Tech for the Common Good Month 2021

In May 2021, Technical.ly focused extra reporting on community-minded tech development, digital access issues, the ethics of advanced technology and the like. In this reporting series, find check-ins on early-pandemic open data projects (especially those featured in Healthcare Technologies Month of April 2020), profiles of technologists working in civic tech or local government, features on companies developing products to advance a social mission, and stories on social entrepreneurship trends.

Some questions we sought to answer: How can technologists best work alongside communities to roll out new technologies that benefit them? What policies are being discussed to increase digital access for more people? What did the technologists behind 2020's COVID-19 data and PPE pop-up projects learn from them, one year later, and what would they advise others looking to help in the next crisis?

To learn more about our editorial calendar, click here.

This month’s theme is underwritten by Verizon 5G.

Civic News

Technologists wanted to help amid a tumultuous 2020. Code for Philly saw its volunteer ranks swell

By Michael Butler

Co-directors Marieke Jackson and Michael Chow reflect on how the volunteer-driven org adapted and helped nonprofits meet their missions while facing forced pivots during the pandemic.

Company Culture

How did 2020 advance stakeholder capitalism?

Fifty years after Milton Friedman damned corporate social responsibility, American business has moved beyond prioritizing profits above all else. Here's a look at what impact teams learned about making change during the past year's challenges.

Civic News

Civic innovation is a political responsibility

At Baltimore Innovation Week, elected officials in city and state government talked about how recent elections shifted leadership, and building new civic finance tools. “Back to normal is not an option," Del. Brooke Lierman said of a post-pandemic Maryland.