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  • By Jacob Talbot
    Be My Eyes 様、Programmable Video ソリューションを活用し、視覚障害の方へ視界を届けるサービスを提供 Be My Eyes

    この記事は 英語版ブログ記事 の抄訳です。

    読者の皆さんは非営利団体や社会的企業の一員で、社会的に良いサービスを作りたいと思っていますか。Twilio.orgでは、あなたの活動を支援するプログラムをご用意しています。詳しくはこちらをご覧ください。

    あなたが最後に食料品店を訪れ、商品を手に取り、裏返して成分を確認したのはいつでしたか。その時に成分説明を読めなかった場合を想像してみてください。あるいは、自宅で妊娠検査薬を使用したものの、結果を読み取れなかった場合はどうでしょうか。

    日常的な作業から人生の重要な局面まで、視力の存在を多くの人が当然のことだと思っています。しかし、世界中で2億5300万の人々が日常生活に影響を及ぼす視覚障害を抱えています。Be My Eyes(ビー・マイ・アイズ)は、コミュニケーションの力を通じて世界中の視覚障害者や弱視の人々に “見える” を提供したいと考えています。

    視覚障害と個人の自立

    視覚障害・弱視といってもさまざなです。ある人は、食品庫からものを選べても、調理方法を読めません。また、クローゼットの中から洋服の組み合わせを選んだり、シャワー中にシャンプーやリンスのボトルを区別するのに苦労する人もいます。

    視覚障害を乗り越えるために、多くの人が身近な人々に助けを求めますが、これにはそれなりの課題があります。Be My Eyesの最高商業責任者(CCO)であるアレクサンダー・ハウエルズレフ・ジェンセン氏は、「日常の作業を友人や家族に頼ると、人間関係に負担をかけてしまいます。このような依存関係は、視覚障害者が生活 …

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  • By Jacob Talbot
    At SIGNAL you can help accelerate social good SIGNAL Accelerate Social Good with Child Helpline International

    The Great Digital Acceleration is changing the way social impact organizations build positive change at global scale. Over the past several months we’ve seen nonprofits from all around the world build innovative solutions to support people impacted by the pandemic and maintain program services using digital technology. At SIGNAL, you can see these solutions in action and help build for good too.

    Today we're sharing a new way that SIGNAL attendees can support social impact in three simple steps. Here’s how you can get engaged.

    Step 1: Grab a ticket and learn from leading changemakers

    Join us to see how nonprofits use communications to change lives for good. You can register for a free Explorer pass, which includes live access to 25+ product and content sessions, new product announcements, and special guests. Here are a few of the exciting leaders in social impact speaking at SIGNAL.

    How the International …

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  • By Jacob Talbot
    Why Nonprofits Attend #SIGNALConf Why Nonprofits Attend SIGNAL

    SIGNAL, Twilio’s developer and user conference, is going virtual September 30-October 1. We can’t wait to connect with all the inspiring social impact leaders in the Twilio community at this completely reimagined SIGNAL experience.

    At Twilio, we look forward to SIGNAL all year. But we realize that if you’ve never been, then you may not know why nonprofit attendees keep coming back to SIGNAL. So we reached out to some former attendees to find out what they love about SIGNAL, and we’re excited to share what we learned.

    Without any further ado, here are the top 3 reasons nonprofits attend SIGNAL.

    1. Learn from leading businesses and nonprofits

    SIGNAL unites developers, product managers, program directors, and executives across every industry. This diversity of experience leads to unparalleled idea sharing on topics ranging from constituent engagement to data security to ethical AI. With more than 70 sessions, including presentations from …

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  • By Jacob Talbot
    Be My Eyes Delivers Sight to People with Visual Impairments Using Programmable Video Be My Eyes

    Are you part of a nonprofit or social enterprise that wants to build things for social good? Twilio.org offers credits and discounts to help you get started! Learn more.

    When was the last time you visited the grocery store, picked up a product, and turned it around to review the ingredients? Stop and imagine if you were unable to read the description. Or consider if you took an at-home pregnancy test, but were unable to view the results.

    From daily tasks to pivotal life moments, many people take their sight for granted. Yet 253 million people around the world have a visual impairment that affects their daily activities. Be My Eyes wants to bring sight to blind and low vision people everywhere through the power of communication.

    Blindness and Personal Independence

    Blindness occurs on a spectrum. Some people can select an item from their pantry, but are unable to …

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  • By Jacob Talbot
    Giving Families a Financial Lifeline with Twilio SMS rohan upsolve

    Photo: Rohan Pavuluri, CEO, Upsolve

    During high school, Abed was kicked out of his home by his father. His mother helped with rent, but when she died in a tragic car accident, Abed became homeless. Like millions of Americans, Abed had no savings, so he turned to the shelter system. While there, Abed tried several times to get a job, but faced discrimination due to his financial circumstances. When a credit card company sent him a pre-qualified loan offer, he accepted it, seeing a way out. His debt mounted, and Abed felt trapped.

