Tech for Inclusion & Transformation

As a public profit company, we create an annual report on our “for good” efforts to undergo the State of Minnesota.

For 2021, we shared highlights from our work on group first public security, accessible and clear reasonably priced housing, driving inclusion within the tech business, and collaborating in conversations about the way forward for tech for good.

Check out our impression report:

In 2021, we continued to really feel the acute potential and accountability of utilizing expertise to help constructive impression. From the earliest days of the 12 months, we witnessed threats to the way forward for democracy and the planet. We continued navigating a world pandemic and marked the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s homicide, shortly after listening to responsible verdicts for Derek Chauvin. We watched billionaires take self-funded journeys to house and new tech tendencies dominated by individuals centered on getting cash, whereas inequality and local weather crises proceed to develop.

These challenges name us to consistently take into account Software program for Good’s impression and the way we will enhance. As a public profit company, we don’t measure progress and success by revenue alone. For us, progress means serving to human beings resolve greater issues and construct stronger options for the advantage of individuals and planet.

Inside the crew, we’re envisioning what the following few years seem like: engaged on greater, extra advanced initiatives; supporting democracy, justice, and group motion; utilizing human-centered design to make sure something we construct is moral and inclusive; and making certain that our crew and contractors can preserve a top quality of life.

Naturally, we will’t do that alone, and we’re keen to maintain partnering with organizations doing good and studying alongside fellow practitioners. This report shares highlights from the previous 12 months and our ongoing dedication to pursue profit to individuals and planet in addition to revenue.

Group photo of Software for Good team, summer 2021.

In 2021, Software program for Good…

• Supported constructive parenting expertise for households who’ve skilled trauma by launching two new web sites and a Studying Administration System for our shopper ADAPT

• Helped Shelter Animals Depend enhance animal welfare nationwide by launching their new knowledge portal, which captures info from animal shelters and rescues that the group makes use of for evaluation and reporting

• Launched the web site for ConnextMSP, a rising program of GREATER MSP that helps guarantee profession alternatives for younger BIPOC professionals

• Evaluated the Metropolis of Saint Paul’s provider platform, the place vendor firms can bid to work on initiatives with the town, and beneficial methods to make it extra accessible and inclusive

• Helped our shopper Tanka Fund meet their aim of elevating greater than $50,000 through the Assist the Return marketing campaign, which funds initiatives that restore buffalo to Native lands and communities

• Enhanced developer groups at a number of firms utilizing tech to ship well being and wellness teaching, diabetes care, and extra

• Explored the way forward for public security with our shopper The Black Response as they put together to launch a holistic different emergency different response (HEART) program

• Continued to associate carefully with HousingLink as they roll out Housing Hub, a platform we constructed to make reasonably priced housing waitlists easier and extra accessible

• Partnered with The Coven, Techquity, and Open Twin Cities to host a Q&A with Shalini Kantayya, director of the documentary Coded Bias

• Was featured in Twin Cities Enterprise Tech 20 as founder and CEO Casey Helbling was acknowledged alongside different Minneapolis-Saint Paul leaders

70.5% of 2021 income from initiatives with purpose-driven organizations

$200,000 awarded to Software program for Good in a aggressive grant to help our apprenticeships, as a part of the Tech Coaching Pilot Program from the Minnesota Division of Employment and Financial Improvement (DEED)

$10,000 contributed by Software program for Good by the Venn Basis to help organizations like TechDump, which combats digital waste whereas offering alternatives for previously incarcerated individuals

230 common hours of paid day off logged by every worker

In 2021, we sponsored:

Pollen, a media arts group that promotes empathy, connection, and motion by storytelling and occasions

The Coven — our Gold sponsorship supported their Courageous House Salon collection, an exploration of the anti-racism journey led by The Woke Coach

Black Tech Expertise, supporting their first-ever Summit for job seekers, employers, entrepreneurs, and college students

• Metropolis of Minneapolis’ Trans Fairness Summit, the place we additionally participated within the digital profession truthful

Graphics for Sustainable Development Goals: 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth. 10 Reduced Inequities. 17 Partnerships for the Goals.

