Weekend Reading: #IceBucketChallenge Insights and Other Tech-for-Good Takeaways

August 29, 2014

For anyone who’s been online in the past few weeks (who hasn't?), you should be well familiar with the Ice Bucket Challenge, in support of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research. Indeed, it's one of the most viral -- and powerful -- social media campaigns to date: From July 29-Aug. 26, the ALS association raised $85 million (or $35 per second), according to this SlideShare by analyst Jeremiah Owyang.

It’s initiatives like these that show just what an impact technology can have on social good these days. How else has technology helped social impact issues? We recently asked the SlideShare community to share examples via our #TechForGood campaign.

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Here are a few SlideShares not to miss:

#IceBucketChallenge: More than Just Ice

From June 1-Aug. 17, more than 28 million people -- from Bill Gates to Justin Bieber -- joined in on the #icebucketchallenge conversation on Facebook. And from July 29-Aug. 6, money raised for ALS increased 34-fold compared to the same period last year. Find out just how big an impact this campaign has had on ALS organizations:

Tools to Supercharge Your Nonprofit

With limited funds, non-profits don’t always have the resources that bigger companies might. This isn’t to say, though, that they can’t do the same work. Here are the best free tools for nonprofits:

Glass for Good

Google Glass can do more than take photos, give you directions and report the weather -- it can also save lives. This SXSW 2014 deck shows how impactful the glasses can be in professions where you need to use both hands:

READ MORE: #TechforGood: Show How You use Technology for Social Good

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