March 6-7, 2018

The Midway, San Francisco, CA

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About the Conference

Accelerate Good Global is a sector-defining event, uniting tech nonprofit entrepreneurs, technology leaders, and philanthropists who believe in leveraging tech for good.

Technology scales social impact. Across the globe, diverse tech nonprofit entrepreneurs are applying technology to social issues ranging from education, to healthcare, to human rights. These entrepreneurs achieve impact at scale thanks to the power of tech, support from Silicon Valley, and new funding models. Accelerate Good Global unites the tech for good community – a group of tenaciously benevolent, fearless leaders who are dedicated to building, supporting, and funding social impact. The 2-day Summit explores the solutions and people that creating a next-generation social sector.

Presented by Fast Forward

Fast Forward invests in entrepreneurs who are building technology to scale impactSince 2014, Fast Forward has accelerated 31 tech nonprofits that now collectively impact over 35 million lives.

Defining the Tech Nonprofit Sector

Tech nonprofits achieve impact at scale by combining a core tech product and nonprofit business model. Accelerate Good Global introduces you to the social entrepreneurs and funders leading the way.

Kick-Off Party

Let’s cheers to tech for good. Join us for the Accelerate Good Global Kick-Off Party at 5:00pm Tuesday, March 6th for cocktails, music, food, and great company.

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2018 Speakers

Solving the world’s most pressing social issues requires radical innovation. Join us to hear from pioneers in tech philanthropy, leaders in the tech nonprofit sector, and the technologists supporting the tech for good movement.

Megan Smith3rd U.S. Chief Technology Officer
The CEO of shift7, Megan is an entrepreneur, engineer and served as the 3rd US Chief Technology Officer and Former Assistant to the President (2014-17)
Jennifer PahlkaFounder & Executive Director, Code for America

The Founder of Code for America, Jennifer served as the U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

DeRay McKessonHost, Pod Save the People

DeRay is an activist, organizer, educator, Co-Founder of We The Protesters, and currently hosts Pod Save the People.

Charles DuhiggAuthor of Smarter Faster Better

Pulitzer prize-winning reporter and best-selling author of Smarter Faster Better and The Power of Habit

Nancy LublinFounder & CEO, CrisisTextLine

Founder and CEO of CrisisTextLine, America’s 1st, free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis, Nancy served as turn-around CEO of, & founded the nonprofit Dress for Success

David PlouffePresident of Policy & Advocacy, Chan Zuckberberg Initiative

David is the President of Policy and Advocacy at CZI, a philanthropic organization that seeks to engineer change at scale in science, education & issues related to justice & opportunity.

Justin SteelePrincipal,

Justin is the Founder of’s racial justice initiative, and is responsible for’s $50M+ U.S. philanthropy.

Leanne PittsfordFounder, Lesbians Who Tech

The Founder of Lesbians Who Tech, Leanne is an entrepreneur, investor and thought leader at the intersection of technology and diversity.

Chase AdamCo-Founder & CEO, Watsi

Chase is the Co-Founder and CEO of Watsi, technology that gives everyone access to healthcare

Sean WhiteSr. Vice President of Emerging Technologies, Mozilla

Sean White leads innovative development of the experiences, systems, & technologies that enable creative expression, connect us to each other, and enhance our understanding of the world around us.

Sarah KunstFounder & CEO, Proday

Sarah is founder and CEO of An investor and entrepreneur, she has worked at Apple, Red Bull, Chanel, Mohr Davidow Ventures and several venture backed startups

Terah LyonsExecutive Director, The Partnership on AI

The founding Executive Director of Partnership on AI, Terah was formerly Policy Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Laura GómezFounder & CEO, Atipica

Laura is the Founder & CEO of Atipica, as well as a founding member of Project Include

Abdalaziz AlhamzaCo-Founder, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently

Syrian journalist & human right defender, co-founder & spokesperson of RBSS

Robby GreenfieldSocial Impact Development Chief, ConsenSys

Robby is the Social Impact Development Chef at Consensys, the leading firm within the Blockchain andCryptocurrency markets

Jonathan SotskyDirector of Strategic Assessment, Knight Foundation

Jonathan manages grant evaluation projects and learning initiatives across Knight Foundation, recently creating the Scaling Civic Tech report.

