New App is Designed to Help Human Trafficking Survivors Get Their Lives Back
4Bells pilot matches survivors to timely legal help
"The survivor would come in and work with a service provider who is a partner in our program. The service provider would be a local organization or agency like Rocky Mountain Victim's Law Center or Urban Peak which works with homeless and runaway youth. The survivor would come in with their problems and the service provider would post their need as a request for help through the app. On the other side of the equation you have a pool of lawyers from different areas of law that we recruited, and in the middle is this app which is connecting these two sides that before have never been connected."
Listen to the interview at Colorado Public Radio
FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards
Technological Innovation Honorable Mention: Caravan Studios
The awards recognize "the outstanding efforts of individuals, programs, and organizations throughout the country working to prepare their communities for emergencies. These awards highlight innovative practices and campaigns that have made outstanding contributions toward making communities safer, better prepared, and more resilient."
Read more at Ready.gov
Incubators for Change: How NGOs are developing apps and tech tools
"Not all tools have to be campaign focused. Caravan Studios, a division of San Francisco-based TechSoup, creates tech tools that solve specific, actionable problems for communities of nonprofits working on similar challenges."
Read more at the Mobilisation Lab
Microsoft Grants Three Nonprofits Cash, Software and Services for Technology Innovation
"In October 2013, we released our first Solutions for Good Request for Proposals (RFP) to select nonprofits, asking them to submit ideas for technology projects that addressed complex social issues. Three winning projects were selected by Microsoft business leaders across various teams, including Disaster Response, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Skype, and experts on civic engagement from Microsoft Research."
Read more at Microsoft TechNet