About

ConvergeUS, the non-profit arm of TechNet, a bipartisan, political network of technology sector CEO’s and senior executives, was founded in 2011 to mobilize corporations, academic institutions, and other nonprofits to leverage technology to create positive change on critical issues facing American society

Co-Chaired by TechNet’s CEO, Rey Ramsey, and Twitter’s Co-Founder, Biz Stone, ConvergeUS drives technology-based breakthroughs for critical social problems and thus accelerates social innovation. We undertake yearlong initiatives to produce game-changing results on critical social issues that have the potential for enhanced outcomes through the use of technology.

Gatherings and Yearlong Collaboration:

Our signature event is a fall gathering for subject matter experts (non-profits), technologists, scientists and other social innovators where we determine the best manner to achieve breakthrough results – the Technology Innovation Blueprint. After the gathering ConvergeUS seeks resources as needed and provides participants with a virtual marketplace/online clearinghouse—a space to track and report on targets and results, request resources, monitor progress and capitalize on networks from the gathering as well as from the network of Innovation Fellows and Scholars and classrooms.

Innovation Fellows:

ConvergeUS recruits professionals and students who are passionate about social advances and technology, and who believe they can make a difference in this world. Overview of ConvergeUS Innovation Fellows program.

Research:

ConvergeUS is also committed to generating and posting the latest research on the most effective ways individuals and non-profit organizations use information and communications technology. We understand that “technology follows purpose” and thus we know that it is important to measure how and why people use technology before prescribing technology as a solution.

For 2012, ConvergeUS selected Support Military Families (the National Military Family Association), Access to resources for low-income people (Living Cities), and Military Child Education (Military Child Education Coalition). With our partners, we work in simultaneous, but compatible directions.

For 2011, ConvergeUS selected STEM Education (Silicon Valley Education Foundation), 0-3 Literacy Gap (Campaign for Grade Level Reading), and Health Literacy (an alliance comprised of Common Health Action, Farm Sanctuary and Reach Out and Read focused on healthy eating and literacy for children in low-income areas). See the case studies to see our successes.

Innovation Fellows

Board & Staff

Yearbook

Process

Each year ConvergeUS will identify no more than three problem areas to concentrate its resources. Current focuses are to improve children’s learning and literacy and assist the families of those serving in our military. To achieve its mission ConvergeUS applies three strategies:

Create in an annual summit meeting of partners a one yearlong “technology innovation blueprint” to achieve results in each of the three focus areas; Recruit professionals and students as innovation fellows and scholars; Generate and share relevant research.