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Benetech Partners with Kapor Center and Lawyers’ Committee to Ensure Election Protection

By posted in Code Alliance (previously SocialCoding4Good), Benetech Labs on December 21, 2016 at 12:25pm

In the summer of 2016, the Washington, D.C.-based Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law asked Benetech to find open source developers to build new technology features for Election Protection, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition that monitors elections across the United States. Our Vote Live, funded by a grant from the Kapor Center […]

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Benetech’s Code Alliance Connects Communities for Social Impact

By posted in Code Alliance (previously SocialCoding4Good), Benetech, Benetech Labs on October 4, 2016 at 8:41am

About a year ago, I joined the Benetech Labs’ team to learn more about the role technology plays in improving people’s lives. Benetech has been actively working in this space since 1989, when Jim Fruchterman first founded the organization. Jim’s goal was to improve machine reading and recognition systems and build software for people that […]

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Benetech’s Code Alliance Helps Nonprofits Scale Cutting-Edge Technology Solutions at GoogleServe

By posted in Code Alliance (previously SocialCoding4Good), Benetech, Announcements on July 27, 2016 at 12:35pm

The first rule of solving real-world problems using technology is to work directly with the communities that know the problem space best. That’s precisely what Benetech’s Code Alliance initiative has done by bringing nonprofit organizations together with Google engineers for the annual #GoogleServe event in June at the company’s Mountain View headquarters. Today, many nonprofits […]

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Benetech’s Code Alliance Connects Nonprofits and Volunteers at CHI4GOOD’s Day of Service

By posted in Code Alliance (previously SocialCoding4Good), Announcements, Benetech Labs on June 2, 2016 at 8:33am

Members of Benetech’s Code Alliance team recently organized the first ever CHI4GOOD Day of Service at the annual conference hosted by the Human-Computer Interaction Special Interest Group of the Association for Computing Machinery in San Jose, California. Code Alliance is a Benetech initiative that connects technology professionals to volunteer opportunities with open source software projects for social […]

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Benetech Joins SanDisk’s Day of Service

By posted in Code Alliance (previously SocialCoding4Good), Benetech Labs on January 13, 2016 at 12:50pm

Last December, Benetech – through its SocialCoding4Good program – was invited to participate in SanDisk’s Day of Service. The event brought together technical employees with two accessibility projects from the DIAGRAM Center, one of Benetech’s Global Literacy initiatives. Approximately thirty SanDisk participants learned about the software tools that Benetech uses to translate images in STEM textbooks […]

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Benetech and Yahoo for Good Discuss Technology’s Role in the Refugee Crisis

By posted in Code Alliance (previously SocialCoding4Good) on November 23, 2015 at 9:58am

From registration with biometric verification to mobile communications and to smart device medicine delivery, the Syrian aid effort exemplifies technology’s potential to transform the humanitarian process. Creating technology solutions that benefit refugees was also the topic of a recent “Hack Lunch” at Yahoo, in which I had the opportunity to represent Benetech and speak to a group of engineers and technologists about social impact technology.

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The Power of Technology Volunteerism: How SocialCoding4Good Helped FrontlineSMS Improve Its Open Source Software

By posted in Code Alliance (previously SocialCoding4Good) on January 7, 2015 at 11:29am

The impact of the SocialCoding4Good global volunteer community is best told through the enhanced capacity of our project partners. Case in point is how SocialCoding4Good-enabled tech volunteerism helped project partner FrontlineSMS improve its product and better serve its users.

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Give Time and Talent on #GivingTuesday: Join the SocialCoding4Good Community

By posted in Code Alliance (previously SocialCoding4Good) on December 2, 2014 at 9:30am

Today, #GivingTuesday, is all about giving back to support causes that make the world better, and volunteering time and talent can be a great way to do that. If you are looking for technical skills-based volunteer opportunities with real, lasting impact and active learning though service, then we, at Benetech, invite you to join a growing global community of technical contributors—software designers, developers, product managers, translators, technical writers, quality assurance engineers, and more—who make a difference by volunteering with our SocialCoding4Good initiative.

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Google’s T.V. Raman on Open Source Technology as a Force for Social Good

By posted in Code Alliance (previously SocialCoding4Good) on November 20, 2014 at 12:00pm

Google Research Scientist, T.V. Raman, sits down with SocialCoding4Good’s Developer Community Manager, Emma Irwin, for a conversation about tech volunteerism, the social impact of open source technology, the future of accessibility, and more.

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Open Source for Social Change: Celebrating the SocialCoding4Good Community

By posted in Code Alliance (previously SocialCoding4Good) on July 23, 2014 at 12:15pm

Three short years ago, the idea for SocialCoding4Good began forming at OSCON, O’Reilly’s annual open source conference. When we presented SocialCoding4Good at last year’s OSCON, we were struck by the number of people who shared their own experiences contributing to global Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) projects. It’s time for us to take the next step, and support this growing contributor community. To that end, we’re thrilled to officially introduce our new Developer Community Manager, Emma Irwin. In Portland? Meet Emma Irwin in person at OSCON this week.

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