Here at the start of the summer season, it gives me great pleasure to introduce Kai Fox, the newest member of our team. Currently a senior at Severn High School in Annapolis, Maryland, Kai is working on an independent senior project here at TechChange.

Kai is currently teaching himself JavaScript will be pursuing a degree in computer science and international service at American University next year. He …



Already an established graphic designer with the TechChange team, Yohan Perera recently assumed the responsibilities of Creative Director, where he will oversee all animations, illustrations, videography, photography, and any other creative projects.

To learn a bit more about Yohan and what he’s hoping to accomplish in this new role, we sat down and asked a few questions:

Q: What has surprised you most since …



Cross-posted from Samhir Vasdev’s Medium channel.

This tutorial accompanies the Amazon episode of our new series about liberating and visualizing our personal data. Check it out below:

A snapshot of my Amazon order history reveals my heavier spending on Fridays. Full infographic here.

I’m hooked on Amazon.

And I’m sure I’m not …



Is your organization trying to figure out how best visualize program or organizational data? Perhaps struggling to find the best tools to tell your stories better?

After two years of offering our most popular course Technology for Data Visualization, TechChange has decided to go off-line and create an in-person workshop on the topic. For those of you who are in the DC area, this in-person workshop …



Nick Martin, the founder and CEO of TechChange and Swarthmore alumnus recently had the exciting opportunity to MC the 2017 SwatTank competition at Swarthmore College! SwatTank is a business competition much like the popular show Shark Tank in which groups of students compete for startup funding from a group of seasoned business leaders as judges. Nick was in charge of keeping the energy of …



Why do the newest online courses still feel like the same video lectures?

Six years ago, Moody’s declared the MOOC revolution in higher education officially started in Autumn 2011 after Sebastian Thrun released his Stanford class on Artificial Intelligence to over 180,000 students. Based on that assessment of MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses), Coursera, Udacity, and dozens of other businesses launched to provide free access …



Featured image credit: Janjua Amolksimranjit Singh 

 

It was an immense pleasure to be a part of the two-day TechChange course ‘Mobile Phones for International Development’ with Nick Martin and fellow George Washington University classmates. Over the course of one weekend, we covered several themes that lie at the intersection of technology and development. We studied several …



Can design thinking improve lives on topics that matter?

Last year, TechChange collaborated with Catapult Design to create a short animation to provide three tips for how to make the most out of socially-driven design. Catapult Design is a non-profit based in Denver, where an accomplished team of designers, engineers, and business strategists offer a comprehensive approach to product and service development for low income …



We are very excited to announce console-to-slack, our first package of the year! One of our main goals for 2017 is to contribute more to the open-source community, so it is a good first step to be contributing this early in the new year. As an organization that has invested a lot into the open-source movement, we are excited for its future and how we can …



It‘s complicated to find a Chilango (people from Mexico City) who hasn’t experienced police bribery. What we call in Mexico as “la mordida” (the bite) is the most often, easy and normalized act of corruption in one of the countries with higher levels of corruption. According to INEGI (ENVIPE, 2014), 78% of the Mexicans said they perceived corruption in traffic police, by far the highest authority with this perception. …