Impact Challenge for
Women's Rights and Social Justic

March 6 - 8th, 2019 in San Francisco  

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 6 - 8, 2019. 

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, LGBTQIA rights, violence against women and girls, and racial and reproductive justice. 

The 3-day program and hackathon-style event will convene in San Francisco, for International Women’s Day 2019. 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.

Program will include:

◈ AEquitas (Washington, D.C.) 
Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (California)
Black and Pink (Nebraska)
Building Futures (California)
 Citizen SHE United (Louisiana)
Equal Rights Advocates (California)
Highlander Research and Education Center (Tennessee)
Lift Louisiana (Louisiana)
Muslim Women's Organization (Florida)

Impact Challenge Team Projects 

Each organization selected for Tech2Empower USA will be assigned a team of advisors with skills to support its proposed project. Teams will work on projects during the 8-hour hackathon-style event on March 8, 2019, International Women's Day in San Francisco. Organizations may propose up to 3 projects for consideration and one project will be selected for the Impact Challenge. Learn more: 

How to apply

WAKE invites applications from social organizations from across the United States and U.S. territories to participate in the Tech2Empower USA 2019: Impact Challenge for Social Justice. Organizations are encouraged to nominate two or three team members to participate. Organizations nominating only one representative will be considered, but teams of two or three members are preferred.

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Join us

Tech2Empower is a unique program specially designed to explore the power of technology in supporting women's rights and social justice leaders and organizations to advance their work and impact. Learn more and get engaged.

Learn about last year's Tech2Empower USA

In January 2018, WAKE's Tech2Empower USA brought together 45 gender and social justice leaders from across the country in San Francisco. Tech2Empower 2018 participants included leaders from nonprofit organizations working to fight Islamaphobia in Washington, DC, advocate for reproductive health and justice in Louisiana and Mississipi, offer legal services for victims of domestic violence in Minnesota, promote feminist art in Kentucky, provide sexual assault intervention and support groups for Latina immigrants in California, and more. Learn about what our 2018 participants have to say about the program:


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. Participation contribution per organization (team of 1-3) based on annual budget:

  • $125 contribution per team: nonprofits with annual budgets < $200,000

  • $250 contribution per team: nonprofits with annual budgets $200,000 - $500,000

  • $500 contribution per team: nonprofits with annual budgets $500,000 - $1,000,000

  • $750 contribution per team: nonprofits with annual budgets > $1,000,000

Organizations are responsible for roundtrip transportation to San Francisco, accommodation for 3-4 nights, some local transportation and incidentals. Some breakfasts, most lunches and some dinners will be provided during the program. We aim to be able to provide some support to offset travel costs for organizations who would otherwise not be able to attend. Travel support will be provided based on availability of funds and is not guaranteed.