Our Approach

Tech training for social change

What we do

TechChange is a social enterprise based in Washington DC that specializes in building online certificate courses for individuals and organizations who want to make a positive difference in the world. Read more about our story in the New York Times, ForbesFast Company, The Economist or watch Nick’s PopTech talk.

Why we do it

Over 90% of the world is now covered by a cellular network and 30% of the world has access to the internet. The growth in global connectivity to has been tremendous, especially in the last few years. What’s perhaps even more impressive is that a whole range of technological tools, services, applications, platforms, and devices have been developed to benefit humanity: from transforming conflicts, to fighting diseases, to distributing food, to mapping natural disasters and so much more. However, individuals working all over the world in fields like social justice, international development, and disaster response have tremendous difficulty keeping pace with these advancements in technology.

How it's done

Our unique online social learning platform facilitates best practice sharing, builds professional networks, and integrates a number of dynamic features for both real-time and self-paced interaction. Read more about our model.

Who we serve

To date, TechChange has prepared over 4,000 alumni from over 100 countries and 1,300 organizations to apply technology effectively and appropriately in response to global challenges through one of our online certificate courses. We have also designed and delivered hundreds of additional courses for dozens of social sector organizations like the UN Foundation, USAID, State Department, Ashoka, World Bank, and more.

 

Our Team

Nick Martin

Nick Martin is the founder and CEO of TechChange. As CEO, he oversees all strategy and programming for the organization. Nick is an educator, technologist, and social entrepreneur with significant international development expertise. He is a PopTech Social Innovation Fellow (2013), an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow (2014), and an International Youth Foundation Global Fellow (2009). Nick was also the runner-up for the Society for International Development’s prestigious Rice Award which honors an outstanding young innovator in the field international development under the age of 32 (2014). He is an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University’s Elliott School where he teaches graduate courses on Technology for Crisis Response and Mobile Phones for International Development. Nick received his BA with honors from Swarthmore College and holds an MA in Peace Education from the United Nations mandated University for Peace (UPEACE).

President and CEO

William Chester

Will is the Chief Technology Officer at TechChange and leads the organization’s web development efforts across its tech stack. He is also involved in facilitating participatory trainings and adapting technology for use in challenging situations. Prior to joining TechChange, Will worked for an NGO that seeks to increase civic engagement in Western China by promoting the use of Open Spaces technology. Will received his BA in International Relations and Chinese from Tufts University, and spent two years in Nanjing, China, teaching English and working with a Chinese NGO.

Chief Technology Officer

Christopher Neu

Chris is the Chief Operating Officer at TechChange. Previously, Chris worked at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) in the Centers of Innovation. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Chris has also worked with the Association of International Development Agencies (Ramallah), IFES during the 2006 Palestinian Elections, and the Center for the Study of Democracy. Chris holds an MA in Democracy and Governance from Georgetown University. He enjoys wearing cargo pants and not playing a musical instrument.

Chief Operating Officer

Catherine Shen

Catherine is the Director of Design and Business Development and leads the company’s consulting engagements for custom self-paced courses. Prior to TechChange, Catherine was a management consultant where she led organizational transformation projects for public sector clients, social enterprises, and online learning startups. Catherine has international development experience from Kenya, where she worked for a high-growth social enterprise, and Peru, where she designed an impact measurement system for Partners in Health (PIH). Catherine graduated from Northwestern with dual degrees in Economics and International Studies. Outside of work, Catherine enjoys volleyball, running, and road trips.

Director of Design and Business Development

Alon Askarov

Alon is the Creative Director at TechChange and leads a team of talented illustrators and animators in creating educational media. With over four years of experience in leading multimedia projects in fast-paced creative studios, Alon’s experience has been focused on creating web-based animations, broadcast and print for educational purposes. He is adept at project management and fluent in a wide range of 2D animation and design software and techniques. Alon graduated with a BFA in Animation from Bezalel Academy of Arts in Jerusalem.

Creative Director

Nancy Ngo

Nancy is Director of Marketing at TechChange where she leads the organization’s externally facing initiatives to empower more professionals with technology training for social change. Previously, she did marketing and communications work at Google, TIME Magazine, VNG Corporation (Vietnam’s leading internet company), and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. Nancy completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a Master’s in International Economics and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. When she’s not connecting with the vibrant and global TechChange alumni community, you can find her reading, salsa dancing, or meditating.

Director of Marketing

Charlie Weems

Charlie is an instructional design and multimedia Project Manager at TechChange where he builds interactive online courses. With experience in communications design, web design and development, and knowledge management, Charlie has worked for several international development companies, including the United States Agency for International Development. Charlie graduated with honors from Whitman College with a degree in Politics. When he isn’t at TechChange, Charlie enjoys biking, sailing, and camping.

