Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Tech Roundup 2008.1

Here's my first philanthropy-related tech roundup for 2008.

Peer to Peer Disaster Relief - someone needs what you have to give - make it happen on iCARE a project in progress from the engineering school at UC Berkeley.

Crowd-sourced product (or service or action) design. Kluster was recently used to design a social game that builds global cultural awareness.

A new app to organize social action on Facebook. Read about it here.

In what might be seen as a birth-child of Kluster and Ultimatums a recent Stanford class created 50+ Facebook apps in 10 weeks (100 students, 10 million installs, and 1 million daily users). They shared what they learned at the Graphing Social Patterns Conference.

Netsquared MashUp Challenge
Netsquared, a project of CompuMentor and TechSoup, is entering Year Three and has openings for a Google Hackathon (March 7, Mountain View, CA) and Mashup Challenge (Applications due March 14)

Goodwill Industries uses the web to sell its wares, train its employees, and help them build community - here's a video of Goodwill's CIO discussing the applications.

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DISCLOSURE: I was on the Board of CompuMentor until December 2007 and am a NetSquared Advocate.


Britt Bravo said...

Thanks for spreading the word about the NetSquared Mashup Challenge, Lucy!


Britt Bravo
Community Builder
NetSquared • A Project of Tech Soup

Unknown said...

Hi Lucy,

I saw that you were writing about the Netsquared Mashup challenge and I wanted to share a little bit about our Mashup Challenge entry: Assetmap.org/uganda. You can read more at http://www.assetmap.org/uganda

The question behind the project is this: with peace on the horizon after 20 years of war in northern Uganda, and the big NGOs soon heading off to other war zones, who is going to support community organizations and northern Ugandan civil society as it transitions to peace time?

By mapping information about ongoing community-led philanthropic partnerships in northern Uganda, assetmap.org/uganda helps American citizens aggregate their resources to support post-conflict transformation.

We hope to facilitate collaboration among American donors and volunteers by providing a digital tool that:

•maps project locations so you know who’s working where
•tags information about the specific issues projects and organizations seek to address
•links tagged and mapped projects to the facebook and LinkedIn profiles of participating donors or volunteers

If you're interested in supporting us, please visit and vote for us here:


Nathaniel Whittemore
Director, Northwestern University Center for Global Engagement
globalengagement at gmail