2021 marked the fifth 12 months of Software program for Good’s giving and internship program, which pairs up-and-coming tech professionals with mission-driven organizations to offer hands-on, for-good expertise. This summer time, this system was awarded a aggressive grant as a part of the State of Minnesota’s Division of Employment and Financial Improvement Tech Coaching Pilot Program!

The grant funding permits us to increase our apprenticeship program in software program engineering and human-centered design, and to create extra alternatives for younger adults who’re Black, Indigenous, and other people of shade.

That’s why we’re now calling it an “apprenticeship.” Due to the objectives of the DEED funding and the work expertise our program affords, we see working with Software program for Good as a step between studying tech expertise and being prepared for a full-time job.

Collage of photos representing Software for Good's interns and apprentice program.

Apprenticeship highlights from 2021:

• Our summer time interns met with Mayor Melvin Carter to current their work on the Finances Recreation, a web-based model of an exercise that helps Saint Paul group members perceive the town budgeting course of and share their priorities

• We partnered with Prime Academy and the Metropolis of Saint Paul’s Proper Observe as a part of their first-ever UX Academy program, which trains younger individuals in UX design and analysis expertise and locations them in internships — we hosted one intern from this system through the summer time

• We met with DEED Commissioner Steve Grove, fellow Tech Coaching grantees, and companions like 30,000 Toes and Black Tech Expertise to debate how this program can equip younger BIPOC professionals to pursue careers in tech

In 2022, we plan to:

• Obtain the objectives of the DEED grant by working with as much as 20 new tech professionals and serving to them discover full-time work within the business

• Share what we’ve discovered with fellow tech firms and organizations that work with apprentices

• Stay up for the way forward for this system, together with persevering with to associate instantly with coaching packages, employers, and mentors to make sure that individuals are ready for profitable, fulfilling careers

In 2021, conversations about the way forward for public security continued to attract new consideration in response to police killings and oppressive practices. Software program for Good had the prospect to leap into these discussions firsthand — and take into account how expertise can play a component.

In April, we have been launched to The Black Response Cambridge, a grassroots group in Massachusetts main requires an alternate, non-police emergency response choice of their metropolis. After assembly with the coalition of organizers, nonprofit professionals, and elected officers, we started researching and exploring how tech may help a brand new program referred to as Cambridge HEART — Holistic Emergency Various Response Group.

Software program for Good’s crew interviewed service suppliers in Cambridge, from established nonprofits to volunteer road groups; reviewed group surveys and reviews; and talked to different response groups in different cities, similar to Oregon’s long-running CAHOOTS program. We explored partnerships with tech options that exist already, together with RAHEEM, an organization constructing tech infrastructure to help non-police emergency response.

Through the undertaking, we introduced our findings to the Cambridge Metropolis Council and the members of the HEART coalition, serving to the crew advocate for funding and help as they launch.

At present, the HEART program is coaching first responders, engaged on a partnership with the Metropolis of Cambridge, elevating cash, and getting ready to formally begin responding to calls this 12 months. We’re excited to see them develop — and to maintain making use of what we’ve discovered about different public security packages as these initiatives increase across the nation.

Collage of screenshots from Code Switch event — speakers on video call: Acooa Lee Ellis, Mitra Jalali, Rox Anderson, Irene Fernando.

Reimagining 911 at Code Change

In September, we partnered with Techquity and Open Twin Cities to host the sixth annual Code Change, a hackathon centered on disrupting inequity and driving community-led change. Code Change coincides with the Nationwide Day of Civic Hacking hosted by Code for America, so we shared their theme for this 12 months: Reimagining 911.

