The Code for Good Challenge brings together college students and the firm’s employees who are passionate about technology and making a difference. These hackathons take place in cities around the world, benefit local and global change-making organizations from the surrounding communities.
The two-day competitions run overnight, with students coding in teams and racing against the clock and each other to come up with creative technological solutions to real challenges faced by nonprofits. The students’ innovative ideas are developed into working prototypes with the support of JPMorgan Chase technologists who work directly with the students, serving as mentors and subject matter experts.
In nine challenges held over the past year in Delaware, Ohio, New York, London and Mumbai, dozens of socially-focused organizations have benefitted from the students’ creativity and technical skills. “Overall, the weekend exceeded my expectations,” said Andrew Courtney from The Nature Conservancy. “The entire event was a great opportunity to work with highly talented students, who rapidly prototyped numerous solutions for an ongoing challenge we've faced.”
Many students agreed that the Code for Good Challenge is “the best coding event I have attended” and that they loved the “intense atmosphere of rapid development and the enthusiasm that radiated from everyone.”
Students and JPMorgan Chase technologists brainstorm, problem solve, and work with the charitable partners to come up with solutions over 24 hours.
Force for Good is a social innovation program organized by JPMorgan Chase’s Technology for Social Good team. The program leverages our technology staff volunteers and our internal subject matter experts to form creative, motivated, and diverse project teams. Technology analysts from our full time program form core project teams, and are paired up with more skilled mentors. These skilled technologists work with social organizations experiencing issues that can be addressed with technology to drive their programs forward. Projects range from mobile application development to technology optimization. To learn more about the program, please visit this page.
A SharePoint based web platform developed made it easier for JPMorgan Chase to automate and streamline a veteran-matching and home-donation process with Operation Homefront, a nonprofit that awards mortgage-free homes to veterans.
A series of prototypes showing a mobile application under development.
The Digital Guestbook is an innovative technology solution which we have designed and implemented at cultural institutions to enhance the visitor experience and increase fundraising capabilities. The Guestbook addresses the issue of 'anonymous' visitors regularly faced by cultural institutions across the globe. Launched in January 2013, the Digital Guestbook has appealed to several museums and cultural institutions interested in gathering information about their visitors and using that information to reach out to them. The Guestbook is strengthening communication between organizations and their supporters, whether they are a plane ride away or a block away.
Depending on the requirements of a particular organization, a Guestbook can be personalized and completed in a matter of months. It can generate metrics on how many people are signing, tagging their locations, and making donations.
The Youth Coding Program provides students ranging from elementary schools to high schools with an early introduction to designing software algorithms and programming constructs through computer game design using a visual programming platform. Through Days of Service, JPMorgan Chase volunteers visit local schools and partner with small teams of students to introduce them to computer programming by visually dragging objects and logic around to develop interactive computer games and robotics in a fun and exciting way.
In partnership with Code.org, Technology for Social Good facilitated the Hour of Code, a global event focused on introducing students to Computer Science to get them excited about coding. Globally the event touched more than 16 million people and generated over 500 million lines of code. Volunteers from across various cities ranging from Detroit to Bangalore visited several schools to join the effort to demystify “code” with over 450 students.
Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co., commented, “In a world where technology drives our industries, the financial sector is no different. Having bright, talented, creative minds developing innovative technology solutions for our businesses just makes sense. It’s good for them, and it’s good for business.”
A JPMorgan Chase volunteer assists a team of students on how to program a Lego Mindstorms Robot.
Volunteers unpack laptop donations at an elementary school in Detroit.
Since 2009, we’ve been able to redeploy almost 30 percent of the desktops, laptops, monitors and printers collected – avoiding costs and reducing our environmental impact. We are proud to present Tech Warehouse with our global partners as a way to continue our work toward preserving the environment while providing useful technology for those in need. Since the inception of the program, over 1,000 organizations have benefitted from a donation of 3,000 assets.
Tech Warehouse is a dual benefit program. First, we assist nonprofit organizations and schools with contributions from the firm’s refurbished technology to improve productivity at an individual and organizational level. Second, when our hardware has reached its end of life, we address zero waste initiatives by ensuring that our technology ends up in proper recycling channels, not landfills. Additionally, we ensure donated assets are also properly recycled once they reach their end of life.
As part of the international Tech Warehouse program, a computer lab was donated to Muktangan, a nongovernmental organization that runs a teacher-training center for low-cost, child-centered education in Mumbai, India.
"I am pleased that we are getting involved with our larger community at a grass-roots level. The kids of Muktangan – and I can see how excited they are – will be better prepared to continue their higher education and be better citizens with skills they will learn in this computer lab."
–Punit Sood, Chief Information Officer, JPMorgan Chase India
The King Center Imaging Project was a digitization effort to preserve and make publicly available tens of thousands of documents from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other key figures and organizations from the Civil Rights Movement housed at The King Center. This unprecedented effort is showcased on the Center's website, which was completely redesigned by JPMorgan Chase. To promote this significant undertaking and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of major events in Civil Rights from 1963, including the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where Dr. King delivered his unforgettable "I Have a Dream" speech, an traveling exhibit was developed to travel across the United States throughout 2013. On Martin Luther King Day in 2013, we launched the latest feature on The King Center site: Dreams. Site visitors are now invited to share their dreams with the world and read about what others are dreaming about as well.
Watch the video about the project online.
In addition, JPMorgan Chase committed $1 million to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC. Visit jpmorganchase.com/MLK for more information or visit this page for more details.
"Our valued relationship with JPMorgan Chase and their innovative Technology for Social Good program is helping to preserve and extend my father's important message to sustain the momentum of nonviolent social change around the world."
– Martin Luther King III
"It's important for JPMorgan Chase to support Dr. King's legacy because of the important values he committed his life to promoting, such as equality, equal opportunity, and quality education for all. People like Dr. Martin Luther King are what made America what it is today. The values he espoused are the values that JPMorgan Chase also tries to stand for around the world."
– Jamie Dimon, Chairman & CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.