Social Innovation Demo Night
Hosted by Alexis Ohanian
May 30th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Complimentary beer and wine will be served.
Brought to you by General Assembly and TechiesGiveBack, the Social Innovation Demo Night highlights companies that are using technology to make an impact on everything from politics to charity. A handful of companies will demo their products to showcase how they have integrated tech to make a positive change.
About the Host
Alexis Ohanian is the co-founder of reddit, which was acquired by Conde Nast in 2006. He is currently the founder of breadpig, an angel investor with Das Kapital Capital, the East Coast Ambassador for venture fund Y Combinator, and a former Kiva Fellow.
Charity Bribes is a platform that allows anyone to create a bribe to get a celebrity to do something awesome in support of a charity, like "Bribe Morgan Freeman to spend an afternoon narrating user-submitted animal videos to support the Humane Socity." People pledge money to that bribe and, if the celebrity takes the bribe and accomplishes the challenge within the set time limit, the money goes to the charity indicated. The site's first success -- and first bribe -- was to get Larry David to join Twitter. He joined and posted his first tweet on Monday after fans had pledged over $10,000 to support the NRDC. A bribe amount even a curmudgeon like Larry couldn't turn down.
AutisMate is a therapy and communication iPad app for children with autism. The app uses interactive scenes consisting of audio, video and images taken from a child's everyday environment and enables autistic children to become more independent.
Amicus empowers cause-driven organizations to leverage the social networks of their supporters, raise more money, attract more members, and win more votes.
Catchafire matches professionals who want to give their skills with nonprofits and social enterprises that need their help. We match professionals and organizations based on a variety of characteristics including skills, cause interests, and time availability.
CauseCart is a web browser extension that allows users to raise money for their chosen charity/cause without donating their own time or money. It will have its alpha launch in June.
Charitybuzz is a for-profit company that raises funds for nonprofits through online charity auctions with the world's biggest celebrities and brands. At Charitybuzz, bidders find incredible opportunities to live their dreams and make a difference. To date, the online charity auction house has raised more than $60 million for its nonprofit partners by combining pop culture, technology and social good.
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need.
William Spencer & Chris Baker, Co-Founders, Charity Bribes
William Spencer is an advertising copywriter, entrepreneurial-ish man-about-town, angel investor, and spiritual leader to a cult of millions in the Hindu Kush. In advertising he has worked on brands such as Nike, Google, Starbucks, Target, Virgin, and Nokia at agencies such as Wieden+Kennedy, BBDO, Mother, TBWA, BBH, Y&R, and CP+B. William recently compiled a book called BREAKING IN: Over 100 Advertising Insiders Reveal How to Build a Portfolio That Will Get You Hired. BREAKING IN will soon become a book series with a second book about how to break into product design. William is also working on an online collaboration tool, helps out at the Acumen Fund, and loves to work out of Studiomates in DUMBO. William prefers to write his bios in the third person and always includes in them one outright lie. You can follow @wspencer for very occasional tweetings.
Chris Baker recently co-authored The Elements of F*cking Style, a vulgar and helpful English grammar and style guide for those of us too dull to take learning seriously, and spends his days toiling away at some of the world's best advertising agencies, coming up with fun ideas for brands to do online. He even had a brief stint in the Google Creative Lab, and enjoyed the three-hots-and-a-cot treatment before going rogue as a freelancer. Chris thinks of the internet as a playground for his side projects like theworldsmostexclusivewebsite.com, mnightschool.org, and letterbombing.com. See more projects at ilovechrisbaker.com.
Jonathan Izak, Founder, SpecialNeedsWare
In an effort to help his 10-year old autistic brother Oriel communicate and learn new tasks, Jonathan Izak developed an innovative iPad app called AutisMate to try and simplify the process. This app inspired the broader vision of a company focused on using mobile technology to help those with special needs. Jonathan's recent success in using tech to help others has been recognized by TechCrunch, Fox News, and Mashable. His technical skills are dependent on a constant supply of electronic music and greasy food.
Seth Bannon, Founder/CEO, Amicus
Since the age of 12, Seth has been volunteering for or working on non-profit causes and political campaigns. Over the years he has consistently felt that causes he cared about were being held back by inadequate technology. To solve this problem, he founded Amicus, a social fundraising and outreach platform for non-profits, political campaigns, and educational institutions. Amicus' mission is to create the technology that empowers people to organize around the causes they care about. When not attempting to reshape civil society through innovation, you can find Seth hustling the chess hustlers in Union Square Park.
Chris Maguire, Product Engineer, Catchafire
Chris Maguire is a broadly skilled engineer and designer with a knack for doing whatever it takes to get the job done. A strong believer in technology’s ability to improve people’s lives, he’s dedicated his career to building tools that help others help themselves. In 2005 he co-founded Etsy.com, a handmade marketplace that has since grown into a worldwide community of millions. In 2009 he co-founded Postling, a social media simplifier for small businesses used by tens of thousands of small businesses. At Catchafire, he’s thrilled to be working towards building an unparalleled user experience for both nonprofits and volunteers. Chris loves ice cream, aquariums, and climbing on things. He very rarely maintains a webcomic and blog at Hypercombofinish.com.
Michael Geer, CauseCart
Michael Geer cut his teeth with Badoo over in Moscow and London. During his 5 years there he helped bring Badoo from less than an idea to a global 70 million member network. He left Badoo in July 2010 and is now a Techstars mentor, a Board Advisor to several startups, teaches popular SkillShare classes on user acquisition and co-leads the Social Good For-Profit meetup in NYC. MG has recently started a new venture as Founder of CauseCart. You can follow MG on Twitter: @geeria
Coppy Holzman, Founder, Charitybuzz
Coppy Holzman has used his twenty-five years of experience as a senior level Internet, retail and consumer products executive to grow the Charitybuzz brand to 110 countries, with more than 1,000 nonprofit partners and 65,000 affluent bidders around the world. He is credited with developing the upscale cause markting fundraising niche that is now gaining such momentum. Prior to founding Charitybuzz, Coppy was one of the founders of webvan.com, where he defined the brand, helped raise capital and wrote and executed the business plan that ultimately resulted in the largest e-commerce launch in United States history.
Featured Talk: Charlotte Weiskittel, Director, Product Management at DonorsChoose.org
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Charlotte will discuss UX & UI best practices that have enabled DonorsChoose.org to become so successful.
Charlotte has been working on product design at DonorsChoose.org for a year and a half, and she was on the org's teacher marketing team before that. She can be found sitting on a stability ball at her desk and squinting at specs, Google Analytics metrics, and data queries. Charlotte loves learning about new web technologies and apps, but she is hopefully behind when it comes to TV. (Charlotte circa 2011: "Have you heard of The Wire?? So good!")
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