We build apps that help communities organize, access,

and apply local resources to their most pressing problems.

WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON 

These are the tools that we are working on right now.

Member agencies of the Safe Shelter Collaborative (SSC) benefit from a technology platform they use to seek shelter for clients and to alert supporters to donate the cost of hotel stays when shelter is unavailable. Members have access to training opportunities to build capacity and better serve their clients. The SSC helps members find and fund shelter faster and expand services to those who need it most.

Safe Shelter Collaborative

Expanding shelter options for survivors of human trafficking.

 

 

 

The Safe Shelter Collaborative supports the Sustainable Development Goals.

The idea for this app was generated by Animal Welfare and Food Rescue groups who spend an inordinate amount of time managing time-sensitive volunteer tasks. 4Bells helps organizations by shifting some of the process from white boards to the volunteers. Volunteers are notified about tasks and can claim and check them in, reducing time spent on the phone and tracking activity on white boards.

4Bells was built, pro bono, by JayStack. The effort is also supported by a generous grant from Microsoft Citizenship.

4Bells

Deploy known volunteers to complete urgent, time-sensitive tasks.

 

 

 

4Bells supports the Sustainable Development Goals.

SafeNight

Funding alternative shelter for a safe night.

 

SafeNight provides staff members at domestic violence and anti-trafficking service organizations a secure way to crowdsource funding from supporters who have downloaded the SafeNight app.

 

When an individual is in urgent need of shelter, a qualified staff member at a domestic violence service organization can initiate a request for hotel room funding. Supporters who have downloaded SafeNight receive a notification that an individual is in need and have an opportunity to immediately cover the cost of the hotel room as a tax-deductible donation. SafeNight is part of the Safe Shelter Collaborative,

 

SafeNight supports the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Public Good App House provides an opportunity to learn about technology that increases the social good in countries throughout the world, with a particular focus on the Americas.

 

Find out more about Public Good App House.

Public Good App House

Apps for social good

 

 

 

Made at the Library is a collaboration with library staff and library users to develop mobile apps using open government data. Working in two capital cities, Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais) and Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul), library users and library staff from nine libraries will participate in community events that spark creativity and spur development of three mobile apps that solve local problems.

 

Find out more about Feito na Biblioteca.

Feito na Biblioteca

Creating tools with library users at libraries in Brazil.

 

 

 

During the summer, millions of youth eligible for free and reduced meals lose the place -- school cafeterias -- where they ate lunch. These meals move from cafeterias to community based organizations across the country, making them harder to find. Range is a tool trusted adults who work with youth can use to quickly find the nearest place where free meals are served and where youth can find a free place--a library--to engage in information and programs.

 

Meal sites for summer appear in Range in June of each year until the school year starts in your area.

RANGE

Help youth find free meals and the nearest library this summer.

 

 

 

Range supports the Sustainable Development Goals.

Worker Connect

Empowering workers to provide feedback.

 

 

 

In close collaboration with migrant workers, worker welfare staff, and support networks in the Persian Gulf, Worker Connect is a mechanism for migrant construction workers to learn about their rights, share information about their experiences, and provide anonymous feedback to worker welfare supervisors. The service includes a mobile app for use by construction workers to report feedback on their living and working conditions, and a dashboard where supervisors can analyze anonymous data to highlight areas of concern and intervene when necessary.

Worker Connect supports the Sustainable Development Goals.

Find out more about Worker Connect.

GenDesign projects

Community-generated problem-solving concepts

We facilitate 2-day Generate + Design events where communities identify the problems they face, learn how technology might solve them, and design concepts that illustrate their imagination and aspirations for the product they hope to see built. Learn more about our most recent event at the Indianapolis Public Library. Invite us to come to your area next!

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