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AnnenbergTech helps ignite the future of philanthropy among the exploding Los Angeles tech community.

AnnenbergTech at TechFair LA 2018: #TechIsUs

The Annenberg Foundation, Comparably, and Mayor Eric Garcetti partnered to host TechFair LA 2018, where LA's hottest tech companies interacted with entry-level and experienced job seekers looking for new opportunities. AnnenbergTech offered one on one mentoring, networking and resume prep in the #TechIsUs Lounge, which also featured special content sessions and networking opportunities with industry professionals.

Born from the premise that visionary communications can improve public well-being, the Annenberg Foundation has created AnnenbergTech to explore how the intersection of technology and philanthropy can benefit our city.

AnnenbergTech coordinates efforts between technology business leaders, investors, nonprofits, and the city of Los Angeles to positively impact diverse communities throughout the region. Through convenings, thought leadership and programs, the goal is to create a culture within the L.A. tech ecosystem to make equity, opportunity, and social impact a pillar of its success.

Current programs are focused on providing support for the advancement of 21st-century skills among more diverse communities. AnnenbergTech is developing partnerships that encourage high-impact, tech-centered philanthropy, such as:

  • TechFair LA 2018: In partnership with Comparably and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, AnnenbergTech is bringing a social impact component, focused on providing access and opportunity for diverse and untapped communities to the largest job fair of its kind in Los Angeles.
  • Games for Change: AnnenbergTech is bringing the Games for Change Student Challenge to 20 Title 1 LAUSD middle and high schools per year. We are working closely with Games for Change and leading game designers and developers in L.A., and EdTech leaders across the country to provide teacher professional development, 20 weeks of game-design curriculum, field trips to game companies, game jams, a city-wide student game-design competition, and an awards ceremony.
  • mitú Accelerator: AnnenbergTech provided support for a mentorship and fellowship program focused on the next generation of Latino and multicultural creators and emerging talent. The Accelerator is focused on developing digital content creators, filmmakers, writers, animators and everything in between.

In addition, AnnenbergTech, in conjunction with the Annenberg Foundation Grantmaking and Programs department, created Alchemy Tech. In partnership with the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), Alchemy Tech is a pilot program to help nonprofits strengthen their knowledge of technology best practices. This will give L.A. nonprofits guidance to develop and implement technology in their organizations in order to efficiently and effectively meet their goals.

For more information about AnnenbergTech, please contact Dakota Ortiz, Program Lead, at [email protected].

By nearly every measure, Los Angeles’ new tech ecosystem will continue to have a profound effect on our city. The leaders of these companies today are our philanthropists of tomorrow, and we hope AnnenbergTech can serve as a hub for this next generation to convene and create new models of civic leadership that will lift up and inspire all Angelenos.