SFTech4Good Update: AT&T Mobile App Hackathon, #TSDIGS TweetChat, and more

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We’re starting a newsletter to help keep the members of SFTech4Good in the loop with what's going on. Please let me know what you think after you've read this!Super Moonrise Over Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco May 5 2012

First, I want to welcome all of our new members.  Thanks for joining and we hope to see you at an event soon.  Also, if you have any ideas or suggestions please contact us via our Meetup page.

SFTech4Good Events:

--->Thank you to the attendees of the AT&T Hackathon <---

Thanks to the SFTech4Good members who came out to the AT&T Mobile App Hackathon - Autism Speaks (San Francisco) last weekend! It was great to see you support a great cause by working on projects to help the lives of those with autism a bit better. We hope you'll join us at any future hackathons or Tuesday meetups!

---> Thank you to everyone who took part in Tuesday's TweetChat! <---

Also, thanks to our members who participated or even just followed along with Tuesday’s #TSDIGS Digital Storytelling TweetChat: Telling Your Origin Story.  It was an all day and worldwide event.  We’re honored that our Netsquared chapter was able to take part.

We had a great discussion with Jay Golden from Walkingstar Story Consulting about how orgs and causes can best tell their origin stories and why an origin story is important. The folks at TechSoup are working on a recap of our Twitter chat as well as the others from Tuesday. I’ll make sure to post a link in the reply section of the event page as soon as it’s ready.

Other Events and News:

---> Code for America now recruiting civic startups for 2013 Accelerator <---

Code for America is now recruiting startups for its 2013 class of the Civic Startup Accelerator.

Through a competitive, four-month program, the CfA Accelerator “turbo-charges” select civic startups by providing them a springboard to amplify market awareness of their product, funding, business mentoring specific to the Gov 2.0 space, and introductions to a broad network of civic leaders and potential investors.

Every month, accepted teams will attend week-long “retreats” in SF packed with trainings, talks, and networking events; full time relocation is not required.

The program will start in August 2013; the deadline for application is May 31, 2013.

Apply now: codeforamerica.org/accelerator

---> Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy <---

John Wood, founder and board co-chair of Room to Read, released his latest book on February 7. I was in contact with him via email and he wanted me to share this with the group.

The name of the book is "Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy". The book will takes you on a journey behind the scenes of Room to Read’s “scaling years,” and share stories of our most memorable challenges and successes. It’s a great example of how they used tech for good.


That’s it for the first newsletter!

We have a couple of events in the works for both May and June, so stay tuned. We’ll send out more details as soon as we can.

Have a great weekend!


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