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Harnessing tech for good: Meet our non-profit Impact Partners at Thursday’s GeekWire Bash

The GeekWire Anniversary Bash on Thursday will function loads of fast-moving dodgeball, ping pong and foosball motion. However it’ll even be a spot to showcase among the superb work of greater than a dozen GeekWire Impact Partners, non-profit organizations which are making the Seattle neighborhood stronger by way of progressive packages associated to schooling, science, management and inclusion.

Harnessing tech for good: Meet our non-profit Impact Partners at Thursday’s GeekWire BashWe’re thrilled to welcome these non-profit teams, and excited to attach them to the greater than 1,500 attendees. This new effort at the GeekWire Bash dovetails on GeekWire’s weekly Impact Series, an in-depth editorial sequence that showcases individuals and improvements which are making a constructive distinction in peoples’ lives and the well being of the planet. Began 4 years in the past, the sequence focuses on the intersection of expertise in well being, schooling, surroundings, science analysis, homelessness and girls and minority points. It’s underwritten by the Singh Household Basis.

Through the years, we’ve coated all the pieces from utilizing drones to check the Northwest’s beloved orcas to profiles of tech leaders who are immigrants to a scrappy after-school program for low-income youngsters to the Pacific Science Center’s startup-inspired reinvention.

Make sure that to take a look at our Impact Partners at the GeekWire Bash on Thursday, and listen to how they’re harnessing tech for good. Extra particulars on the GeekWire 7th Anniversary Bash right here.

Right here’s a glance at this yr’s Impact Partners with hyperlinks to previous protection and extra data:

Based in 2013, Ada targets girls and gender various individuals for expertise coaching. The schooling-free program gives six months of full-time classroom coaching adopted by a five-month, paid  internship in a tech job. Ada has 246 college students and alums, with greater than 95 p.c of graduates touchdown software program jobs.

Mission assertion: “Ada Builders Academy’s mission is to diversify tech by offering girls and gender various individuals the abilities, expertise and neighborhood assist to turn out to be skilled software program builders who contribute to altering the world with software program.”

As seen in GeekWire: Ada Builders Academy coverage here, here and here.

Have interaction: Corporations can host Ada graduates.

The nonprofit BEST gives coaching and consulting to assist companies cease sex-trafficking of their office and amongst staff. Their work consists of stopping staff from participating as prospects in sex-trafficking. The BEST Employers Alliance is the primary U.S. public-private partnership to work throughout industries to stop intercourse trafficking and intercourse shopping for.

Mission assertion: “Companies Ending Slavery and Trafficking strives to create a world through which nobody is trafficked. BEST believes that each particular person has the best to be free from sexual exploitation and compelled labor.”

As seen in GeekWire: Discover BEST coverage here.

Have interaction: Get training for your staff and join the Employers Alliance.

ChickTech Seattle serves ladies, girls and gender non-conforming individuals within the higher Puget Sound area. Their Okay-12 packages search college students who don’t naturally see themselves as probably to achieve expertise. Grownup programming targets these launching new careers in addition to seasoned professionals, and consists of occasions and conferences to construct technical {and professional} experience in a supportive neighborhood. ChickTech Seattle additionally works with corporations wanting to create a extra empowered and inclusive office.

Mission assertion: “ChickTech is devoted to retaining girls within the expertise workforce and growing the variety of girls and ladies pursuing technology-based careers.”

As seen in GeekWire: Discover ChickTech Seattle coverage here.

Have interaction: Discover volunteer information here.

Former Seattle Seahawks lineman Russell Okung launched the Larger Basis in 2016. The nonprofit is concentrated on offering tech experiences for at-risk youth, with packages that includes Lego Robotics, Apple Swift coding, growing management abilities {and professional} improvement for younger adults, significantly pupil athletes.

Mission assertion: “The Larger Basis is guided by the spirit of innovation, equality, variety, and inclusion, equipping college students from all backgrounds for twenty first century alternatives. Specializing in under-served communities in Seattle and past, Larger deploys high-impact academic packages and experiences with influential leaders of their neighborhood and cutting-edge expertise.”

As seen in GeekWire: Discover Larger Basis coverage here and here.

Have interaction: Discover mentoring opportunities here.

Launched in 2011 by tech business veterans, the nonprofit Kal Academy is a low-cost coding bootcamp for girls and minorities. The courses are provided on weekends, restricted to twenty college students and price $35. Kalpana Viswanathan (Kal), a feminine, software program business veteran and present Microsoft worker teaches the courses.The nonprofit has helped place greater than 200 girls in tech jobs.

Mission assertion: “Our mission is to make it simpler for girls to construct a profession within the tech business and improve variety which is crucial for innovation. We do this by offering girls with reasonably priced, accessible and related coaching and certification, that gives profitable profession development alternatives.”

As seen in GeekWire: Discover Kal Academy protection here.

Have interaction: Kal Academy is trying for corporate partners.

