Tag Archives: social good

  • 16 June 2015
Webserves launches The mPathy Project

Webserves launches The mPathy Project

For the past decade, WebServes has been empowering nonprofits and businesses to effectively use technology to do good in various populations globally and The mPathy Project is the latest addition to WebServes’ portfolio of technology solutions.

What is The mPathy Project?

The mPathy ProjectJust to give you a bird’s-eye view of this latest initiative, The mPathy Project is essentially an app development contest; a hackathon, if you will. However, unlike the typical hackathon that runs over a weekend or a week, The mPathy Project participants will have 10 weeks to design their apps.

So how is this different from other app development challenges? Well, if it is a WebServes initiative, it has something to do with social good, right? That’s exactly what The mPathy Project is; a challenge based initiative that will give talented app developers an opportunity to showcase their technological prowess and empathy (pun intended!) to build apps that will help out the ones most in need.

The Key Players

The layout of the project is straightforward with the following key members:

  • The Hosts: They  are the various nonprofits and non-governmental organizations who constantly work to address the problems in various communities. They recognize a problem and seek to use mobile technology to address it. They offer their support to the project and will in turn benefit by having the option to deploy the apps developed by the participants. 

 
  • The Partners: They can be either Sponsors or Patrons. The Sponsors ensure the operational success of the project by providing resources such as tech support, cloud services, venues, logistics, legal and consulting service. The Patrons provide the financial support. 

 
  • The Participants: They develop the app designs for the various challenges in the project and will have the opportunity to have their app designs sponsored and developed. The participants have this unique opportunity to gain recognition while working towards social good. 

 

The First Challenge

This summer, the first challenge in The mPathy Project is being hosted by ECPAT-USA whose mission is to stop commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) at the source by advocating for laws to protect children and by educating and raising awareness among youth, first responders, and within the tourism industry.

The participants have the task of developing an app that would be distributed to the companies in the travel and tourism industry to provide them with a quick and easy way to report suspicious activities related to the CSEC.

The Goal of The mPathy Project

With The mPathy Project initiative, WebServes (in conjunction with the hosts, partners and participants) aims to make it a priority to harness the power of mobile based technology to create solutions to the critical problems faced by communities around the world.

We’ll keep you posted on all that goes on with The mPathy Project but in the meantime, head on over to The mPathy Project website and Facebook page for more information on the project, photos and how you can get involved!

~Ramya

  • 2 October 2012
New York Cares Day: Volunteer for Schools

New York Cares Day: Volunteer for Schools

New York Cares Day- October 13th 2012

If you're reminiscing on those back-to-school days this fall, but have long since left the schoolyard, New York Cares Day is giving you an opportunity to relive those days while helping to revitalize some of New York's under served public schools. New York Cares DayOn October 13th, New York Cares is organizing New York Cares Day: Volunteer for Schools. Some of the activities volunteers can look forward to are:
  • Painting walls
  • Organizing books, files, etc
  • Assembling or discarding furniture
Direct your kids' youthful energy towards philanthropy and make it a family activity! Children as young as 7 can attend and work on arts and crafts activities. Volunteers ages 17 and under are welcome as well, but must be accompanied by an adult. Youth teams of high school students must include one adult team member per every 10 youth member. The following teams still have space: "Brooklyn Team 2", "Bronx Team 1" or "Staten Island Team 1". Another option is joining the New York Cares Bus Site Team. This team of volunteers will meet at the New York Cares offices in Manhattan at 65 Broadway and participants will get bussed to the schools that still need volunteers. The day starts at 9:30 AM and ends at 3 PM when the bus will bring the team back to the pick up area. It will be best to bring a bag lunch (just like old times) in case there are no convenient places nearby to eat. There is a tax-deductible $20 registration fee to participate, but keep in mind that every dollar donated amounts to $6 worth of community service. Participants representing 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization eligible for a discounted fee. Click here to register, and for  FAQs, click here -Valerie @vcorvington  