Bob FilbinChief Data Scientist, CrisisTextLine

Bob Filbin is Chief Data Scientist at Crisis Text Line, the first large-scale 24/7 national crisis line for teens on the medium they use and trust most: texting

Trevor TimmExecutive Director, Freedom of the Press Foundation

Trevor is a co-founder and the executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. Previously, we worked as an activist at EFF.

Olivia Fox CabaneAuthor, The Charisma Myth

Olivia is the author of The Charisma Myth and has lectured at Stanford, Yale, Harvard, MIT, the Marine Corps War College and the United Nations

Sri ElaproluGlobal Lead, Public Sector IoT Practice at Amazon Web Services

Sri is Amazon Web Services’ Global Lead in Public Sector Internet of Things

Jess LaddFounder, Callisto

Callisto is a tech platform built to combat sexual assault by empowering survivors to make the choice that’s right for them.

Shannon FarleyCo-Founder & Executive Director of Fast Forward

Shannon is a Co-Founder & ED of Fast Forward. Previously, she was the founding ED of Spark, the world’s largest network of millennial philanthropists.

Kevin BarenblatCo-Founder & President, Fast Forward

Kevin is an experienced software entrepreneur and the Co-Founder/President of Fast Forward, the accelerator for tech nonprofits.

Nithya RamanthanCo-Founder & CEO, Nexleaf

Nithya is Co-Founder & CEO of Nexleaf, which leverages low-cost sensors in global health, climate change, and sustainable agriculture

Josh NesbitCEO, Medic Mobile

Josh Nesbit is the Chief Executive Officer of Medic Mobile, a nonprofit organization founded to improve health in the hardest-to-reach communities.

Rikin GandhiCEO, Digital Green

Rikin Gandhi is chief executive officer of Digital Green, which empowers smallholder farmers to lift themselves out of poverty through the power of technology and grassroots partnerships.

Santi SiriFounder & President, Democracy Earth Foundation

Founder of Democracy Earth Foundation, a non-profit building incorruptible digital governance technology; and the Partido de la Red, the 1st digital political party.

Vichi JangannathanCo-Founder of Real Talk

Vichi is the Co-Founder of Real Talk, a sex education app for middle school students that delivers credible information through text-based storytelling

Alex BernadotteFounder & CEO, Beyond 12

Alex is the founder & CEO of Beyond 12, a nonprofit that integrates personalized coaching with intelligent technology to increase college graduation rates for 1st generation students.

Brandon AndersonFounder & CEO, Raheem

Brandon is the Founder & CEO of Raheem, a tech-nonprofit committed to increasing police transparency, accountability, & building a world free of police violence

Gavin McCormickCo-Founder & CEO, WattTime

Gavin applies behavioral economics to energy markets to develop ultra-low-cost techniques to deliver more renewable power and energy efficiency at scale

Liz LeeCo-Founder & CEO, OnlineSOS

Liz is the CEO of OnlineSOS, a digital safe haven for victims of online harassment

Georges ClementCo-Founder,

 Co-Founder of, World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Forbes 30 Under 30 2018

Zach LattaFounder & CEO, HackClub

Zach founded Hack Club, the program he wish he had in high school, and has been awarded the Thiel Fellowship and Forbes 30 Under 30 for his work

Ronnie WashingtonCo-Founder & CEO, Onward

Ronnie is a FinTech entrepreneur creating a new way to deliver fair and affordable financial services to low and middleincome earners

Ashley EdwardsCo-Founder & CEO, MindRight

Ashley is Co-Founder & CEO of MindRight, a platform that provides proactive daily mental health support for teens via SMS-based coaching


