Interning in Guatemala on the Archive Project

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A guest Beneblog by Max Schneider People don’t typically associate boisterous merengue music with high-tech statistical analysis. Then again, I shouldn’t have been surprised when I heard the playful notes of a street band wafting through the window while in Guatemala with Benetech's Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG). But first: why was I, a fresh graduate of UCLA, in Guatemala in the first place? (It’s Benetech genocide HRDAG human rights disappearances Guatemala

Caltech: Founding Values

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Now, as a successful tech entrepreneur, I’ve benefited from California’s incredible venture machine, which creates immense value for individuals and for society. Top tech companies like Google, Facebook and IBM have figured out how to make vast quantities of money by giving away their core product, or building products on top of open source and free software.

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Benetech: President's Update

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Highlights of this Letter: SocialCoding4Good CityOptions Read2Go and Route 66 Literacy Selected Program Updates Human rights: Legal victory in Guatemala, PBS NewsHour stories Literacy: Major milestones for Bookshare at home and abroad SocialCoding4Good Just funded by the John S. So, we’re creating a new place where techies can find social tech applications that resonate with their personal passion for change!

NetSquared: The Place for Free Nonprofit Tech Help

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This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , HandsOn Tech , DataKind , and more. New York, New York: Dog Days of Summer 501 Tech NYC Happy Hour. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Hackathon #VIHInfogt #Yorespeto #Yomeinformo. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Tec Networking Day — Quieres hacer negocios en El Salvador?

Supercharge Your Nonprofit Tech Powers with NetSquared

Tech Soup Blog

This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and HandsOn Tech. Vancouver, British Columbia: NetSquared Camp: Nonprofit Tech Unconference. Naples, Florida: NFN4Good Tech Club for SWFL. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Global Game Jam — Guatemala 2015. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Ferias de Hardware 2015.

How Emerging Tech Is Changing Disaster Relief

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For example, Welmer Cordova, who was badly burned in a gas explosion in Guatemala, lost part of his right hand. A Wearable Tech for Relief Challenge. Tech Wildcatters, a start-up accelerator in Dallas, announced a challenge called Emerge for making wearable technology for police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel.

IWith.org - A Spanish Tech Social Enterprise

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IWith.org - A Spanish Tech Social Enterprise I have just gotten back from a great family vacation (may post a picture or two) where we ended the trip up in Spain for five days. successful high tech entrepreneur turning to the social applications of information technology. It reminded me of this cool social enterprise group I have been in touch with, founded by Jordi Duran (originally from Barcelona). Jordi's background is similar to mine (but he's much younger!):

Start Your September with New Tech Skills

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That's why this is the perfect time to make a fresh start on your nonprofit tech resolutions. Then check out our new online learning courses, starting with Tech Training for Nonprofits and Libraries. We hold free weekly webinars on topics like GrantStation and how to develop a tech training plan. Check out the [blog]([link] to get a taste of our grassroots community. * **Katharine Bierce** recorded her recent [tech and philanthropy panel]([link].

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Getting Social with Your Local Nonprofit Tech Community

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That's why each month NetSquared organizers in 60 cities across the globe host networking events for the nonprofit tech community. Check out the [blog]([link] to get a taste of our grassroots community. * **Katharine Bierce** recorded her recent [tech and philanthropy panel]([link]. Our **San Francisco** group curates a list of [tech for good experiences each month]([link] --> Upcoming NPTech Events. Mississauga, Ontario: Hustle Hour — Tech Entrepreneurs Mastermind.

Love to Learn Tech Tips in Person? NetSquared Is for You!

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This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and HandsOn Tech. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 2015 Tech Impact Awards Luncheon. Civic Tech: A Presentation and Hack Night Collaboration Evening. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Pechakucha Night en CampusTec Guatemala. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Hackathon: rallymatematico Guatemala.

Learn Nonprofit Tech Skills at a NetSquared Meetup

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Check out our newest groups: 501 Tech Club Austin in Austin, Texas. Nonprofit Neighbors Tech Club in Kansas City, Missouri. This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and HandsOn Tech. Toronto, Ontario: Tech Connect Workshop. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Edudaygt 26 de febrero.

