections around the world.

Brigade, 524 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

$25 – $80

Tickets - Early bird ends May 5: https://goo.gl/EznF6J


May 20: Intergenerational Leadership/Mentorship Exchange

Are you a young leader, yearning for collaboration and mentorship from older generations and peers? Are you an experienced leader, yearning to share your personal and professional insights and learn from younger generations?  Come to the Spring Leadership Exchange. Berrett-Koehler Foundation events are intergenerational and provide space for mentorship relationships to emerge. Includes breakfast and lunch.

9:30 am - 4:00 pm

East Bay Community Space

507 55th St (at Telegraph), Oakland, CA 94609


RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bkf-spring-leadership-exchange-co-creating-community-for-these-times-tickets-32133199264 


May 20 - Presidio Graduate School Capstone Showcase & Sustainable Product Innovation Fair

See the future of sustainable enterprise...Join us at Presidio Graduate School's Capstone Showcase and Sustainable Product Innovation Fair.We welcome our PGS community and guests to attend this special event. Seating is limited and registration via eventbrite is required.

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Gray Area Theater, 2665 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110



May 24: Pathways to Purpose Webinar

If you need some free CSR advice, check out Alissa May’s webinar on cost-effective methods to skyrocket your community impact credentials, leveraging your unique assets for good, measuring impact and resources in the field to support your efforts.

6:00-7:00 pm PT

Free - RSVP: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4575985258123774723 


May 24-26 - Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide (San Diego)

Check out this conference from the only academic professional organization in the world focused solely on the digital divide and on connecting research to policymaking and practice to actions and solutions.


Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina, San Diego, CA

Learn more: http://www.ppdd.org/conferences/ppdd2017/


May 25: How to Get Started in Corporate Giving with Causecast and Pledge 1%

You want to give back.  But where do you start?  Join Pledge 1% and Laura Plato of Causecast and learn best practices on ways to give - including time, money, product, and equity, and more about tools can help make it easy to manage payroll deductions, matching gifts, in-kind donations, crowdfunding fundraisers and more.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT

Free - RSVP: www.causecast.com/how-to-get-started-in-corporate-giving 


May 25 - How to Work Well with Others and Minimize Unconscious Bias

Having the ability to flow in relationship to others is an essential quality to cultivate. Through meditation, culture-mapping, and artmaking this workshop provides an opportunity to witness your patterns and processes which determine your personal ability to navigate the often awkward landscape of unconscious bias. Designing and maintaining positivity can be difficult when fear, ego, and social norms collide while interacting with others. In this workshop, explore compassion as a tool for liberation by unearthing your values, designing for kind communication, and picking your battles.

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM


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



May 31: Women Get it Done - Wellness for Activists

You can’t change the world if you burn out. Learn about self-care, health & wellness for female leaders. Participants will understand the importance of self-care, how to develop systems for supporting their own wellness, consistency and accountability, and understand their role as leaders in the emerging future of political activism and leadership.

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Greenberg Traurig, LLP Four Embarcadero Center, Suite 3000, San Francisco, CA 94111



June 12-14: Presidio Institute Cross Sector Leadership Boot Camp

Calling all problem solvers! Walk in with your organization’s challenge – and walk away with a solution. Join us for an intensive team-based training for mid-career and senior leaders at the Presidio Institute. Your organization’s participants will bring their real-world challenge to a curated cohort of diverse professionals. The Presidio Institute’s distinguished faculty members train the group on a problem-solving methodology that fosters collaboration. In a facilitated workshop setting, participants then apply these techniques to develop breakthrough solutions.

$1500-2700 (Depending on type of organization)

Presidio Trust, South Gallery, 103 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94129

Email rgordon@presidiotrust.gov with any questions.

Apply here by May 1 for a 17% discount.


June 14-18: Greenermind Summit - a Retreat + Summer Camp + Unconference

What happens when you combine community, DIY education, play, and nature into one soul-packed weekend? — A transformative experience unlike any other. The Greenermind Summit is a 3-day retreat + summer camp + unconference where you'll meet mission-driven people from diverse backgrounds. If you have passion to share, if you want to grow and explore, if your soul needs a pickup from this crazy world — it’s a good time to join.

