TechShift is currently accepting applications for new organizations to join our community for the fall of 2018!

Are you a university passionate about using technology as a force for good? Do you wish there were more opportunities to apply tech skills to support issues you care about? Are you frustrated by current events and looking for ways to help?

We're looking for multi-diciplinary, diverse teams of students who are passionate about making an impact. Whether you're a designer, engineer, educator or activist, we're looking for young people who are excited to work hard, collaborate with people from across the country, and be a part of a growing global movement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?

  • We are looking for teams of students (we recommend between 3 and 6) at a university or college who want to start their own tech and social impact organization– with TechShift's support! 

How will TechShift help us start an organization?

  • We will pair you with a mentor who has previously started or led a tech for good organization, who will help to guide you through the process of starting your own organization. They will...
    • Provide you with a toolkit of resources that you can refer to when making important decisions
    • Connect you to our network of partners, advisors, and students
    • Take you through the process of applying for TechShift micro-grants

What is the deadline to submit our application?

  • Applications are on a rolling basis, and we’d strongly recommend that you submit the application within 10 days after the start of your semester. September 14th is the final deadline for all semester-based colleges and universities, and October 5th is the final deadline for all quarter-based colleges and universities. If this timeline is challenging for your university, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

I don’t have a team, what do I do?

  • If you are interested in starting an organization, we’d recommend that you find a team of people at your university and then apply. We’d be more than happy to help you find other people who are interested, so please reach out! You are also welcome to apply as an individual, but we will be giving preferences to teams.

I’m not a CS person or not good at coding, can I be a part of the team?

  • Yes! We strongly believe that multidisciplinary and diverse teams of people are stronger than homogenous teams. Tell us what drives you to want to be a part of this team, and how your experiences will contribute to the team as a whole!

Our team is all CS people, is that okay?

  • Yes! We believe that a diversity of experiences and individuals are helpful to creating a strong team, but are open to any set of individuals who want to apply! (We’d also love it if you looked around for a non-CS person to join your team -- whether now or later.)

I’m not an undergraduate, can I still join?

  • Yes! Graduate students, professors, and staff are a crucial part of universities and we would love for you to be a part of the organization. If you are not a part of a university (for instance, are in high school, work in industry, or are part of a non-profit), please reach out! We’d love to talk with you about potential collaborations.

I am part of an organization that does similar work, or has a similar mission.

  • Hello! It’s wonderful to meet you. Please reach out, we’d love to hear more about the work you are doing and brainstorm ways in which we can work together!

 

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