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Develop for Good - August 2023
Hello friends ☀️
With the summer season sizzling down, there are only 3 weeks left of Develop for Good’s Sum23 project batch. Read on to get an overview of our work this summer, and learn about how you can participate directly in our inaugural Demo Day!
Sum23 Demo Day 🥳
Announcing Develop for Good’s inaugural virtual Demo Day!
We’re so excited to announce Develop for Good’s inaugural Demo Day, sponsored and funded by Bloomberg, PwC, ServiceNow, and Society for Science! 🚀 Join us virtually to celebrate the tech work our student-mentor teams have completed, and the magnified impact those digital solutions will make through our nonprofit partners.
This summer, we deployed nearly 400 college students and industry mentors. Join us to view short demos of the tech projects they've been working on for our nonprofit partners over the past 16 weeks. In this interactive session, we'll ask you to submit nominations for standout project teams as you watch. At the same time, you'll learn more about Develop for Good's higher level impact and vision, and how we can work together to build a more digitally equitable world. All are welcome! 🌎
Our Sum23 students, mentors, & nonprofits 👋
Meet our students and mentors
Over the past 3 years, we’ve been thrilled to have engaged over 1,800 student and mentor volunteers on nonprofit tech projects. We’re proud to recruit such a diverse group of high-caliber tech talent in our community, with 8 out of 10 students from backgrounds or identities underrepresented in tech.
This summer, we’ve deployed over 300 students from 120+ university affiliations. We’re also excited to have expanded our mentorship program to include a pool of industry professionals spanning 28 companies. We love creating teams comprising individuals from different college campuses and firms across the continent (and a few from around the world!), and fostering a tight, interwoven network amongst our talent.
Meet our nonprofit partners
This summer, we deployed our students and mentors across 35 engineering and design projects for a portfolio of incredible nonprofits. These organizations tackle issue areas spanning education, health & medicine, environment & sustainability, social justice, veterans & military families, and so much more.
Our student and mentor tech teams worked closely with nonprofit executives headquartered across the US, and internationally from Kenya, India, Canada, Argentina, and the Netherlands!
Corporate engagements 🤝
Develop for Good founder Mary Zhu was invited to speak at BlackRock San Francisco. She shared how BlackRockers can donate their expertise to both nonprofits and talented college students by participating in Develop for Good’s Corporate Mentorship Program. Special thank you to Global Head of Alpha Generation Technology Neeraj Goel and Director Sheng Xu for championing Develop for Good’s high-impact volunteer opportunities at BlackRock 🪨
This summer, Atlassians also learned about how they can volunteer their tech skills to diverse college students and nonprofits through our Mentorship Program. Many thanks to Atlassian Social Impact Manager Mallory Burke for co-hosting a Develop for Good info session at Atlassian SF with Mary Zhu!
Shout out to Cisco for sponsoring Develop for Good with an ad feature on the SF Business Times, and for also ranking as the 3rd most philanthropic company in the Bay Area, announced at the SFBT’s annual Corporate Philanthropy Summit. Special Kudos to Cisco Community Impact Manager Beth Milne for coordinating this sponsorship 📰
Thank you Okta for granting Develop for Good another $25,000 to continue our important work in developer career pathways for diverse students in tech. We’re excited to continue our meaningful partnership with one of our earliest funders—sending much appreciation to Senior Manager of Social Impact Victor Cordon 🙏
Welcome to our newest leader 🌟
We are thrilled to announce the newest member of our Board of Directors — Bill Irving, Head of Fidelity Investments Asset Management Solutions! 🎉 He graduated with his Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was also a lecturer. Bill is passionate about helping others achieve their financial and life goals. He is also excited to leverage his expertise towards boosting the careers of Develop for Good students!
In-person community meet-ups 🧋
This summer, DFG students, mentors, and alumni bonded irl over food, coffee, ice cream, and boba in San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, Boston, and Seattle! We also had a Zoom summer social for folks everywhere in between and beyond 🌎
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Feeling generous? Donate 💌
Our program wouldn’t be what it is today without the generous philanthropic support of our community. If you love what we do, every dollar you contribute is dedicated to continuously improving our program for our tech students and nonprofit partners.
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