#SFTech4Good Newsletter for October 2016: Tech Wellness

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Welcome members old and new!  Thanks for being a part of SFTech4Good.


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


Hack Your Desk: DIY Workplace Wellness

Thursday, October 20

6:30-8:30 pm

General Assembly - 225 Bush St, 5th Floor, San Francisco


RSVP: https://generalassemb.ly/education/hack-your-desk-diy-workplace-wellness/san-francisco/28695


More and more organizations are realizing the benefits of workplace wellness.  But if you’re at a startup, social enterprise, nonprofit, or otherwise don’t have large wellness budget, what can you do to take care of yourself?  


In this workshop, you’ll learn tech tools to help support healthy habits at work, ideas for how to create a DIY standing desk, and breathing/stretching options for short breaks.  The class will also include a 30 minute “business casual yoga” portion with simple yoga-inspired stretches that can be done in jeans.  This will also be the first SFTech4Good event with a presentation by SFTech4Good event producer Katharine Bierce, who is an RYT 200-certified yoga teacher as well as a tech for good maven!


September 28 - Election Tech Panel: Civic Tech, Data, and Voter Engagement

It’s an election year, so we’ve put together a panel on how technology is being used for improving voter engagement!  SFTech4Good is partnering with the Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange, which is part of a long Bloomberg tradition of advocacy for using data science and human capital to solve problems at the core of society.


Bloomberg SF Tech Hub

140 New Montgomery, 22nd Floor, San Francisco, CA

6pm: doors open, grab a snack and then mix and mingle

6:30 to 7:30pm: panel and Q&A

7:30pm: mingling and breakouts

9pm: event ends


Free - RSVP is REQUIRED here on Eventbrite:


NOTE: Advance registration plus your photo ID are required to enter the Bloomberg office.


This is a non-partisan event and will focus on tools that get eligible voters registered, help voters make better voter decisions or engage and participate more, and help voters find and use public data to help inform themselves.  The panel will touch on the role of government and data, with respect to how data can be used by third party apps, and data and voter registration, and how data collection can inform voter registration efforts. The panel is:

 Charles Belle, Founder and CEO of StartupPolicyLab.org, our fearless moderator

Joy Bonaguro, Chief Data Officer at City and County of San Francisco

Debra Cleaver, Founder and CEO of Vote.org

Alex Kranenburg, Co-founder of Politalk

Carla Mays, whose team recently won the Hillary Clinton Presidential Hack




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:


September 30: Deadline to Apply for Free Data Analytics Help

Delta Analytics provides nonprofits with a team of data professionals on a data-related 6 month project. The team will work with you in identifying your non-profit's data analytics needs and will structure a project to help address your most important data priorities.  We want to work with high impact organizations that will use this service grant in a meaningful way. Applicants should already have data collected and a defined question in mind that is feasible to answer with existing data, and a dedicated point person.

Apply now: http://www.deltanalytics.org/2017-service-grant.html


September 30 - Deadline to Apply for Team4Tech Project, South Africa

Team4Tech is seeking individual volunteers to set up IT infrastructure and conduct a Teacher Training Workshop for a LEAP Science and Math School in South Africa from November 28 - December 7, 2016. Volunteers will partner with LEAP 6 School that is located in Ga-Rankuwa, township outside of Pretoria. This will help educators use technology to increase their efficiency and improve learners’ problem solving skills. Team4Tech connects technology volunteers and solutions with high-impact local organizations.  Learn more here:


Questions? Contact dawn@team4tech.org

Deadline to apply - 5 pm PST on Friday, September 30


October 1 - Re-Entry Conference

This event brings together formerly incarcerated people (adults and teens), nonprofit advocates and providers working with incarcerated people; law enforcement professionals, probation and corrections staff; victim services; educational; religious and social institutions; department of justice agencies; health services; housing employment and legal rights.

Discuss social reintegration challenges, opportunities and steps to support people in re-entry. Learn about important laws that affect people who undergoing the re-entry process.


8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Event Center, St. Mary’s Cathedral

1111 Gough St., San Francisco, California

Breakfast + lunch provided; walk-ins OK but lunch guaranteed only to advance registrants

RSVP: www.reentryaction.org   


October 6: Team4Tech Celebration

Join us for an evening of learning, inspiration, and celebration! Learn about leadership with purpose in a panel moderated by Heather McLeod Grant, best-selling author of Forces for Good. Team4Tech is a Silicon Valley-based non-profit organization dedicated to advancing educational opportunities in developing countries by matching tech volunteers and solutions with high-impact NGOs.

Free - Food and drinks provided.

