For decades, nonprofits have been talking about how to use technology effectively. While the tools and platforms have kept evolving—CD-ROMs are ancient relics, having a website has become a standard part of doing business, and new buzzwords abound—technology companies’ outlooks seem to be changing too.
The campus of the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore was abuzz with activity. Participants from across the learning spectrum had gathered for the annual Quest 2 Learn summit. The two-day event centered on the most pressing issue in skills development: bridging the gap between education and the skills required in today’s workforce.
The city of Arusha sits only about 65 miles from Mount Kilimanjaro but across two continents and nearly 10,000 miles from Mountain View, San Francisco, and San Jose, California. Last month, employees from tech companies headquartered there—Facebook, Pinterest, and Cisco, respectively—made the trip to East Africa as volunteers with Silicon Valley-based nonprofit Team4Tech.
Through Desafío W, an online platform modeled after a comic book, Chilean youth will develop the skills needed to succeed in the retail industry. The game is part of a major Walmart Foundation initiative to train young women for their first job in retail.