    In December 2017, Abed attempted suicide. His reason? $50,000 of debt.

    Every year, millions of low-income families fall into debt as a result of layoffs, predatory loans, and medical bills. This debt can lead these families to end up hungry, homeless, and in poverty.

    Debt can lead people to feel powerless, but CEO Rohan Pavuluri and the …

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  • By Jacob Talbot
    Nonprofit Tips: How to Engage Volunteers, Donors, and Constituents Via SMS with Twilio for Salesforce Copy of Generic Blog Header 3-3.png

    At Twilio.org, we’ve seen first hand how communication technology can enable nonprofits to reach people in transformative ways. Yet harnessing the right tech isn’t always straightforward.

    Let’s face it - engaging a diverse mix of volunteers, donors, and constituents is complicated, and it’s even more challenging when people have different communication preferences. Some people use email while others live by text. If you manage to reach people on the right channel, tracking and reporting on outcomes is also a chore when you need different tools and platforms for each communication channel. Whew!

    That’s why we built Twilio for Salesforce. More than 40,000 nonprofits rely on Salesforce to get a 360 view of their constituents, and with Twilio SMS they can now supercharge their communications on the platform they already know. In just a few minutes, a Salesforce admin can install and configure the app and start talking with people over …

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  • By Jacob Talbot
    Fight for the Future Defends Net Neutrality with Programmable Voice and SMS fftf-header
    Did you know that Twilio.org offers credits and discounts for nonprofits and social enterprises? Learn more today.

    “It’s the free speech fight of our generation.” Evan Greer, Deputy Director at Fight for the Future, doesn’t mince words about the importance of net neutrality. “We see [the rollback of net neutrality] as something that will determine not only the future of what the internet looks like, but what the future of what our society will look like.”

    Battle for the Net

    Net neutrality is a deceptively simple concept with broad implications. Essentially, it’s the principle that internet service providers (ISPs) should treat content equally. Without net neutrality, ISPs can treat the internet like T.V., where the voices you hear are those that can afford to pay for access, whether that’s your latest Netflix binge, a startup’s homepage, or independent journalism. “Net neutrality protections are not just about how fast our …

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  • By Jacob Talbot
    The Bike Project Delivers Critical Mobility to Refugees in the UK Bike-Project-Shop
    Did you know that Twilio.org offers credits and discounts for nonprofits and social enterprises? Learn more today.

    Jem Stein is on a mission to get every refugee on a bike.

    Each year over 13,000 people seek asylum in London. Many arrive fleeing war, religious persecution, and government oppression. Once in the UK, asylum seekers face new challenges adapting to their new home. Among these, a lack of affordable transportation creates a virtual wall between refugees and basic resources like food shelters and health services. Led by founder Jem Stein, The Bike Project is breaking down this barrier, two wheels at a time.

    The Difference a Bike Makes

    Jem’s mission began after he witnessed the importance of transportation to refugees firsthand. “I mentored a Darfuri refugee named Adam at university and saw the difficulties he faced getting around London.”

    Government accommodations for asylum seekers typically reside on the outskirts of London, …

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  • By Jacob Talbot
    Notifica provides Urgent Support for Immigrants with the Touch of a Button uwd-phones-blog
    Did you know that Twilio.org offers credits and discounts for nonprofits and social enterprises? Learn more today.

    In deportation events, every minute counts. Immigration enforcement raids can happen at any time, anywhere. When an arrest occurs, family members get separated without being able to tell loved ones what happened, or let their employers know where they are. And connected to each person directly affected by a deportation are communities around the country that lose friends, family members, coworkers, and teachers.

    There are approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States and 800,000 who are at risk of losing legal residency status currently provided under the DREAM Act. For these people, connections to their communities, families, and attorneys are essential to ensure that they receive fair treatment during and immediately following an immigration raid. Through their bilingual mobile app, Notifica, technologists at United We Dream seek to ensure that …

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  • By Jacob Talbot
    Celebrating Women Who Drive #Tech4Good

    Did you know that Twilio.org offers credits and discounts for nonprofits and social enterprises? Learn more today.

    To celebrate Women’s History Month and the awesome work of women in the Twilio community, we wanted to take a minute to recognize some of our personal heroes. This is in no way an exhaustive list, but a small cross section of amazing developers, entrepreneurs, CEOs, and all around badasses that are building the future of social impact through communications technology.

    All of us here at Twilio are grateful for the opportunity to work with such inspiring people and look forward to seeing the history each of them continue to make every day.

    Atma Connect
    Led by CEO and founder, Meena Palaniappan, Atma Connect enables people in Indonesia to share real-time information about issues affecting their communities, including floods, fires, jobs, and education. With a text-based alert system, users can stay connected with …

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