5 inspiring examples of tech for social good

Every day, technology continues to transform the world around us. It’s a powerful force—and there’s no telling where it will lead us. For the non-profit sector, gaining access to new technologies isn’t always easy. Many non-profit organisations lack the resources, talent and funds to implement new digital tools, which is why companies that provide tech for social good are essential. Here are just five examples of tech for social good that will inspire you to make a change in the world:

1. JP Morgan Chase’s hackathons

Through its program Tech for Social Good, JPMorgan Chase leads the charge on several initiatives designed to help underserved communities advance their careers in the tech industry. For example, the company partners with historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to host hackathons for the next generation of tech leaders so they can learn new skills and gain exposure to the field. They also host hackathons at their global tech centres, enabling students to work alongside their employees to solve real-world challenges for not-for-profit organisations.

2. Avanade’s digital transformations

Global management consultancy Avanade helps to empower not-for-profit and third-sector organisations with technology solutions so that they can make an even bigger impact and advance their missions sustainably. The firm recognizes that the social good sector is often lacking in time, resources and talent, which is why they partner with Microsoft to provide affordable digital transformations including elements like fundraising, donor management and volunteer management.

“The social sector, non-profits and NGO’s face many challenges and are typically behind in the adoption of digital technologies, and that is where Avanade, partnering with Microsoft, can really help. Our solutions will be cutting-edge, relevant, affordable and repeatable and designed to solve the complex issues faced by non-profits,” Pamela Maynard, CEO of Avanade, says on the company’s website.

3. Harvard Computer Society’s Tech for Social Good

Harvard Computer Society’s Tech for Social Good organisation partners with non-profits, the government and other social good groups to provide effective technology solutions to increase their impact and overcome any roadblocks they face. For example, the organisation helped the New America Foundation build foster care progress dashboards, which enabled the government to see the foster care rules and requirements of other states, and ultimately, create better policies to effect change.

4. Ersilia Open Source Initiative

Ersilia is a not-for-profit tech organisation created in 2020 to address the problem of a lack of research and development focused on infectious diseases like malaria and tuberculosis in the global south. The company uses Machine Learning (ML) models to save on costs and expedite the testing process for drugs that treat tropical diseases, and open source code so that clinicians can access predictive models before a drug gets to clinical trials. As a result, Ersilia is contributing to several of the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, including ending communicable diseases and creating drugs for developing countries.

5. Carbonhound’s software platform

Carbonhound is a software platform designed to help companies measure and reduce their impact on the environment by democratising carbon management tools and increasing access to guidance for lessening their carbon footprint. The product is a carbon accounting solution to provide businesses with a high-integrity carbon footprint calculation using data straight from the source.

“Using Carbonhound makes it so much easier to generate quality climate reporting because we’re not sitting flipping through utility bills anymore and manually entering that data into a spreadsheet – technology is critical to make this reporting reliable and scalable for businesses of all sizes,” Erin Andrews, Climate Lead at Carbonhound, says on their website.

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