Impact Challenge for Women's Rights and Social JusticeMarch 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: [Cohort Announcement] Meet our Tech2Empower USA 2019 CohortWe are thrilled to announce the organizations that will join us for Tech2Empower USA this year. A diverse cohort of 41 women's rights and social justice leaders from 18 organizations from 11 states across the country has been selected to participate in the program. These brave, bold activists work every day on the frontlines of communities across the U.S., tackling critical issues that are shaping the present and future of our country and our rights. We received an incredible number of applications from nonprofits and volunteer advisors. It's wonderful to see so many social justice organizations and top tech professionals interested in working together to leverage the power of technology to advance women's rights and social justice.Check out the inspiring organizations that will join us in San Francisco, March 6-8, 2019:// 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// NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona | Arizona// OneAmerica | Washington// Planned Parenthood Association of Utah | Utah// Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project | Virginia// Ruby's Place | California// Running Start | Washington, D.C.// S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective | New York// St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco | California // The Body Positive | California We can't wait to welcome them to San Francisco, and look forward to sharing the experiences and impact from Tech2Empower USA 2019. Soon we will announce the selected Advisors teams. Stay tuned! 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 applyWAKE 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. To be considered to participate in Tech2Empower USA, applicants must be registered nonprofit organizations 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 justiceCombating gender-based violence including rape, sexual assault and domestic violenceImmigrant rights, advocacy and servicesRacial justice, especially issues affecting women and girls of colorLGBTQIA rightsVoter rights 1. Clear and focused project idea and explanation of its impact on the organization's work; 2. Demonstrated focus and commitment to advancing the rights and providing support to women and girls of all backgrounds, especially in underserved communities; 3. Thoughtful application clearly expressing how the applicant will share and leverage what they learn and experience to strengthen the work of their organization;4. Applicant's commitment to sending at least 2 team members to San Francisco for the program;5. Applicant’s expressed interest in applying and being considered for two-month Tech2Empower Impact Fellowship, which includes virtual support and hosting a visit by the project advisor team at the applicant organization and its community. Please note: Final selection will also take into consideration organization and project focus areas, location, communities served and size of organization to bring together a diverse group of participants for Tech2Empower USA.