May 10, 2018 | What's Good in Tech

What’s Good in Tech, Issue 1

We’re trying something new this month! Despite the typical headlines in your newsfeed, there’s actually a lot of good in tech thanks to tech nonprofits. So much news, in fact, we’re running out of room to share it all in our monthly newsletter. We know you care about staying on the pulse of tech nonprofit happenings, so we’re providing highlights each month here on the blog. So, what’s good in tech after all?

World Changing Ideas – Fast Forward Alumni Are Full of Them

Onward (2017), WattTime (2015), and Copia (2015) are short listed for Fast Company’s 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards. With 1,400 submissions, only 240 organizations were selected for the final round. We’re proud to support entrepreneurs who are using technology to positively change the world. See all the finalists >


A Day in the Life – Shadowing Concrn’s Crisis Responders in SF’s Tenderloin District

Photo Credit Katie Canales/Business Insider

Ever wondered what a day in the life of Concrn’s crisis response team is like? Concrn’s responders are on the ground in the Tenderloin implementing compassionate response interventions to de-escalate mental health crises. Walk in their shoes >


JustFix.NYC is Building Products to Make New York Eviction Free

Is building tech any different when you’re a nonprofit? Nope! JustFix shares a peek into their product design and engineering strategy for their latest build, Eviction Free NYC. Learn how to get from idea to product >


Running a Virtual Team? Avoid These 5 Mistakes

Intelehealth Co-Founder and Fast Forward alumna, Neha Goel, has learned that globally distributed teams can be an asset and a challenge. With the founding team based in the U.S., but impact in rural India, the Intelehealth team knows what it takes to ensure cohesive teamwork regardless of geographic location. Check out 5 mistakes to avoid if you’re working with a virtual team >


ICYMI: Fast Forward’s Diversity & Funding Report Reveals Strong Founder Diversity, But Lack of Funding Across the Board

Last month we released the first report examining the state of diversity and funding in the tech nonprofit sector. While 47% of tech nonprofits have women founders, and 30% of tech nonprofits have founders who are people of color – there are still issues the sector needs to address: funding and hiring technical talent. Read the latest coverage in A Plus >


Echoing Green Releases Its 2018 Social Impact Talent Report

Fast Forward alumni Brandon Anderson, Founder of Raheem; Ashley Edwards, Co-Founder of MindRight; and Alina Lao, Co-Founder of MindRight are recognized alongside leading social entrepreneurs. Check out the full report >


Chinese #MeToo Student Activists Use Blockchain to Fight Censorship

We’ve seen the power of blockchain for social impact through alumni like Democracy Earth. Now, in a rare and bold move, Chinese students are leveraging the blockchain to ensure the integrity of Yue Xin’s letter which accuses her university of silencing her efforts to unmask a prior incident of sexual harassment. The full story > 


AT&T Aspire’s 2018 Accelerator Class is Announced

Fast Forward alumni MindRight included in Aspire’s 2018 cohort, alongside fellow tech nonprofits Weird Enough Productions and Substantial. Meet the 2018 cohort >


CareerVillage.org Awarded Funding Via NewSchools Ignite Future of Work Challenge

CareerVillage.org has connected over 2.5M students to life-changing career advice from professionals on its crowdsourced platform. Funding from NewSchools will enable CareerVillage.org to create the tools students need to connect to the future of work. More about the award >