NBCU Partners with Innovative Tech Nonprofits to Accelerate Change


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NBCU Partners with Innovative Tech Nonprofits to Accelerate Change
  • Pro Social Initiatives
April 12, 2017

Comcast NBCUniversal was proud to stand with Fast Forward as the premiere partner for the first summit focused on tech nonprofits, Accelerate Good Global, from March 2nd to 3rd, in San Francisco. Like a typical tech startup, tech nonprofits build products using technology, but they build for impact instead of profit. Through Accelerate Good Global (AGG), Comcast NBCUniversal and Fast Forward were able to unite over 300 attendees from the social impact ecosystem to build community, challenge nonprofit norms, and cultivate new solutions to build a next-generation social sector.

Day One of AGG was dedicated solely to the tech nonprofit ecosystem. Scott Budman, Tech and Business Reporter at NBC Bay Area, interviewed tech nonprofit celebrities like tech nonprofit pioneer Jim Fruchterman, CEO of Benetech, and Premal Shah, President of Kiva.org, on ensuring a tech nonprofit’s success.  Later, Kristen Lowe, SVP, Production at Universal Pictures, joined Scott on stage to speak about the power of media and storytelling, and the importance of emotionally connecting to audiences.

Day Two of AGG focused on galvanizing funds for the tech nonprofit community. Charles Duhigg, Senior Editor of The New York Times, spoke throughout the day with high-profile tech executives and tech nonprofit philanthropists. Mike Krieger, CTO of Instagram and Kaitlyn Krieger, Founder of Future Justice Fund, spoke to Charles about their experiences as philanthropists who take a tech-influenced approach to selecting causes and grantees. Fast Forward’s current accelerator cohort and alumni were also sprinkled throughout the program with TED-style pitches of their ventures.  

In addition to hearing from leading tech nonprofit entrepreneurs, technology leaders, and philanthropists on stage, attendees also experienced with Comcast NBCUniversal’s latest virtual reality demonstrations, contributed to our Digital Art Mural, and recorded videos of their own experiences using tech for good in the ChatBox.

As a company uniquely positioned to inform, empower, and inspire, Comcast NBCUniversal embraces opportunities like Accelerate Good Global to create conversation and mobilize action to address some of the nation’s most critical issues. Through incredible partners like Fast Forward, we believe tech nonprofits can power solutions to solve the world’s toughest problems.

Check out more photos of Accelerate Good Global here, and see #NBCUStoriesThatInspire and #AGG17 for more firsthand accounts.