  • 21 September 2012
The Feast: Social Innovation Week

The Feast: Social Innovation Week

New York- Every year since 2008, The Feast Conference has brought together change agents and social entrepreneurs in one place to discuss the future. This year, the conference will take place from October 3rd to 5th and, for the first time, will expand to include several public events collectively known as Social Innovation Week. In addition to the annual Feast Conference, the inaugural launch of Social Innovation Week will consist of The Feast Worldwide and close out Social Innovation Week with The Feast Pavilion on October 6th. The Feast Conference Scheduled speakers for this year's Feast Conference are:

  • Neil Blumenthal, Co-CEO & Co-Founder, Warby Parker
  • Scott Heiferman, CEO & Co-Founder, Meetup
  • Gillian Ferrabee, Creative Director, Cirque du Soleil
  • James Adams, Deputy Chief Technologist, NASA
  • Bre Pettis, CEO, Makerbot
  • Beth Comstock, Chief Marketing Officer Senior Vice President, GE
  • Arcade Fire, Grammy Award-Winning Band
The Feast Worldwide On October 5th at 7 pm, everyone from around the globe is invited to host a dinner to discuss the social challenges that we face. The goal is that by the end of dinner, each group of diners will be committed to a common project and will post their idea online for all to see. The host and guests can identify their own unique opportunity for change, or select from the 4 official challenges designed by The Feast partners:

Data Challenge: Presented by John Sherry, Director of Business Innovation Research at Intel

  • Specific Challenge: Design a tool that utilizes the data that is being or could be created in the public and private realms to help improve the lives of one of the following people: 1) elderly person in the city, 2) young mom of 2 kids with a low income in the city

Open Design Challenge: Presented by Beth Comstock, CMO at GE

  • Specific Challenge: Use the open tools available today (or even create your own!) to empower a new group of people to make something that improves their physical environment.

Health Challenge: Presented by Arcade Fire on behalf of Partners In Health 
  • Specific Challenge: PIH does whatever it takes to provide high quality care to millions of the world’s poor. Creatively inspire your community to back PIH as if they were caring for a member of your own family. Design enduring systems of financial support that can continue year after year.
Poverty Challenge Presented by Mark Bezos, Senior Vice President at Robin Hood.
  • Specific Challenge: Re-brand poverty to engage New Yorkers in opportunities to take action.
The Feast Pavilion For those without a ticket to the Feast Conference, check out The Feast Pavilion which is open to the public. The Feast Pavilion opens for one day on October 6th at the conclusion of Social Innovation Week. It will take place in the Lower East Side at warehouse space where artists will exhibit installations inspired by innovations for social good. There will also be food, music and activities. Be sure to check the events calendar on the home page for event listings as they are updated periodically. The official hashtag for events is #TheFeast so keep a lookout on Twitter as more developments come in. We will also be covering some of the events on the Webserves blog, facebook and on twitter! -Valerie @vcorvington

  • 14 September 2012
Social Good Summit 2012

Social Good Summit 2012

New York City will be getting the warm and fuzzies late September courtesy of the Social Good Summit. The Social Good Summit, held on Sept 22-24, is presented by Mashable, 92nd Street Y, the United Nations Foundation, Ericsson, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Entering into its third year, the Social Good Summit coincides with U.N. Week in order to unite both local and global thought leaders and change agents. This year promises to be more engaging than ever with some of the following speakers:

  The Social Good Summit is committed to including everyone regardless of their location. So if you can't get to the 92nd Street Y in New York, then on or around Monday September 24, everyone is invited to create and join Meetups to bring together like minded folks who are looking to tackle social issues through the use of technology and new media. By the end of 2012, The Social Good Summit will then process and collect all the local discussions and house them in one global action plan. It will be nice to look back and see the progress and brainstorming all the think tanks produced. If you can't make it to a local Social Good Summit event, you can be there in spirit and join the conversation on the time tested Twittersphere, where the official event hashtag  #SGSglobal will surely be well represented. -Valerie @vcorvington