The fund’s Latinos in Tech program meets on the second Monday of each month to community, collaborate and find out about upcoming alternatives within the expertise sector. The group hosts a social mixer at the tip of every month. This system, a part of the group’s Financial Empowerment Initiative, has near 500 members. Their 2018 kick-off mixer was sponsored by Amazon, and the occasion this month is sponsored by the Local weather Company.

Mission assertion: “The Latino Neighborhood Fund cultivates new leaders, helps cultural and neighborhood based mostly non-profit organizations, and improves the standard of life for all Washingtonians. To attain its mission and handle the wants of Latinos, LCF develops packages to create a vibrant neighborhood by way of civic engagement, financial empowerment, wholesome households, arts, expertise and tradition.”

As seen in GeekWire: Protection of Latino Neighborhood Fund is here.

Have interaction: Discover volunteer information here.

Launched in 1962 at the shut of Seattle’s World’s Truthful, the Science Middle gives academic, exploratory experiences for all ages. The nonprofit is house to interactive displays, IMAX theaters and a laser dome, and likewise brings academic packages into faculties statewide. The Science Middle gives coaching for youth eager about science schooling and hosts adult-oriented talks that includes native specialists in well being, science and transportation.

Mission assertion: “Pacific Science Middle ignites curiosity in each baby and fuels a ardour for discovery, experimentation, and demanding considering in all of us. We convey science to life. Our award-winning, interactive packages attain greater than 1.1 million individuals annually — of their communities, lecture rooms and on our campus.”

As seen in GeekWire: Science Middle protection is here and here.

Have interaction: Develop into a member or volunteer.

Rainier Students goals to extend school commencement charges for low-income college students of shade by way of intensive tutorial preparation, management improvement and personalised assist. Over the course of 12 years, this system helps particular person college students — 90 p.c of whom come from households through which they’re the primary to earn a four-year diploma — construct crucial considering abilities, embrace cultural id and develop resilience. The nonprofit has serves greater than 700 college students yearly and has facilitated greater than 500 skilled internships.

Mission assertion: “Rainier Students cultivates the tutorial potential and management abilities of hardworking, low-income college students of shade. By creating entry to transformational academic alternatives and offering complete assist to students and households, we improve school commencement charges and empower new generations of leaders.”

As seen in GeekWire: Protection together with Rainier Students is here.

Have interaction: Discover data on business partnerships and volunteering.

This 18-year-old nonprofit brings expertise to ladies who may in any other case miss out on STEM alternatives at school and as careers. The group was based within the San Francisco Bay space and 4 years in the past launched a Seattle chapter. Techbridge Ladies gives college curriculum and assets for households.

Mission assertion: “Techbridge Ladies excites, educates and equips ladies from low-income communities by delivering high-quality STEM programming that empowers a lady to attain financial mobility and higher life probabilities.”

As seen in GeekWire: Discover Techbridge Ladies coverage here.

Have interaction: Discover volunteer information here.

TAF has been serving college students of shade for 22 years by way of an uncommon nonprofit-public college partnership. TAF has its personal college (previously TAF Academy and now known as TAF@Saghalie), runs after college packages, trains lecturers and helps set up their STEM-focused program at different public faculties. TAF graduates have one hundred pc school acceptance charges.

Mission assertion: “TAF goals to equip college students of shade for success in school and in life by way of the facility of an interdisciplinary STEM schooling and supportive relationships.”

As seen in GeekWire: TAF protection is here and here.

Have interaction: TAF is trying for corporate partners.

Based in 2011, WSOS helps Washington college students from low- and middle-income households who’re looking for bachelor’s levels in science, expertise, engineering, math (STEM) and well being care. College students obtain scholarships of as much as $22,500 in addition to skilled improvement, skills-building workshops and business publicity. WSOS is funded by donors together with founding companions Boeing and Microsoft and matching {dollars} from the state finances.

Mission assertion: “The Washington State Alternative Scholarship (WSOS) is a singular, public-private partnership that gives low- and middle-income college students with monetary help, profession providers and different pupil helps. WSOS is dedicated to making ready our college students to be the face of Washington’s workforce by decreasing obstacles to incomes levels in high-demand science, expertise, engineering, math (STEM) and well being care fields.”

As seen in GeekWire: Protection of WSOS is here and here.

Have interaction: Discover volunteer and partnership opportunities here.

In 2011, Yr Up launched Puget Sound chapters in Bellevue and Seattle. The nonprofit gives year-long, intensive coaching packages for low-income younger adults that features hands-on abilities improvement, coursework eligible for school credit score, company internships {and professional} assist. The 18-year-old nonprofit was based in Boston.

Mission assertion: “Yr Up’s mission is to shut the chance divide by offering city younger adults with the abilities, expertise and assist that may empower them to achieve their potential by way of skilled careers and better schooling.”

As seen in GeekWire: Discover Yr Up coverage here and here.

Have interaction: Yr Up is trying for mentors, tutors and guest speakers.

We’re trying ahead to working along with every of those non-profit companions, and we hope you’ll get an opportunity to have interaction with them at the GeekWire Bash. For extra details about the Impact Partners of Impact Sequence, electronic mail us at
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