Volunteers + Tech Skills x Public Good = Big Wins

Volunteers + Tech Skills x Public Good = Big Wins

Team4Tech volunteers are using their tech know-how to help build out after-school STEM programs for students in Thika, Kenya.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:00pm

CAMPAIGN: Pro Bono Week


In the next two weeks Oct 18- Nov 1, Team4Tech volunteers from Facebook, Coursera, Google and Intersol will be using their tech know-how to help build out after-school STEM programs for students from Kenyatta and Barracks Primary schools in Thika, Kenya. They will train teachers to create, deploy and maintain their own after-school STEM program using computers, selected math and science adaptive software, and 21st century teaching methods that foster collaboration, critical thinking and creative problem solving.

The members of this talented team are giving not only their time, but their high tech skills pro bono to help further the education goals of the nonprofit Orphans Overseas and their Karibu Centre, a place of hope, refuge and learning for children from the slum communities surrounding Thika near Nairobi.

Inspired by Pro Bono Week, the global celebration of professional services for the public good (Oct. 19-25), we wanted to take time to celebrate and thank our volunteers in the field now, as well as our alumni, and our corporate partners who support this amazing service learning experience for employees. They set a tremendous example and should be an inspiration for all tech companies in the Silicon Valley and beyond.


About Team4Tech
Team4Tech is a US-based non-profit organization dedicated to expanding educational opportunities in developing countries. We match technology industry volunteers with two-week immersive service opportunities that leverage their skills and passions to make a difference in education. Team4Tech provides volunteers with valuable hands-on experiences and professional development training on topics such as human-centered design, creative problem solving, extreme collaboration, and leadership – skills that are useful during the project and at work.

In 2014, Team4Tech has deployed more than 65 volunteers from 8 tech companies including Box, Facebook, Google, Intel, Intuit, and VMware on 7 projects in 5 countries (Vietnam, India, Tanzania, South Africa, and Cambodia), benefitting over 10,000 students and teachers. You can join a Team4Tech project individually or work with your HR and CSR teams to have 5-15 employees collaborate on a customized Team4Tech project. Read more at Team4Tech.

About Pro Bono Week
Pro Bono Week is a global celebration of the pro bono ethic across all professions that use their talents to make a difference.  Inspired by the American Bar Association's National Celebration of Pro Bono, pro bono enthusiasts around the globe focus their attention on the pro bono movement each year during the month of October. This year Pro Bono week runs October 19th through October 25th.

Events celebrating pro bono and making pro bono resources available to others will take place across the country as part of the effort to spread the word, share best practices and make connections.  Follow the conversation across social media at #PBW14 or learn more at: taprootfoundation.org/support-probono/pro-bono-week