Humanity in Action: Take Action! Designing a Community-Driven Tech Project

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The second webinar of our Tech & Society series, this workshop aims to help civically engaged folks create "Action Projects" in their community that are related to technology.

The first webinar of our Tech & Society series led us through many interesting topics, including digital equity, racial algorithmic bias, smart cities, and more. If you missed it, watch the recording here:

This next webinar aims to help individuals create "Action Projects" in their community that are related to technology.

Do you want to create an online resource for underserved communities, a bot to tackle online harassment, or simply get your organization to better leverage technology? Do you want to design a community program that expands digital equity & justice?

Whether you are working in the public interest sector and want to use technology to increase the impact of your work, or a technologist who want to leverage your digital skills for good, it can be difficult to get started. It can be even harder to ensure that your project is truly community-driven or community-owned.

Through conversation with a civic tech entrepreneur and a social impact designer, we will discuss: 1) What are the most important questions in starting a digital project in the social impact sector 2) How do you create a "successful" project, and 3) what are valuable lessons learned from their work?

Featured guests:

  • Noelle Francois is the founding Executive Director of Heat Seek, an innovative NYC-based nonprofit working to end tenant harassment and displacement through web connected temperature sensors. With their data, public interest attorneys, community organizers, and city officials can advocate on behalf of at-risk tenants. Heat Seek is a NYC BigApps winner and has been featured in dozens of publications, including Reuters and CNBC.
  • Lee-Sean Huang is the cofounder and creative director of Foossa, a consultancy that helps organizations tell stories, design services, and build community for a more inclusive and resilient future. His expertise is on the intersection between design and democracy. Among other projects, he has worked on digital projects with the United Nations, SEIU (Service Employees International Union), and European Union.


  • Nicole Chi is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow and Bertelsmann-Humanity in Action Fellow. She is the co-founder of the Intentful Tech Collaborative in New York, and formerly worked at Civic Hall, a center for civic tech innovators. You can reach her at with questions or comments about this event series.

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