#SFTech4Good Newsletter - September 2016: Election Tech Panel and Fall Conferences

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SFTech4Good and Sponsor Events

See you in September for our next event!

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



Take a 20 min survey for our sponsor, NTEN:

Are nonprofits using technology in their strategic plans? How do nonprofits budget for tech needs? Help us by taking the Nonprofit Technology Staffing and Investments survey!

Everyone who takes the survey will be invited to enter a drawing for a $500 VISA Gift Card.

This helps nonprofit leaders answer challenging questions by providing greater context of what similar organizations are doing when it comes to staffing, budgeting, planning, and spending.  Your answers will remain anonymous and will be reported in aggregate only. A report based on the findings from this survey will be made available in the Fall of 2016 for free. Details about the survey are here.



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:


August 28-30: Global Grand Challenge Awards @ Singularity U Global Summit

See social impact tech companies.  Singularity University is teaming up with global development organizations, our corporate partners, and SU Faculty to bring attention, connections, opportunities, resources, and recognition to the startups and projects capable of making significant positive impact on global challenges through exponential technology.  

Apply if you are a startup, company, or nonprofit!

Info: https://exponential.singularityu.org/summit/ggc/

Apply: https://exponential.singularityu.org/summit/ggc/apply/

Questions? Contact Dolley MacDermot, Challenge & Innovation Lab Coordinator

exponentialdemo@singularityu.org / (650) 451-1927

San Francisco


August 29: Community Equity: Investing in New Models for Food Startups

Join entrepreneurs and investors for a conversation about how they raise funds for enterprises with a mission - and get real and healthy food along the way.  We’ll take a look at community funding options and learn from investment stories in Northern California.

6-8 pm

Red Bay Coffee - 3098 E. 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94601 (near Fruitvale BART)

$5 - RSVP: www.eventbrite.com/e/community-equity-food-entrepreneurs-and-investors-joining-in-new-funding-models-tickets-27156129715 


August 31: Pre-SOCAP Happy Hour on Impact Investing in Berkeley

Meet local impact investors, social entrepreneurs, conscious corporations, philanthropists, government agencies, and innovators in every sector before the global gathering and connect with additional local allies. SOCAP 365 is a year-round event series at the intersection of money and meaning, building off the annual SOCAP conference in San Francisco. More upcoming events are here: http://bit.ly/signmeup365

$15 (If you’re an Impact Hub member, the first 10 RSVPs with "ImpactHub365" are free)


7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Impact Hub Berkeley

2150 Allston Way #400, Berkeley, CA 94704


Sept 6 - Intro to Participatory Design with Caravan Studios

Interested in design thinking and civic tech?  This event will examine participatory methodologies for creating civic apps. Join Caravan Studios and learn about their 5-step participatory, community-centric design process.  

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM        



Microsoft Reactor - 680 Folsom Street

San Francisco, CA 94107


Sept 6-8: BoxWorks Conference: full conference scholarship for nonprofits

Join Box.org and peers like the ASPCA, Charity:Water, Team Rubicon and many other orgs for thought-provoking workshops, presentations by nonprofits, and discussions with other technology leaders who are figuring out how to use the cloud to enable success.

Register at https://www.box.com/boxworks/homepage with the code:  6bworgmember

**There are 500 scholarships available, so if you’re at a nonprofit, you should apply!

Moscone West

747 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103


September 8-9: Fund and Fuel Your Dreams

Are you a woman social entrepreneur doing great work? Do you know you could have more impact if you had funding from a mission-driven investor? Yes, you CAN raise money from like-minded investors! Learn from Jenny Kassan, a leader in social enterprise law and financing, at this game-changing workshop.


Oakland, CA

RSVP: http://www.fundandfuelyourdreams.com


September 6-9: BRIDGE SF

BRIDGE SF is a collaboration of public, private, non-profit, and academic institutions coming together to challenge assumptions, develop skills, share best practices, and build partnerships that drive innovation for a better tomorrow. In conjunction with the SF Mayor's Office, UC Berkeley, and City Innovate Foundation, meet policymakers and leading innovators from across the Bay Area and around the world for a four-day event focused on citizen-critical issues including smart cities, mobility, Internet of Things, sustainability, resiliency, economic development, and arts and culture.

$247.50 - $1,295



September 12: Community Capital Conference (COCAP)

Explore the barriers to creating healthy prosperity for all, greater economic equality, as well as the boundary-pushing solutions being worked on by next economy leaders. Leave with a better understanding of the roots of wealth inequality and ideas for solutions you can implement in your community.

