As a computer science student trying to find tech work with meaningful social impact, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was intriguing. The website listed lofty goals — to advance human potential and promote equal opportunity. They were undeniably worthy causes. But I found it difficult to understand how those goals translated to day to day work.
What projects are the technology teams at CZI actually working on? What’s the engineering culture like? What’s a day in the life of a CZI engineer?
I was lucky enough to join CZI this summer as a software engineer intern on the Education team, and got to experience the answers to those questions first hand. It seemed like a good idea to write about them, so that people outside of CZI could learn more about what we were working on. I found a group that had been thinking about starting a CZI tech blog for a while, and convinced them to let me help.
So, we’re incredibly excited to welcome you to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Technology blog! We’re the engineers, product managers, designers, user researchers, data and research scientists, and technical program managers building the technology to help CZI reach its goals of advancing human potential and promote equal opportunity. There are technology teams for each of CZI’s initiatives: Education, Science, and Justice and Opportunity, as well as shared infrastructure and security teams supporting all three.
Here, we hope to give you a sense of what the tech teams at CZI do — from low level implementation details to overall vision. Along the way, you’ll meet the awesome people who work here, and learn about why they work on what they do. And if the things we’re building sound interesting, come join us!
Founded by Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg in 2015, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is a new kind of philanthropy that’s leveraging technology to help solve some of the world’s toughest challenges — from eradicating disease, to improving education, to reforming the criminal justice system. Across three core Initiative focus areas of Science, Education and Justice and Opportunity, we’re pairing engineering with grantmaking, impact investing, policy work, and movement building, to help build an inclusive, just and healthy future for everyone.