August 25, 2014
Tech Gives Back: Entrepreneurs & Innovators Join Volunteer Projects Across Greater Boston

What are you doing on Wednesday September 10th? 

Well our friends at TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good) and Silicon Valley Bank are putting on the 4th Annual Tech Gives Back initiative, where technology professionals across Greater Boston take the day off and help out around the community.

Hundreds of companies from the Innovation and Financial Districts are already forming teams of volunteers to donate an estimated 10,000 collective hours of community service, all in one day. Co-hosted by Silicon Valley Bank and TUGG this day of service and post-project block party are expected to draw over 2,000 participants who will be volunteering on 50 different project sites across the city.


David Brown, TUGG’s Executive Director, is excited about the initiative’s growth to this point and is striving for it do much bigger things in years to come:

“Every year, we aim to double the number of participants from the year before. From 600 people in 2012, to 1,200 in 2013, to over 2,000 this year” said Brown. “We’d love to see Tech Gives Back reach 10,000+ people within the next few years. It’s time to really make this happen, and make the community aware of how much good we can create.”

Individuals and teams of volunteers will be assigned to one of fifty service projects for the day, ranging from tending gardens atop the Boston Medical Center building, sprucing up a park in Allston, painting school murals in Dorchester, to revitalizing school playgrounds in Roxbury and lending a helping hand at a women’s homeless shelter in Somerville.


In a statement about the initiative, SVB said:

“The turnout for this event speaks volumes about the strength and commitment of the Boston tech community. We’re proud to be a part of this truly awesome day of volunteerism and collaboration. We value our relationship with TUGG for giving SVB and our employees another way to show how much they care about making a positive impact in our community.”

Volunteers are scheduled to work at their service sites from 9am - 3pm, then everyone is invited to attend an outdoor block party at the newly established Lawn on D at 420 D Street in the Seaport from 3:30 - 7:30pm. Complete with live music, open bar, games, and complimentary food from some of the city’s most popular food trucks, this gathering will be the perfect way to cap off an epic day.

Seven nonprofits will also be showcasing their great work at the end-of-day celebration: Career Village, Youth Housing Initiative, NBA Math Hoops, Resilient Coders, Catie’s Closet, Inner City Weight Lifting, and Science from Scientists. Party guests will have the opportunity to cast their vote to allocate grant funding to the organizations they like the most.

This year’s day of service is hosted by a powerhouse group, including: Micah Adler (CEO, Fiksu), Lars Albright (CEO, Session M), Pamela Aldsworth (Managing Director, SVB Capital), Michael Baker (CEO, DataXu), Wayne Chang (Global Head of Developer Experience, Twitter), Maria Cirino (Managing Director, 406 Ventures), Jeff Fagnan (Managing Director, Atlas Venture), Jon Karlen (Managing Director, Atlas Venture), Jennifer Lum (CEO, Adelphic), Adam Marcus (Partner, Openview Venture Partners), Patrick Morley (CEO, Bit9), Jason Robins (CEO, DraftKings), Scott Savitz (Managing Partner, DataPoint Capital), Joshua Summers (CEO, clypd), Fred Shilmover (CEO, InsightSquared).

Needless to say this a great day for so many and it says a lot about our ecosystem. So… Rally your office, block the date on your calendar and sign your team up today! 

Josh Boyle is Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz.  You can follow him on Twitter @jb_sid
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