6:00-8:00 pm

GSV Labs, 425 Broadway, Redwood City, CA

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/team4tech-celebration-tickets-27475362549 


October 6: The School Fund Annual Gala

The[b][c][d] School Fund is a local non-profit that crowd-funds scholarships for high potential students in the developing world who cannot afford to attend school. In 2016 they will grant $225,000 in scholarships to over 500 students in seven countries. Research shows that in developing countries, children with better education have higher incomes, better health and greater security.

Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real Palo Alto, CA 94306

5:30-7:30 pm


Info and RSVP: https://www.classy.org/palo-alto/events/the-school-funds-legacy-gala/e89834

Questions? Contact Michael Childress: michael@theschoolfund.org 


October 7: Our Voices: Advancing Civic Engagement in California

Explore civic engagement among Californians, including efforts to improve how we can better connect with our government and with our communities.

Tsakopoulos Library Galleria

828 I Street, Sacramento, CA

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/our-voices-advancing-civic-engagement-in-california-27th-annual-envisioning-california-conference-registration-25419171426


October 7-9: Startup Weekend Oakland: Hacking Bias

Do you think diversity in tech is a problem? Do have an idea or want to explore tech solutions to hack bias in the workforce while being mentored and networking with startup experts and VCs? Explore what’s possible and meet your potential next investor! We're looking for passionate designers, developers, community members, and business/non-profit professionals who want to make a difference and improve diversity in tech companies.

Kapor Center for Social Impact

2148 Broadway, Oakland, CA




October 8: Intergenerational Leadership Jam in Oakland

Are you an emerging leader seeking mentorship? Or are you an experienced leader learning to share and learn from younger generations?  Be a part of a movement and an organization that makes these connections real. Come practice innovative, collaborative, participatory, and engaging leadership with ongoing relationships across generations.  

10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Berrett-Koehler Publishers offices

1333 Broadway, Suite 1000, Oakland




October 9-11: Silicon Valley Community Foundation Innovation Conference

How will technology transform philanthropy?  Join grantmakers, philanthropists and CSR professionals to learn more.


Hilton San Francisco Union Square

333 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102



October 11 - Deadline to apply for +Acumen Corps Oct 29 Challenge with Kiva

Recently, Kiva has started making larger loans directly to social enterprises, and they’re looking to crowd-source their due diligence process. Help them decide whether to lend money to a specific social enterprise in this challenge on October 29.  By fully participating in this challenge, you’ll gain entry into +Acumen Corps. This is your opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a network that is going to do important things in the world. Due to limited space, preference is given to applicants who have completed at least two free +Acumen courses or one Master Class.

FAQs: http://plusacumen.org/blog/announcing-plusacumen-corps/

Apply: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScYZENC0C9EqX3-vA1PVN7fqRoAifgELOsekb7XS10qbpM0Qw/viewform 


October 13 - Conference on Infrastructure Monitoring

The World Bank and UC Berkeley Center for Effective Global Action are co-hosting a workshop on new technologies to monitor performance of infrastructure investments in the developing world.  Explore the use of sensor networks (IoT), remote sensing (satellite/LIDAR), and other technologies for measuring and evaluating the economic performance of infrastructure investments- from transport systems and utilities to rural infrastructure (like irrigation and warehousing). Participants will include tech sector companies like Planet.com, Premise, Digital Globe, Facebook, and Cisco plus researchers from Stanford, Berkeley, UC San Diego, MIT, Portland State, and more.

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

UC Berkeley

For questions, contact: gcastaldo@berkeley.edu 

Info and RSVP: http://cega.berkeley.edu/events/technology-for-infrastructure-monitoring-2016/


October 14-16 - YWSE-SF Annual Retreat

Become an effective advocate for yourself, your business, your allies, your community, and your cause. This retreat brings together women who are working toward positive change, through entrepreneurship and in our work, to collaborate, learn, and build a supportive community together. At this year’s retreat, participants will focus on self-care, self-love, mindfulness, compassion, and consciousness to unlock the potential we can and must bring to our work. We will explore how best to develop and leverage influence, identify and embolden advocates, and find and enable allies.

NatureBridge at Golden Gate

1033 Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito, CA 94965




October 17: Community Conversation on Racism and Homelessness

Join us for a Town Hall hosted by San Francisco homeless services providers. We will take a deeper look at questions including: What is the connection between racism and economic inequality? Why are African Americans disproportionately represented among people experiencing homelessness in SF? What can we do to imagine a more equitable future?