Building the Tech Capacity of Nonprofits Everywhere with TechSoup's NetSquared Events

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We believe that NGOs learn best from each other, so NetSquared provides a platform where we can come together face to face to share technology tips and create a community of practice around tech for good. This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and HandsOn Tech. Mississauga, Ontario: Hustle Hour — Tech Entrepreneurs Mastermind. Mississauga, Ontario: Tech Entrepreneurs Mastermind.

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Learn from the Pros at a NetSquared Community Event

Tech Soup Blog

This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and HandsOn Tech. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Taller de como hacer Estilos Sociales para el mundo digital. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Taller de Automatización de QA para dispositivos móviles y aplicaciones web. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Taller de seguridad en Internet.

Help a Friend Cross the Digital Divide

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You can help your tech-shy nonprofit friends cross the digital divide by bringing them to a nonprofit tech meetup. This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN’s Tech Clubs and HandsOn Tech. Chicago, IL: Lunch ’n Learn: Tech Planning Smack Down. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Naranya en Guatemala - proyectos con moviles.

NetSquared Gets Down to Business This Summer

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This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN’s Tech Clubs and HandsOn Tech. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Apoyo en comercializacion de Amcham a productos tecnologicos. Cambridge, MA: An Evening of Pro Bono, Sales-Pitch-Free Tech Consultations for Nonprofits. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Apoyo en comercializacion de Amcham a productos tecnologicos. Actually, that headline is a lie.

Receiving the 2013 Migel Medal

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

From my college dorm room, where I thought that pattern recognition could do more than target missiles, to my first successful high tech company where we built technology that could read just about any font without training, to Benetech’s founding with the Arkenstone reading machine for the blind. I remember the day I told my wife, Virginia, that I’d do this “nonprofit thing” for just one year and then go back to regular for-profit high tech companies.

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What Does a NetSquared Event Look Like?

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If you're a regular reader of this blog, you've probably encountered one of my twice-monthly roundups of nonprofit tech meetups. Check out our newest groups: * [NetSquared Tanzania]([link] in Tanga, Tanzania * [501 Tech Club Austin]([link] in Austin, TX * [Nonprofit Neighbors Tech Club]([link] in Kansas City, MO --> Upcoming Events. This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and HandsOn Tech.

Tell Your Community's Story with NetSquared

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Guatemala City, Guatemala: Taller de Digital StoryTelling en Guatemala. This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN’s Tech Clubs , and HandsOn Tech. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Taller de Digital StoryTelling en Guatemala. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Taller de como hacer un "Pitch" para emprendedores.

Help a Nonprofit Cross the Digital Divide This Summer

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You can help your tech-shy NGO friends cross the digital divide by bringing them to a nonprofit tech meetup. This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and HandsOn Tech. Mississauga, Ontario: Hustle Hour — Tech Entrepreneurs Mastermind. Mississauga, Ontario: Hustle Hour — Tech Entrepreneurs Mastermind. Birmingham, United Kingdom: Social Tech Summer Social.

Join Us for Local and Virtual Events This Week With Social Media September

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Get answers to your tech challenges at a NetSquared meetup (see list below). Guatemala: JWebes de Apps - Guatemala. Guatemala: Taller de e-emprendimiento y e-promocion del Campus Tec. Guatemala: The Social Good Summit Global Conversation 2013 - Guatemala. Guatemala: CampusTec - evento de Google. Guatemala: Visita de Experto de Taiwan - Campus Tec - 27 de septiembre.

NetSquared October Event Preview

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Guatemala: Taller para hacer un “elevator pitch” Wednesday, October 2. Guatemala: Drupal Camp de Guatemala - 2013. Houston, TX: Use Your Tech Powers for Good - Volunteer! Guatemala: DalGT: Actividad de DAL en Guatemala - 26 de Octubre. Guatemala: Meet Latam - convocatoria preliminar. Last month was a monster for NetSquared - we held 48 events during Social Media September , including 14 workshops and nine social media surgeries.

NetSquared Events for September: Featuring #Storymakers2014

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Guatemala City, Guatemala: Taller de Digital StoryTelling en Guatemala. This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN’s Tech Clubs and HandsOn Tech. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Ronda de Negocios Internacional en el Tec. Los Angeles, CA: 501 Tech Club Monthly Meetup. London, United Kingdom: Tech for Good Meetup. Storymakers is live!

Your Local Tech4Good Club Is Ready to Help

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So don't be nervous — we're ready to create amazing tech training and networking events in your community! This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and HandsOn Tech. Seattle, Washington: Partner Event (SeaTech4Change) Nonprofit/Tech Volunteer Fair. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Innovagt Next Extended Event de #google.

