…ith Chris Kuang this summer, and his passion to improve the Fellowship program has been contagious. There’s no reason we can’t have a cohort-based summer program for the government that competes with the summer programs at top tech companies.
I saw processes that should have been automated 15 years ago. I saw people having to justify using technology that we take for granted, like Github, or even Google Docs. I saw broken systems that disincentivize people from using each other's areas of expertise, which showed on websites that looked hacked together in the 2000s.
Remember when technology was gonna save us? All these time-saving devices will lead to more efficiency so huzzah, right? And yet everyone is out there relentlessly complaining about how busy they are. Technology didn’t save us. It’s eating us alive. We don’t get any time back, it gets sucked up. Unfettered capitalism doesn’t give you time back or freedom or relaxation. It drills every orifice you have until a few more pennies drop out so the Q4 numbers look good for shareholders.
These tech companies position themselves as heroes. They talk about “changing the world” constantly. Yet all they do is churn out technology for rich, white dudes in their 20s/30s who live in big cities and want apps to fill in the blanks for what mommy used to do.
A mailing list and Medium publication for young people interested in using their technology skills for social good: in government, education, public health, etc. They’ll feature job and internship opportunities, interviews with leaders in this space, multi-college collaborative projects, and more.
Snapchat does this brilliantly, because each of those seemingly obscure features is an opportunity for its users to show their friends how to do something cool. Showing your friends something cool can increase your social standing, or maybe it just gives you a…