Project Manager

Matthew Heck

Matthew is the Program Coordinator at TechChange. With a purposefully vague title, Matthew works on a variety of projects, including some programming, video editing, course facilitation, and photoshopping his coworkers’ heads onto promotional materials. As a recent graduate from Swarthmore College, he has done little to utilize his degree in political science. Outside of the office, Matthew enjoys running, reading, and hiding Cubebot in the background of Chris’s photos.

Program Coordinator

Rachel Roth

Rachel provides illustration and graphic artwork for courses, video content, and promotional materials. She graduated summa cum laude from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Sequential Art.  Before TechChange, Rachel worked as a freelance concept artist and illustrator on a variety of projects, and has developed content for mobile devices.

Graphic Artist

Pablo Leon

Pablo has over five years of experience in creating educational digital media. He has successfully completed over 14 animations with TechChange including content for partners such as the UN Foundation, USAID, FrontlineSMS, M-PESA, and the Better Than Cash Alliance. Pablo is fluent in Spanish and experienced in traditional painting techniques of Latin American artists. He holds a BFA from the Art Institute of Washington in Media, Arts, and Animation. He also holds deep opinions about the state of Mexican wrestling and can hold in-depth conversations about all aspects of the Superman comics.

Production Designer

Sara Pitcairn

Sara is an online instructional designer and works with clients to develop and design online courses, in addition to coordinating and broadcasting live events. Prior to TechChange, Sara taught middle and high school STEM courses at the Barrie School, where she also led an Engineering Product Design program for high school students. Sara graduated from Yale University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, which sparked her passion for design thinking and human centered design. In her spare time, Sara enjoys reading, traveling, and perfecting her guacamole recipe.

 

Instructional Designer

Samita Thapa

Samita is a Communications Associate at TechChange. Prior to TechChange, she worked at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. She was born and raised in Nepal and considers India her second home after spending seven years in boarding school there. Apart from English, Samita speaks fluent Nepali and Hindi and is working on her french. Samita holds a BA in History from Goshen College with a thesis focusing on an international development organization working in Nepal. In her free time she enjoys hiking, and attending music concerts, and finding the best local eateries.

Communications Associate

Delanie Ricketts

Delanie works at TechChange as an Online Instructional Designer where she will build eLearning courses for TechChange’s clients. Before moving to DC to join TechChange, Delanie lived in Uganda where she worked at the Infectious Diseases Institute as a Global Health Corps Fellow. She holds a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies, with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice, from the University of California, Berkeley. In her free time Delanie enjoys playing the oboe in orchestras.

Instructional Designer

Yohan Perera

Yohan Perera is a Graphic Designer at TechChange. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Digital Arts & Design from Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida. Born and raised in the beautiful island nation of Sri Lanka, a country that was torn by civil war for 30 long years, he received an opportunity to work as a Graphic Designer for Sri Lanka Unites, a Youth Movement for Hope and Reconciliation in 2011, where he gained his true passion to use graphic design & media for social change. He enjoys seeing the world around him through his camera and is very passionate about dark chocolate.

Graphic Designer

Kendra Keith

Kendra is a development professional passionate about integrating mobile technologies in response to social challenges. She specializes in global public health programs, particularly those targeting quality improvement of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services, elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and meeting the information and training needs of frontline health workers. She has experience in mHealth program scale-up in Southern Province, Zambia, as well as donor policy with the USAID Office of Health Systems. She holds an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health, and is an aspiring “techie” through independent study.

Program & Operations Coordinator

Advisory Board

Matthew Burke

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

George Washington University

Daryn Cambridge

Director of Knowledge and Digital Strategies

International Center for Non Violent Conflict (ICNC)

Dr. Walter Dorn

Department of Security and International Affairs, Chair Canadian Pugwash Group (1995 Nobel Peace Prize Winner), Chair

Canadian Forces College

Colette Mazzucelli

Chair, Academic Advisory Council (TechChange); Adjunct Associate Professor

Center for Global Affairs, New York University

Sean McDonald

FrontlineSMS CEO and Executive Director FrontlineSMS:Legal

FrontlineSMS

Mohit Mukherjee

Director

Center for Executive Education, UN mandated University for Peace

Robert Soden

Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

World Bank

Joel Whitaker

Senior Vice President and Head of Global Research

Frontier Strategy Group

Dr. Craig Zelizer

Associate Director of the Conflict Resolution MA Program

Georgetown University Department of Government

Sean C. Carroll

Senior Director

Creative Associates International, Inc.