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The Impact: Software for Social Good

By posted in Benetech, Benetech Labs on May 8, 2017 at 11:16am

Welcome to The Impact, our blog series that spotlights thought leaders pioneering the software for social good ecosystem. At Benetech, we know that the social sector must embrace the power of software and data to realize positive, lasting impact at scale. 

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Benetech’s Communities are the Engines that Power Our Work

By posted in Bookshare, Benetech, Human Rights Program, Global Literacy, Benetech Labs, DIAGRAM, Code Alliance on April 26, 2017 at 3:46pm

Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes and contribute in a myriad of ways. At Benetech, we rely on an army of volunteers, advisors, mentors, ambassadors, experts, working groups, and community leaders to help us achieve our mission, which is to empower communities by creating scalable technology solutions. Without their collective expertise and skills, the reach and impact of our work would not be as great. Thank you to all of the volunteers and community members who advance our software for social good mission.

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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 Announces Greg Bloom as Strategic Advisor to Benetech Labs

By posted in Benetech, Benetech Labs on November 17, 2016 at 2:19pm

Benetech Labs, Benetech’s product development arm, is always on the lookout for partners and collaborators to help us achieve the next big impact. With that goal in mind, we are pleased to announce that Greg Bloom of Open Referral has joined Benetech as a Labs Strategic Advisor in the social service referral field. He will help us engage the community to design and build core infrastructure and products that make it easier for information about social services to reach the people who need it most.

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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 Labs: Exploring New Strategies for Diversifying Innovation

By posted in Benetech, Benetech Labs on September 26, 2016 at 8:29am

Benetech Labs, Benetech’s new product development arm, is on a mission to create innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions for social change by engaging with communities, other technologists, and nonprofits in order to achieve lasting impact. One of the best ways to ensure that the technology we build follows a human-centered design approach is to gain […]

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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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