March 6, 2018Accelerate Good Global Day 111:30am - 7:00PM
All attendees are invited to the official Accelerate Good Global Kick-Off Party from 5-7pm Tuesday night at The Midway
01 11:30am – 12:00pm Registration
02 12:00 – 1:15pm Lunch & Networking
03 1:15 – 1:30pm Hello Tech, It’s Me, Your ConscienceShannon Farley & Kevin Barenblat, Fast Forward with Charles Duhigg
04 1:30 – 1:55pm The Data Double DownNancy Lublin, Founder & CEO of Crisis Text Line & Bob Filbin, Chief Data Scientist at Crisis Line, In Conversation With Charles Duhigg
05 1:55 – 2:05pm Protecting our Physical and Mental WellbeingTech for Good Talks with Ashley Edwards, ED of MindRight, and Brandon Anderson, Founder of Raheem
06 2:05 – 2:30pm Activism’s Platform PlayDeRay McKesson, Host of Pod Save the People, in Conversation with Charles Duhigg
07 2:30 – 2:35pm First Gen, First JobAlex Bernadotte, Founder & CEO of Beyond 12
08 2:35 – 3:00pm Beyond the Bullhorn – Can Tech Save Civic Engagement?Jonathan Sotsky, Director of Strategy & Assessment at Knight Foundation with Meghan Nesbit, Director of Nonprofit Market Development at Twilio
09 3:00 – 3:40pm Afternoon BreakSnacks, Mentorship, Networking
10 3:40 – 4:05pm The Charisma MythOlivia Fox Cabane, Author of “The Charisma Myth”
11 4:05 – 4:10pm Hack to the FutureZach Latta, Founder & CEO of Hack Club
12 4:10 – 4:35pm The Future of AI: HAL 9000 or C-3POTerah Lyons, Executive Director at Partnership on AI, and Sean White, Sr. Vice President of Emerging Technologies at Mozilla, in conversation with Charles Duhigg
13 4:35 – 4:40 pm Legal Tech on the RiseGeorges Clement, Co-Founder of
14 4:40 – 5:05 pm Blockchain, Not Just for a Quick BillionSanti Siri, Founder of Democracy Earth, and Robby Greenfield, ConsenSys Blockchain for Social Impact CTO, in conversation with Kevin Barenblat, Co-Founder & President of Fast Forward
15 5:05 – 5:10 pm Closing Remarks
16 5:05 – 7:00pm Happy Hour!
March 7, 2018Accelerate Good Global Day 210:00am - 6:00pm
01 9:00 – 10:00am Registration & Breakfast
02 10:00 – 10:10am Opening Remarks
03 10:10 – 10:35am It’s 2018. Now What?Jennifer Pahlka,
CEO of Code for America in conversation with Charles Duhigg
04 10:35 – 10:40am Swipe Right Sex EdVichi Jagannathan,
Co-Founder of Real Talk
05 10:40 – 11:05am The Internet of ImpactNithya Ramanathan, Founder & CEO of Nexleaf Analytics, in conversation with Sri Elaprolu, Global Leader of Public Sector IOT at Amazon Web Services
06 11:05 – 11:15am Alternative Exit StrategyGavin McCormick, Co-Founder & CEO of WattTime
07 11:15 – 11:40am Platform PivotChase Adam, Co-Founder & CEO of Watsi
08 11:40 – 11:45am Farm to ScalableRikin Gandhi, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Digital Green
09 11:45 – 1:10pm Lunch
10 1:10 – 1:35pm Megan Smith, CEO of shift7, and Sixto Cancel, Founder & CEO of Think of Us, in conversation with Charles Duhigg
11 1:35 – 1:40pm The Worker’s OnrampRonnie Washington, Founder & CEO of Onward Financial
12 1:40 – 2:05pm Diversity’s Bottleneck IssueLaura Gómez, Founder & CEO of Atipica and Founding Advisor to Project Include with Leanne Pittsford, Founder of Lesbians Who Tech
13 2:05 – 2:10pm Tech for Good TalkBryan Breckenridge, Executive Director of
14 2:10 – 2:35pm Justice LeagueA conversation with Justin Steele, Principal at
15 2:35 – 3:20pm Afternoon BreakNetworking, Mentorship, Snacks
16 3:20 – 3:45pm “Brotopia” – A ReckoningSarah Kunst, CEO of Proday, with Jess Ladd, Founder & CEO of Callisto
17 3:45 – 3:50pm A Safe Haven from Online HarassmentLiz Lee, Co-Founder & CEO of OnlineSOS
18 3:50 – 4:15pm The Platform Paradox & The Era of Citizen JournalismTrevor Timm, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Freedom of the Press Foundation, and Abdalaziz Alhamza, Co-Founder of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, in conversation with Alex Gladstein, Chief Strategy Officer at Human Rights Foundation
19 4:15 – 4:45pm A Conversation with David Plouffe, President, Policy & Advocacy at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
20 4:45 – 4:50pm Closing Remarks
21 4:50 – 6:30pm Happy Hour!
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