Give Kindness, Give Time, Give Back
Our 6th annual Tech Gives Back day of service on October 20 brought out 1,500 TUGGers from over 70 companies to get in to give back at 50+ nonprofits across Boston.
Our team had the opportunity to visit several volunteer sites throughout the day to show our support and appreciation for the volunteers. Spirits were high and impact was huge!
Here are just a few impressive numbers from the day:
- TUGGers from WeWork, KPMG and Northeastern served 185 meals in 45 minutes at Rosie's Place
- WeSpire cleaned up and beautified The Esplanade by raking & planting 3,500 bulbs
- SVB and Constant Contact removed 22 giant bags of trash and invasive plants from the Emerald Necklace, the most per hour of any other volunteer group EVER
Tech Gives Back surpassed our wildest expectations in so many ways. Our partner in all things Tech Gives Back, Silicon Valley Bank, brought this day to New York City for a second year in a row and San Francisco for the first time. While Rapid7 shut down their entire office, 900 people globally, to do a company-wide day of service as part of Tech Gives Back. AND to top things off, we had an extraordinarily beautiful autumn day!
There's a lot of good in our town and our industry, and a lot of good done by Boston tech. We're glad to have a day where we can collectively give back and show just how much we can accomplish together to improve our communities.
Volunteer Hard, Play Hard
If you know anything about TUGG, then you know that no TUGG event is complete without a celebration! Our after party, generously hosted by the Innovation and Design Building, offered an opportunity for volunteers to relax and have fun after an long and exhausting day of service.
Day of service photos collected from Twitter hare been added to our Facebook album.
Take a look and tag yourself, your friends and your company!
Silicon valley bank
When we first launched Tech Gives Back, we knew we couldn't do it alone. As always, Boston's tech community put us on its shoulders and lifted us up to support this remarkable event. As Tech Gives Back grew and 500 volunteers became 1,500, we knew we needed someone big who could carry the weight of this massive and most wonderful event. That's when Silicon Valley Bank stepped up to work with us to make the day possible.
"We are privileged to be a part of Boston’s thriving tech community. It is our pleasure to spend a whole day giving back to our city that has given us so much and help those less fortunate." - SVB's Managing Director of Venture Capital, Pamela Aldsworth
Not only does SVB underwrite the event, but they provide the project leads to man every volunteer site and kept things running smoothly. Thank you, Silicon Valley Bank, for making our 6th annual Tech Gives Back possible!
THANK YOU! (THIS IS FUN, YOU SHOULD READ IT :) )
We also count on the generosity of sponsors to help cover costs, keep our lights on, and fund our grantwriting, which provides the most experimental, start-up nonprofits a chance to make their programming a reality for local under-resourced youth.
Here's to you!
Rapid7 pushed the boundaries by closing its offices, starting the #Rapid7Challenge. #BOSTech stayed EverTrue to philanthropy along with Threat Stack, who stacked up volunteers to champion Perkins' Blindways App. BookBub put down their books to join them, and we were pumped to see GasBuddy leave the car at home to tag bus stop signs too. Sqrrl was on the hunt to give back, but you never need to search with Polachi on board. MFA keeps track of our coin, EY helps us build a better community, and we always do good with Goodwin.
Veracode cracked the code to make our day successful while Acquia kept us on cloud 9. We knew we could count "in" LogMeIn as well as Hopper, who were hoppin' to help. We love-love-love us some Lola Travel and were excited to see PayPal pay it forward. Holy moly Foley Hoag, we are so thankful to count you as friends, and KPMG we know you will always deliver.
Side note: Honk your horn if you love Bullhorn!
The security warriors at Carbon Black conquered Waltham sites together with Constant Contact (we hope to stay in touch!) and CyberArk moved two-by-two to their volunteer post. VentureApp ventured over to Room to Grow while team BostInno screamed TGB from the rooftops. DataXu schooled over at the Murphy School and Imprivata improve-ata'd a campground at Blue Hills. clypd turned off the TV and Vivox put down the game controller to get into giving back.
and WHOOP, there it is...
Tech Gives Back is powered by Building Impact, whose tireless coordination of nonprofit sites made the day a success. We are thankful to our gracious hosts at The Innovation and Design Building and to NM Events for planning a great afterparty staffed by GladlyDo. We got you in with Attend and got you there with Uber.
Featured at the after party, you enjoyed cider season with Downeast Cider House, crushed wine with FitVine, refreshed your palette with Polar Beverages, went high brow with Privateer Rum, re-energized with Red Bull, drank beer with the best of Boston with Samuel Adams, and treated yourself with Yasso.