October 17, 2016 | Accelerator

That’s a Wrap! Highlights from our 2016 Accelerator and Demo Day

Can you believe it’s been nearly a month since our 2016 Demo Day? Neither can we. Now that the dust has settled, we have exciting highlights to share from this year’s program, which is made possible thanks to the generosity of our funders Google.org, BlackRock and Omidyar Network.

At Demo Day this year, Google.org generously granted an additional $325,000 to our cohort through individual grants and matches for donations made in the room! Our cohort raised over $5.7M in philanthropic funding during our 3-month accelerator program and we held two Demo Days – one in San Francisco and one in Silicon Valley – for the first time ever. Both events were a huge success and we are in awe of what each of our teams accomplished. Here are some of their most noteworthy achievements.

Michelle Brown Demo Day 2016

  • CommonLit won a $3.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education and launched version 2.0 of their platform, which now provides full digital curriculum, feedback resources and analytics tools.
  • Democracy Earth built out its blockchain based voting platform and ran a Digital Referendum pilot around the Colombian peace treaty to give expats a voice. The results point to a clear dealbreaker in the referendum.
  • Hack Club doubled the amount of schools it serves and is now in over 100 high schools around the world.
  • Learn Fresh has built several mobile mini-games for their mobile app launch this spring.
  • Intelehealth built an open-source intelligence engine for assessing primary care conditions.
  • JustFix.nyc launched the beta of their web app and is working with their NYC partners to help tenants build their cases in neglectful housing situations.
  • Open Media Project launched a beta of their new, self-service transparency platform for small local governments.
  • Think of Us built their mobile app, which allows foster youth to build their own digital personal advisory board, and is launching its pilot with Santa Clara County.
  • We the Protesters launched a Contact Your Representative tool and an interactive Use of Force Report which details use of force policies in 91 police departments and reveals how these policies reduce the number of killings.

Cohort Demo Day 2016
Miss this year’s Demo Day or just want to relive the action? We don’t blame you. Check out some of our favorite  images from Demo Day here and watch all the presentations on our YouTube channel.