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Herbst Theatre - 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

$0-20 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/addressing-racism-homelessness-in-san-francisco-tickets-27059924964 


October 19: Nonprofit Fundraising Masters

Want to raise more money for your cause? Get tips from the world’s most successful fundraisers at Nonprofit Fundraising Masters SF 10/19 w/ Lynne Twist, Annie Leonard, Beth Kanter, Mike Brune & Paul Rice. Early birds expire 9/2 & save $20 w/ “N2” code http://fundraisingmasters.org/san-francisco/


Oct 21-23: Living the New Economy Convergence

A coalition of community leaders and social entrepreneurs committed to advancing radically inclusive economic, racial, and environmental justice solutions in Oakland. This year's convergence is inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement and others’ call to overcome systemic racism that to this day deprives Black Americans, indigenous peoples, and others of their inherent dignity and fair share of Oakland’s economic prosperity. Via participatory activities, we will shine the light on what’s working, what’s not, and what we can do.

Mills College

5000 MacArthur Boulevard

Oakland, CA 94613

Tickets: $25-150


***Help support social justice and chip in to their Indiegogo fundraising campaign to ensure they can make this as inclusive as can be!

Prizes include House Kombucha, passes to a Social Justice Walking Tour, and business advising!

Donate: https://www.generosity.com/fundraisers/1800080

October 22-23: Small Business Tech Hackathon

Help leverage the latest in technology to create apps and solutions that make the business of running a nonprofit or small business invisible and easy. Your innovative solutions will let the entrepreneurs and visionaries get back to their passions, while still successfully and simply managing the administrative tasks of keeping their organizations successful. Square, Jibo, and Google’s Api.ai are joining as API partners.

RSVP: http://intuit.me/SMBHack4Good 

***Free with the code NONPROFIT (save $25)

San Jose Convention Center

150 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113


October 26-27: Tech Inclusion Conference

Experience inclusive and accessible design, meet diversity recruiters, learn new solutions to diversity and inclusion, meet underrepresented entrepreneurs and investors, speak with policy makers and educators, and network with other people who care about creating change in the tech ecosystem. This conference is for the whole tech community: engineers and designers, entrepreneurs and policymakers, students and professionals, university faculty and corporate executives… of every race, gender, age, ability and geography.


$99 early bird rate

Palace of Fine Arts - Innovation Hangar

3601 Lyon Street

San Francisco, CA 94123

October 26 - Conference and Startup Showcase

October 27 - Career Fair (11:00am - 3:00pm) - free for job applicants


October 27: Transforming White Privilege Webinar

Do you want to be a better ally in the movement for racial justice? Learn more about this curriculum, as part of the Leadership Learning Community.  Presenters will include the Shakti Butler (World Trust Educational Services), Maggie Potapchuk (MP Associates), Sally Leiderman and Stephanie Leiderman (Center for Assessment and Policy Development).

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Pacific time

Webinar: free (membership of the organization is not)


October 27: Civic Innovation Afterparty

Grab your cape and mask, and get ready to join your fellow superheroes for an epic MAFter Party. For one glorious night, leave your civilian identity behind and let loose with social justice heroes from across the Bay Area and the country.  Mission Asset Fund (MAF) is a nonprofit on a mission to create a fair financial marketplace for hardworking families. MAF’s award-winning Lending Circles are a fresh take on social lending, enabling participants to save for college, apply for citizenship, and start businesses – all while building credit.



Includes Hors d'oeuvres & Drinks

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Minna Gallery - 111 Minna Street                                

San Francisco, CA


November 7-9: Code for America Summit

It’ll be you and 1,200 talented civic tech leaders. Come with your passion for building 21st century government. Leave with the skills you need to do it.



Oakland Marriott City Center

1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607


November 16-18: Intrapreneurship Conference Silicon Valley

Intrapreneurship is the act of behaving like an entrepreneur while working within a large organization. It’s a corporate management style that integrates risk-taking and innovation approaches, that are usually thought of as being part of entrepreneurship.  Intrapreneurs often work on integrating social or environmental impact into the “triple bottom line” - people, planet, and profit. Meet corporate intrapreneurs and leading innovators here!


GSV Labs

425 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063

$1,799 before September 30

$2,299 before November 16

**Get 15% off with discount code: “SFTech4Good”




Resources and Volunteering/Learning/Job Opportunities



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.

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:



Mentor Sharing Economy Social Impact Startups

Apply to be one of 50 volunteer experts and mentor 5 entrepreneurs developing sharing economy products and services. The program will combine skype calls with online coaching to validate the business model and tackle the key development challenges of the selected entrepreneurs. It’s only 15 minutes per week!  This builds on Global Sharing Week, which 2 years ago had 40 mentors from 27 countries offer their pro-bono mentoring to 3 amazing social entrepreneurs over 4 weeks.

Apply here and briefly explain who you are and what motivates you to support a sharing economy entrepreneur.




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That’s all for October!


- Regina and Katharine

SFTech4Good event producers

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