Location: In the redwoods of Mendocino, CA

Cost: $295 ($50 for kids); use the code “GMSfriend” for a 10% discount for SFTech4Good members

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/302125893519037/


October 24-24: Tech Inclusion SF

Help create an inclusive future for everyone.  Explore tech jobs, access and opportunity, empathy and allyship, inclusive and accessible design, creating inclusive teams and more.

Now more than ever we must come together to drive solutions: as executives, hiring managers, human resources, data scientists, educators, entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers and diversity and inclusion advocates.  This includes both a conference and career fair.

Innovation Hangar, 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

$299 early bird, $599 all-inclusive (free for career fair attendees)

Apply to Speak: https://community.techinclusion.co/call-for-speakers (topics are in education, workplace, entrepreneurship, policy and ecosystem)

Register: https://sf17.techinclusion.co/ 


Oct 30 - Nov 5: Lean Startup Week

Lean Startup Co. events bring the big ideas from Eric Ries’ books off the page to show how organizations are making them real around the world. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or a corporate innovator, you’ll learn how to implement and evolve the Lean Startup methodology beyond the startup phase—to scale—in enterprise, in government, in nonprofits, and in areas you’d least expect it. Alongside keynotes and case studies at Lean Startup Week, we offer workshops and mentoring sessions where you can have more immersive experiences, breaking off a chunk of the practice and working through it with our seasoned experts.

$1,650 - $3,500
San Francisco

Learn more: https://2017.leanstartup.co/ 





Resources and Volunteering/Learning/Job Opportunities


Volunteer & Paid Technical/Advisory Roles in Tech for Good

The Early Childhood Innovation Network with Georgetown University is testing, adapting and scaling a range of strategies (e.g. mindfulness programs) so that toxic stress interventions for parents and children can be sustainably embedded within vulnerable  communities in Washington, D.C and beyond. We will be building out an app and we are looking for a technical advisor to inform efforts including an SMS coaching system, wearable integrations, and customized mindfulness content libraries. To inquire about advisor or volunteer roles please contact connor@2b-infinite.com. To apply for a short term contract developer positions visit  http://bit.ly/2mRIaTr. Press release from the launch: http://bit.ly/2dRWEe5.


Volunteer Mentor for High School students: Writing Partner program

Citizen Circle is looking for a few more volunteers to participate in their Writing Partner program in San Francisco. They help high school seniors with their personal statements and college applications while also hosting gatherings to learn how they can collectively better engage with our community and education system. The commitment is two hours a week from June 2017-May 2018.

If interested, apply here. If you have questions, contact Payam Salehi at psalehi280@gmail.com


Submit a workshop proposal for the Nonprofit Institute

We are currently accepting workshop proposals that offer practical information that nonprofit professionals can use in their day to day work. Do you have successful examples, methods, and strategies to help nonprofit professionals be more effective. Do you have experience training others? Have knowledge to share with other nonprofit professionals? We are looking for proposals that highlight methods, case studies and strategies to  help nonprofit professionals be more effective. Submit a workshop proposal. Deadline is June 2, 2017. If you have any questions, email leah@nonprofitlearninglab.org.


Software Engineer at Vote.org

Vote.org is looking for a software engineer to help permanently increase voter turnout in America. Apply here: https://lnkd.in/gvwyr7j If you’re both talented and pragmatic; if you love clean and well documented code; if you want to write software that solves actual, real world problems; and if you want to have an immediate and lasting impact on US elections, then this might be the job for you.


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!


May 15 - June 30: Stanford University Free Online Course: How to be an Active Citizen in the Digital Age

This class provides an introduction to the roles of individuals and associations in shaping our collective public life and the civic fabric of our towns, states, and countries. Sometimes this involves coming together to influence governing bodies such as city councils or public agencies; sometimes it focuses on doing the things your community wants but can't or won't get government to do. The class has been designed to introduce the idea of digital civil society and to help participants consider the ways they engage in the issues that they care about. Taught by Lucy Bernholz (Director, Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford PACS, Senior Scholar, Stanford University) and Rob Reich (Faculty Co-director, Stanford PACS, and Professor, Political Science, Stanford University).

Start Date: May 15th, 2017

Duration: 6 weeks

Register here: https://app.novoed.com/active-citizen 


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:



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.




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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 May!


- Regina, Katharine & Roslyn

SFTech4Good event producers

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

P.P.S. Katharine has a new job! Say hi at katharine@causecast.com and see www.causecast.com for more.