Build Your Storymaking Skills with Free Events and Webinars

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Mississauga, Ontario: Hustle Hour — Tech Entrepreneurs Mastermind — Topic: Employee to Entrepreneur. Seattle, Washington: GiveBig 2016 and Nonprofit/Tech Networking. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Conversatorio de temas de la Propiedadintelectu­al via @delvallegt @acmchapter. Guatemala City, Guatemala: #coretic2016 #innovacionfinancie­ra. Guatemala City, Guatemala: isocgt Primera Reunión del Capitulo de Isoc Guatemala.

NetSquared Goes to 15NTC. And Your Hometown Too

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501 Tech Club Austin in Austin, Texas. Nonprofit Neighbors Tech Club in Kansas City, Missouri. This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and HandsOn Tech. Victoria, British Columbia: Building the Culture to Win: A Deep Look at Nonprofit Culture, Structure, and Tech. Guatemala City, Guatemala. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Evento de Ciudades Inteligentes — #smartcityhack.

NetSquared's November Community Events for Nonprofit Techies

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But we also believe that there's value in getting the nonprofit tech community together for a good old-fashioned party (we've got hard jobs!). This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and HandsOn Tech. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Tec Day 2014 con el apoyo de Fundacion Telefonica.

NetSquared's November Community Events for Nonprofit Techies

Tech Soup Blog

But we also believe that there's value in getting the nonprofit tech community together for a good old-fashioned party (we've got hard jobs!). This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and HandsOn Tech. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Tec Day 2014 con el apoyo de Fundacion Telefonica.

Become a Storymaker with NetSquared

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Guatemala City, Guatemala: Taller de Digital StoryTelling en Guatemala. This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN’s Tech Clubs and HandsOn Tech. Guatemala, Guatemala: Ronda de negocios internacional en el Tec. Every month TechSoup’s NetSquared community organizers volunteer to bring free (or low cost) nonprofit technology events and workshops to over 50 cities.

Social Media for Social Good Events Coming to a City Near You

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Join a Social Media Surgery in Vancouver and Peterborough, Canada; Guatemala City; or Cambridge and Manchester, United Kingdom. Guatemala: Social Media Surgery - Campus Tec. Naples, FL: NFN4Good Tech Club for SWFL. Baltimore, MD: September Tech & Soc Change Baltimore Meetup: Hands-On HTML & CSS. Guatemala: Evento de Wayra Day de Guatemala - Convocatoria Preliminar. Guatemala: JWebes de Apps - Guatemala.

The Deep Learning When Nonprofit Techies Get Together

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Check out our newest groups: * [NetSquared Tanzania]([link] in Tanga, Tanzania * [501 Tech Club Austin]([link] in Austin, TX * [Nonprofit Neighbors Tech Club]([link] in Kansas City, MO --> Upcoming Events. This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN’s Tech Clubs , and HandsOn Tech. Orlando, Florida: Creating a Tech-Centric Culture in Your Nonprofit. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Coretic2015 via @abg_ebg.

Is There a Community of #Tech4Good Activists Waiting for You?

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As of January 25, there are 40,000 nonprofit members attending free tech networking events and workshops in 75 cities. As an event host, you build your reputation, develop new tech skills, and give back to your community. This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and HandsOn Tech. Mississauga, Ontario: Hustle Hour — Tech Entrepreneurs Mastermind.

Your NetSquared Holiday Gift!

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Guatemala City: Teach an Hour of Code in your classroom. Guatemala City: Taller de e-emprendimiento y e-promocion del Tec. Guatemala City: GET INSPIRED Redefiniendo la noción del éxito! Guatemala City: Protección Jurídica del Software. Guatemala city: Experiencia de un guatemalteco en Microsoft - Seattle. We held our first NetSquared Camp in China and co-organizer Matt Jung reports on innovative Chinese tech for good projects.

Improve Your Fundraising Approach and Skills at NetSquared Meetups

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This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and other awesome organizations. Happy Hour with Nonprofit Tech Luminaries. NTEN Presents: Oregon Nonprofit Tech Roundup. Baltimore, Maryland: WordPress 101 and Tech Help and Consultations. Boston, Massachusetts: Tech Networks of Boston Roundtable: Building an Effective Data Culture at Your Nonprofit.

