I hope that you're all staying safe, are taking care of yourselves and your loved ones as you're able, and following the shelter-in-place guidelines in your respective municipalities. It's been a few weeks since the last official newsletter and resource-focused emails went out.
As I announced on March 14th, SFTech4Good's in-person events are on hold for the time being. I'm planning on launching some virtual events in the near future. I have added links for other events happening below as always. Thank you for being patient. This is a big change. Depending on our respective work, family, and support situations, many of us might be carrying very heavy loads. My goal is to strike a balance and to refrain from excessive events, messaging, and asks at this stressful time. I hope I've struck the right balance. Let me know.
If you know people or orgs who would be great guests for virtual meetups, please let me know. I've always gotten great ideas, resources, and feedback from the SFTech4Good community. I'm sure that will be the case now too.
Feel free to forward this email to anyone you'd think would be interested in being part of the SFTech4Good community. This is the link to sign up for the newsletter, and this is the link to join on Meetup to get event info.
(All events are in the Pacific timezone unless otherwise noted.)
Brand Protection for Social Impact
May 28th, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
They're social entrepreneurs at Firm for the Culture, and they help social entrepreneurs. Drawing upon years of extensive legal experience, they help change makers, culture shifters, and status quo disruptors own their brand names.
Join them to learn about the importance of protecting your intellectual property as you scale your social impact.
Crisis Discriminates Webinar
June 18th, 10 - 11 am
The Exygy team will lead a conversation on how COVID19 is heavily impacting vulnerable communities, what can be learned from historic crisis responses, and what we can do to support these communities.
Virtual Science In The City 2020
July 13th - July 17th, 9 am - 12 pm
You're invited to join the 7th Annual Science In The City Summer Camp. This camp is an opportunity to give underrepresented students of color (African American/Black, Chicano/Latino/LatinX, Indigenous/Native American, and Pacific Islander) access to traditional STEM at an early age. This camp is offered through a collaboration between Stanford University's Graduate School of Education, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and The Social Engineering Project, Inc.
The Social Engineering Project, Inc. ("TSEP") is an Oakland based, social impact venture with Stanford University designed to address the lack of diversity in the tech industry through pipeline programs for underrepresented students of color. TSEP seeks to impact the world by making students fall in love with science. This camp is designed for incoming 5th and 6th graders students only. During our one week session, students will learn Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Engineering. Science In The City requires young people to think hard, ask questions, and to generate powerful explanations about science. The power of getting young people involved in science and allowing them to experience success at an early age removes any doubt that science is for our children.
CalGov- Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers
In the face of the COVID-19, California's Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) wants to keep workers, employers, co-workers, and families safe. What employees are entitled to may be confusing. They are trying to make it easier and spread awareness through this centralized source of info. Use the guidance below to determine what is best for you, your family, and your workplace.
It continues to grow, so the document is open to editing by the public.
If you know of similar situations with other companies that are providing goods or services beyond their normal cadence or cost? Please add them to this list. Thanks to Scott Monty for sharing this on LinkedIn.
The Creator Fund
As a mission-driven company made up of creators, ConvertKit created the Creator Fund to support creators in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Go here for more info and please share with the creators that you know.
Free Internet From Sonic
During the COVID-19 outbreak, Sonic is offering three months of free internet access and unlimited nationwide home telephone service to households with K-12 students, college students, senior citizens 60 or older, educators, Healthcare providers, delivery persons, food and safety workers, and all homes financially impacted.
From TechSoup: Resources for Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19
In difficult times, the world turns to civil society for support. TechSoup is committed to equipping your nonprofit with the technology resources you need to meet your mission, serve your community, and support your staff.
Support the TechSoup COVID-19 Recovery Fund
Help grassroots nonprofits continue serving our most vulnerable communities through the crisis.
COVID-19 is placing unprecedented demands on nonprofits. They have to protect and support staff while their communities need support — from meals to mental health counseling — even more than before.
Nonprofits need to rapidly make technology decisions that will help them to manage through the COVID-19 crisis. Many lack the resources to do so — placing both them and those they serve at an increased risk of falling behind at the worst possible time.
Training, Jobs, Bootcamps/Incubators, and Internnships Covintern
In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, American college students are home from school, often with limited academic responsibilities, and many companies are moving operations online to slow the outbreak's spread. Students remaining quarantined in their homes can gain valuable experience in industry during this time through remote internships.
The Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest annually awards a $10,000 cash grant to one individual who has created or led an effort to create an open-source software product of significant value to the nonprofit sector and movements for social change.
The Pizzigati Prize honors the brief life of Tony Pizzigati, an early advocate of open source computing.
The Pizzigati Prize welcomes applications from—and nominations for—single individuals. Those nominated for the prize should have developed a software product that is open source, as defined by the Open Source Initiative, and easily and widely available. This software must have already demonstrated its value to at least one nonprofit organization. Additionally, it should be a product that can be a value to multiple nonprofit organizations. Applicants will be evaluated on a range of criteria by an advisory panel that includes past winners of the Prize.
Upskilling during a Downturn
A collection of free resources to elevate your career during a time of change.
Recidiviz is Hiring! Recidiviz is a non-profit technology company based in San Francisco, CA. They build common, open-source technical infrastructure to help the criminal justice system end mass incarceration and focus on ongoing iteration towards better outcomes (both for the public and the individuals in the system).
Criminal justice data today is inefficient and ineffective: researchers, advocates, policymakers and practitioners each need funding and time for data collection and cleaning (for almost any data at all), and most data collected is too stale by the time it’s compiled to be useful.
Recidiviz has built an open-source platform to ingest data from across data silos, link it, standardize it, and expose it in usable formats to the ecosystem. We’re building some of our own interventions on top of this platform and working with other NGOs to use it to power research at scale, inform agency decision-making, motivate policy changes, and monitor their impact.