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Software is Not Always All About Software

In June 2013, at Hack for MN, few civic-minded individuals gravitated towards an idea and extension of E-Democracy’s BeNeighbors.org program. We imagined a technology to help neighbors connect at a hyper-local (and block-level) by giving people the ability to share information, and control how far they share that information. The work we produced at the end … Continued

Match the ‘Stache

Match the Software for Good employee with the Movember moustache. Software for Good team: Casey Cory Erik Evan Joe Andy Peter Jon’s Halloween costume Moustaches: A. B. C. D. E.   F. G. H. Check our Twitter feed for the answers!  

Public-Benefit Corporations Coming to Minnesota?

We sure hope so! Here’s the scoop: As the name suggests, public-benefit corporations are state-chartered corporations that treat the goal of a social benefit just as legitimately as they do the goal of a profit. The idea isn’t entirely new. In fact, it’s only a little bit of a stretch to claim that the roots of … Continued

SfG Team Members Play Big Roles in Local User Groups

Ruby.MN We’re thrilled to announce that Casey and Kevin are on deck to head the Ruby Users of Minnesota group. Starting next month, they’ll be in charge of finding speakers, coordinating sponsors, and feeding the hungry Ruby enthusiasts at meetings. Big thanks to the sponsors for continuing to make it happen, and here’s to a … Continued

Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit 2013

This year I had the pleasure of serving as a Google Summer of Code mentor on the Mercurial project. I’ve been using and contributing to Mercurial for about five years, and was made a core contributor about a year ago. With three students, we were among the smaller Summer of Code mentoring organizations, but all three students contributed some very … Continued

Writing a Mac App

Last Thursday, I set a daunting challenge for myself: Write my first app for OS X Mavericks by Monday morning at 12am. I was confident because OS X apps are written in Objective-C, which I’ve been using for years to write iOS apps. The real challenge would be working with OS X’s UI paradigms and … Continued

Software for Good to Host Twin Cities 2013 Coderetreat

Calling all coders! Mark your calendars for December 14. The tech world is gearing up for another Coderetreat, and this year’s Twin Cities meetup will be hosted by yours truly. There will always be a gap between how we code and how we wish we could code. Ideally we would all be more proactive about … Continued

Grace Hopper Conference 2013

“What’s better than peace, love, and estrogen? I mean, come on, ladies! Am I right?! Am I right?!” Last week, I volunteered at the Grace Hopper Global Celebration of Women in Computing Conference. 4,600 women charging the streets of downtown Minneapolis was truly a sight to see, and even after only four days with them, I … Continued

Congrats to Casey!

We’re thrilled to announce that our Founder & CEO is taking on yet another title! Big congratulations to Casey, as he and local tech start-up expert Justin Porter join the minne✱ Board of Directors. Check here for more information. 

Updates from Crank 'n' Drank

We had a great time cranking and dranking last week. Some highlights. We: Consolidated databases from our individual servers to a shared database server. Set up scripted procedures for easier, safer, and faster WordPress deploys. Reconfigured the office wireless setup. Ordered business cards and stickers for the team. The dranks? Johnny Jump Ups. Until next … Continued

On the Agenda: Crank ‘n’ Drank

Tomorrow night, the Software for Good office will be spending some quality time with the bottom quarter of our to-do list. It’s time for another Crank ‘n’ Drank. The idea came to us from Medium, the online publishing platform launched by Twitter founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone. Once a week, the folks at Medium … Continued

A New Site for Minnesota’s AdFed

Exciting news for the advertising community here in the Twin Cities! We’re thrilled to announce the launch of a new site for AdFed, the Advertising Federation of Minnesota. The new site is the product of a three-way collaboration. Digital marketing, technology, and data agency Digitaria, formerly JWT Minneapolis, handled all things strategy, UX, and design. … Continued

#NPTech Social Club – September 2013

Join us for an evening of idea-sharing and casual networking with your nonprofit colleagues interested in technology and online communications. Our theme this month will be all things social media for mission-driven organizations! Come prepared to chat about anything and everything relating to social media from basic tactics like the best times to post, to … Continued