For the second 12 months in a row, we saved Code Change digital and inspired groups to work for as much as a month on initiatives involving open supply tech, open knowledge, and/or human-centered design. For the kickoff occasion, we assembled a powerhouse panel of Minneapolis–St. Paul leaders:

• Acooa Lee Ellis, Larger Twin Cities United Approach

• Mitra Jalali, Saint Paul Metropolis Council Member

• Irene Fernando, Hennepin County Commissioner

• Rox Anderson, Relationships Evolving Potentialities (REP)

The audio system invited individuals to discover many concepts about 911 and security: What would you need to occur if you’re in an unsafe scenario and wish help? How would you like assist to indicate up? How can we outline what success and accountability seem like when introducing new concepts? What wouldn’t it imply for public security and emergency response to be life-affirming?

The audio system famous that there are a lot of methods to innovate on 911, together with iterating on the present system and exploring alternate options. Subsequent, individuals continued brainstorming and shared pitches about particular initiatives — from growing an open knowledge customary for 911, to prototyping an Uber-style star ranking system for first responders.

Within the month after the kickoff, individuals had the choice to proceed working by Open Twin Cities’ Slack workspace and weekly digital meetups. On the finish of the month, we gathered just about once more to share outcomes and talk about easy methods to carry these insights and concepts ahead.

“The ability resides within the arms of the individuals,” stated Sharon Kennedy Vickers, Chief Info Officer on the Metropolis of Saint Paul and co-founder of Techquity, through the wrap-up occasion. “As technologists, we’ve got an actual alternative in placing info out.”

The challenges with public security stay energetic and pressing — and so do the alternatives for us all to make use of our expertise for change.

In 2020, we labored with our associate HousingLink and the State of Minnesota to help the state’s distribution of thousands and thousands of {dollars} in COVID-related housing aid — launching the software program in just some weeks.

In 2021, we sundown the software program after the COVID-19 Housing Help Program wrapped up. And we started sharing the teachings we’d discovered from collaborating with authorities and a nonprofit to construct one thing shortly and iterate over time, similar to:

• Belief and suppleness. Due to our earlier work with HousingLink and their relationship with the state — and given the extraordinarily brief timeline — we got the belief and suppleness to construct towards the last word objectives of the undertaking, somewhat than being prescribed detailed specs.

• Meet individuals the place they’re at. We labored to help individuals all through Minnesota who might not have add entry to web or a printer. Whereas the state initially insisted on an ink signature for the applying, speaking to program directors after launch made it clear that this was a barrier, and we up to date the software program to help digital signatures.

• Evolve in response to new info. At first, the software program was designed for households to obtain help simply as soon as, however because the pandemic and its challenges went on, some individuals wanted further help. Just a few months after the preliminary launch, we rolled out a serious replace to permit for returning candidates.

Screenshot from Code for America presentation with Casey Helbling and Sue Speakman-Gomez on a video call, and slide with text: Success! First time Minnesota distributed housing assistance emergency funds statewide through a single platform. $70 million plus in funds distributed. 70,553 assistance requests from 63,164 applicants. 54% of applicants are Black, Indigenous, and people of color. 22% of applicants have experienced homelessness.

2021 talking appearances:

We shared the teachings of the COVID-19 Housing Help Challenge alongside HousingLink’s president, Sue Speakman-Gomez, on the following digital conferences:

• Code for America Summit (watch the video)

• Good Tech Fest

• TechConnect (hosted by Minnesota Expertise Affiliation)

• Tech Ahead (hosted by TechImpact)

• Code for All Summit

• Minnesota Group Motion Partnership (MinnCAP)

The undertaking can also be featured as a case examine within the Civic Design Library, curated by Rosenfeld Media and the Beeck Heart for Social Affect + Innovation at Georgetown College.

Our crew additionally spoke at:

• Genesys Works–Twin Cities’ Faculty & Profession Connections Convention

• Profession Pathways for Ladies in Tech (hosted by Minnesota Expertise Affiliation)

• Twin Cities Startup Week

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