Impact Challenge for Women's Rights & Social Justice
March 4 - 6, 2020 in San Francisco
Apply by Friday, December 6 for priority consideration.



WAKE invites women's rights and social justice leaders from nonprofit organizations from across the United States and U.S. territories to apply to join us in San Francisco for our Tech2Empower USA: Impact Challenge for Women's Rights and Social Justice for International Women's Day: March 4 - 6, 2020.

Tech2Empower will be a powerful learning experience customized and designed to strengthen their work advancing social justice and women's rights. Tech2Empower will connect teams from social justice organizations with advisors from top tech companies to consult on project challenges. Participating organizations will propose projects aimed at advancing their work on issues including immigration rights, LGBTQ+ rights, violence against women and girls, and racial and reproductive justice. The 3-day program and hackathon-style event will convene in San Francisco, March 4 - 6, 2020 for International Women’s Day. Participants will have the opportunity to acquire new tech skills, and benefit from expertise and hands-on work on their project of choice, while also contributing to deeper understanding of their social justice issue area and gaining allies.

◍ How does the program work?

During Women's History Month every year, Tech2Empower USA brings together women's rights and social justice activists, representing high-impact nonprofits from diverse communities across the U.S. Through interactive learning and cross-sector collaboration, participating nonprofits and their Tech2Empower Advisors co-design solutions to address their most urgent tech and communications challenges. 

>>> Learn more about the program and previous editions here.

Tech2Empower USA 2020 will be hosted at top tech companies and will include: 

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Selection criteria & eligibility requirements:

◍ Selection criteria:

  • Clear and focused project idea and explanation of its impact on the organization's work;

  • Demonstrated focus and commitment to advancing social justice and women's rights, especially in underserved communities;

◍ Eligibility Requirements:

To be considered to participate in Tech2Empower USA, applicants must work at and represent registered nonprofits based in and with primary beneficiaries in the United States and territories AND working primarily on women's rights and social justice issues, including, but not limited to:

  • Reproductive rights and justice;

  • Combating gender-based violence;

  • Immigrant rights, advocacy and services;

  • Racial justice, especially issues affecting women and girls of color;

  • LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion;

  • Economic justice; and 

  • Voter rights and political participation.

◍ Your contribution and funding your travel for Tech2Empower USA:

WAKE fundraises and secures sponsorship to make participation as affordable as possible for nonprofit teams. We ask participating organizations to contribute based on a sliding-scale.*

Tech2Empower harnesses the power of technology, volunteering and collaboration to help move the needle for equality and social justice globally. 



Application for Tech2Empower USA 2020 is now open. If you are interested in participating and have questions, please reach us at connect@wakeinternational.org.