What we're about

Organized by Regina Walton (https://twitter.com/@reginawalton) and founded in 2006, SFTech4Good is a monthly meetup with events in San Francisco. SFTech4Good gathers to explore how tech and people in tech can use their skills for social impact - and how social good organizations can more effectively use tech.

Participants, attendees, and speakers come from a variety of organization types and diverse disciplinary backgrounds, including social entrepreneurs, large organizations, B corps, nonprofits, angel investors, institutional funders, company founders, computer programmers, technologists, marketers, designers, writers, media makers, and more.

Initially called SFNetSquared, SFTech4Good was the first of a global network of grassroots-organized communities sponsored called NetSquared (http://netsquared.org/) by TechSoup.org (http://www.techsoup.org/)across North America, South America, Asia, Australia and Africa, all exploring social tech tools for social impact.

To see what's going on, SFTech4Good's latest newsletters (http://bit.ly/2prCb7v) and incredible sponsors (http://www.meetup.com/sfnetsquared/sponsors/) can help you get a feel for this community. Also, learn more about the worldwide groups here: http://netsquared.org/

Get social with SFTech4Good at these links, and when you're at an event, share using the #SFN2 hashtag (https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&q=%23SFN2&src=typd):

Facebook (http://on.fb.me/ugbFSy)

Twitter (https://twitter.com/sftech4good)

Storify (http://storify.com/SFTech4Good/)

YouTube (http://bit.ly/rzp1AK)

If you're having an event or news to share, fill out this form (https://www.sftech4good.com/contact/) by the 5th of the month, to get in the monthly newsletter for the next month. The newsletter goes out mid-month. As this is a large group, one-off announcements are limited to the occasional paid sponsor messages that help cover costs.

IMPORTANT: This is a community of individuals. Please join with your real name, a picture of yourself, and answer the questions. No handles and no orgs, with the exception of our sponsors and partners. Thank you for your understanding.

* In 2013, SFNetsquared merged with the local 501 Tech Club (http://www.nten.org/community/501-tech-clubs/) which was sponsored by NTEN (http://www.nten.org/). We renamed the group "SFTech4Good" and had two great non-profit organizations as sponsors. As of August 2017, however, SFTech4Good is no longer sponsored by NTEN. However, please thank them for their support from 2013 to 2017!

** Miss you Katharine Bierce (https://twitter.com/@kbierce)! Thanks so much for your help organizing SFTech4Good.

Upcoming events (1)

Discussion with ShelterTech: Digital Solutions for the Homeless in SF

Please join us at Neighborly by registering here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discussion-with-sheltertech-digital-solutions-for-the-homeless-in-sf-tickets-63493440590 ShelterTech, https://www.sheltertech.org/, is an award-winning non-profit solving the biggest technology challenges faced by people experiencing homelessness. They believe in a community-driven approach, open-sourced solutions, and a collaborative attitude in championing their mission and delivering scalable impacts. They're doing great work and are aiming to solve the biggest technology challenges faced by the homeless community. Please join us to meet their volunteer staff and join them in a discussion to learn more about ShelterTech's mission! Hopefully, after listening to the presentation you would also be moved to join their cause in championing digital solutions for the homeless community! Founded in 2016, ShelterTech is now a 100 member strong volunteer-only organization with over $100,000 in annual funding, $800,000 in in-kind contributions, and 4 program offerings: *AskDarcel: https://askdarcel.org/-- a resource database aimed at case managers and people experiencing homelessness that is updated weekly at Datathon events that bring together volunteers and people experiencing homelessness. * Casey: https://www.sheltertech.org/#casey -- a journey map/guide aimed at people experiencing homelessness to augment case managers assistance * ShelterConnect: https://www.sheltertech.org/#shelterconnect -- an initiative to install free wifi in homeless shelters and SROs. Here is a recent article by SF Chronicle about ShelterConnect: https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Smartphones-are-a-lifeline-for-the-young-13582809.php * Datathon https://www.sheltertech.org/events -- Datathon is a community event where public volunteers work side-by-side with ShelterTech’s community representatives - people who are currently or have previously been homeless - to verify and vet information and make sure the 1000+ services in our AskDarcel.org is correct. Another recent article by SFChronicle of their Datathon program: https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Tech-project-aims-to-help-nonprofits-better-serve-13902087.php In 2018, below are some of ShelterTech’s impacts/achievements: * Tripled our team size to 100+ members * Installed and ran wi-fi at 7 homeless shelters * Hosted 26 Datathons * Updated 250+ resources in Askdarcel.org * Conducted 6 educational & social events * Conducted 500+ user interviews * Provided 500+ paid hours to community representatives That's a lot of amazing work! 6:30 pm - doors open, grab something to eat and drink, grab a seat, network, and get comfortable 7 pm - Welcome and panel intro 7:05 pm - Panel and Q&A 8:05 pm - Overflow time and more networking 8:30 pm - Go Again, please join us at Neighborly by registering here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discussion-with-sheltertech-digital-solutions-for-the-homeless-in-sf-tickets-63493440590 Neighborly connects communities with capital to fund vital public projects like schools, libraries, and parks, and next-generation infrastructure like fiber-optic broadband networks. A fast-growing, venture-backed startup at the intersection of tech, finance, and government, Neighborly develops technology that makes it easier for communities to reach investors, and easier for investors to direct their dollars towards the world positive projects that matter to them. Investors include Emerson Collective, 8VC and Ashton Kutcher’s Sound Ventures.

Past events (405)

Breaking Into Social Impact

General Assembly San Francisco

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