As you may know, since 2003 501cTECH’s Technology Innovation Awardshave recognized D.C. area nonprofits who put technology to use in an innovative way to improve key aspects of their operations and help advance their missions. It has also served as a reminder that technology is just as important to nonprofits as it is to large corporations.
Nonprofits may submit applications in the following three programmatic areas:
PreK-12 and STEM Education, sponsored by CenturyLink
Skills to Succeed and Workforce Development, Sponsored by Accenture
Veterans and Military Families, Sponsored by BAE Systems
Applicants must designate which one they believe most closely aligns with their project idea, but the cause area you select does not need to be the sole focus of the organization. If you can explain how your project applies to one of these categories and advances your nonprofit’s mission, we strongly encourage you to apply.
Past winners have included the YWCA of the National Capital Area, The Arc of Northern Virginia, and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Winners have completed a wide range of projects that empowered them through digital capabilities, including web-based learning portals, comprehensive salesforce customization, mobile application development, and innovative social media strategy. Their stories can be found on 501cTECH’s blog, and a full list of past winners and their projects are available on 501cTECH’s website.
This is a unique opportunity to turn that great idea you’ve been holding onto into a reality and we would love to help you do it. The deadline to apply isFriday, July 1 at 5 p.m.
Questions answered by Jim Halling, Director of Corporate Development at Good360. This follow-up survey was designed to serve as a resource for understanding how grants serve nonprofits, and what obstacles grant recipients might encounter while implementing projects.
Good360 was the recipient of $7,500 in grant money to put towards a major new platform, DisasterRecovery360, seeking to prepare for, and address the short and long-term needs that follow natural disasters. The award, specifically, was to be used in the build phase, allowing Good 360 to think through what the portal should do specifically to help communities and organizations, and how it should be set up for the greatest benefit and efficiencies.
Q: How was the Technology Innovation Award of $7,500 used?
The award from the 2014 Technology Innovation Awards competition enabled Good 360 to continue to move forward with our plans to create DisasterRecovery360.
Built and managed by Good360, DisasterRecovery360 ensures that the needs of communities impacted by disaster are met in a timely manner throughout the full recovery process by ensuring the right goods are delivered to the right place at the right time.
Questions answered by Kathy Siefert, Director of Development at Alexandria Seaport Foundation. This follow-up survey is designed to serve as a resource for understanding how grants serve nonprofits, and what obstacles grant recipients might encounter while implementing projects.
The Alexandria Seaport Foundation was the recipient of $7,500 in grant money to put towards STEM on the Potomac, a middle school initiative that uses wooden boats, the natural environment, and technology to improve students' STEM skills. The Alexandria Seaport Foundation's proposal outlined that the grant would support the purchase of SeaPerch kits, containing tools for building Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs); the purchase of tools to build an OpenROV (an open source robot); and the purchase of navigation software. Collectively, these were to serve as the foundation for a unique water-based STEM curriculum that would allow students to build and launch these ROVs, measure a variety of relevant data, and learn navigation skills.
Q: Where you able to use the $7,500 to make the purchases outlined in your proposal?
Yes, the $7,500 went to the purchase of the SeaPerch kits, the software and the execution of the project.
Q: How many students are using the Kits, OpenROV and software (across programs) and what kind of feedback have you received since implementing the program?