Mobility Matters: IEEE Provides App-Building Resource for Nonprofits
The association announced a new website to help nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations create mobile apps to support humanitarian aid around the world.
Nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations looking to expand their mobile presence but feeling the pinch of a tight budget can soon get help from IEEE.
The professional technical association announced last week that it is partnering with the Clinton Global Initiative—an entity of the Clinton Foundation established by former President Bill Clinton in 2001—to launch a resource website that will help nonprofit organizations and NGOs advance their missions through the development of mobile apps.
The two-year partnership will initially be open to CGI member organizations but will expand to include more global care organizations in its second year.
“Leveraging the mindshare of the IEEE community to provide technical support and education to CGI member organizations can have a great impact on their humanitarian efforts around the globe,” E. James Prendergast, IEEE executive director and COO, said in a statement.
The website, App-E-Feat, will serve as a type of matchmaker, connecting the specific mobile technology needs of nonprofits and NGOs with engineers who can offer professional expertise and open-sourced code. The code can be designed to provide real-time information and data to humanitarian organizations to help spur new health, economic, and social opportunities for people around the world.
IEEE was inspired to create App-E-Feat after Clinton gave an address at the CGI 2013 Mid-Year Meeting in which he discussed the effects mobile apps can have on the less fortunate, Karen Panetta, IEEE-USA vice president, said in a statement.
“Access to mobile technology resources can help these organizations further their individual missions that do not have significant resources,” Panetta added. “IEEE is offering the engineering community the opportunity to collaborate with these organizations to create mobile applications that will help these organizations do just that.”