Come Thursday, November 12th, 2009, Samasource will host the first annual Give Work Charity Gala at the University Club of San Francisco, bringing together writers, luminaries, and some of the most influential female entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. The event will feature a live auction and aims to raise funds for Samasource, a non-profit social enterprise that creates computer-based work for women, youth, and refugees living in developing countries. Samasource provides technical training, then connects workers with clients, like Stanford University Libraries and Bookshare.org, who need to outsource data jobs. The core concept behind the program is what is called "microwork." Samasource founder and CEO Leila Chirayath Janah says, "These little bits of labor that can be performed anytime and anywhere can add up to a real livelihood for people in many parts of the world. The driving force behind Samasource is knowing that hard-working people in places like refugee camps in Kenya and women in rural Pakistan can get life-changing work opportunities through the internet." The Gala's auction will raise funds to create work programs in two new refugee camps. For more info and to register, click here
On Tuesday, November 17th, 2009, attend the full-day Clean Tech Open Gala in San Francisco featuring an expo at 10am, demos at 1pm, awards gala at 4:30pm, and reception/expo at 6pm.
Join California Clean Tech Open at the elegant Masonic Center in the heart of San Francisco for a Clean Technology Expo, displaying the most promising clean technology companies throughout the country and throughout the world. In the main auditorium, watch cutting edge technology pitches and demonstrations from clean technology entrepreneurs. Audience members are invited to participate by voting for the "Peoples' Choice Award" of their favorite companies and technologies. Finally, enjoy the high caliber keynote speakers and celebrate with us as we announce the 2009 National Cleantech Open Grand Prize Winner and present the Grand Prize package. Bill Weihl, Google Green Energy Czar, will headline the event. For more info and to register, click here.