Our Approach

Tech training for social change

What we do

We provide online professional development in technology and social change.

Around the world, implementers in public health, emergency response, monitoring and evaluation, all struggle to solve pressing issues with limited resources. We connect them with relevant content, experts, and certification using our facilitated learning platform. Browse our past projects.

 

Why we do it

We believe technology training is as important as tool development.

With increasing global connectivity, crises and response can emerge from anywhere. A technology-enabled individual or organization can play a vital role in saving and improving lives a long way away. Capturing and sharing that knowledge is key to future success. Check out our upcoming courses.

How it's done

Learning from one another is at the core of our philosophy. And our technology.

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. Learn more about our model

Who we serve

Our community knows that yesterday’s technology won’t always fit tomorrow’s challenges.

That’s why our success isn’t measured in the trainings we’ve conducted, but in what our alumni have done afterwards: Whether it’s hosting a meetup, getting a job, or starting a new project. Share your own community success story!

Our Team

Nick Martin

Nick Martin is the founder and CEO of TechChange, where he oversees all strategy and programming. Nick is an educator, technologist, and social entrepreneur. 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 Rice Award (2014). He is an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University and Georgetown University. 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 Chester is the Chief Technology Officer at TechChange, where he leads web development efforts across its tech stack. Will is also involved in facilitating participatory trainings and adapting technology for use in challenging situations. Prior to joining TechChange, Will worked for an NGO 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

Christopher Neu is the Chief Operating Officer at TechChange, where he is responsible for its daily operations. 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.

Chief Operating Officer

Catherine Shen

Catherine Shen is the Director of Instruction Design at TechChange, where she leads 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 Instructional Design

Nancy Ngo

Nancy Ngo is Director of Marketing at TechChange, where she leads the organization’s externally facing initiatives to empower 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 Weems is a 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 Heck is a Program Coordinator at TechChange, where he works on a variety of projects, including some programming, video editing, and course facilitation. 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

Pablo Leon

Pablo Leon is a Senior Production Designer at TechChange, where manages educational animation productions. 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.

Senior Production Designer

Sara Pitcairn

Sara Pitcairn is an Online Instructional Designer with TechChange, where she 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, where she supports outreach efforts to the TechChange learning community. 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 Ricketts is an Online Instructional Designer at TechChange, where she builds self-paced eLearning courses for TechChange partners. 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 Keith is a Program & Operations Coordinator at TechChange, where she supports ongoing initiatives and daily operations. 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

Sean C. Carroll

Director, Cross-Functional Group

Creative Associates International, Inc.

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