Steve Spiker (Spike) is the Director of Research & Technology with Urban Strategies Council, a social impact nonprofit based in Oakland, and is the ED of OpenOakland - a Code for America Brigade.
He will talk about how poor technology used in local government and how the lack of engagement with the wider community is changing for the better. Oakland now has a growing civic hacker community, and he’ll talk about how they’re making roads into the government transparency and engagement world. He’ll then talk about the process that led to the generation of a new resource platform based on open source tech that is reusable in every city- all on a small budget.
We’ll also have Nish Pangali, the head of the Technology Donation program at SAP's Corporate Social Responsibility. She'll talk about the use of data for the social benefit.
Other Events and News:
---> TechSoup and Teespring <---
TechSoup has partnered with Teespring, an online fundraising platform that allows organizations to launch free web-based campaigns offering custom-branded shirts. The orders are done kickstarter-style so that everything is pre-sold before you go to the printer, reducing risk.
They're offering a one-year premium consultation package and a $1 discount off the base price of each shirt sold during the one-year period. You can find more info here.
---> Nominate Code for America Fellows <---
Code for America wants your help!
They’re looking for passionate web developers, designers, researchers and product managers for our 2014 Fellowship. They need talented individuals to give one year in service of our municipal governments. Their 27 Fellows for this year were selected from more than 550 applicants. The majority of those Fellows found out about the program from someone else.
Please help them out by letting them know who think would make a great Fellow. Nominate them here.
---> Help Black Girls Code! <---
Black Girls CODE (BGC) will be our guest during our August 13th session, so save the date! BGC is a nonprofit dedicated to empower young girls of color (Black, Latina and Native American) ages 7- 17 through digital technology and computer programming. We’ll screen a new short film about their organization and will have a discussion. We’ll send out more info on the event later this month.
In the meantime you can help them educate the next generation of techies. BGC will develop 8 chapters worldwide to provide young girls with yearlong programs. The Summer of CODE will educate 2,000 girls in 10 different cities in HTML/CSS front end programming languages, mobile app development and game design. If you support women in technology, support this revolutionary nonprofit today by donating today.
They’re also in the running for $50k from Windows! They’re currently in the lead and we want them to stay there! Here is an easy way to support them: click, vote and please verify your email (or the vote won't count)!
GoldieBlox, Inc. is a toy company founded in 2012 by Debbie Sterling, a female engineer from Stanford University. Engineers are solving some of the biggest challenges our society faces. They are critical to the world economy, earn higher salaries and have greater job security. And they are 89% male. GoldieBlox offers a much-needed female engineer role model who is smart, curious and accessible.
---> Global nonprofit Net Impact needs an Email & Marketing Associate <---
Global nonprofit Net Impact is hiring a tech-savvy Email & Marketing Associate for its Downtown SF headquarters. With a focus on building HTML emails and supporting the Marketing team’s digital communication efforts, this entry-level role is perfect for a production nerd interested in learning the ins and outs of nonprofit marketing.