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SXSW Interactive 2014

Geek Out for Good: Apps that Change the World

Could your app save someone's life?
Internet access is growing rapidly in the developing world. Networked software can help marginalized individuals and communities empower themselves, coordinate limited resources and create new economic opportunities, but only if that software is built with the unique needs and constraints of that community in mind.
Developers are searching for ways that they can build something meaningful that creates lasting impact. And companies like Twitter are already affecting everything from politics to commerce worldwide - in ways that are both positive and negative.
This practical panel brings together representatives of grassroots technology organizations (Digital Democracy, ChangeAssembly) and major platform providers (GitHub, NationBuilder and Change.org) to share stories, ideas and resources that any software provider can use to serve diverse communities in an effective and positive way.
Geek out for good! Make an app that changes the world.

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  1. What are some unique needs in the developing world that have not yet been addressed by mission-focused web apps?
  2. How do I fund my app without sacrificing my social mission?
  3. How do I reach groups with limited access to networks and devices?
  4. How can I measure the social impact of my app?
  5. What kind of partnerships can I form to discover potential opportunities and deliver value to communities?



Lindsey Keefner, Event Organizer, NationBuilder

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  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: DIY, Hacker and Maker
  • Level: Intermediate
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