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Using tech to aid disaster relief response

Connecting residents to food assistance during the Northern California fires. The catastrophic fires in Northern California put residents across seven counties in sudden need of immediate food assistance. On the first day of the disaster period, the GetCalFresh team launched a digital outreach strategy to announce the availability of Disaster […]

How OpenCounter designed a use code search engine for local governments

Note: If the Unicode math symbols don’t render correctly, you can find a pdf version of this blog post here: https://sam.zhang.fyi/assets/usecode-search.pdf Consider the local businesses in your neighborhood: coffee shops, yoga studios, salons, gyms. When entrepreneurs come to City Hall to open a new business, they will immediately learn that “yoga […]

The Attention Economy is the Addiction Economy: A Call for Emerging Tech for Good

Krang from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles We are not brains in a jar. With beeps and vibrations constantly notifying of us on what we’re missing out on, we’ve become the most anxious and medicated cohort in modern history. Recent scientific breakthroughs are putting technology even closer to the skin, adding the […]