You’re Not Alone in Your Pursuit for Better

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While I haven’t lived in a Syrian refugee camp, survived on $1 a day in Guatemala, or been awarded an honorary doctorate by the New School for my work as a civil rights activist, I do know one thing: we all play a part. We’re seeing a growing relationship between the tech sector and social good like never before. It’s easy to feel like you’re alone on your mission to do good and create real change in the world.

NetSquared Volunteers Help Nonprofits Like You Master Technology

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This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and HandsOn Tech. Boston, Massachusetts: Tech Networks of Boston Roundtable: Doing a Data Dive to Find Data About Children and Families. Boston, Massachusetts: Tech Networks of Boston Roundtable: Integrated Services and Emerging Technologies for Nonprofits. Los Angeles, California: LGBTQ & Tech!

Meet Your Local NetSquared Organizer at #17NTC

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This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and HandsOn Tech. Mississauga, Ontario: Hustle Hour — Tech Entrepreneurs Mastermind. San Francisco, California: LGBT in Tech. London, United Kingdom: Be Bold for Change — The Women Using Tech to Empower Others. Dublin, Ireland: Techfugees: A Tech Community Response to the Needs of Refugees.

Telling Your Story: NetSquared #Storymakers2017 Workshops for Nonprofits

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This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and other awesome organizations. Boston, Massachusetts: Tech Networks of Boston Roundtable: It's Legal for Nonprofits to Lobby, Organize, and Advocate! San Francisco, California: Tech for Good Monthly Mixer. Boston, Massachusetts: Tech Networks of Boston Roundtable: Designing Effective Public Engagement for Nonprofits.

NetSquared Local: Week of June 10, 2013

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Maria Zaghi in Guatemala is bringing her fellow Latin American organizers together for a regional salon on June 10 as part of Mashable’s G-Everyone Summit. Guatemala: The G-everyone Meetup in Guatemala. Minneapolis, MN: 501 Tech Club Happy Hour feat. Chicago, IL: June Outing: Crowdfunding for Nonprofits (HandsOn Tech). Sometimes it’s easier to solve a problem by discussing it with a friend over beer.

Net2Local November Event Preview

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It’s time to get face-to-face with your nonprofit tech friends! Our goal is to help each other solve our tech challenges, find a tribe of people who share our passions, and have a ridiculously good time while we’re at it! Guatemala: EgarageTec - Charla con E.Zarakov y su experiencia en Apple en Silicon Valley. Toronto, Canada: Taking Events to the Next Level with Tech: How to Think like an Event Manager. Tired of sitting in front of your computer all day?

Doing the Right Stuff Right for Human Rights

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Delivering my opening remarks at the Martus'' 10th Anniversary A decade later, in 2003, Benetech —the nonprofit tech company I founded and lead—launched our Human Rights Program to address this very question. You can read more about the many faces of the Martus user community and the impact that Martus has had on human rights groups , from Africa to Burma to Guatemala.

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Spring Is Here! Get Outside and Meet Your NPTech Community

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No more excuses are allowed about your New Year's resolution to power up your nonprofit tech skills — it's time to join a meetup and find your tribe! Just search at NetSquared.org and start leveraging tech to do more good. Check out the [blog]([link] to get a taste of our grassroots community. * **Katharine Bierce** recorded her recent [tech and philanthropy panel]([link]. Vancouver, British Columbia: Tech for Good: Blackbaud Is Coming on May 24.

Free In-Person Events for Nonprofit Techies

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NetSquared gathers together nonprofits and activists, tech leaders and funders, and everyone who's interested in using technology for social change. Nonprofit staffers will find a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for those who aren't experienced with technology, and many chances to ask questions of tech-experienced nonprofits and experts. Saint Paul, Minnesota: How Audience Personas Help Determine Your Tools, Tech, and Strategy.

Together We're Stronger: NetSquared in June

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But there’s a special magic that happens when we get face-to-face, which is why each month NetSquared organizers in 50 cities across the globe host workshops and socials for the nonprofit tech community. Guatemala, Guatemala: Apoyo a CTI 2014 del CampusTec. Guatemala: Lanzamiento de e-comunidad de Google del Tec. New York, NY: Content Modeling: Where Strategy, Design, and Tech Converge. Webinars are awesome, and so are blog posts.