9:00 am to 6:30 pm

Impact Hub Oakland - 2323 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

$25 - includes lunch



September 13: Building a Powerful Grants Strategy for 2016-2017

This free webinar (normally $69!) will take participants through the process of establishing a grants calendar for the next 12 to 18 months. All participants will also receive a set of worksheets that they can use to create their own approach to building an overall grantseeking strategy for their organization.

11 am - 12:30 pm Pacific time

RSVP here: https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=yyd7ii2cmmeu&campaign=rgqulot2nmr7 

If you dial in by phone, you may need to provide this additional code: 58566658

Contact webinars@techsoupglobal.org with accessibility requests for live captioning at least 72 hours prior to the event. Thanks TechSoup for making this event free!


September 13: Content Marketing for Nonprofits course from NTEN

Content marketing should play a key role in your nonprofit’s overall marketing and community engagement strategy. From brand awareness to advocacy to conversion, content is a powerful tool with multi-faceted impact. It’s also something you can do with little to no budget with the help of this week-long online course from NTEN.

(NTEN co-sponsors the SFTech4Good Meetup, so we think they’re great!)

$125 NTEN members, $250 non-members



September 13-15: Social Capital Markets conference (SOCAP)

$1,195 - $1,395 (Note: Impact Hub members get discounts)

Info: http://socialcapitalmarkets.net/

Tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/socap16-registration-19009721589

Fort Mason Center, San Francisco


September 13-15: Stanford’s Nonprofit Management Institute

As society grows more complex, and the interconnections between people and organizations around the globe grow, social sector leaders are increasingly questioning the efficacy of traditional top-down structures. In its place, nonprofit leaders are turning to a new approach, one that views leadership as a collective process that can catalyze the power of networks to create social change. The era of the networked nonprofit has arrived.

$995 - $1,675

Palo Alto

Info/Register: http://www.ssirinstitute.org/


September 13-15: GitHub Universe

GitHub Universe is the event for people making the future of software. The conference is packed with advanced training, deep-dives on open source projects, keynotes from industry experts, and a look into successful software teams.

$399-600 ***10% off tickets for SFTech4Good members with the code GH_COMMUNITY_10, while supplies last.

RSVP: githubuniverse.com 

Pier 70, San Francisco

Note: This year, the conference after-party at The Masonic (1111 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108) is open to the whole GitHub community. This year’s event includes a benefit concert with Common as the headliner. All GitHub Universe attendees gain free admission to the benefit, and it is also open to the public for a $40 donation. All proceeds go to Black Girls Code, an important organization shaping the future software. (www.githubuniverse.com/bigbang)


September 15: Designing for the Internet of Things (Online)

The Internet of Things presents unique challenges for UX designers. Learn from 7 experts in IoT design for a daylong virtual conference addressing the crucial topics you need to know to create the next generation of products and services. Learn about technological fundamentals of the IoT, industrial design, prototyping for connected products, designing with artificial intelligence, designing for failure, privacy and security considerations, and the UX design of devices that incorporate machine learning.

7 am to 3 pm PT


RSVP: www.oreilly.com/online-training/online-conference-designing-for-the-internet-of-things.html


September 19-22: Verge Conference “Where Tech Meets Sustainability”

Join the leaders, thinkers and doers using technology and innovation to accelerate the sustainable economy.

$895 - $2,875

RSVP: https://www.greenbiz.com/events/verge/santa-clara/2016/registration

Santa Clara, CA


September 27 - Cause Communications Community meetup

Learn what’s the most important to get right on your organization’s website do a quick-and-dirty audit of your website with the help of other nonprofit communicators and consultants and develop a plan of action to make fixing it as fast and painless as possible.

6:00-8:00 pm


TransForm - 436 14th St. Suite 600

Oakland, CA 94612



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 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 14-16 - YWSE-SF Annual Retreat

Become an effective advocate for yourself, your business, your allies, your community, and your cause. The purpose of the YWSE-SF 2016 Retreat is to bring together women who are working toward positive change in the world around us, 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. We know that progress can only be made when we are our unapologetic, authentic selves, we bridge the chasms in our communities by working together, and we encourage and honor diverse perspectives.

NatureBridge at Golden Gate

1033 Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito, CA 94965




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.

RSVP: http://intuit.me/SMBHack4Good 

San Jose Convention Center

150 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113

Hackathon only: $25 per person

Hackathon is free with purchase of conference pass to QuickBooks Connect (https://qbcon2016.com/developers)


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


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:




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 September!

- Regina and Katharine

SFTech4Good event producers

P.S. Find us on Twitter at #SFN2 or @SFTech4Good