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Tech for Good!

Design and Technology initiatives have the potential to transform our world in positive ways. Everything from social media campaigns, websites and apps have been used effectively to solve challenges around the globe. For the next Fresh Jersey Meetup we would like to review a few projects* and discuss how each of the initiatives achieved unique goals. Along with this discussion we can brainstorm the feasibility of a Fresh Jersey driven initiative that can bring the community together to make a positive impact. 

There will be plenty of food, drinks and networking, PMA not required.

Looking forward to seeing you all there! 

*If you have a project you would like to present please drop me a line. We would love to have more people involved! 

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  • Kathy M.

    So sorry I couldn't make it to this one. Something came up last minute. Next time!

    September 22, 2014

  • Len K.

    Brand new article on today, but this is still all about business. Wish we could think of something where we literally re-use waste-product or unused resources/energy, like a hybrid's regenerative braking or recycling or even SETI@home.

    September 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was trying to Google the May edition of Wired, for they did a cover story on the whole social trust business movement. Issue was subtitled "Friends with Benefits". Very interesting, not just on the four featured online products, but the social commentary on how the online generation is far more trusting to like minded strangers than previous ones. Really made me rethink society as whole, and what's possible with a little bit of good karma.

    By the way, they featured a site that allows people to share/rent unused powertools from individuals in specific regions: Not exactly neighborhood sharing, but hey, air B&B isn't free either.

    Here's the article:

    1 · September 19, 2014

  • Dennis H.

    Thanks, for putting together a great event. This is a topic some people may find interesting.

    1 · September 19, 2014

  • Rich F.

    Hey guys, great meetup. Thanks Aardvark for putting it together. Here's the website I mentioned Their slogan is "Take the worlds best courses, online, for free."

    1 · September 18, 2014

  • Len K.

    I also had a great time. Spent the drive home trying to think of ideas. Here are some semi-random thoughts I had.

    Some of the ideas seemed to relate to translating unused items to value, like tools and services that can be bartered between neighbors and someone mentioned or even wasted energy from a treadmill. I drive a hybrid, and was trying to think -- do we techies have any "waste product" that can be given away for free, like "freecycling" code? A bit less effort, no support, but here's a website idea I abandoned a while back, or most of a solution that I don't need anymore, etc? Or is the new stuff too valuable and the old-stuff even less valuable than that 7-year old printer-fax?

    Others seemed to be about an even exchange (or slightly-taxed exchange) like duolingo and re-captcha. There was also talk about how coders freely help others with coding. Q: Could you teach a computer-language via the duo-lingo model? Would it have advantages over existing methods ?

    2 · September 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to thank Aardvark and JuiceTank for hosting this meeting. It was my first meetup, so I didn't know what to expect.

    I wasn't able to meet everybody, but I just wanted to do a quick introduction, just in case I missed someone with a shared interest.

    I'm a software engineer that left my job in January to start a new mobile apps company focusing on education and/or games. I'm really looking to make connections related to this field, but especially creative talent, like digital artists!

    Thanks again to the hosts, and feel free to reply or private message me (assuming supports that).

    3 · September 18, 2014

    • maura c.

      I second Payt's thanks. I missed the pre-presentation mingle so I don't know that I got to chat with you directly, Payt, but I currently work as a front end developer in educational software (which increasingly means mobile-/cross-device friendly), including a lot of game/play based learning, so I suppose that makes me a shared-interest connection :) & to everyone, I am also interested in the prospect of a Jersey Fresh "social good" project collaboration.

      1 · September 18, 2014

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