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Follow Through on Your Good Intentions, Use BOND


I rarely interrupt my morning breakfast ritual for anything, but an email I got the other day forced my hand. There was something different about this email, though, because inside was a beautifully designed and laid-out electronic note. The top reads, “Introducing BOND, it’s now easy to be exceptional with handwritten notes and cool gifts.”… Read more »

Boost Your Cause with VideoJuice


Popular crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo are a brilliant way to promote your project. They are platforms that allow people to engage with your concept and ultimately buy into your vision. Usually, you’ve made nothing tangible yet; it will be made if – and only if – a number of people get behind it. Crowdfunding sites… Read more »

This 1.5 Inch Sticker Will Make You Undetectable to Mosquitoes

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In 2011, halfway into a five-month backpacking trip along the Appalachian Trail, I was forced to pay an emergency visit to the hospital due to blurred vision, migraines, and severe fatigue. After running a series of tests, the doctors hypothesized that I was dehydrated, filled me with an intravenous saline solution, and sent me on… Read more »

Decode Global: Engaging Youth Through Social Impact Games


Angry Birds is about the present genocide of green pigs, in retaliation for past grievances committed against the birds in 1748, right? Okay, so maybe not, but what if mobile gaming could be utilized to narrate modern, global issues and mobilize (see what I did there?) youth activism? Well, that’s what Angelique Mannella hopes to… Read more »

Greenease: Find the Best DC Restaurants Sourcing from Local Farms


Today, Greenease launched its search engine for finding DC restaurants with sustainable, local, and healthy foods. Their launch coincides with Eat Local First Week, a celebration of local food in DC where Greenease is a sponsor. Greenease’s rather plain-looking search engine lets you filter restaurants on a variety of criteria: with locally sourced food, sustainable… Read more »

VolunteerMark Makes Managing Volunteers Easy for Nonprofits


The day-to-day for a nonprofit is busy, to say the least. Keeping track of volunteers and their hours, information, and participation history is time-consuming and often falls to the bottom of the agenda. But Andrew Stanley and Venkat Dulipalli – the good Samaritans that they are – decided to take this problem head-on. VolunteerMark was designed specifically… Read more »

Connecting for Good Brings Wifi to Low-Income Communities


So far, nonprofit Connecting for Good has brought free wireless Internet to 600 households in three low-income housing projects in Kansas City. They think that an Internet connection is the gateway to countless opportunities. “We believe there is a growing underclass in America: the unconnected.  Without an Internet connection, they are unable to apply for… Read more »

Sunlution Aims to Make Solar Power Cost Efficient and Global


Jeff Roth, founder of Sunlution, has worked in the power utility and solar photovoltaic (PV) industry most of his life. Through his experience, Roth noticed a need for lower-cost solar PV products that made solar power more practical. Roth has already filed a utility patent for Sunlution’s first product, a grounding spring that is NEC… Read more »

Meet and Treat New Connections with myTreat


In recent years, online meeting sites and applications have focused on bringing the online connection offline for in-person meetings. The only problem is, these online sites are primarily focused on dating. Eric Lai and Ben Tao saw this as an opportunity to build a solution for users who want to make real-world connections online, but… Read more »

Crowdfund Your College Tuition with Campus Slice


One of the most powerful and inspiring innovations of the modern Internet age, crowdfunding creates opportunities for individuals to raise monetary support to achieve their goals. Campus Slice utilizes the crowdfunding model to help current and prospective college students raise tuition money. For Tony Aguilar, ex-poker-pro-turned-entrepreneur and founder and CEO of Campus Slice, the alarming… Read more »

Social Good Network Helps Nonprofits Get More Donations


According to the Social Good Network, about 47 percent of people who go to donate to a nonprofit end up giving up. That’s a lot of lost money that the Boise startup wants to put in the hands of worthy causes. Social Good Network’s offerings start with a better donation button for nonprofits’ websites. Instead of… Read more »