TechSoup Global: Springing into Action

TechSoup Global has had a busy year so far with new ventures, exciting contests, and global recognition. Here's a peek into what we've been up to:

  • TechSoup Global has two new posts on the Markets for Good blog, an effort by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Liquidnet to improve the system for generating, sharing, and acting upon data and information in the social sector. TechSoup's SafeNight and Caravan projects are described in Making Data an Afterthought. The other post, Data Points and Data Agents is about data collection and its impact on the sector.
  • TechSoup's Jim Lynch presented on a panel discussion hosted by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. The session, "Turning E-Waste into Green," focused on how policy decisions handling e-waste can improve the economy.  

Windows 8 Apps for Social Good Contest 

Apps are a powerful way for everyday people to act for social good, making their lives, and the lives of their communities, stronger. That's why TechSoup Global, NetSquared and Microsoft teamed up to launch theWindows 8 Apps for Social Good Contest last November. From this amazing, diverse pool of entries three winners were chosen based on the impact and benefit that these apps can bring to the world.

TechSoup Digital Storytelling

The TechSoup Digital Storytelling Contest is here! All April long, we’ll provide your organization with training and resources to tell its story digitally. Then you’ll create a short video (up to 90 seconds) or a five-image slide show to enter the challenge and win prizes donated by our sponsors. Join in on the conversation and participate in our tweet chats and webinars around digital storytelling.

  • Get started on telling your story with tools from the TechSoup catalog.
  • Register for our three upcoming digital storytelling webinars!They're all free and chalk full of expert storytellers and digital media pros.
  • Our global partners are also taking part in digital storytelling. Read about how your community can breathe new life into an old story from Connecting Up, our Australian partner.

TechSoup for Libraries

For the past few years, TechSoup for Libraries has been part of the Edge Initiative, an effort to create benchmarks and tools that support continuous improvement and drive investment toward public access technology. In addition to the Edge Initiative, TechSoup for Libraries has been highlighting public libraries across the United States that use technology in innovative ways. 

  • Read a recap and watch a replay of TechSoup for Libraries' Tech on the Spectrum webinar, which focused on Come on In!, a Skokie Public Library program that provides specialized services, programs, and resources for children with special needs.
  • 3D printing at your local library? Read all about how the Orange County Library System in Florida isteaching teens how to use MakerBot printers and flight simulators as well as other technology skills.  
  • The TechSoup for Libraries blog is getting some well-earned recognition for covering the cutting-edge ways libraries are using tech. It was recently touted as an Indispensible Library Technology Blog in a list of 6 library blogs on the STATE Tech site.

Technology for Good Goes Global

TechSoup's efforts are global-reaching. We have partners in Asia, Africa, and all over Europe. Take a look at some of our initiatives in the Western Balkans.

  • Community Boost_r  is a project from TechSoup Global that inspires, enables and promotes tech for civil participation in transparency and accountability initiatives in the Western Balkans. The Community Boost_r site recently got a makeover — visit it and read up on how technology is used for good in Eastern Europe.
  • The ReStart Challenges brings developers, activists, public, and private sector folks together to kick-start social change in the Balkans. The ReStart Romania 2013 winner,  Missing Treatment, is a tool through which individuals can report when vital, and government-promised medicines do not arrive in their local pharmacies.
  • Fundacja TechSoup participated in TechCamp Sarajevo, a program under Secretary Clinton's Civil Society 2.0 Initiative. Read about how activists and techies united under the common goal of government transparency and useful technology.

As you can see, we've had quite a busy few months! Check the TechSoup blog for the latest news and sign up for our weekly newsletter, By the Cup.

Ginny Mies is a Content Curator at TechSoup Global.