Tech Companies Move Out of the Office & Into the Community for Tech Gives Back
2000+ Entrepreneurs & Innovators join volunteer projects across Greater Boston
Technology professionals across Greater Boston are planning to take the day off on Wednesday September 10, but they’re not playing hooky. Hundreds of companies—from the Innovation and Financial Districts, to the Seaport—have formed teams of volunteers to donate an estimated 10,000 collective hours of community service, all in one day, for the 4th Annual Tech Gives Back event. Co-hosted by Silicon Valley Bank and TUGG, this day of service and post-project block party will draw over 2000 participants who will be volunteering at 50 different project sites across the city.
Tech Gives Back is a fun, interactive full-day event created to inspire these growing tech companies to take action and support the community they’ve come to love. Thanks to the generous support of Silicon Valley Bank, volunteer registration is free this year. “The turnout for this event speaks volumes about the strength and commitment of the Boston tech community,” SVB said in an official statement. “We’re proud to be a part of this truly awesome day of volunteerism and collaboration. We value our relationship with TUGG for giving SVB and our employees another way to show how much they care about making a positive impact in our community.”
Individuals and teams of volunteers will be assigned to one of fifty service projects for the day, ranging from tending gardens atop the Boston Medical Center building, sprucing up a park in Allston, painting school murals in Dorchester, to revitalizing school playgrounds in Roxbury and lending a helping hand at a women’s homeless shelter in Somerville. For a full list of available projects, check out this page.
“Every year, we are doubling the number of participants," said David Brown, TUGG’s Executive Director. “We had 500 people in 2012, to 1,200 in 2013, to over 2,000 this year. We’d love to see Tech Gives Back become an ubiquitous event with 10,000 or more participating startup leaders within the next few years. The startup community has unbelievable legs and Tech Gives Back continues to highlight the philanthropic nature of this group of young leaders.”
Volunteers are scheduled to work at their service sites from 9am - 3pm, then everyone is invited to attend an outdoor block party at the newly established Lawn on D at 420 D Street in the Seaport from 3:30 - 7:30pm. Complete with live music, open bar, games, and complimentary food from some of the city’s most popular food trucks, this gathering will be the perfect way to cap off an epic day. Seven nonprofits will also be showcasing their great work at the end-of-day celebration: Career Village, Youth Housing Initiative, NBA Math Hoops, Resilient Coders, Catie’s Closet, Inner City Weight Lifting, and Science from Scientists. Party guests will have the opportunity to cast their vote to allocate grant funding to the organizations they like the most.
This year’s day of service is hosted by a powerhouse group, including: Micah Adler (CEO, Fiksu), Lars Albright (CEO, Session M), Pamela Aldsworth (Managing Director, SVB Capital), Michael Baker (CEO, DataXu), Wayne Chang (Global Head of Developer Experience, Twitter), Maria Cirino (Managing Director, 406 Ventures), Jeff Fagnan (Managing Director, Atlas Venture), Jon Karlen (Managing Director, Atlas Venture), Jennifer Lum (CEO, Adelphic), Adam Marcus (Partner, Openview Venture Partners), Patrick Morley (CEO, Bit9), Jason Robins (CEO, DraftKings), Scott Savitz (Managing Partner, DataPoint Capital), Joshua Summers (CEO, clypd), and Fred Shilmover (CEO, InsightSquared).